Beer Festivals

Southern Hampshire CAMRA has been running the Southampton Beer Festival at Southampton Guildhall for the past 18 years.

In 2010 we added to this by organising an Autumn Festival, in Woolston, appropriately called Woolston Beer Festival. We repeated this the next year and it has become annual event.

In 2011 we held Winchester Real Ale and Cider Festival at the end of March, returning a CAMRA beer festival to Winchester Guildhall after a gap of 28 years. This was another big success and the repeat events in 2012, 2013 & 2014 were equally so.

All the staff at our beer festivals are volunteers. Many members of Southern Hampshire CAMRA also volunteer their time to work at the Great British Beer Festival each year.

Some of our aims in running beer festivals are:

  • To serve customers quality cask conditioned real ale.
  • To promote real ale to the local community, therefore increasing its popularity.
  • To promote membership of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

If you'd like us to email you and let you know when we're holding beer festivals then join our "beerfests" mailing list and we'll keep you informed!

CAMRA Beer Festivals

  • Great British Beer Festival – 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th August 2016
    Olympia, London.
    50,000 people expected at the biggest real ale festival in the world – run by volunteers from all CAMRA branches. Tickets on sale now.
     

For CAMRA festivals over the whole of the UK see the main CAMRA website
 

Non-CAMRA Beer Festivals

Many beer festivals take place in our branch area, or nearby, that are not CAMRA beer festivals. Despite being unable to endorse these events, we believe that any beer festival that sells quality cask-conditioned real ales should be supported (see you there!). The information given here is purely for the benefit of readers, and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.
To get your beer festival listed here send an email to beerfestivals@shantscamra.org.uk

    Tue 26/07/2016
       – Sun 31/07/2016
Wheatsheaf, Titchfield
1 East St., Titchfield, PO14 4AD
Summer Beer & Sausage Festival. Just the dates for now, keep an eye on their website for updates www.wheatsheaftitchfield.co.uk
    Fri 29/07/2016
       – Sun 31/07/2016
Grayshott Cricket Club
The Sportsfield, Beech Hanger Road, off Headley Road, Grayshott (nr Hindhead) GU26 6LS
The second beer festival at Grayshott Cricket Club. Over 20 locally sourced ales and wines will be available across the three days. Various entertainments through the event including a six a side tournament on Sunday. See www.grayshottcc.co.uk/beer-festival-friday-31st-july-to-sunday-2nd-august-inclusive for details.
    Fri 29/07/2016
       – Sun 31/07/2016
Hampshire Bowman Beer and Cider Festival
Hampshire Bowman, Dundridge Lane, Dundridge, Hampshire, SO32 1GD
Normally the last weekend in July and running from 12:00 to 23:00 each day. Approximately 60 real ales from all around the UK and approximately 40 ciders. Entry is free and beer tokens can be bought on site. Music is played live every evening. See www.hampshirebowman.com/news-events
    Sat 06/08/2016 Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
10th anniversary festival. At least 40 Real Ales + Local Ciders + BBQ & Hog Roast. Open lunchtime 11:00 – 15:00 & evening 17:30 – 21:30. Just 15 minutes walk from the railway station. Tickets £7 in advance, £9 on the door if there are any left. Full details on their website www.fleetlions.org.uk/fundraising/beerfest
    Thu 11/08/2016
       – Sun 14/08/2016
Bankes Arms Beer Festival
The Bankes Arms, Manor Road, Studland Dorset BH19 3AU
Annual beer festival 11:00 – 23:00 each day. Over 200 beers and ciders. Food available all day and usually a Pimms Tent. Music at various times during the festival. www.bankesarmsbeerfestival.com
    Thu 18/08/2016
       – Sun 21/08/2016
Drusilla's Annual Steam Up & Ale Fest
Drusilla's Inn, Wigbeth, Horton, Dorset BH21 7JH
Provisional dates for the annual free August event, which features steam engines (who stop off on their way to the Great Dorset Steam Fayre), real ales & cider, a barbecue/ Hog Roast and live music. Details will be on www.drusillasinn.co.uk/steam-fair
    Thu 18/08/2016
       – Sun 21/08/2016
Winchester Gate, Salisbury
Winchester Gate, 113 Rampart Road, Salisbury SP1 1JA
Summer Beer Festival. Usually from 16:30 on Thursday. A dozen or so beers plus ciders & perries. Details awaited on www.winchestergate.co.uk/beer-festivals
    Fri 19/08/2016
       – Sun 21/08/2016
Cams Mill, Fareham
Cams Hall Estate, Fareham PO16 8AA
Beer and Music Festival, 14 real ales & 4 ciders. Barbecue on Saturday, live music throughout. Also family stuff such as face painting & a bouncy castle. See www.camsmill.co.uk/whats-on for all details.
    Fri 19/08/2016
       – Sun 21/08/2016
Turfcutters Arms
Main Road, East Boldre, SO42 7WL
From 17:00 on Friday, over 20 real ales plus a few ciders. To keep you fed & entertained there's food served daily, including a hog roast Saturday afternoon, a bouncy castle, and plenty of live music. Free entrance & family friendly. Keep an eye on www.the-turfcutters-new-forest.co.uk/whats-on for more details.
    Sat 20/08/2016
       – Sun 21/08/2016
Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival
North Walls Recreation Ground, nr. River Park Leisure Centre, Gordon Rd, Winchester SO23 7DD
Cheese & Chilli Festival. A chain of festivals that also include beer festivals organised by Downton Brewery. Entrance £5 adults, £3 for older adults & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/winchester
    Tue 23/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Barley Beer Festival
The Barley Mow, 39 Castle Road, Southsea PO5 3DE
Local Ales, scrumpy ciders, live music. The pub's website is www.barleymowsouthsea.com/html/whats_on.html
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Black Dog, Waltham Chase
Winchester Road, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX
Real ales & cider and a bouncy castle Sunday & Monday if the weather holds out. See www.theblackdogwalthamchase.co.uk/whats-on
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Cedars Bar (Salisbury Golf Centre)
Skew Bridge, Wilton Road, Salisbury SP2 9N
Big weekender beer and cider festival with live music. No other details yet and no website.
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Clarence Tavern, Gosport
1 Clarence Road, Gosport PO12 1BB
August Bank Holiday Weekend Special Event – includes Beer Festival, Bucking Bronco, Karaoke & BBQ. Everyone Welcome! www.clarencetavern.co.uk
    Fri 26/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle
The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EZ
Beer & Cider Festival. 7 bands, 32 real ales, 30 ciders. Includes a hog roast and blues brothers tribute on Saturday. See www.greyhoundcorfe.co.uk/index.php/events
    Sat 27/08/2016 Somerley Beer & Music Festival
The Walled garden, Old Somerley, Ellingham, Ringwood
The 6th Somerley Beer & Music Festival, open 12:00 – 23:00 with over 150 real ales & ciders plus wine tasting & Pimms. Tickets in advance or pay on the gate – £10 (a few advance tickets are available at £8) for adults, accompanied children free. To get to it go a mile or so north of Ringwood on the A338 then turn left along Ellingham drive. It’s on the right just after you go over the river (a postcode and Sat Nav won't work!), or use the shuttle bus from Ringwood. Camping & caravan pitches also available, probably best to book in advance for these. See www.somerleybeerfestival.com for full details.
    Sun 28/08/2016 Royal British Legion, Blackfield
Exbury Road, Blackfield SO45 1XD
Pork & Cider Festival, 12:00 – 23:00. Plenty of music too, and open to non-members. The club's website is www.fawleybritishlegion.co.uk but there's more info on facebook www.facebook.com/events/1580289062263465
    Sat 10/09/2016 Silchester
Silchester, Hampshire
No details yet, not even the address. Keep an eye on www.silchester.org
    Sat 10/09/2016 Newbury Real Ale Festival
Northcroft Fields, Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1RS
The 13th Festival, 12:00 – 23:00, entrance £10 for over 18's (includes glass & 2 x half pint tokens), free entrance for children. Over 240 Ales, Ciders & Perries. Multiple food options, including Hog Roast. Varied musical line-up. Tickets in advance (with bonus drink token), or buy on the door. More details on www.newburyrealale.co.uk
    Fri 16/09/2016
       – Sat 17/09/2016
Colden Common Beer Festival
Community Centre, St. Vigor Way, Colden Common, Hampshire SO50 7HH
Friday 19:00 – 23:00; Saturday 14:00 – 23:30. 20+ real ales from 10 Hampshire brewers, plus Pimms, wines, ciders and locally-made food available at all times. Live music and quiet rooms. £3 a pint, entrance £3 including free glass. What's not to like? See their website for all details www.coldencommonbeerfest.com
    Sat 17/09/2016 Curdridge Beer Festival
Curdridge Reading Room, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge (nr Botley), Hampshire SO32 2HE
Annual local beer and cider festival. Open 18:00 – 23:00. Food available too. Tickets on sale soon, keep an eye on their website – www.curdridgebeerfestival.co.uk
    Sat 24/09/2016 Sherfield on Loddon Beer Festival
Sherfield Village Hall, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire, RG27 0EZ
9th annual beer festival. Over 50 beers and ciders. Hot food & live music. Tickets available later. Keep an eye on www.sherfieldbeerfestival.org.uk
    Fri 30/09/2016
       – Sat 01/10/2016
Phoenix Beer Festival 2016
The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Station Road, Bordon GU35 0LR
Local beers plus cider and wine, plus local acts performing in the theatre. Three sessions: Fri evening, Saturday lunchtime & Saturday evening, but it's not clear what the times are. Tickets from £7 (discounts for multiple sessions). See www.phoenixarts.co.uk/festivals/the-phoenix-beer-festival
    Fri 07/10/2016
       – Sat 08/10/2016
Ale-ing Fest
Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road, Hayling Island PO11 0HB
Over 30 beers & ciders. Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Entertainment both evening sessions. Tickets available soon. Keep an eye on www.ale-ingfest.co.uk
    Fri 07/10/2016
       – Sat 08/10/2016
12th Selborne Zig Zag Festival
Selborne Arms, High Street, Selborne GU34 3JR and in the nearby Village Hall
Usually a selection of 25 local real ales, ciders, a range of fine wines (and fizz!), superb locally produced food and live music from local Hampshire bands. Advance tickets £10, available from September. The pub's website is selbornearms.co.uk/events and the festival website is www.zigzagfest.co.uk.
    Sat 08/10/2016 17th Wickham Charity Beer Festival
The Wickham Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Nr. Fareham, PO17 5AL
About 30 beers and a few ciders. Food available during the sessions. Open 11:00 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. The centre is open between sessions if you go to both, the bar will be closed but you can get food. Tickets £4 for the afternoon session, £8 for the evening session or £10 for both. Includes a glass and programme. The festival website is www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk and the Wickham Centre is www.wickhamcentre.org.uk/14/227/wickham-beer-festival
    Fri 14/10/2016
       – Sat 15/10/2016
6th Portsea Island Beer Festival
Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3BS
Organised by Irving & Co Brewery, with 50 cask Beers, Ciders and Perries from all round the UK as well as many local favourites. Come and enjoy live music, food and a great jolly atmosphere. Friday 12:00 – 16:00 (preview session) £4, Friday 18:00 – 23:00 £8, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 £6, Saturday 18:00 – 23:00 £8. Theatre website is www.groundlings.co.uk – look under October listings. This festival may be advance tickets only.
    Sat 15/10/2016
       – Sun 16/10/2016
Isle of Wight Classic Buses Beer & Walks Weekend
Isle of Wight
A repeat of last year's event when over 30 pubs were involved in Beer & Buses Weekend. Organised by IoW CAMRA and IoW Bus Museum – a great way to appreciate heritage buses and visit some of the island's fine pubs. The routes were very comprehensive. The buses will be free but please support them by buying the programme (£6 + p&p) which will have all the timetables plus discount vouchers. See iwbeerandbuses.co.uk for all details.
   

If you know of any more non-CAMRA beer festivals in our branch area then please email the details to us.

 

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