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.

CAMRA Beer Festivals

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!

  • 16th Poole Beer Festival – 31st October & 1st November 2014
    St Aldhelms Centre, Poole Road, Branksome BH12 1AD
    11:00 – 15:30 & 18:30 – 23:00 both days. Tickets £5 Friday lunchtime, £6 other sessions, on sale from September. Run by East Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • 21st Woking Beer Festival – 7th & 8th November 2014
    Woking Leisure Centre, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 9BA
    18:00 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 – 15:30 & 11:00 – 18:00 Saturday. Tickets £9 per session, advance purchase needed. Run by Surrey CAMRA branches.
     
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.

    Fri 24/10/2014
       – Sun 26/10/2014
Rocktoberfest Beer Festival
The Rockstone, 63 Onslow Road SO14 0JL
Stocking a wide range of dark ales and German brews, plus pizzas from their home-built wood-fired pizza oven plus live music. www.therockstone.co.uk/index.php/events.html
    Sat 25/10/2014 Alderholt Beer & Cider Festival
Village Hall, 1 Station Road, Alderholt, (Nr Fordingbridge) SP6 3RB
Alderholt's first beer festival with beers & ciders, live music, hot food & snacks, games & raffles. 16:00 – 23:00 free entrance, families welcome. See www.alderholtvillagehall.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/BeerFestivalFinal.jpg for the poster, see www.alderholtvillagehall.org.uk for the Village Hall.
    Sat 25/10/2014 Porchester Community Centre Cider & Sausage Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester PO16 9AD
Portchester Community Centre's Cider & Sausage festival, open Saturday 12:00 – 18:00, tickets £5. Real Ciders & Perry and 6 varieties of locally sold sausages – mash & onion gravy available! Also side stalls with bottled beers, cheeses and chutneys. See www.portchestercommunitycentre.co.uk/events/cider-sausage-festival
    Sat 25/10/2014
       – Sun 26/10/2014
Firkinfest VI, Grayshott
Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Surrey, GU26 6TZ
Friday 18:00 – 23:30; Saturday 12:00 – 18:00 & 19:00 – 23:30. About 20 beers and 6 ciders, plus food & music. See www.grayshott.com/FirkinFest/14/FirkinIndex.html
    Fri 31/10/2014
       – Sun 02/11/2014
The Crofton, Hill Head
48 Crofton Lane, Hill Head, Fareham, PO14 3QF
Annual beer festival with 17 beers listed so far. From 17:00 on Friday. See www.thecrofton.co.uk/#/real-ale-festival-14/4586682404
    Fri 31/10/2014
       – Sun 02/11/2014
Foundry Arms, Poole
58 Lagland Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1QG
A Chilli & Cider festival, but no details on their website www.foundryarms.co.uk
    Sat 01/11/2014 15th Denmead Beer Festival
Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, Denmead, Hampshire, PO7 6LU
19:00 – 23:30, with over 20 real ales, plus a selection of wines, cider and soft drinks. Live music, barbecue & raffle. Tickets £8.50 (includes tankard & a drink). See www.denmeadca.com/denmead-2014 for all details.
    Fri 21/11/2014
       – Sat 22/11/2014
Northbrook Arms, East Stratton
Stratton Lane, East Stratton (between Winchester & Basingstoke), SO21 3DU
Fiery Food & Real Ale Festival. Lots of real ale, cider, live music and a chilli eating competition. See www.thenorthbrookarms.com/events.php
    Fri 21/11/2014
       – Sat 22/11/2014
Whitchurch Beer and Cider Festival
Whitchurch Sports and Social Club, Winchester Road, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7RB
No details available other than the dates. Keep an eye on whitchurch.org.uk/events/whitchurch-beer-and-cider-festival
    Thu 27/11/2014
       – Mon 01/12/2014
South Western Arms, St. Denys
38-40 Adelaide Road, St. Denys, Southampton SO17 2HW
Winter beer festival. No more details yet. They no longer have a website so here is the Whatpub entry whatpub.com/pubs/HAS/00566
    Sat 20/12/2014
       – Sun 21/12/2014
Portsmouth Beer Festival
Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
"Christmas Sessions" Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00, Sunday 12:00 – 17:00. Tickets £10. Entertainment each session. Around 120 cask beers, ciders & bottled beers. portsmouthbeerfestival.wordpress.com
   

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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