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

  • Gosport Winterfest XXIV – 19th & 20th February 2016
    Thorngate Halls, Gosport
    Four sessions, Fri 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £5, £8, £8 & £6 respectively. Run by Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA.
     
  • North Sussex Equinox Beer & Cider Festival – 5th & 6th March 2016
    Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF
    Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 22:00, Sunday 12:00 – 16:00. Tickets £6 for each Saturday session, free entrance Sunday. Run by CAMRA North Sussex Branch.
     
  • 26th Sussex Beer Festival – 17th, 18th & 19th March 2016
    Brighton Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE
    Open Thursday 17:00 – 23:00, Thursday & Friday 11:00 – 15:00 & 17:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 22:00. Tickets £9 for evening sessions, £5 Friday lunchtime session, £8 Saturday session. Run by Sussex CAMRA Branches.
     
  • 6th Winchester Real Ale & Cider Festival – 18th & 19th March 2016
    Winchester Guildhall, High Street, Winchester SO23 9GH
    Four sessions Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £5, £10, £7 & £8 respectively, and are now on sale. This festival always sells out so get your tickets early. One of the three annual beer festivals run by our CAMRA branch.
     
  • 40th Farnham Beerex – 21st, 22nd & 23rd April 2016
    Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR
    Jointly run by Farnham Lions Club, Farnham Maltings, CAMRA Surrey/Hants Borders Branch, and a number of enthusiastic volunteers. The beerex is still in planning but expect around 75 real ales plus cider & perry. Food and entertainment each session. Open evenings 18:00 – 23:00 Thursday, Friday & Saturday plus a lunchtime session 11:00 – 15:00 Saturday. This is always a popular festival so get your tickets early. They go on sale from 28th February.
     
  • 22nd Reading Beer & Cider Festival – 28th, 29th, 30th April & 1st May 2016
    Christchurch Meadows, Caversham, Reading
    Just a short walk from Reading railway station, and one of the bigger festivals on the CAMRA circuit. Open: Thursday 16:30 – 23:00; Friday 11:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 – 16:30 & 18:00 – 23:00; Sunday 12:00 – 20:00. Run by CAMRA Reading & Mid Berks Branch
     

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

    Fri 19/02/2016
       – Sat 20/02/2016
Alton Winter Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00. Tickets are £5 for each session and advance purchase is essential. Normally there are over 50 real ales all at £3 a pint plus ciders, local wine, live music & good food. Glasses are not provided so you must bring your own. Details are on www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 26/02/2016
       – Sat 27/02/2016
Cleveland Bay, Chandler's Ford
1 Pilgrims Close, Chandler's Ford, SO53 4ST
A wide selection of real ales & traditional ciders over the weekend. Live music Friday & Saturday evenings. See www.theclevelandbay.co.uk/events/beer-festival-february-2016
    Fri 26/02/2016
       – Sat 27/02/2016
Petersfield Beer & Cider Festival
Petersfield Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA
The third Petersfield Beer and Cider Festival, Friday 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Fine ales & cider from across the region, music all sessions and food throughout. Tickets £6 (advance recommended). See their website www.petersfieldfest.com/wp/petersfield-beer-and-cider-festival
    Fri 26/02/2016
       – Sun 28/02/2016
Rose in June, Portsmouth
102 Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth PO3 6AR
Annual winter beer festival with 10 beers and 6 ciders. See www.theroseinjune.co.uk/winterbeerfest.html for details.
    Wed 16/03/2016
       – Sun 20/03/2016
Chaplin's Spring Equinox Beer Festival
Chaplin's & The Cellar Bar, 529 Christchurch Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4AG
Just the dates so far. See www.chaplins-bar.co.uk/solstice-beer-sausage-and-cider-festival
    Fri 25/03/2016 Festival of Touch Rugby and Real Ales
Ellingham and Ringwood RFC, Parsonage Barn Lane, Ringwood BH24 1PZ
One of Ringwood's largest annual events, now in its 14th year. Not much information yet, keep an eye on www.pitchero.com/clubs/ellinghamringwood/calendar/event/rugby-real-ale-festival-219697
    Fri 25/03/2016
       – Sat 26/03/2016
Wareham Easter Beerex 2016
Wareham Masonic Hall, Howards Lane, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4HU
11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00 both days. Around 25 real ales. More information from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wareham-easter-beerex-2016-tickets-2786573717
    Fri 25/03/2016
       – Sun 27/03/2016
7th Big Bournemouth Beer Festival
Purbeck Hall, Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH
Sessions are Friday 18:30 – 23:30, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:30 – 23:30. Tickets are £7.75 for the afternoon session, £8.25 for the evening sessions, and include a glass, a programme and £1.50 of tokens. A 'Sup-up Sunday' session starts at 15:00 and continues until the beer runs out. This is free entrance and doesn't include glass, tokens etc. Please note that all sessions are over 18s only. See www.bic.co.uk/whats-on/the-7th-annual-big-bournemouth-beer-festival-2016 for all details.
    Fri 01/04/2016
       – Sat 02/04/2016
Southsea Beerex
Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW
The second Southsea Beerex - a collaboration with the Leopold Tavern. Real Ales & live music, Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. See the listings page on www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk/WhatsOn/SouthseaBeerex.aspx but that's awaiting final details.
    Fri 08/04/2016
       – Sat 09/04/2016
16th 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 Friday evening for a Beer Blues and Curry Night (limited tickets); Saturday 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. More details on www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk
    Sat 09/04/2016 14th Portchester Beer Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester, PO16 9AD
Two sessions, 11:00 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. Around 25 beers and 10 ciders/perries, plus food & entertainment. Full details on www.portchesterbeerfestival.org.uk
    Sat 16/04/2016 Victoria Inn, West Marden
West Marden, West Sussex, PO18 9EN
No more details on this one yet. Keep an eye on www.victoriainnwestmarden.co.uk/page/Events
    Fri 22/04/2016
       – Sun 24/04/2016
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
April Beer & Cider Festival. Over 20 real ales from all over the country, including our Red Shoot's own microbrews, and 25 traditional ciders. Live music all weekend. Keep an eye on www.redshoot.co.uk/events/red-shoot-april-beer-festival for more details.
    Sat 23/04/2016 Sir Loin of Beef, Eastney
152 Highland Road, Eastney, Portsmouth PO4 9NH
No more details on this one and the pub has no website so here's the whatpub link: whatpub.com/pubs/POR/00219
    Fri 27/05/2016
       – Sun 29/05/2016
Locomotive Engineers' Club, Eastleigh
18 Southampton Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9FJ
Beer & Cider Festival. That's all we know so far. It says 'All welcome', we assume that's non-members as well. No website, so here's the Whatpub link: www.shantscamra.org.uk/beer/pubdata/survey/edit.php?PubID=HAS/00831
    Fri 17/06/2016
       – Sun 19/06/2016
Hyde Tavern Beer Festival
57 Hyde Street, Winchester SO23 7DY
Annual beer festival, 20+ beers, 7 ciders, live music & food. More on their website nearer the time: hydetavern.co.uk/events
   

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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