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

  • Southampton Beer Festival – 2nd, 3rd & 4th June 2016
    Southampton O2 Guildhall, SO14 7LP
    Our own beer festival – we think it's the best on the South Coast, now in its 20th year. Five sessions, Thu 18:30 – 23:00, Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Thursday evening preview session free entrance (no ticket required). Other sessions: Fri lunch £5, Fri eve £10, Sat lun £7, Sat eve £9.
     
  • Salisbury Beerex XXXVI – 17th & 18th June 2016
    Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury SP1 3UT
    Fri 18:30 – 23:00; Sat 11:00 – 15:30 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £10 inc souvenir glass, programme & free ½ pint. Card-carrying CAMRA members get another ½ pint free. Live music all sessions. Disabled access, hot/cold food available throughout. Run by Salisbury & South Wiltshire CAMRA in association with Salisbury Arts Centre & Rotary COGS.
     
  • 17th Devizes Beer Festival – 2nd July 2016
    The Wharf, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1EB
    One day only 11:30 – 22:00. Tickets £10 in advance only. Includes £4 beer tokens, plus more for CAMRA members. Mainly an open air festival, with some under canvas, beside Kennet & Avon Canal; Over 60 real ales plus cider and food also available. Family orientated, with live music. Run by Devizes CAMRA.
     
  • 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

    Fri 27/05/2016
       – Mon 30/05/2016
Black Dog, Waltham Chase
Winchester Road, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX
Bank Holiday Beer Festival. A bit of live music in the evenings, otherwise that's all we know at the moment, keep an eye on www.theblackdogwalthamchase.co.uk/whats-on
    Fri 27/05/2016
       – Mon 30/05/2016
Delme Arms, Fareham
1 Cams Hill, Fareham PO16 8QY
60 beers on stillage under a marque. Live music each night means an entrance fee of £3 on the Friday, and £4 on Saturday & Sunday; Weekend ticket £8. No website, so here's the Whatpub link: whatpub.com/pubs/POR/00056
    Fri 27/05/2016
       – Mon 30/05/2016
Locomotive Engineers' Club, Eastleigh
18 Southampton Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9FJ
Beer & Cider Festival. At least 15 real ales and 7 ciders. Entertainment Friday & Saturday nights and Sunday & Monday afternoons (Saturday is a tribute band 'Daz & Chave'). Hot and cold food available each day. Everyone welcome including non-members. No website, so here's the Whatpub link: www.shantscamra.org.uk/beer/pubdata/survey/edit.php?PubID=HAS/00831
    Fri 27/05/2016
       – Mon 30/05/2016
Northbrook Arms, East Stratton
Stratton Lane, East Stratton (between Winchester & Basingstoke), SO21 3DU
Annual Festival. Local & regional ales, food, barbecue & live entertainment. See www.thenorthbrookarms.com/functions-events
    Fri 27/05/2016
       – Mon 30/05/2016
Poole Ex-Servicemens Club
66 North Rd, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0LY
Usually 12:00 – 24:00 each day. Free entry. 40 ales & 15 ciders, plus entertainment Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Barbecue all weekend + other excellent food (at Club prices). All welcome. There's no website, so here's the Whatpub entry: whatpub.com/pubs/SED/273
    Fri 27/05/2016
       – Mon 30/05/2016
South Western Arms, St. Denys
38-40 Adelaide Road, St. Denys, Southampton SO17 2HW
Beer Cider & Street Food Festival. Usually 60 Real Ales, Ciders & Perries, with live music & 'street food'. Preview session from 18:00 Thursday 26th May, main event from noon Friday to Monday. The pub no longer has a website so here is the Whatpub entry – whatpub.com/pubs/HAS/00566 – you'll find their facebook link there.
    Fri 27/05/2016
       – Mon 30/05/2016
Watership Down, Freefolk
Watership Down Inn, Priory Lane, Freefolk, nr Whitchurch RG28 7NJ
Over 25 local beers and ciders. Music and barbecue. See www.watershipdowninn.com/new-events
    Fri 27/05/2016
       – Mon 30/05/2016
Winchester Gate, Salisbury
Winchester Gate, 113 Rampart Road, Salisbury SP1 1JA
Spring Beer Festival. Usually 15 or so beers plus ciders & perries. We've got the dates but it's not on their website yet www.winchestergate.co.uk/beer-festivals
    Sun 29/05/2016
       – Mon 30/05/2016
Coalie Fest
Coal Exchange, 21 South Street, Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7EG
Beer and music festival. Usually beer & music all day and a barbecue in the garden. See www.thecoalexchange.co.uk/News.htm
    Mon 30/05/2016 CherryFest 2016
Duke of Cambridge, Tilford Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DD
Annual charity music and beer festival. Not too many details yet. Last year the entrance was £5 for adults. Keep an eye on www.dukeofcambridgetilford.co.uk/cherryfest
    Mon 30/05/2016 Churchill Arms Beer & Bikes Festival
Churchill Arms, Daggons Road, Alderholt Dorset SP6 3AA
Beers + Bikes real ale & cider festival; barbecue, and trade stands. Opens at 10:00, live music from 15:00. See www.churchillpub.co.uk or the poster at t.co/oLx0XUk9Mv
    Fri 03/06/2016
       – Sat 04/06/2016
Alton Summer 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. Over 50 real ales all at £3 a pint plus ciders, wine, live music & good food. Glasses are not provided so you must bring your own. Details are on www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 03/06/2016
       – Sun 05/06/2016
White Horse, Quidhampton
Lower Road, Quidhampton, Salisbury. SP2 9AS
Beer festival with 12 beers and a few ciders, food, music and other events for all the family. Keep an eye on www.whitehorsequidhampton.co.uk/calendar.html
    Thu 09/06/2016
       – Sun 12/06/2016
Wilkes Head, Eastergate
Church Lane, Eastergate, Nr Barnham, West Sussex, PO20 3UT
Spring Beer & Cider Festival. 26 ales plus cider & perry. From 5pm on the Thursday. Live music Saturday at 16:00 with Boxty. Western Sussex CAMRA Pub of the Year 2014, a 2km / 1¼ mile walk from Barnham station. See www.wilkesheadeastergate.co.uk for all details.
    Fri 10/06/2016
       – Sat 11/06/2016
7th Guildford Beer Festival
Guildford Cricket Club, The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RP
More than 80 cask ales, sourced from independent and micro breweries in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Berkshire. Also ciders and a separate bar with wines and soft drinks. Open Friday 18.00 – 22:00 and Saturday 12.00 – 16.00 and 18.00 – 22:00. Tickets £10 for each session. There might be something for CAMRA members, so take your card. Tickets now on sale. See guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk for full details.
    Sat 11/06/2016
       – Sun 12/06/2016
Christchurch Cheese and Chilli Festival
Parley Manor Estate, Parley Green Lane, Parley, Dorset BH23 6BB
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/christchurch
    Thu 16/06/2016
       – Sun 19/06/2016
Blues on the Farm
Pump Bottom Farm, Birdham Road, Chichester PO20 7EH
Incorporates a beer festival but ticket price reflects the music. Camping available. See www.bluesonthefarm.co.uk/more/beer-list.html
    Thu 16/06/2016
       – Sun 19/06/2016
Waterloo Arms Beer Festival
101 Waterloo Road, Freemantle, Southampton, SO15 3BS
Advance notice. Usually up to 40 beers and ciders. Food available, probably a barbecue, plus live music in the evenings. Nothing on their website yet www.hopback.co.uk/our-pubs/the-waterloo.html
    Thu 16/06/2016
       – Mon 20/06/2016
Chaplin's Solstice Beer, Sausage and Cider Festival
Chaplin's & The Cellar Bar, 529 Christchurch Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4AG
40 real ales and a few local ciders. Plenty of food & music as well. See www.chaplins-bar.co.uk/solstice-beer-sausage-and-cider-festival for all details.
    Fri 17/06/2016
       – Sat 18/06/2016
Longest Day Beer Festival 2016
The White Horse Priors Dean, Hampshire, GU32 1DA
At 'The Pub With No Name'. No details about the beer available yet, but booking for camping is open. Keep an eye on www.pubwithnoname.co.uk/events
    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
    Sat 18/06/2016 Caversham Rock 'n' Ale
St Annes RC Primary School, Washington Road, Reading RG4 5AA
One evening only from 18:30 on the playing fields of St Anne’s School in Caversham. 3 bands lined up so far plus beers from Loddon & West Berkshire. See www.rocknale.co.uk/page.php?pid=2
    Sat 18/06/2016 Hall & Woodhouse Dorset Beer Festival
Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, Blandford St. Mary, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 9LS
11:00 – 21:00, tickets from £5 and now on sale. See hallwoodhousebeerfest.com for all details.
    Sat 18/06/2016 Ringwood Brewery Beer Festival
138 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3AP
12:00 – 18:00, free entrance. The day before Fathers Day. 8 guest beers (we are not sure if this is in addition to, or includes their usual range). See www.ringwoodbrewery.co.uk/events/2016
    Fri 24/06/2016
       – Sat 25/06/2016
Ashcroft Summer Ale Festival
Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road, Fareham PO16 7DX
Having had their first beer festival in January, there's now a summer one. 18:00 – 22:30 Friday; 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 10:30 Saturday. £5 per session. A wide selection of local cask ales and traditional ciders, plus live music & hot food. See uk.patronbase.com/_AshcroftArtsCentreEvents/Productions?category=SPEC and click on a session for details.
    Fri 24/06/2016
       – Sun 26/06/2016
Hedge End Club
4 Bursledon Road, Hedge End, Hampshire, SO30 0BR
5th annual beer festival with 18 beers & a few ciders expected. Open 11:00 – 23:30 Friday & Saturday; 11:00 – 22:30 Sunday. Live music Friday & Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon. Food at all times. Free entrance and non members are welcome. See www.hedgeendclub.co.uk for the club website.
    Fri 24/06/2016
       – Sun 26/06/2016
Rose in June, Portsmouth
102 Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth PO3 6AR
A wide range of real ales and ciders, in the garden and marquee. Friday is a taster day, then live music (usually folk) and food including a barbecue. Raffle proceeds go to the Motor Neuron Disease Association. www.theroseinjune.co.uk/summerbeerfest.html
    Sat 25/06/2016 Vibrant Forest Beer Festival 2016
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7RY
13:30 – 22:00. Around 15 beers from Vibrant Forest plus guests, including from Siren Craft, and some ciders. The date & venue is now back to the original plan. Tickets £5 including programme & glass. Food available, music in the evening. Keep an eye on the brewery's website www.vibrantforest.co.uk/beerfestival for updates.
    Sat 25/06/2016
       – Sun 26/06/2016
Rockstone Cider Festival
The Rockstone, 63 Onslow Road SO14 0JL
Just the dates. Nothing on their website yet therockstone.co.uk
    Fri 01/07/2016
       – Sat 02/07/2016
Blissfields Hobgoblin Beer Festival
Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott, Winchester SO21 3BL
Once again there's a beer festival at the Blissfields music festival in the main arena (so you'll need to pay to get in). Normally eight beers from Marston's and its subsidiaries, and some more casks in 'The Larch' area, and a couple of Hampshire ciders. www.blissfields.co.uk/beer-festival
    Fri 01/07/2016
       – Sat 02/07/2016
Kinson Conservative Club
1394-96 Wimborne Road, Kinson, Bournemouth BH10 7AR
Just the dates so far. Keep an eye on www.kinsonconservativeclub.co.uk/soci.asp
    Fri 01/07/2016
       – Sun 03/07/2016
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
Just the dates for now but usually around 22 beers including the pub's own brews and 17 ciders, with food available all day and music in the evenings. Camping available in adjacent campsite. Keep an eye on www.redshoot.co.uk/events/red-shoot-summer-beer-festival for more details.
    Sat 02/07/2016 Lowde Fest 16, Hartley Wintney
Mulberry House, Hazeley Bottom, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8LU
Principally a music festival but with a beer festival to boot – 80 real ales & ciders, from 11:30 – 23:30. Entrance by ticket only, £25 for adults, see website for details. www.lowdefest.com/the-bars
    Sat 02/07/2016
       – Sun 03/07/2016
Basingstoke Cheese and Chilli Festival
War Memorial Park, off Hackwood Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3AE
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/basingstoke
    Fri 08/07/2016
       – Sat 09/07/2016
Engine Rooms Beer Festival
West Quay Road Industrial Estate, Southampton SO15 1GZ
Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Tickets £8.80 per session, to include one drink. See engineroomssouthampton.com/listings
    Fri 08/07/2016
       – Sat 09/07/2016
New Forest Inn
Emery Down, Lyndhurst SO43 7DY
Summer beer festival. About twenty beers & ciders. Food available all day – barbecue & hog roast expected. Usually music Friday & Saturday evening. See www.thenewforestinn.co.uk/whats-on
    Sat 09/07/2016 South Seacider Festival
Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW
Ticket only. Live music and food. No other details yet. Keep an eye on www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk/WhatsOn.aspx and we hope it will be listed soon.
    Fri 15/07/2016
       – Sat 16/07/2016
Weyhill Fair
Weyhill Road, Weyhill, Andover, SP11 0PP
Beer & Music Festival. Over 40 real ales, ciders, free live music and (usually) hog roasts. Camping available if you book early enough. See www.weyhillfair.com/events
    Fri 15/07/2016
       – Sun 17/07/2016
Pennington Sports & Social Club
17 Lodge Road, Pennington, Hampshire, SO41 8HH
Friday 17:30 – 23:00, Saturday 13:00 – 23:30, Sunday 13:00 – 22:30, 'Mop-up Monday': 13:00-21:00. Outdoor festival (weather permitting), free entrance (pay for festival glass or use plastic), and open to non-members. 20 ales and 12 ciders. Music each session (quiet areas available also) and BBQ food available each day. Keep an eye on the club's website for more details including transport: pennoclub.weebly.com.
    Sat 16/07/2016 The George, Alton
Butts Road, Alton GU34 1LH
Annual 1 day mini beer festival. Not too many details yet, but keep an eye on www.thegeorgealton.co.uk/events.
    Fri 22/07/2016
       – Sat 23/07/2016
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival
St Aldhelms Centre, Poole Road, Branksome BH12 1AD
Over 30 beers, 15 ciders & 17 hours of music (phew!). Last year they had Tiny Rebel's Cwtch Red Ale which won Champion Beer of Britain at GBBF two weeks later – will they have another prize winner? Open Friday 18:00 – 23:30 & Saturday 12:00 – 23:30. Tickets £12 Friday, £18 Saturday or £25 for both days. See www.poolerhythmroots.co.uk
    Sat 23/07/2016
       – Sun 24/07/2016
Guildford Cheese and Chilli Festival
Shalford Park, Shalford Road, Guildford GU4 8BL
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/guildford
    Sat 23/07/2016
       – Sun 24/07/2016
Eastleigh Beer Festival 2016
Silverlake Stadium, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh SO50 9HT
Eastleigh FC's first beer festival run in conjunction with Greene King. 11:00 – 23:00 both days. Tickets £8 in advance (£10 on the day), or £12 for a weekend pass. See www.facebook.com/events/600629990088846
    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
    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
   

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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