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!

  • Salisbury Winterfest XVIII – 30th & 31st January 2015
    Royal British Legion Club, 11 Endless Street, Salisbury SP1 1DL
    Open Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:30 and 18:30 – 23:00. All tickets £5, including glass & souvenir programme. Call 01722 355140 with ticket enquiries. Run by Salisbury & South Wilts CAMRA.
  • 27th Dorchester Beerex – 6th & 7th February 2015
    Corn Exchange, North Square, Dorchester DT1 1HF
    Open Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 15:30 and 18:00 – 23:30. All sessions £10. Admission includes commemorative glass plus three ½ pints. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
  • Gosport Winterfest XXIII – 20th & 21st February 2015
    Thorngate Halls, Gosport
    Planning underway, put the dates in your diary. Run by Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA.
  • 5th Winchester Real Ale & Cider Festival – 20th & 21st March 2015
    Winchester Guildhall, High Street, Winchester SO23 9GH
    Advance notice: 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 will be available early February. One of the three annual beer festivals run by our CAMRA branch.
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.

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       – 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.

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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