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!

  • Portsmouth Camra Beerex – 4th & 5th September 2015
    University of Portsmouth, Students Union Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2EF
    12:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00 Friday and 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £5 Friday lunchtime, £8 Friday evening & Saturday lunchtime, £6 Saturday Evening. Run by Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA.
  • Salisbury Food and Drink Festival – 13th September 2015
    Market Place, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1JH
    This festival runs all week, but the Salisbury & South Wiltshire CAMRA run Beer Tent is in the Market Place on Sunday 13th from 10:00 – 17:00.
  • 9th Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival – 2nd & 3rd October 2015
    Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX
    Organised by CAMRA Berkshire South-East, in conjunction with Ascot Racecourse. Open from 11:00 until 30 minutes after the last race (about18:00). Any race day ticket (from £18 Fri, £25 Sat) gets access to the beer festival, but CAMRA members can get a 50% discount by quoting a code when buying in advance.
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 9th & 10th October 2015
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 3GZ
    Just the dates for now, tickets will go on sale in September – keep an eye on the website.
  • 7th Hampshire Octoberfest – 9th, 10th & 11th October 2015
    Basingstoke Cricket & Sports Ground, Fairfields Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3DR
    Friday 'Works Night Out' 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 'Octoberfest' 11:00 – 23:00; Sunday 'Family Day' 11:00 – 18:00. Friday evening is beer festival (over 150 Hampshire beers, ciders & wines) & live music only, Saturday & Sunday have family attractions as well. Tickets Friday & Saturday £7.75 in advance, £9 on the door, Sunday £5 advance, £7 on the door. Weekend and family tickets also available. North Hampshire CAMRA does the beer part, others do the rest.
  • 18th Oxford Beer & Cider Festival – 15th, 16th & 17th October 2015
    Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's Street, Oxford OX1 1BX
    17:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 11:00 – 23:00 Friday; 11:00 – 20:00 Saturday. Tickets £10 (£8 for CAMRA members) includes £6 of beer tokens. Run by Oxford CAMRA.
  • Weymouth Octoberfest – 16th & 17th October 2015
    Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
    Just the dates for now. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
  • 29th Swindon Beer Festival – 22nd, 23rd & 24th October 2015
    Steam Museum, Fire Fly Ave, Swindon SN2 2EY
    18:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 11:00 – 15:30 & 18:00 – 23:00 Friday; 11:00 – 19:00 Saturday. Tickets £5 Thursday & Friday lunchtime, £10 Friday evening (advance only from 25th September), £4 Saturday. Friday evening ticket includes £4 worth of beer, other tickets are on the door. Run by Swindon & North Wiltshire CAMRA.
  • 11th Redhill Beer Festival – 29th, 30th & 31st October 2015
    Merstham Village Hall, Station Road North, Merstham, RH1 3ED
    12:00 – 23:00 Thursday, £3; 12:00 – 23:00 Friday, £4; 12:00 – 18:00 Saturday, free entrance. Thursday & Friday tickets just £2 before 16:00. Run by East & Mid Surrey CAMRA.
  • 17th Poole Beer Festival – 30th & 31st October 2015
    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 1st September. Run by East Dorset CAMRA.
  • 19th Worthing Beer Festival – 30th & 31st October 2015
    St Pauls Centre, 55B Chapel Road, Worthing BN11 1EE
    11:00 – 15:30 & 17:30 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 –15:30 & 17:30 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £4 Friday lunchtime, £6 Friday evening, £4 Saturday lunchtime, £3 Saturday evening. Run by Arun & Adur CAMRA.
  • 22nd Woking Beer Festival – 6th & 7th November 2015
    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 £10 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.
To get your beer festival listed here send an email to

    Tue 25/08/2015
       – Sun 30/08/2015
Barley Beer Festival
The Barley Mow, 39 Castle Road, Southsea PO5 3DE
Local Ales, scrumpy ciders, live music. The pub's website is
    Thu 27/08/2015
       – Sun 30/08/2015
Drusilla's Annual Steam Up & Ale Fest
Drusilla's Inn, Wigbeth, Horton, Dorset BH21 7JH
Annual free August event, which supports the Victoria Hospital in Wimborne and other local charities, 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 on
    Thu 27/08/2015
       – Mon 31/08/2015
Platform Tavern Booze, Blues & Bangers Festival
Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2NY
Annual summer Bangers, Booze & Blues Festival starting Thursday evening. 15 real ales, 7 bands and 20 different sausages. The list of bands is on
    Fri 28/08/2015
       – Sun 30/08/2015
Blue Boar, Poole
29 Market Close, Poole, Dorset BH15 1NE
A sausage and cider festival. Sorry, no more details and none on their website
    Fri 28/08/2015
       – Mon 31/08/2015
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
    Fri 28/08/2015
       – Mon 31/08/2015
Clarence Tavern, Gosport
1 Clarence Road, Gosport PO12 1BB
August Bank Holiday Weekend Special Event – includes Beer Festival, Bucking Bronco, Karaoke & BBQ. Everyone Welcome!
    Fri 28/08/2015
       – Mon 31/08/2015
Elm Tree, Swanwick
Swanwick Lane, Swanwick SO31 7DX
The Elm Tree's 1st Beer Festival. 20 local beers on chilled stillage at the special launch price of £2.50 per pint. Just over 10 minutes walk from Swanwick station. No website, so here is the Whatpub link and Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA have made a facebook event page for them
    Fri 28/08/2015
       – Mon 31/08/2015
Flowerpots Inn
Brandy Mount, Cheriton, SO24 0QQ
This ever popular beer festival starts Friday evening and from 12:00 Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
    Fri 28/08/2015
       – Mon 31/08/2015
Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle
The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EZ
Beer & Cider Festival. Live Music all weekend, pizza and fish and chips take away and open for breakfast. See
    Fri 28/08/2015
       – Mon 31/08/2015
41st Island Steam Show
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
There will be steam trains, Traction engines, men riding bikes, fairground rides and more. Oh yes, I forgot – there’s also real ale bar with 50 beers. 10:00 – 18:00 each day. Tickets are £13.50 in advance, £15 on the gate.
    Fri 28/08/2015
       – Mon 31/08/2015
Parkstone Beer & Cider Festival
Poole Ex-Servicemens Club, 66 North Rd, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0LY
7th annual festival, open to all – 40+ beers and 20+ ciders. 12:00 – 24:00 each day but ending earlier on Monday. No website and their facebook doesn't tell you much more. Here is the Whatpub entry
    Fri 28/08/2015
       – Mon 31/08/2015
Richmond Arms, Godalming
149 High Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1AF
Dates only for this one. No pub website so here's the Whatpub link:
    Sat 29/08/2015
       – Sun 30/08/2015
Duckfest, Farnborough
Cody Sports & Social Club, The Fairway, Old Ively Road, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0FE
14:00 – 23:00 both days. The Duckfest features live local bands and over 30 real ales and ciders. Tickets £5 in advance or £7.50 on the dorr if available. This year the festival is supporting two charities, Nepalese Disaster Relief and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. More details on
    Sat 29/08/2015
       – Sun 30/08/2015
Travellers Rest, Newtown
Church Road, Newtown, PO17 6LL
Cider & Beer Festival bank holiday weekend 12:00 – 23:00 daily. Live bands, children's play area & campsite. See
    Sat 29/08/2015
       – Sun 30/08/2015
Victorious Festival
Plaza Suite, Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea PO5 3ST
The Real Ale Festival is part of the Victorious Festival which features music and seafront events. Entrance is £30 each day for the whole festival. More information at
    Sat 29/08/2015
       – Sun 30/08/2015
Windmill, Ewshot
Church Lane, Ewshot (btwn Farnham & Fleet), Hampshire GU10 5BJ
Stop Press. Due to rain damage this festival is postponed to sometime in September. This notice will be updated when we have the new dates. Beer in the Barn – a celebration of Hampshire real ales plus a few ciders. Barbecue, smoked food and cream teas, plus some entertainment for the children. The pub's website is but there's more on Whatpub
    Sat 29/08/2015
       – Mon 31/08/2015
George Inn, Vernon Dean
Vernham Dean, Andover, SP11 0JY
Annual August Bank Holiday Beer & Music Festival with lots of bands and lots of real ale. Camping may be available by arrangement. Provisional details on their website
    Sat 29/08/2015
       – Mon 31/08/2015
Tally Ho! Broughton
High Street, Broughton, nr Stockbridge, SO20 8AA
Annual beer festival with beers, ciders, food & music.
    Sun 30/08/2015 Graze Festival
Hazeley Field, Humphrey Farms, Twyford, Hampshire SO21 1QA
A Music & Food Festival 11:00 – 23:00. A dozen live acts, plenty of local food stalls and a pop-up pub provided by the Bugle Inn with over 40 real ales from at least 10 breweries, mostly local. Tickets £30, all profits go to local charities and good causes. See for all details.
    Fri 04/09/2015
       – Sat 05/09/2015
19th Burbage Beer Festival
Burbage & Easton Royal Sports Club, East Sands, Marlborough SN8 3AN
This one is a bit out of our area but it sounds fun. It’s their 19th festival with about 40 Real Ales & Ciders, and starts on Friday evening at 18:30. Music during in the evenings and a six a side tournament on Saturday. Tickets are needed. For more details see
    Fri 04/09/2015
       – Sat 05/09/2015
Haslemere Beer Festival
Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2AS
Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 19:00 – 23:00, tickets £8, £6 & £7, proof of age will be required. Over 50 ales ciders & perries plus live music & food. See
    Fri 04/09/2015
       – Sun 06/09/2015
Ale at Amberley 10
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley, Nr Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT
Around 80 ales, ciders & perries from Sussex & further afield. Evening sessions are beer festival (£5 advance ticket) only whereas the afternoon sessions (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) combine entrance to the museum (£11) and are available on the door only, though free entry is available to CAMRA members from 14:00 on Sunday for any remaining beer, which will also be at £1.80 a pint then. See the Ale at Amberley website and the Amberley Museum website
    Fri 04/09/2015
       – Sun 06/09/2015
Cleveland Bay, Chandler's Ford
1 Pilgrims Close, Chandler's Ford, SO53 4ST
Real ales & a selection of traditional ciders over the weekend. Live music Friday & Saturday evenings; and a bouncy castle (weather permitting) & Funky Faces face painting on Sunday. See
    Fri 04/09/2015
       – Sun 06/09/2015
Merry Harriers, Hambledon (Surrey)
Merry Harriers, Hambledon, Surrey GU8 4DR
Don't confuse this for the Hambledon in Hampshire! Open 11:00 – 24:00 Friday & Saturday; 12:00 – 10:30 Sunday. Over 25 real ales & guest ciders. Live music, stuff for kids, competitions and camping. See
    Sat 05/09/2015 Hatch Warren Beer Festival
Hatch Warren Community Centre, Longcross Lane, Hatch Warren, Basingstoke RG22 4XF
19:00 – 23:00. Beers from local breweries plus food and live music. Tickets £7 members, £8 non-members. See
    Sat 05/09/2015 Thirst Poulner
1st Poulner Scout Hall, 264 Southampton Road, Poulner, nr Ringwood BH24 1JQ
Music & Beer Festival 14:00 – 22:00. At least 12 Real Ales, and traditional Ciders, with live music all day, also a hog roast and barbecue. Tickets £5.
    Sat 05/09/2015 Winchester Rugby Football Club
North Walls Park, (Off Hilliers Way), Winchester SO23 7SU
Beer & Cider Festival plus barbecue & family activities 11:00 – 16:00 (we think). See for all details.
    Sat 05/09/2015
       – Sun 06/09/2015
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
    Fri 11/09/2015
       – Sun 13/09/2015
White Hart, Tongham
76 The Street, Tongham, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 1DH
A selection of live music & ales. This year the beers will come form Suffolk & Norfolk. See
    Sat 12/09/2015 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. Tickets, £7.50, are now on sale. See their website –
    Sat 12/09/2015 Newbury Real Ale Festival
Northcroft Fields, Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1RS
The 12th Festival, 12:00 – 23:00, entrance £10 for over 18's (includes glass & 3 x half pint tokens), free entrance for children. Over 200 Ales, Ciders & Perries. Multiple food options, including Hog Roast. Varied musical line-up. Tickets in advance or buy on the door. More details on
    Sat 12/09/2015 Vibrant Forest Beer Festival 2015
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7RY
13:30 – 22:00. A range of 12 Vibrant Forest Ales, plus some guest ales & ciders. Tickets £5 including programme & glass. Food available, music in the evening. Tickets now on sale. All information is on the brewery's website
    Fri 18/09/2015
       – Sat 19/09/2015
Colden Common Beer Festival
Community Centre, St. Vigor Way, Colden Common, Hampshire SO50 7HH
Friday 19:30 – 23:00; Saturday 14:00 – 23:30. Entrance £3, includes glass. Beers at £1.50 per half, food & entertainment both evenings. And they now have their own website – – all the information you need is there.
    Fri 18/09/2015
       – Sat 19/09/2015
Langford Beer Festival
Langford Sports & Social Club, Steeple Langford Recreation Ground, Steeple Langford, Wiltshire, SP3 4ND
30 plus real ales, 12 ciders, music, food, wine, and camping available as well. See for more details.
    Fri 18/09/2015
       – Sun 20/09/2015
Child Okeford Beer & Cider Festival
Saxon Inn, Gold Hill, Child Okeford, Dorset DT11 8HD
Sorry, nothing more than the dates for this one. Poster here – Pub's website here –
    Fri 18/09/2015
       – Sun 20/09/2015
Winchester Gate, Salisbury
Winchester Gate, 113 Rampart Road, Salisbury SP1 1JA
Autumn Cider Festival. About 10 ciders. Just the dates for now. See
    Fri 25/09/2015
       – Sun 27/09/2015
The Great Bransgore Beer Festival 2015
Three Tuns, Bransgore, Hampshire, BH23 8JH
A Bransgore Rotary Charity event in conjunction with The Three Tuns. 70 real ales, around 20 different ciders and a choice of fine wines. Live music throughout the event, a wine tasting session and a hog roast along with the usual burgers and hot dogs. Mostly under cover alongside the large pub garden where you can enjoy the late summer sunshine. Keep an eye on for more details.
    Sat 26/09/2015 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 for all details.
    Sat 26/09/2015 Sherfield on Loddon Beer Festival
Sherfield Village Hall, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire, RG27 0EZ
8th annual beer festival. Over 50 beers and ciders. Hot food & live music. Tickets, £4 advance, £5 on door, now on sale. See
    Thu 01/10/2015
       – Sat 03/10/2015
Mill House Beer Festival
Mill House, North Warnborough, Odiham, Hampshire RG29 1ET
The Mill House is holding a Great British Medal Winners Beer Festival, coinciding with Cask Ale Week. A selection of Great British Beer Festival Medal winning beers from the last 20 years, including some of their local favourites. Starting 18:00 on Thursday when Timothy Taylors and Cottage Brewery are joining in for a guided tasting in the bar. The festival continues 17:00 Friday & 16:00 Saturday. See
    Fri 02/10/2015
       – Sat 03/10/2015
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. Tickets £4.25 lunchtime, £8.50 evening if bought in advance - includes glass and first drink. Entertainment both evening sessions. See all details at
    Fri 02/10/2015
       – Sat 03/10/2015
11th 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, on door £12. The pub's website is and the festival website is
    Sat 03/10/2015 Mychett Cider & Food Festival
Mychett Community Centre, 140 Mychett Road, Surrey GU16 6AA
Cider festival 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00, £4 each session. See
    Sat 03/10/2015 Pumkin & Beer Festival, Worth Matravers
Square and Compass, Worth Matravers (nr. Swanage), Dorset BH193LF
An annual Pumpkin and Beer Festival with a great selection and variety of beers, ales and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and live music. See
    Fri 09/10/2015
       – Sat 10/10/2015
5th 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 – look under October listings. This festival may be advance tickets only.
    Fri 09/10/2015
       – Sat 10/10/2015
Wimborne Beer Festival
Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne BH21 1AS
An annual event by Wimborne Round Table with the proceeds going to local charities. Last year tickets were £5. Last we looked, their website was down –
    Sat 10/10/2015 15th 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. Purchase early enough and there is a £1 early bird discount. The festival website is and the Wickham Centre is
    Thu 15/10/2015
       – Sat 17/10/2015
Petersfield Beer & Cider Festival
Petersfield Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA
The Petersfield Beer and Cider Festival now has autumn sessions, 18:00 – 23:00 Thursday & Friday, 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Fine ales & cider from across the region, music all sessions and food throughout. Tickets £6 (may be advance only). See their website
    Fri 16/10/2015
       – Sun 18/10/2015
Prince of Wales, Farnborough
184 Rectory Road, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 8AL
14th annual autumn beer festival with 40 beers and 10 ciders. Barbecue & live music. See
    Sat 17/10/2015
       – Sun 18/10/2015
Isle of Wight Classic Buses Beer & Walks Weekend
Isle of Wight
Over 30 pubs are involved in this year's Beer & Buses Weekend. Organised by IoW CAMRA and IoW Bus Museum this is a great way to appreciate heritage buses and vist some of the island's fine pubs. The routes look very comprehensive. The buses are free but please support them by buying the programme (£6 + p&p) which has all the timetables plus discount vouchers. See for all details.
    Fri 23/10/2015
       – Sat 24/10/2015
Jolly Sailor, Farnham
64 West Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7EH
12:00 – 24:00 both days. Bring your own food. See
    Sat 24/10/2015
       – Sat 31/10/2015
Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle
The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EZ
Sausage & Cider Festival. Live Music and fireworks over the castle on the last day. See
    Fri 30/10/2015
       – Sun 01/11/2015
Crossways Inn Cider Festival
Crossways Inn, Churt Road, Churt, Surrey GU10 2JS
Cider, Beer, Food and somewhere in this, the Rugby World Cup Final on TV! That's all for now, no information on their website
    Sat 07/11/2015 Square & Compass Annual Cider Festival 2015
Square and Compass, Worth Matravers (nr. Swanage), Dorset BH193LF
Annual cider festival with a great selection and variety of ciders and perries from all over Britain. There will be cider pressing demonstrations during the day, and apple identification and freshly made apple juice. A bit of music too. See

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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