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!

  • 8th Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival – 3rd & 4th October 2014
    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 (£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.
  • Weymouth Octoberfest – 3rd & 4th October 2014
    Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
    11:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 both days. Tickets £3 Friday Lunchtime, £4 Saturday Lunchtime, £5 evening sessions. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
  • 6th Hampshire Octoberfest – 3rd, 4th & 5th October 2014
    Basingstoke Cricket & Sports Ground, Fairfields Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3DR
    A new venue this year, and within walking distance from the station. Friday 'Works Night Out' 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 'Octoberfest' 11:00 – 23:00; Sunday 'Family Day' 11:00 – 17:00. Friday evening is beer festival (over 150 Hampshire beers, ciders & wines) & live music only, Saturday & Sunday have family attractions as well. Tickets £7.50 in advance, £9 on the door. Weekend (advance only) and family tickets also available. North Hampshire CAMRA does the beer and Hampshire Museums & Galleries Trust do the rest.
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 10th & 11th October 2014
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 3GZ
    30 real ales, ciders, bottled beers & food. Open Fri 18:30 – 23:00; Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £6. £2 beer tokens to card carrying CAMRA members. Entertainment both evenings. Tickets are now on sale but are likely to sell out quickly – see the website for full details.
  • 18th Worthing Beer Festival – 17th & 18th October 2014
    St Pauls Centre, 55B Chapel Road, Worthing BN11 1EE
    11:00 – 15:30 & 17:30 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 –16:00 & 16:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £3.50 Friday lunchtime, £5 Friday evening, £3 for each Saturday session. Run by Arun & Adur CAMRA.
  • 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.
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 19/09/2014
       – Sat 20/09/2014
Rising Sun, Clanfield
North Lane, Clanfield, Hampshire PO8 0RN
Just the dates for now. Keep an eye on
    Fri 19/09/2014
       – Sun 21/09/2014
Park Inn, Southampton
37 Carlisle Road, Shirley, Southampton, SO16 4FN
Real Ale and Cider Festival. Over 20 ales and ciders. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. The pub's website is though that doesn't get updated with the beer fest!
    Sat 20/09/2014 4th Curdridge Beer Festival
Curdridge Reading Room, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge (nr Botley), Hampshire SO32 2HE
In its 4th year but somehow we missed listing the previous three. Annual local beer and cider festival with a hog roast. The new Botley based CrackleRock Brewery should have several of their beers on offer. Open 18:00 – 23:00. See their website –
    Fri 26/09/2014
       – Sun 28/09/2014
The Great Bransgore Beer Festival 2014
Three Tuns, Bransgore, Hampshire, BH23 8JH
60 different real ales, around 20 different ciders and a choice of fine wines from the pub’s Barn Bar. Live music throughout the event, a wine and chocolate tasting session, and a hog roast along with the usual burgers and hot dogs. Most of the event will be under cover alongside the large pub garden where you can enjoy the late summer sunshine. From 17:00 on Friday to 17:00 Sunday. A Bransgore Rotary Charity event in conjunction with The Three Tuns.
    Sat 27/09/2014 Sherfield on Loddon Beer Festival
Sherfield Village Hall, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire, RG27 0EZ
7th annual beer festival. Over 35 beers and a few ciders. Music from early afternoon and a Hog Roast. More details nearer the time & tickets go on sale in August. In the meantime they are after volunteers to help out.
    Sat 27/09/2014 Hall & Woodhouse Dorset Beer Festival
Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, Blandford St. Mary, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 9LS
11:00 – 21:00, tickets £5 (includes glass, programme and 2 beer tokens ) or £10 or £20 to include more beer tokens – 28 beers and 6 ciders on the list so far. Food available from the visitor centre, plus live music afternoon & evening. All in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Advance ticket purchase advised, see for full details.
    Fri 03/10/2014
       – Sat 04/10/2014
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 – 16:30 & 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 03/10/2014
       – Sat 04/10/2014
10th Selborne Zig Zag Festival
Selborne Arms, High Street, Selborne GU34 3JR and in the nearby Village Hall
Usually a selection of 15 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, though that seems to have been abandoned.
    Fri 03/10/2014
       – Sun 05/10/2014
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
Autumn Beer Festival. Usually 20 plus beers and ciders, with food available all day and music in the evenings. Keep an eye on for more details.
    Fri 03/10/2014
       – Sun 05/10/2014
Cricketers Arms, Bournemouth
41 Windham Road Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 4RN
Not far from the railway station, their 4th annual beer festival. No other details yet, but last year was 10 real ales & 6 traditional ciders, live entertainment & food. No website so here is the Whatpub link:
    Sat 04/10/2014 13th 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 12:00 – 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. The festival website is and the Wickham Centre is
    Thu 09/10/2014
       – Sat 11/10/2014
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. Thursday & Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 18:00 & 19:00 – 23:00. Tickets £5. All details at
    Fri 10/10/2014
       – Sat 11/10/2014
4th 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 £5, Saturday 18:00 – 23:00 £8. Theatre website is – look under October listings. This festival may be advance tickets only.
    Fri 17/10/2014
       – Sun 19/10/2014
Prince of Wales, Farnborough
184 Rectory Road, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 8AL
Annual autumn beer festival featuring beers from the East of England this year. No other details yet.
    Sat 18/10/2014 Four Marks Beer Festival
Four Marks Village Hall, Lymington Bottom, Four Marks (nr Alton) GU34 5AA
Now in its third year. Doors open at 19:00. As well as beer, a small selection of wine and cider will available along with hot food all evening. More details will be published at in due course. Tickets (£10 including a tankard & first pint) will be available in September.
    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
    Thu 30/10/2014
       – Sat 01/11/2014
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.
    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 for all details.

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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