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!

  • 21st Reading Beer & Cider Festival – 30th April, 1st, 2nd & 3rd May 2015
    King's Meadow, Reading, RG1 8BN
    Just a short walk from Reading railway station, and one of the bigger festivals on the CAMRA circuit with over 550 real ales and 150 ciders. 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
     
  • Yapton Beerex – 15th, 16th & 17th May 2015
    Yapton and Ford Village Hall, Yapton, West Sussex BN18 0ET
    Always a good festival, especially if the weather is fine, and this year is the 26th Yapton Beer Festival. Fri 18:00 – 23.00; Sat 11:00 – 17:00 & 19:00 – 23:00; Sun 12:00 – 15:00. Run by Western Sussex CAMRA
     
  • Southampton Beer Festival – 4th, 5th & 6th June 2015
    Southampton O2 Guildhall, SO14 7LP
    Our own beer festival – we think it's the best on the South Coast, now in its 19th 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 XXXV – 12th & 13th June 2015
    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.
     
  • 16th Devizes Beer Festival – 4th July 2015
    The Wharf, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1EB
    One day only 11:00 – 22:00. Tickets £10 in advance including £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.
     
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.

    Thu 30/04/2015
       – Fri 01/05/2015
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 www.thecoalexchange.co.uk/News.htm
    Fri 01/05/2015 Bournemouth Cider Festival
Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX
Bournemouth's first dedicated cider festival 18:00 – 23:00 at the Shelley Theatre (part of the original Shelley Manor, home of Mary Shelley the author of Frankenstein). Tickets £5 (advance prefered) and include a ½ pint of cider. The bar will be open for beer, spirits and soft drinks. Musical entertainment too. Card carrying CAMRA members get free entry (but unfortunately no free sample!). See shelleytheatre.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=17721 for ticket details.
    Fri 01/05/2015
       – Mon 04/05/2015
Wilkes Head, Eastergate
Church Lane, Eastergate, Nr Barnham, West Sussex, PO20 3UT
Spring Beer Festival. 23 ales plus cider & perry. 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 01/05/2015
       – Mon 04/05/2015
South Western Arms, St. Denys
38-40 Adelaide Road, St. Denys, Southampton SO17 2HW
Spring Beer Festival. Usually 60 Real Ales, Ciders & Perries, with live music & food, but details not confirmed anywhere yet. Preview session from 6pm Thursday 30th April, 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 01/05/2015
       – Mon 04/05/2015
Watership Down, Freefolk
Watership Down Inn, Priory Lane, Freefolk, nr Whitchurch RG28 7NJ
Over 20 different ales and some ciders. Music and barbecues every day including a hog roast on Saturday and a lamb roast on Sunday. See www.watershipdowninn.com/new-events/2015/3/4/beer-festival-friday-1st-may-2015-monday-4th-may-2015
    Fri 01/05/2015
       – Mon 04/05/2015
Queen Inn, Winchester
28 Kingsgate Road, Winchester SO23 9PG
Bank Holiday Weekend Beer Festival. 35 beers from Dorset & Somerset, plus ciders and wine. Music Friday & Saturday eveings and (we assume) plenty of food. See www.thequeeninnwinchester.co.uk/news--events
    Fri 01/05/2015
       – Mon 04/05/2015
Park Inn, Southampton
37 Carlisle Road, Shirley, Southampton, SO16 4FN
Beer festival with a dozen plus beers on stillage and half a dozen on hand pump plus a few ciders. From 12:00 on Friday. Barbecue available and live music Friday & Saturday evenings. The pub's website is www.wadworth.co.uk/pubs/park-inn-southampton-southampton but it doesn't have event listings.
    Sat 02/05/2015
       – Mon 04/05/2015
10th Isle of Wight Steam Railway Beer Festival
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
10th Real Ale Festival featuring beers from around the country including the most popular beers from the previous nine festivals. Plus, there will be a range of hot and cold food available. Free admission 11:00 – 19:00 Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 – 17:00 Monday. Extra steam trains running during the festival. See www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/real-ale-festival.aspx
    Mon 04/05/2015 St. Mary's Church May Fayre
Fratton Road, Fratton, Portsmouth
Over 40 Real Ales, Ciders and Perry. Although not a CAMRA event, the beer tent at St Mary's Church May Fayre is predominantly staffed by CAMRA volunteers. Open 10:30 – 16:30, or more likely earlier, when the beer runs out. Free entrance. All profits are donated to the church. Full details can be found at www.mayfayre.me.uk
    Fri 08/05/2015
       – Sun 10/05/2015
Gala Diesel Weekend & Dorset Beer Festival
Corfe Castle Railway Station, Station Road, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EJ
Previously this has been at Norden station, then last year The Bankes Arms, Corfe Castle. This year it's at Corfe Castle station in a carriage on the cattle dock and arranged by Glastonbury Ales. 25 beers and 6 ciders. We have a link for the railway side but not the beer festival, maybe later? www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events/detail/diesel-gala
    Sat 09/05/2015 Hatch Warren Cider Festival
Hatch Warren Community Centre, Longcross Lane, Hatch Warren, Basingstoke RG22 4XF
19:00 – 23:00. a wide range of Ciders, Perries and other fruit based alcoholic beverages from around the UK plus food and live music. Tickets £7 members, £8 non-members includes first drink. See www.hatchwarren.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74&Itemid=575
    Sun 10/05/2015 South Downs Green Fair
The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire, GU32 1HR
From 10:00 – 17:00. A festival with a beer tent. Plenty for the family to do. Tickets on the gate are £7 adult and £4 children. A free shuttle bus operates between Clanfield and the site. See www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/hampshiregreen/2015
    Fri 15/05/2015
       – Sat 16/05/2015
German Beer Festival
Southampton Guildhall, SO14 7LP
This is a commercial organisation Beerfest UK running Oktoberfest themed beer festivals all over Britain. Open Friday 17:00 – 23:00, Saturday 16:00 – 23:00. £12 in advance, £15 on the door. Be warned, this is keg only and just two choices of beer, the emphasis being the 'oom-pah' atmosphere. www.beerfestuk.com/southampton.html
    Fri 15/05/2015
       – Sat 16/05/2015
Portsmouth Beer Festival
Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Tickets £11.25, which includes a souvenir glass, programme & a beer token. Entertainment each session, and food too. Around 120 cask beers, ciders & bottled beers. portsmouthbeerfestival.wordpress.com
    Fri 22/05/2015
       – Mon 25/05/2015
Black Dog, Waltham Chase
Winchester Road, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX
Bank Holiday Beer Festival. That's all we know at the moment, keep an eye on www.theblackdogwalthamchase.co.uk/whats-on
    Fri 22/05/2015
       – Mon 25/05/2015
Wheatsheaf Inn, Shedfield
Botley Road, Shedfield, Hampshire, SO32 2JG
Annual beer festival. Twenty plus beers in the garage plus the usual on the bar. Music in the evenings and maybe late afternoon, check with them. Barbecue in the garden if the weather allows. No website but their Whatpub entry is whatpub.com/pubs/HAS/00364/wheatsheaf-inn-shedfield
    Fri 22/05/2015
       – Mon 25/05/2015
Winchester Gate, Salisbury
Winchester Gate, 113 Rampart Road, Salisbury SP1 1JA
Spring Beer Festival. 15 or so beers plus ciders & perries. www.winchestergate.co.uk/beer-festivals
    Mon 25/05/2015 CherryFest 2015
Duke of Cambridge, Tilford Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DD
A charity music and beer festival in aid of Cherry Trees respite care home for kids. Entrance £5 for adults. Music, food, beers, ciders & more See www.dukeofcambridgetilford.co.uk/news-events/cherryfest15
    Wed 27/05/2015
       – Fri 29/05/2015
White Trash Country Bash Cider Festival
The Rockstone, 63 Onslow Road SO14 0JL
A cowboy themed cider and music festival - they encourage you to dress up! The garden bar will have a range of ciders, perries, ginger beers, lemonades and more, the main bar will have its usual range of fine beers. A host of live music and food for all the hungry ranchers. www.therockstone.co.uk/index.php/events.html
    Fri 29/05/2015
       – Sat 30/05/2015
Alton Summer Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
Just the dates for now. Keep an eye on www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk/festivals.html
    Fri 29/05/2015
       – Sat 30/05/2015
13th Beacon Hill Beer Festival
Hindhead Royal British Legion Club, Beacon Hill Road, Beacon Hill, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6QB
From 18:00 on Friday & 12:00 Saturday. Entrance £5, includes souvenir glass. Around 20 to 25 beers, plus ciders and bottled world beers. Plenty of music too. See www.bhbf.co.uk
    Fri 29/05/2015
       – Sun 31/05/2015
Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival
Quay Street, Yarmouth, Isle Of Wight PO41 0PE
A beer festival in 'McGaffers Beer Tent' to coincide with the annual Gaffers race. The beer tent will be on the shore. See www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/yarmouth-old-gaffers-festival-2015-p915981
    Sat 06/06/2015
       – Sun 07/06/2015
Golden Lion, Southwick
High Street, Southwick, Hampshire PO17 6EB
This is their second beer festival we expect it to feature 20 ales. It ties in with the villages D Day festival. There's nothing about it on their website but it does get a small mention on the village website. www.thegoldenlionsouthwick.co.uk www.southwickdday70.co.uk/d-day-revival-events
    Fri 12/06/2015
       – Sat 13/06/2015
6th Guildford Beer Festival
Guildford Cricket Club, The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RP
More than 70 cask ales, sourced from 25 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. A free pint for CAMRA members, so take your card. Tickets now on sale. See guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk for full details.
    Fri 19/06/2015
       – Sun 21/06/2015
Waterloo Arms Beer Festival
101 Waterloo Road, Freemantle, Southampton, SO15 3BS
Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. 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
    Sat 20/06/2015 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. 4 bands lined up plus beers from Loddon & West Berkshire. Tickets on sale in May. Keep an eye on www.rocknale.co.uk
    Fri 26/06/2015
       – Sun 28/06/2015
Hedge End Club
4 Bursledon Road, Hedge End, Hampshire, SO30 0BR
3rd annual beer festival with 20 beers & 4 ciders expected. Open from 11:00 each day until 'close', with live music in the evenings and hot & cold food. It's the 'open weekend' for the club therefore non members are welcome. See www.hedgeendclub.co.uk for club details.
    Fri 26/06/2015
       – Sun 28/06/2015
Rose in June, Portsmouth
102 Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth PO3 6AR
Twenty beers and six ciders we believe. Music (usually folk) both afternoons and Saturday evening. For food, the barbecue will be busy throughout each day. A percentage of proceeds go to the Motor Neuron Disease Association. www.theroseinjune.co.uk/summer.html
    Fri 26/06/2015
       – Sun 28/06/2015
The Chairmakers, Worlds End
Worlds End, nr Denmead, Hampshire PO7 4QX
Lots of ales, and live music all weekend from Friday evening until Sunday evening. See www.thechairmakers.co.uk/whats-on
    Sat 27/06/2015
       – Sun 28/06/2015
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 the Ringwood brewery. The beer festival features their own beers as well as others. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/basingstoke
    Thu 02/07/2015
       – Sat 04/07/2015
Blissfields Hobgoblin Beer Festival
Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott, Winchester SO21 3BL
For the third year there's a beer festival at the Blissfields music festival in the main arena (so you'll need to pay to get in). 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
    Sat 04/07/2015 Lowde Fest 15, 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, see website for details. www.lowdefest.com/the-bars
    Fri 10/07/2015
       – Sat 11/07/2015
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 11/07/2015
       – Sun 12/07/2015
Christchurch Cheese and Chilli Festival
Bournemouth Sports Club, Chapel Gate, Chapel Lane, East Parley, Christchurch BH23 6BL
Cheese & Chilli Festival. A chain of festivals that also include beer festivals organised by the Ringwood brewery. The beer festival features their own beers as well as others. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/christchurch
    Fri 17/07/2015
       – Sun 19/07/2015
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. Outdoor festival (weather permitting), free entrance, and open to non-members. 17 ales and 10 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: pennoclub.weebly.com.
    Fri 24/07/2015
       – Sat 25/07/2015
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival
St Aldhelms Centre, Poole Road, Branksome BH12 1AD
Over 30 beers and ciders from the UK plus some bottled beers from America. Hamburgers and Ice cream. 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/bbf.php
    Sat 08/08/2015 Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
At least 40 Real Ales + Local Ciders + BBQ. Open lunchtime 11:00 – 15:00 & evening 17:30 – 21:30. Just 15 minutes walk from the railway station. Tickets £7 in advance or £8 on the door if there are any left. See www.fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest for all details. Raising money for local Samaritans and the Surrey Air Ambulance.
    Sat 08/08/2015
       – Sun 09/08/2015
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 the Ringwood brewery. The beer festival features their own beers as well as others. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/winchester
    Fri 21/08/2015
       – Sun 23/08/2015
Turfcutters Arms
Main Road, East Boldre, SO42 7WL
From 18:00 on Friday, over 20 real ales plus a few ciders. To keep you fed & entertained there's a barbecue, bouncy castle, and plenty of live music. Keep an eye on www.the-turfcutters-new-forest.co.uk/whats-on for more details.
    Sat 29/08/2015 Somerley Beer & Music Festival
The Walled garden, Old Somerley, Ellingham, Ringwood
The 5th Somerley Beer & Music Festival, open 11:00 – 23:00 with around one hundred real ales & ciders plus wine tasting & Pimms. Advance tickets are not available yet, more details will follow. To get to it go a mile or so north of Ringwood on the A338 then turn left along Ellingham drive. It’s on the right just after you go over the river (a postcode and Sat Nav won't work!). Full details will be on www.somerleybeerfestival.com
    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 www.thecoalexchange.co.uk/News.htm
    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, more information nearer the time.
    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. Music from early afternoon and a Hog Roast. More details nearer the time & tickets go on sale in August. See www.sherfieldbeerfestival.org.uk
   

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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