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

  • 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 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 Southsea Cider Festival
Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW
"Cancelled owing to supply issues"
    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.
    Sun 17/07/2016 Alton Bus Rally & Running Day
Anstey Park, Anstey Lane, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2NB
Not a festival but an opportunity to reach rural pubs otherwise difficult to get to by public transport. Feeder buses to Ansty Park from various towns including Winchester. Buses are free, but you are encouraged to buy a timetable event programme. www.altonbusrally2015.com
    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 King's Head, Alton
28 Market Street, Alton GU34 1HA
No details other than the dates, though they do offer a 10% discount for card carrying CAMRA members. Music and food available. No website so here is the Whatpub link []
    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
    Thu 11/08/2016
       – Sun 14/08/2016
Bankes Arms Beer Festival
The Bankes Arms, Manor Road, Studland Dorset BH19 3AU
Annual beer festival 11:00 – 23:00 each day. Over 200 beers and ciders. Food available all day and usually a Pimms Tent. Music at various times during the festival. www.bankesarmsbeerfestival.com
    Thu 18/08/2016
       – Sun 21/08/2016
Winchester Gate, Salisbury
Winchester Gate, 113 Rampart Road, Salisbury SP1 1JA
Summer Beer Festival. Usually from 16:30 on Thursday. A dozen or so beers plus ciders & perries. Details awaited on www.winchestergate.co.uk/beer-festivals
    Fri 19/08/2016
       – Sun 21/08/2016
Turfcutters Arms
Main Road, East Boldre, SO42 7WL
From 17:00 on Friday, over 20 real ales plus a few ciders. To keep you fed & entertained there's food served daily, including a hog roast Saturday afternoon, a bouncy castle, and plenty of live music. Free entrance & family friendly. Keep an eye on www.the-turfcutters-new-forest.co.uk/whats-on for more details.
    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
    Tue 23/08/2016
       – Mon 29/08/2016
Barley Beer Festival
The Barley Mow, 39 Castle Road, Southsea PO5 3DE
Local Ales, scrumpy ciders, live music. The pub's website is www.barleymowsouthsea.com/html/whats_on.html
    Fri 16/09/2016
       – Sat 17/09/2016
Colden Common Beer Festival
Community Centre, St. Vigor Way, Colden Common, Hampshire SO50 7HH
Friday 19:00 – 23:00; Saturday 14:00 – 23:30. 20+ real ales from 10 Hampshire brewers, plus Pimms, wines, ciders and locally-made food available at all times. Live music and quiet rooms. £3 a pint, entrance £3 including free glass. What's not to like? See their website for all dertails www.coldencommonbeerfest.com
    Sat 24/09/2016 Sherfield on Loddon Beer Festival
Sherfield Village Hall, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire, RG27 0EZ
9th annual beer festival. Over 50 beers and ciders. Hot food & live music. Tickets available later. Keep an eye on www.sherfieldbeerfestival.org.uk
    Fri 07/10/2016
       – Sat 08/10/2016
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. Entertainment both evening sessions. Tickets avalable soon. Keep an eye on www.ale-ingfest.co.uk
    Sat 08/10/2016 17th 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. The festival website is www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk and the Wickham Centre is www.wickhamcentre.org.uk/14/227/wickham-beer-festival
    Sat 15/10/2016
       – Sun 16/10/2016
Isle of Wight Classic Buses Beer & Walks Weekend
Isle of Wight
A repeat of last year's event when over 30 pubs were involved in Beer & Buses Weekend. Organised by IoW CAMRA and IoW Bus Museum – a great way to appreciate heritage buses and visit some of the island's fine pubs. The routes were very comprehensive. The buses will be free but please support them by buying the programme (£6 + p&p) which will have all the timetables plus discount vouchers. See iwbeerandbuses.co.uk 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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