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!

  • 25th Sussex Beer Festival – 19th, 20th & 21st March 2015
    Brighton Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE
    Open Thursday & Friday 11:00 – 15:00 & 17:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 22:00. Tickets £5 for lunchtime sessions, £8 for evening & Saturday sessions. Run by Sussex CAMRA Branches.
     
  • 5th Winchester Real Ale & Cider Festival – 20th & 21st March 2015
    Winchester Guildhall, High Street, Winchester SO23 9GH
    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 are now on sale. This festival always sells out so get your tickets early. One of the three annual beer festivals run by our CAMRA branch.
     
  • North Sussex Equinox Beer & Cider Festival – 28th & 29th March 2015
    Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF
    Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 22:00, Sunday 12:00 – 16:00. Tickets £6 Saturday, £4 Sunday. Run by CAMRA North Sussex Branch.
     
  • Bath Beer Festival – 10th & 11th April 2015
    Bath Rugby Club Premier Suite, Recreation Ground, Bath BA2 4DS
    In its 37th year, and the third at the Rugby Club. Three sessions: Friday 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 – 15:30 & 18:00 – 23:00. Over 35 beers and at least 6 ciders. Entrance (advance ticket recommended) £8 – includes £2 of tokens. Run by Bath and Borders CAMRA
     
  • 39th Farnham Beerex – 23rd, 24th & 25th April 2015
    Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR
    Jointly run by Farnham Lions Club, Farnham Maltings, CAMRA Surrey/Hants Borders Branch, and a number of enthusiastic volunteers. Around 75 real ales plus cider & perry. Food and entertainment each session. Open evenings 18:00 – 23:00 Thursday, Friday & Saturday plus a lunchtime session 11:00 – 15:00 Saturday. This is always a popular festival so get your tickets early from The Maltings Box Office
     
  • 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.
     
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 13/03/2015
       – Sun 29/03/2015
Wetherspoon International Real Ale Festival 2015
Wetherspoon pubs
50 real ales from the UK and around the world available over the period, though not all at the same time! All brewed with British hops. See www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/static/pdfs/admin-generated/podium/ale-festival-october-13-204.pdf
    Fri 20/03/2015
       – Sat 21/03/2015
Southsea Beerex
Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW
The first Southsea Beerex - a collaboration with the Leopold Tavern. Real Ales & live music, Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Entrance £10 per session which also gets you a glass. See the listings page on www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk/WhatsOn/SouthseaBeerex.aspx
    Fri 03/04/2015
       – Sat 04/04/2015
Wareham Easter Beerex 2015
Wareham Masonic Hall, Howards Lane, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4HU
11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00 both days. Around 25 real ales. More information from www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wareham-easter-beerex-2828242074
    Fri 03/04/2015
       – Sun 05/04/2015
6th Big Bournemouth Beer Festival
Purbeck Hall, Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH
Sessions are Friday 18:30 – 23:30, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:30 – 23:30. Tickets are £7 for the afternoon session, £7.50 for the evening sessions, and include a glass, a programme and £1.50 of tokens. A 'Sup-up Sunday' session starts at 12:00 and continues until the beer runs out. This is free entrance and doesn't include glass, tokens etc. Please note that all sessions are over 18s only. See www.bic.co.uk/whats-on/the-6th-annual-big-bournemouth-beer-festival-2015 for all details.
    Sat 04/04/2015 Southampton Amateur Rowing Club, Woolston
Southampton Amateur Rowing Club, 26A Hazel Road, Woolston, Southampton SO19 7GA
Their 2nd annual festival (we must have missed the first one last year) 11:00 – 23:00, 'beer, food, music, games'. Tickets £2 in advance, or £3 on the door. See southamptonamateurrowingclub.co.uk/events for details.
    Sat 11/04/2015 14th 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. £1 discount on all tickets for buying early. See www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk
    Sat 18/04/2015 13th Portchester Beer Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester, PO16 9AD
Two sessions, 11:00 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. Around 25 beers and 10 ciders/perries, plus food & entertainment. £10 a ticket including £4 of beer tokens. Full details will be on on www.portchesterbeerfestival.org.uk nearer the time.
    Sat 18/04/2015 HMS Warrior Beer Festival
Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3QX
Selected real ales and craft beers from Hampshire and around the country, in the unique setting of the 19th Century warship, HMS Warrior. Saturday 19:00 – 24:00, early bird tickets £21 - includes your choice of food, and a drink. See redstarbeerfestivals.com for all details.
    Fri 24/04/2015 Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
Spring Beer and Cider Festival. There's nothing but a date on their website so far, but usually it runs for three days and has 20 plus beers and ciders, with food available all day and music in the evenings. Keep an eye on www.redshoot.co.uk/events-and-offers.php for more details.
    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
    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 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
    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 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 Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, £15 Saturday evening. A free pint for CAMRA members, so take your card. Tickets on sale from March. See guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk for full details.
    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.
    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
   

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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