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!

  • Great British Beer Festival – 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th & 16th August 2014
    Olympia, London.
    55,000 people expected at the biggest real ale festival in the world – run by volunteers from all CAMRA branches. Tickets on sale now.
     
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.

    Sat 26/07/2014
       – Mon 28/07/2014
Foundry Arms, Poole
58 Lagland Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1QG
A cider & sausage festival, but no details on their website www.foundryarms.co.uk
    Tue 29/07/2014
       – Sun 03/08/2014
Wheatsheaf, Titchfield
1 East St., Titchfield, PO14 4AD
Summer Beer Festival incorporating a Sausage and Ale Festival Tuesday to Saturday and a Pork & Cider Day on the Sunday. www.wheatsheaftitchfield.co.uk/events
    Fri 01/08/2014
       – Sat 02/08/2014
New Milton Beer Festival
The Rising Sun, Bashley Common Road, New Milton Hampshire BH25 5SF
Friday 17:00 – 23:00; Saturday 12:00 – 23:00; Sunday 12:00 – 16:00. 25 cask beers plus 7 ciders. Last year this was supplemented with wines, food & live music. Full details on www.newmiltonbeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 01/08/2014
       – Sat 09/08/2014
Cowes Week
The Parade, Cowes, IOW
Not a beer festival but during Cowes week at Cowes Parade there will be a real ale tent organised by some of the Isle of Wight breweries featuring their ales and ciders. www.cowesparade.co.uk/?page_id=36
    Thu 07/08/2014
       – Sun 10/08/2014
Bankes Arms Beer Festival
The Bankes Arms, Manor Road, Studland Dorset BH19 3AU
Annual beer festival 11:00 – 23:00 each day. 210 beers and ciders. Food available all day and a Pimms Tent. Music at various times during the festival. www.bankesarmsbeerfestival.com
    Fri 08/08/2014
       – Sun 10/08/2014
Plough Inn, Grateley
Chapel Lane, Grateley, Andover SP11 8JR
Music in the evenings, family entertainment Sunday afternoon. Barbecue Friday evening and Sunday afternoon & evening, Hog Roast Saturday evening. www.ploughinngrateley.co.uk/events
    Sat 09/08/2014 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 Sailability and local charities.
    Thu 14/08/2014
       – Sun 17/08/2014
Winchester Gate, Salisbury
Winchester Gate, 113 Rampart Road, Salisbury SP1 1JA
Summer Beer Festival. 16 or so beers plus ciders & perries. www.winchestergate.co.uk/beer-festivals
    Fri 15/08/2014
       – Sun 17/08/2014
Lord Nelson, Hythe
5 High Street, Hythe SO45 6AG
Cider and sausage festival. Found the dates from two of the entertainment acts gigs listings, apart form that we know little. You could try phoning 023 8084 2169. The pub's Whatpub entry is whatpub.com/pubs/HAS/00221
    Sat 16/08/2014
       – Sun 17/08/2014
Brushmakers Arms
Shoe Lane, Upham, Hampshire SO32 1JJ
Annual afternoon beer festival. No detailed information yet, although we have heard that King John Morris has been booked for Saturday afternoon. Usually held on Friday afternoon and 12:00 – 18:00 Saturday & Sunday, with up to ten beers on stillage and a few on hand pump plus a few ciders, and music in the afternoons. This is usually a ticket-only event. Their own website is dead so here is the Whatpub link: whatpub.com/pubs/HAS/00639/brushmakers-arms-upham
    Tue 19/08/2014
       – Mon 25/08/2014
4th Barley Mow Beer Festival
The Barley Mow, 39 Castle Road, Southsea PO5 3DE
Over 20 ales available throughout the week and 3 scumpy ciders. Music at various times and raisng money for Rowans Hospice. www.barleymowsouthsea.com
    Thu 21/08/2014
       – Mon 25/08/2014
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, a barbecue/ Hog Roast and live music. Details on www.drusillasinn.co.uk/steam-fair
    Thu 21/08/2014
       – Mon 25/08/2014
Platform Tavern Summer Ale & Blues Festival
Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2NY
Annual festival starting Thursday evening. About a dozen beers on stillage, the usual four on hand pump and a few ciders. Food available. Usually music each evening and Sunday afternoon. The website doesn't have August listings yet www.platformtavern.com
    Fri 22/08/2014
       – Mon 25/08/2014
Flowerpots Inn
Brandy Mount, Cheriton, SO24 0QQ
This ever popular beer festival starts Friday evening and from 12:00 Saturday, Sunday & Monday. www.flowerpots.f2s.com
    Fri 22/08/2014
       – Mon 25/08/2014
Black Dog, Waltham Chase
Winchester Road, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX
Just the dates so far. www.theblackdogwalthamchase.co.uk/whats-on
    Fri 22/08/2014
       – Mon 25/08/2014
Fountain Inn, Whiteparish
The Street, Whiteparish, Wiltshire SP5 2SG
Over a dozen beers. Live music during the festival. Food available all day. No website so here is the Whatpub link: whatpub.com/pubs/SAL/155
    Sat 23/08/2014 Somerley Beer & Music Festival
The Walled garden, Old Somerley, Ellingham, Ringwood
The 4th Somerley Beer & Music Festival, open 11:00 – 23:00 with around eighty real ales & ciders plus wine tasting & Pimms. Food includes a barbecue, hog roast and a variety of crÍpes. Music all day and a bouncy castle as well. If you book early tickets are £5.95, otherwise it's £10 on the gate; free entrance for under 16s. Camping/caravanning pitches are available. 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!). Alternatively, there is a cheap shuttle bus from Ringwood. Full details on www.somerleybeerfestival.com
    Sat 23/08/2014 Rising Sun, Swanmore
Hill Pound, Swanmore, Hampshire SO32 2PS
Second beer and cider festival. They started experimenting with brewing their own beer in April and a festival special should be available. See www.risingsunswanmore.co.uk
    Sat 23/08/2014 Liss Beer Festival
The Triangle Centre, Mill Road, Liss, Hampshire GU33 7DX
Beer, cider and wine festival 14:00 – 23:00. Tickets £5 in advance, £7 on the door. Includes a commemorative glass whilst stocks last, so bring your own if you don't like plastic. Food & live music all day. See www.liss-triangle-centre.org.uk/pages/liss-beer-festival-saturday-23rd-august
    Sat 23/08/2014
       – Sun 24/08/2014
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 £21.60 each day for the whole festival. More information at www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/areas/real-ale-festival
    Sat 23/08/2014
       – Sun 24/08/2014
The Crown, Old Basing
The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG24 7BW
The Crown's third Beer Festival. Just the rough dates for now. See the Crown's website: www.thecrownoldbasing.com/functionsandevents.html
    Sat 23/08/2014
       – Mon 25/08/2014
Tally Ho! Broughton
High Street, Broughton, nr Stockbridge, SO20 8AA
Annual beer festival with beers, ciders, food & music. www.thetallyhobroughton.co.uk/events/2014-08
    Thu 28/08/2014
       – Sun 31/08/2014
Ale at Amberley 9
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley, Nr Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT
Around 80 ales, ciders & perries from Sussex & further afield. Only the dates so far, we hope more details will be on their website soon www.aleatamberley.co.uk
    Fri 29/08/2014
       – Sun 31/08/2014
Junction Tavern, Gosport
1 Leesland Road, Gosport PO12 3ND
About 20 beers, some on stillage, some on handpump, and some ciders. Open daily 11:00 – 23:00. The pub's website doesn't get updated but basic information is there when it works – www.junctiontavern.com
    Sat 06/09/2014 Hatch Warren Beer Festival
Hatch Warren Community Centre, Longcross Lane, Hatch Warren, Basingstoke RG22 4XF
19:00 – 23:00. Beers from thrirteen local breweries plus food and live music. Tickets £8 members, £9 non-members includes first drink & commemorative glass. £1 discount for tickets bought in July. See www.hatchwarren.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=507
    Sat 06/09/2014 Thirst Poulner
1st Poulner Scout Hall, 264 Southampton Road, Poulner, nr Ringwood BH24 1JQ
Music & Beer Festival 12:00 – 21:00. At least 15 Real Ales, and traditional Ciders, with live music all day. Tickets £5. www.thirstpoulner.org
    Fri 12/09/2014
       – Sat 13/09/2014
Waterloo Arms Beer Festival
101 Waterloo Road, Freemantle, Southampton, SO15 3BS
About 20 beers and a few ciders, plus their usual Hop Back range from the bar. Food/bar snacks all day. Will carry on into Sunday if there is anything left! Nothing on their website yet www.hopback.co.uk/our-pubs/the-waterloo.html
    Fri 12/09/2014
       – Sun 14/09/2014
Colden Common Beer Festival
Community Centre, St. Vigor Way, Colden Common, Hampshire SO50 7HH
Friday 19:00 – 23:00; Saturday 14:00 – 23:00, admission £5.00, includes first half pint; Sunday 14:00 – 17:00 Family Afternoon admission £3. Their website is www.coldencommoncc.co.uk We expect information to be there shortly.
    Sat 13/09/2014 Newbury Real Ale Festival
Northcroft Fields, Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1RS
The 11th 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. No advance tickets, buy on the door. More details on www.newburyrealale.co.uk
    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. The website still has last year's details on it so keep an eye out for updates www.curdridgebeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 26/09/2014
       – Sun 28/09/2014
Cleveland Bay, Chandler's Ford
1 Pilgrims Close, Chandler's Ford, SO53 4ST
Real ales & a selection of traditional ciders over the weekend. This event usually has live music Friday & Saturday evenings; and a bouncy castle, face painting & barbecue on Saturday & Sunday (weather permitting). See www.theclevelandbay.co.uk/events/beer-festival
    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. www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=276363&ClubID=1690
    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. www.sherfieldbeerfestival.org.uk
    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 www.ale-ingfest.co.uk
    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 www.redshoot.co.uk/events-and-offers.php 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: whatpub.com/pubs/SED/107
    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. Their normal website hasn't been updated yet - www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk otherwise see www.wickhamcentre.org.uk/14/227/wickham-beer-festival
    Fri 17/10/2014
       – Sun 19/10/2014
Prince of Wales, Farnborough
184 Rectory Road, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 8AL
Annual autumn beer festival. No other details yet. www.theprinceinfarnborough.co.uk
    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. More details will be published at www.fourmarksbeerfestival.co.uk in due course. Tickets will be available in September.
   

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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