Beer Festivals

Southern Hampshire CAMRA has been running the Southampton Beer Festival at Southampton Guildhall for the past 17 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!

  • 20th Reading Beer & Cider Festival – 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th May 2014
    King's Meadow, Reading, RG1 8BN
    Just a short walk from Reading railway station, and one of the bigger festivals on the CAMRA circui with over 500 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 – 16th, 17th & 18th May 2014
    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 25th 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 – 29th, 30th & 31st May 2014
    Southampton Guildhall, SO14 7LP
    Our own beer festival – we think it's the best on the South Coast, now in its 18th 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 XXXIV – 13th & 14th June 2014
    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. Card-carrying CAMRA members get 1/2 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.
     
  • 15th Devizes Beer Festival – 5th July 2014
    The Wharf, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1EB
    One day only 11:30 – 23:00. Tickets £10 in advance including £4 beer tokens. 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.

    Fri 25/04/2014
       – Sat 26/04/2014
Mychett Beer Festival 2014
Mychett Community Centre, 140 Mychett Road, Surrey GU16 6AA
Their third (we think) beer festival, just across the Surrey/Hampshire border from Farnborough. Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 23:00. £5 per day or £7 for both. Food & live music. More details on themytchettcentre.co.uk/FLEventsSpecial.htm
    Fri 25/04/2014
       – Sat 26/04/2014
Waterloo Arms Beer Festival
101 Waterloo Road, Freemantle, Southampton, SO15 3BS
About 15 beers and a few ciders, plus their usual Hop Back range from the bar. Food all day. Nothing on their website yet www.hopback.co.uk/our-pubs/the-waterloo.html
    Fri 25/04/2014
       – Sun 27/04/2014
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
    Sat 26/04/2014 12th Wickham Charity Beer Festival
The Wickham Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Nr. Fareham, PO17 5AL
Around 35 beers and a few ciders. Food available during both sessions, entertainment in the evening. Open 11:00 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. The centre is open between sessions if you go to both, the bar area 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. See www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 02/05/2014
       – Sat 04/05/2013
South Western Arms, St. Denys
38-40 Adelaide Road, St. Denys, Southampton SO17 2HW
Spring Beer Festival. 60 Real Ales, Ciders & Perries. Live music. Food available all day. Preview session from 6pm Thursday 1st, main event from noon Friday to Sunday. www.southwesternarms.com
    Fri 02/05/2014
       – Sat 03/05/2014
Salisbury Cider Festival
Castle Street Social Club, Scots Lane, Salisbury SP1 3TR
The first Salisbury Cider Festival with around 20 ciders. Three sessions, Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00. Music at all three sessions. Tickets are £8 Friday and £9 Saturday, £2 cheaper if bought in advance. A CAMRA card gets you a half pint token. https://salisburyciderfestival.wordpress.com
    Fri 02/05/2014
       – Sun 04/05/2014
Duck Inn, Laverstock
Duck Lane, Laverstock, Salisbury SP1 1PU
Beer & Cider Festival – 10 real ales & 6 ciders from around the country. Live music & barbeque. www.theduckatlaverstock.co.uk
    Fri 02/05/2014
       – Mon 05/05/2014
Watership Down, Freefolk
Watership Down Inn, Priory Lane, Freefolk, nr Whitchurch RG28 7NJ
An eclectic range of local ales and maybe a couple of ciders. Plenty of music, entertainment and barbecues throughout the weekend. See www.watershipdowninn.com/new-events/2014/2/28/party
    Fri 02/05/2014
       – Mon 05/05/2014
Queen Inn, Winchester
28 Kingsgate Road, Winchester SO23 9PG
Bank Holiday Weekend Beer Festival, with Real Ales from new Hampshire breweries and Live Music and Unusual Burgers will accompany the beer! www.thequeeninnwinchester.com/happenings?aid=3992
    Fri 02/05/2014
       – Mon 05/05/2014
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. Barbeque from mid afternoon! The pub's website is www.wadworth.co.uk/pubs/park-inn-southampton-southampton but it doesn't have event listings.
    Sat 03/05/2014
       – Mon 05/05/2014
9th Isle of Wight Steam Railway Beer Festival
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
9th Real Ale Festival featuring beers sourced from brewers on the Isle of Wight, the North West of England and from across the Border, plus there will be a range of hot and cold food available. Free admission 11:00 – 20:00 Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 – 17:00 Monday. Extra steam trains running during the festival. See www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/real-ale-festival.aspx
    Sat 03/05/2014
       – Mon 05/05/2014
Northbrook Arms, East Stratton
Stratton Lane, East Stratton (between Winchester & Basingstoke), SO21 3DU
Annual Ale & Cider Festival. About 30 ciders plus ten real ales. Beer, food, music, and a bouncy castle. Plenty for the whole family to do. From 10:00 till late. Camping available. See www.thenorthbrookarms.com/events.php
    Fri 09/05/2014
       – Sun 11/05/2014
Gala Diesel Weekend & Dorset Beer Festival
Bankes Arms, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5ED
Beer tent with 40 beers and 10 ciders. Food available all day. Music all weekend. This is hosted by The Bankes Arms, Corfe Castle – www.bankesarmscorfe.co.uk/whats-on.html – not the Studland Bankes Arms (sorry, we made that mistake on an earlier list). Run in conjunction with Swanage Railway and now in its 9th year but the venue is now the pub rather than Norden. See www.swanagerailway.co.uk/1a/dgala.php for the railway orientated information.
    Fri 16/05/2014
       – Sat 17/05/2014
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 £10. Entertainment each session. Around 120 cask beers, ciders & bottled beers. portsmouthbeerfestival.wordpress.com
    Fri 16/05/2014
       – Sat 17/05/2014
12th Beacon Hill Beer Festival
Hindhead Royal British Legion Club, Beacon Hill Road, Beacon Hill, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6QB
No more details yet but usually about 25 to 30 Ales plus ciders. Plenty of music too. Keep an eye on www.bhbf.co.uk
    Fri 16/05/2014
       – Sat 17/05/2014
Salisbury Rugby Club
Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 3SA
Annual beer festival 19:00 – 23:30 both evenings. Tickets are £5 and include a half pint glass and a programme. Tickets available on the door. salisburyrfc.org/social-events
    Fri 16/05/2014
       – Sun 18/05/2014
New Forest Inn
Emery Down, Lyndhurst SO43 7DY
'Sausage & Cider Festival' – usually about 12 ciders & 20 varieties of sausages. Music Friday & Saturday evening. A heat of The Forest's Got Talent is held on Sunday. thenewforestinn.co.uk/events.htm
    Sat 17/05/2014 German Beer Festival
Southampton Guildhall, SO14 7LP
This is a commercial organisation Beerfest UK running Oktoberfest themed beer festivals all over Britain. Open 17:00 – 23:00, £10 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
    Sat 17/05/2014 Newbury Racecourse Beer Festival
The Racecourse, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 7NZ
The highlight of Newbury's Flat racing season featuring the JLT Lockinge Stakes race and a Beer Festival. They usually feature a wide selection of local real ales and live music. See www.racecoursenewbury.co.uk/raceday/jlt-lockinge-stakes-day
    Fri 30/05/2014
       – Sat 31/05/2014
Alton Summer Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 plus 19:00 – 23:00. Just advance notice with the dates for now, keep an eye on www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk/festivals.html
    Sat 31/05/2014
       – Sun 01/06/2014
Coalie Fest
Coal Exchange, 21 South Street, Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7EG
Beer and music festival. Beer & music all day and a barbecue in the garden. See www.thecoalexchange.co.uk/News.htm
    Sat 14/06/2014 Somborne 5th Beer & Music Festival
King's Somborne (on A3057 6 miles N of Romsey)
Open 14:00 – 23:00. Just the date for now, tickets will go on sale from Easter onwards. Keep an eye on sombornebeerandmusic.weebly.com
    Sun 15/06/2014 Rhinefield House
Rhinefield House Hotel, Rhinefield Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7QB
A Father's day Beer Festival on the terrace featuring several local breweries. Open 12.00–15.00, entrance free. Food from the barbecue accompanies the local beers & ciders.
    Sat 28/06/2014
       – Sun 29/06/2014
Royal Oak, Fritham
The Royal Oak, Fritham, Hampshire, SO43 7HJ
The return of the Royal Oak Beer Festival (after seven years we think). Just provisional dates so far, so this may change.
    Fri 11/07/2014
       – Sun 13/07/2014
New Forest Inn
Emery Down, Lyndhurst SO43 7DY
Summer beer festival. About twenty beers & ciders. Food available all day – barbecue & hog roast expected. Music Friday & Saturday evening. Sunday features the semi final of the Forest's Got Talent. thenewforestinn.co.uk/events.htm
    Fri 25/07/2014
       – Sun 27/07/2014
Hampshire Bowman Beer and Cider Festival
Hampshire Bowman, Dundridge Lane, Dundridge, Hampshire, SO32 1GD
We've just got the dates at the moment, but usually between 60 and 80 real ales and ciders available from Midday Friday until it runs out on Sunday. Keep an eye on www.hampshirebowman.com
    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
   

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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