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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
Gosport Winterfest XXIV – 19th & 20th February 2016
Four sessions, Fri 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 16:00
& 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £5, £8, £8 & £6 respectively. Run by Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA.
North Sussex Equinox Beer & Cider
Festival – 5th & 6th March 2016
Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF
Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 22:00, Sunday 12:00 – 16:00. Tickets £6 for each
Saturday session, free entrance Sunday. Run by CAMRA North Sussex Branch.
26th Sussex Beer Festival
– 17th, 18th & 19th March 2016
Brighton Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton BN1
Open Thursday 17:00 – 23:00, Thursday & Friday 11:00 – 15:00 & 17:00 – 23:00,
Saturday 12:00 – 22:00. Tickets £9 for evening sessions, £5 Friday lunchtime session, £8
Saturday session. Run by Sussex CAMRA Branches.
6th Winchester Real Ale
& Cider Festival – 18th & 19th March 2016
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.
Beerex – 21st, 22nd & 23rd April 2016
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. The beerex is still in planning but expect 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. They go on sale from 28th February.
22nd Reading Beer & Cider
Festival – 28th, 29th, 30th April & 1st May 2016
Christchurch Meadows, Caversham,
Just a short walk from Reading railway station, and one of the bigger festivals on the CAMRA
circuit. 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
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
|• Fri 19/02/2016
– Sat 20/02/2016
|Alton Winter Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00. Tickets are £5 for
each session and advance purchase is essential. Normally there are over 50 real ales all at £3 a pint
plus ciders, local wine, live music & good food. Glasses are not provided so you must bring your own.
Details are on www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk
|• Fri 26/02/2016
– Sat 27/02/2016
|Cleveland Bay, Chandler's Ford
1 Pilgrims Close, Chandler's Ford, SO53 4ST
A wide selection of real ales & traditional ciders over the weekend. Live music Friday & Saturday
evenings. See www.theclevelandbay.co.uk/events/beer-festival-february-2016
|• Fri 26/02/2016
– Sat 27/02/2016
|Petersfield Beer & Cider Festival
Petersfield Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA
The third Petersfield Beer and Cider Festival, Friday 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 12:00 – 17:00
& 18:00 – 23:00. Fine ales & cider from across the region, music all sessions and food
throughout. Tickets £6 (advance recommended). See their website www.petersfieldfest.com/wp/petersfield-beer-and-cider-festival
|• Fri 26/02/2016
– Sun 28/02/2016
|Rose in June, Portsmouth
102 Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth PO3 6AR
Annual winter beer festival with 10 beers and 6 ciders. See www.theroseinjune.co.uk/winterbeerfest.html for details.
|• Wed 16/03/2016
– Sun 20/03/2016
|Chaplin's Spring Equinox Beer Festival
Chaplin's & The Cellar Bar, 529 Christchurch Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4AG
Just the dates so far. See www.chaplins-bar.co.uk/solstice-beer-sausage-and-cider-festival
|• Fri 25/03/2016
||Festival of Touch Rugby and Real Ales
Ellingham and Ringwood RFC, Parsonage Barn Lane, Ringwood BH24 1PZ
One of Ringwood's largest annual events, now in its 14th year. Not much information yet, keep an eye on www.pitchero.com/clubs/ellinghamringwood/calendar/event/rugby-real-ale-festival-219697
|• Fri 25/03/2016
– Sat 26/03/2016
|Wareham Easter Beerex 2016
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/e/wareham-easter-beerex-2016-tickets-2786573717
|• Fri 25/03/2016
– Sun 27/03/2016
|7th 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
£7.75 for the afternoon session, £8.25 for the evening sessions, and include a glass, a programme
and £1.50 of tokens. A 'Sup-up Sunday' session starts at 15:00 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-7th-annual-big-bournemouth-beer-festival-2016 for all details.
|• Fri 01/04/2016
– Sat 02/04/2016
Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW
The second 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. See the listings page on www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk/WhatsOn/SouthseaBeerex.aspx but that's awaiting final details.
|• Fri 08/04/2016
– Sat 09/04/2016
|16th 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 Friday evening for a Beer Blues and
Curry Night (limited tickets); Saturday 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. More details on www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk
|• Sat 09/04/2016
||14th 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. Full details on www.portchesterbeerfestival.org.uk
|• Sat 16/04/2016
||Victoria Inn, West Marden
West Marden, West Sussex, PO18 9EN
No more details on this one yet. Keep an eye on www.victoriainnwestmarden.co.uk/page/Events
|• Fri 22/04/2016
– Sun 24/04/2016
|Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
April Beer & Cider Festival. Over 20 real ales from all over the country, including our Red Shoot's own
microbrews, and 25 traditional ciders. Live music all weekend. Keep an eye on www.redshoot.co.uk/events/red-shoot-april-beer-festival for more details.
|• Sat 23/04/2016
||Sir Loin of Beef, Eastney
152 Highland Road, Eastney, Portsmouth PO4 9NH
No more details on this one and the pub has no website so here's the whatpub link: whatpub.com/pubs/POR/00219
|• Fri 27/05/2016
– Sun 29/05/2016
|Locomotive Engineers' Club, Eastleigh
18 Southampton Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9FJ
Beer & Cider Festival. That's all we know so far. It says 'All welcome', we assume that's non-members as
well. No website, so here's the Whatpub link: www.shantscamra.org.uk/beer/pubdata/survey/edit.php?PubID=HAS/00831
|• Fri 17/06/2016
– Sun 19/06/2016
|Hyde Tavern Beer Festival
57 Hyde Street, Winchester SO23 7DY
Annual beer festival, 20+ beers, 7 ciders, live music & food. More on their website nearer the time: hydetavern.co.uk/events
If you know of any more non-CAMRA beer festivals in our branch area then please
email the details to us.