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 – 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th August 2015
    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.
     
  • Portsmouth Camra Beerex – 4th & 5th September 2015
    University of Portsmouth, Students Union Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2EF
    12:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00 Friday and 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £5 Friday lunchtime, £8 Friday evening & Saturday lunchtime, £6 Saturday Evening. Run by Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA.
     
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 9th & 10th October 2015
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 3GZ
    Just the dates for now, tickets will go on sale in September – keep an eye on the website.
     
  • Weymouth Octoberfest – 16th & 17th October 2015
    Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
    Just the dates for now. Run by West Dorset 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.
To get your beer festival listed here send an email to beerfestivals@shantscamra.org.uk

    Fri 10/07/2015
       – Sat 11/07/2015
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
    Fri 10/07/2015
       – Sun 12/07/2015
Weyhill Fair
Weyhill Road, Weyhill, Andover, SP11 0PP
Beer & Music Festival. Over 50 real ales, ciders, hog roasts and 3 days of free live music. Camping was available, but that's now full. See www.weyhillfair.com/events
    Fri 10/07/2015
       – Sun 12/07/2015
Rose & Crown, Lytchett Matravers
178 Wareham Road, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, BH16 6DT
Large selection of real ales & ciders, plus festival food and live music. See www.roseandcrownlytchett.co.uk/live-entertainment-events
    Fri 10/07/2015
       – Sun 12/07/2015
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
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. See www.redshoot.co.uk/events/red-shoot-beer-cider-festival for more details.
    Sat 11/07/2015
       – Sun 12/07/2015
Christchurch Cheese and Chilli Festival
Bournemouth Sports Club, Chapel Gate, Chapel Lane, East Parley, Christchurch BH23 6BL
Cheese & Chilli Festival. A chain of festivals that also include beer festivals organised by the Ringwood brewery. The beer festival features their own beers as well as others. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/christchurch
    Fri 17/07/2015
       – Sun 19/07/2015
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. Outdoor festival (weather permitting), free entrance, and open to non-members. 17 ales and 10 ciders. Music each session (quiet areas available also) and BBQ food available each day. See the club's website for more details: pennoclub.weebly.com/annual-beer-festivale.html.
    Sat 18/07/2015 The George, Alton
Butts Road, Alton GU34 1LH
A 1 day mini beer festival to coincide with a local bus rally. Buses will be travelling to and from pubs in the area. Mostly the ones featured in the Good beer guide. Nothing on the pub's website www.thegeorgealton.co.uk but the bus rally website is www.bristol-re.moonfruit.com
    Fri 24/07/2015
       – Sat 25/07/2015
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival
St Aldhelms Centre, Poole Road, Branksome BH12 1AD
Over 35 beers and ciders from the UK plus some bottled beers from America. Hamburgers and ice cream. 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
    Fri 24/07/2015
       – Sun 26/07/2015
Hampshire Bowman Beer and Cider Festival
Hampshire Bowman, Dundridge Lane, Dundridge, Hampshire, SO32 1GD
The beer festival runs from 12:00 to 23:00 each day, and serves 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
    Tue 28/07/2015
       – Sun 02/08/2015
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. At least that's what we think, their website not quite updated yet www.wheatsheaftitchfield.co.uk
    Fri 31/07/2015
       – Sun 02/08/2015
Grayshott Cricket Club
The Sportsfield, Beech Hanger Road, off Headley Road, Grayshott (nr Hindhead) GU26 6LS
The inaugural beer festival at Grayshott Cricket Club. 17:00 – 22:30 Friday & Saturday 12:00 – 19:00 Sunday. A range of real ales, lagers and ciders all sourced locally. Various entertainments through the event including the U19 in a 20/20 competition match on Sunday. Advance weekend ticket £5 including beer tokens, advance day ticket £2, or £3 on the door. All details on www.grayshottcc.co.uk/beer-festival-friday-31st-july-to-sunday-2nd-august-inclusive
    Sat 01/08/2015
       – Sun 02/08/2015
Ales'ford 2015
The Scout Hut, Bridge Road, Alresford SO24 9HW
Run by the Naked Grape off-licence. 12:00 – 'late' on Saturday & 12:00 – 16:00 Sunday. Around 35 real ales, all microbreweries and local companies. Keep an eye on thenakedgrape.co.uk/alesford-15-beer-festival-2 for more details.
    Thu 06/08/2015
       – Sun 09/08/2015
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
    Sat 08/08/2015 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 local Samaritans and the Surrey Air Ambulance.
    Sat 08/08/2015
       – Sun 09/08/2015
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 the Ringwood brewery. The beer festival features their own beers as well as others. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/winchester
    Thu 20/08/2015
       – Sun 23/08/2015
Winchester Gate, Salisbury
Winchester Gate, 113 Rampart Road, Salisbury SP1 1JA
Summer Beer Festival. 16 or so beers plus ciders & perries. Just the dates for now, keep on eye on www.winchestergate.co.uk/beer-festivals
    Fri 21/08/2015
       – Sun 23/08/2015
Turfcutters Arms
Main Road, East Boldre, SO42 7WL
From 18:00 on Friday, over 20 real ales plus a few ciders. To keep you fed & entertained there's a barbecue, bouncy castle, and plenty of live music. Keep an eye on www.the-turfcutters-new-forest.co.uk/whats-on for more details.
    Fri 21/08/2015
       – Sun 23/08/2015
Victoria Inn, West Marden
West Marden, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 9EN
West Marden Fest 2015 featuring about 20 beers and a few ciders. As well as the beer there will be food, music, a dog show and other events to enjoy. See victoriainnwestmarden.co.uk/page/Events
    Fri 21/08/2015
       – Mon 24/08/2015
Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle
The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EZ
Beer & Cider Festival. Live Music all weekend, pizza and fish and chips take away and open for breakfast. See www.greyhoundcorfe.co.uk/index.php/events
    Mon 24/08/2015
       – Sun 30/08/2015
Barley Beer Festival
The Barley Mow, 39 Castle Road, Southsea PO5 3DE
Just the dates at the moment. Keep an eye on www.barleymowsouthsea.com/html/whats_on.html
    Thu 27/08/2015
       – Sun 30/08/2015
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 & cider, a barbecue/ Hog Roast and live music. Details on www.drusillasinn.co.uk/steam-fair
    Fri 28/08/2015
       – Mon 31/08/2015
41st Island Steam Show
The Railway Station, Havenstreet ,Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
There will be steam trains, Traction engines, men riding bikes, fairground rides and more. Oh yes, I forgot. There’s also real ale bar with 50 beers. 10:00 – 18:00 each day. Tickets are £13.50 in advance, £15 on the gate. www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/the-40th-island-steam-show.aspx
    Sat 29/08/2015 Somerley Beer & Music Festival
The Walled garden, Old Somerley, Ellingham, Ringwood
The 5th Somerley Beer & Music Festival, open 11:00 – 23:00 with over one hundred real ales & ciders plus wine tasting & Pimms. Tickets in advance or pay on the gate. 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!), or use the shuttle bus from Ringwood. Camping & caravan pitches also available, probably best to book in advance for these. See www.somerleybeerfestival.com for full details.
    Sat 29/08/2015 2nd Liss Beer & Music Festival
The Triangle Centre, Mill Road, Liss, Hampshire GU33 7DX
The 2nd Beer & Music Festival, 14:00 – 23:00. Tickets £5 in advance, (may be £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-2nd-beer-music-festival-saturday-29-august-2015
    Sat 29/08/2015
       – Sun 30/08/2015
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 £30 each day for the whole festival (£25 if you book before 16:00, 3rd July). More information at www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/areas/real-ale-festival
    Sat 29/08/2015
       – Mon 31/08/2015
Tally Ho! Broughton
High Street, Broughton, nr Stockbridge, SO20 8AA
Annual beer festival with beers, ciders, food & music. www.thetallyhobroughton.co.uk/event/beer-festival-2
    Fri 04/09/2015
       – Sun 06/09/2015
Ale at Amberley 10
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley, Nr Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT
Just the dates for now, but usually around 80 ales, ciders & perries from Sussex & further afield. Evening sessions are beer festival only whereas the afternoon sessions (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) combine entrance to the museum (£11) and are available on the door only, though free entry is usually available to CAMRA members from 14:00 on Sunday for any remaining beer. Keep an eye on the Amberley Museum website www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/admission-calendar and the Ale at Amberley website www.aleatamberley.co.uk
    Sat 05/09/2015
       – Sun 06/09/2015
Coalie Fest
Coal Exchange, 21 South Street, Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7EG
Beer and music festival. Usually beer & music all day and a barbecue in the garden. See www.thecoalexchange.co.uk/News.htm
    Fri 18/09/2015
       – Sat 19/09/2015
Colden Common Beer Festival
Community Centre, St. Vigor Way, Colden Common, Hampshire SO50 7HH
Friday 19:30 – 23:00; Saturday 14:00 – 23:30. Entrance £3, includes glass. Beers at £1.50 per half, food & entertainment both evenings, more information nearer the time.
    Fri 18/09/2015
       – Sun 20/09/2015
Winchester Gate, Salisbury
Winchester Gate, 113 Rampart Road, Salisbury SP1 1JA
Autumn Cider Festival. About 10 ciders. Just the dates for now. See www.winchestergate.co.uk/beer-festivals
    Fri 18/09/2015
       – Sun 20/09/2015
Saxon Inn, Child Okeford
Gold Hill, Child Okeford, Dorset DT11 8HD
Sorry, nothing more than the dates for this one. Poster here – www.saxoninn.co.uk/Docs/Events.pdf Pub's website here – www.saxoninn.co.uk
    Fri 25/09/2015
       – Sun 27/09/2015
The Great Bransgore Beer Festival 2015
Three Tuns, Bransgore, Hampshire, BH23 8JH
Just the dates for now. A Bransgore Rotary Charity event in conjunction with The Three Tuns. Keep an eye on www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=1690 for more details.
    Sat 26/09/2015 Sherfield on Loddon Beer Festival
Sherfield Village Hall, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire, RG27 0EZ
8th annual beer festival. Over 50 beers and ciders. Music from early afternoon and a Hog Roast. More details nearer the time & tickets go on sale in August. See www.sherfieldbeerfestival.org.uk
    Sat 24/10/2015
       – Sat 31/10/2015
Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle
The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EZ
Sausage & Cider Festival. Live Music and fireworks over the castle on the last day. See www.greyhoundcorfe.co.uk/index.php/events
   

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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