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!

  • Salisbury Winterfest XIX – 29th & 30th January 2016
    Royal British Legion Club, 11 Endless Street, Salisbury SP1 1DL
    Open Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:30 and 18:30 – 23:00. All tickets £5, including glass & souvenir programme. Tickets on sale from mid November. Run by Salisbury & South Wilts CAMRA.
  • 28th Dorchester Beerex – 5th & 6th February 2016
    Corn Exchange, North Square, Dorchester DT1 1HF
    Open Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 15:30 and 18:00 – 23:30. All sessions £10. Admission includes commemorative glass plus three ½ pints. 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

    Fri 27/11/2015
       – Sun 29/11/2015
Parkstone Beer Festival
Poole Ex-Servicemens Club, 66 North Rd, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0LY
Winter edition of their regular festivals, open to all – 30+ beers and 10+ ciders. 12:00 – 24:00 each day. Free entrance, and good prices. Food & entertainment too. Here is the Whatpub entry – you'll find their facebook link there.
    Fri 18/12/2015
       – Sat 19/12/2015
Portsmouth Beer Festival
Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
"Christmas Sessions" Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Tickets £10 (+ possible £1.25 per ticket fee), includes souvenir glass, programme & beer token. Entertainment each session. See
    Sat 30/01/2016
       – Sun 31/01/2016
Ashcroft Arts Centre
Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road, Fareham PO16 7DX
Just the dates for now. I'm sure we'll have more information nearer the time. Here's the website where information should appear -

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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