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!

  • Portsmouth Camra Beerex – 5th & 6th September 2014
    University of Portsmouth, Students Union Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2EF
    11:30 – 16:30 & 18:00 – 23:00 each day. Tickets £5 Friday lunchtime, £10 Friday evening & Saturday lunchtime, £7 Saturday Evening. Run by Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA.
     
  • 8th Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival – 3rd & 4th October 2014
    Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX
    Organised by CAMRA Berkshire South-East, in conjunction with Ascot Racecourse. Open from 11:00 until 30 minutes after the last race (about18:00). Any race day ticket (£18 Fri, £25 Sat) gets access to the beer festival, but CAMRA members can get a 50% discount by quoting a code when buying in advance.
     
  • Weymouth Octoberfest – 3rd & 4th October 2014
    Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
    11:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 both days. Tickets £3 Friday Lunchtime, £4 Saturday Lunchtime, £5 evening sessions. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • 6th Hampshire Octoberfest – 3rd, 4th & 5th October 2014
    Basingstoke Cricket & Sports Ground, Fairfields Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3DR
    A new venue this year, and within walking distance from the station. Friday 'Works Night Out' 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 'Octoberfest' 11:00 – 23:00; Sunday 'Family Day' 11:00 – 17:00. Friday evening is beer festival (over 150 Hampshire beers, ciders & wines) & live music only, Saturday & Sunday have family attractions as well. Tickets £7.50 in advance, £9 on the door. Weekend (advance only) and family tickets also available. North Hampshire CAMRA does the beer and Hampshire Museums & Galleries Trust do the rest.
     
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 10th & 11th October 2014
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 3GZ
    30 real ales, ciders, bottled beers & food. Open Fri 18:30 – 23:00; Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £6. £2 beer tokens to card carrying CAMRA members. Entertainment both evenings. Tickets will go on sale soon – keep an eye on the website.
     
  • 18th Worthing Beer Festival – 17th & 18th October 2014
    St Pauls Centre, 55B Chapel Road, Worthing BN11 1EE
    11:00 – 15:30 & 17:30 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 –16:00 & 16:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £3.50 Friday lunchtime, £5 Friday evening, £3 for each Saturday session. Run by Arun & Adur 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 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
    Fri 29/08/2014
       – 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. Evening sessions are beer festival only (£5 available in advance) whereas the afternoon sessions (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) combine entrance to the museum (£11) and are available on the door only, though free entry is available to CAMRA members from 14:00 on Sunday for any remaining beer. Details are on the Amberley Museum website www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/events-1/ale-food-and-music-festival and the Ale at Amberley website www.aleatamberley.co.uk
    Sat 30/08/2014 Winchester Rugby Football Club
North Walls Park, (Off Hilliers Way), Winchester SO23 7SU
Barbecue & family activities 12:00 – 16:00, Beer & Cider Festival 12:30 ish until ?? See www.winchesterrugby.com/news/family-fun-day-beer-festival-1263586.html for all details.
    Fri 05/09/2014
       – Sat 06/09/2014
18th Burbage Beer Festival
Burbage & Easton Royal Sports Club, East Sands, Marlborough SN8 3AN
This one is a bit out of our area but it sounds fun. It’s their 18th festival with about 40 Real Ales & Ciders, and starts on Friday evening at 18:30. Music during in the evenings and a six a side tournament on Saturday. Tickets are needed. For more details see www.burbagefestival.co.uk
    Fri 05/09/2014
       – Sat 06/09/2014
Haslemere Beer Festival
Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2AS
Friday 19:00 – 23:00 & Saturday 12:00 – 16:00, well that's what their website says, though I feel there's probably an evening session as well haslemerebeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 05/09/2014
       – Sun 07/09/2014
Watership Down, Freefolk
Watership Down Inn, Priory Lane, Freefolk, nr Whitchurch RG28 7NJ
Choice of 15 local ales, ciders, music & barbecue. See www.watershipdowninn.com/new-events
    Fri 05/09/2014
       – Sun 07/09/2014
Saxon Inn, Child Okeford
Gold Hill, Child Okeford, Dorset DT11 8HD
Sorry, nothing more than the dates for this one. www.saxoninn.co.uk
    Fri 05/09/2014
       – Sun 07/09/2014
Cuckoo Inn, Hamptworth
Hamptworth, Wiltshire SP5 2DU
A bit off the beaten track near the A36 at Landford - OS SU244197, Lat/Long 50.9759, -1.6543. We haven't heard details for this year but usually about 30 beers a bit of live music and a barbecue. No website for the pub so here's the Whatpub entry whatpub.com/pubs/SAL/44/cuckoo-inn-hamptworth
    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 thirteen local breweries plus food and live music. Tickets £8 members, £9 non-members includes first drink & commemorative glass. 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
    Sat 06/09/2014
       – Sun 07/09/2014
Coalie Fest
Coal Exchange, 21 South Street, Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7EG
Beer and music festival. Beer & music 14:00 – 18:00 each day and a barbecue in the garden. See www.thecoalexchange.co.uk/Entertainment.htm
    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
       – Sat 13/09/2014
Langford Beer Festival
Langford Sports & Social Club, Steeple Langford Recreation Ground, Steeple Langford, Wiltshire, SP3 4ND
Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 23:00. Featuring over 32 real ales from a wide variety of breweries, 12 ciders and a wine tent. Tickets £4 to £9, depending on session & if bought in advance, or a weekend ticket for £10. Camping also available. See langfordbeerfestival.wordpress.com for more details.
    Fri 12/09/2014
       – Sat 13/09/2014
Drift Inn
Beaulieu Road, Hampshire, SO42 7YQ
Beer & Cider Festival, with real ales & cider, live music and locally sourced food. From 20:00 on Friday & 14:00 on Saturday until 'late' both days. The pub's website is www.driftinn.co.uk.
    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. See www.coldencommoncc.co.uk/events.htm#beerfest
    Fri 12/09/2014
       – Sun 14/09/2014
White Hart, Tongham
76 The Street, Tongham, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 1DH
A selection of live music & ales. See www.thewhiteharttongham.co.uk/beer-festival
    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
    Fri 19/09/2014
       – Sat 20/09/2014
Rising Sun, Clanfield
North Lane, Clanfield, Hampshire PO8 0RN
Just the dates for now. Keep an eye on www.therisingsunclanfield.co.uk/diary-events
    Fri 19/09/2014
       – Sun 21/09/2014
Park Inn, Southampton
37 Carlisle Road, Shirley, Southampton, SO16 4FN
Real Ale and Cider Festival. Over 20 ales and ciders. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. The pub's website is www.theparkinnshirley.co.uk though that doesn't get updated with the beer fest!
    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. See their website – 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
    Sat 27/09/2014 Hall & Woodhouse Dorset Beer Festival
Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, Blandford St. Mary, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 9LS
11:00 – 21:00, tickets £5 (includes glass, programme and 2 beer tokens ) or £10 or £20 to include more beer tokens – 28 beers and 6 ciders on the list so far. Food available from the visitor centre, plus live music afternoon & evening. All in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Advance ticket purchase advised, see www.hallwoodhousebeerfest.com for full details.
    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
       – Sat 04/10/2014
10th Selborne Zig Zag Festival
Selborne Arms, High Street, Selborne GU34 3JR and in the nearby Village Hall
Usually a selection of 15 local real ales, ciders, a range of fine wines (and fizz!), superb locally produced food and live music from local Hampshire bands. Advance tickets £10, on door £12. The pub's website is www.selbornearms.co.uk/events.htm and the festival website is www.zigzagfest.co.uk, though that seems to have been abandoned.
    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. The festival website is www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk and the Wickham Centre is www.wickhamcentre.org.uk/14/227/wickham-beer-festival
    Thu 09/10/2014
       – Sat 11/10/2014
Wimborne Beer Festival
Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne BH21 1AS
An annual event by Wimborne Round Table with the proceeds going to local charities. Thursday & Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 18:00 & 19:00 – 23:00. Tickets £5. All details at www.wimbornebeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 10/10/2014
       – Sat 11/10/2014
4th Portsea Island Beer Festival
Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3BS
Organised by Irving & Co Brewery, with 50 cask Beers, Ciders and Perries from all round the UK as well as many local favourites. Come and enjoy live music, food and a great jolly atmosphere. Friday 12:00 – 16:00 (preview session) £4, Friday 18:00 – 23:00 £8, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 £5, Saturday 18:00 – 23:00 £8. Theatre website is www.groundlings.co.uk – look under October listings. This festival may be advance tickets only.
    Fri 17/10/2014
       – Sun 19/10/2014
Prince of Wales, Farnborough
184 Rectory Road, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 8AL
Annual autumn beer festival featuring beers from the East of England this year. 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. Doors open at 19:00. As well as beer, a small selection of wine and cider will available along with hot food all evening. More details will be published at www.fourmarksbeerfestival.co.uk in due course. Tickets (£10 including a tankard & first pint) will be available in September.
    Sat 25/10/2014
       – Sun 26/10/2014
Firkinfest VI, Grayshott
Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Surrey, GU26 6TZ
Friday 18:00 – 23:30; Saturday 12:00 – 18:00 & 19:00 – 23:30. About 20 beers and 6 ciders, plus food & music. See www.grayshott.com/FirkinFest/14/FirkinIndex.html
    Thu 30/10/2014
       – Sat 01/11/2014
Rocktoberfest Beer Festival
The Rockstone, 63 Onslow Road SO14 0JL
Stocking a wide range of dark ales and German brews, plus pizzas from their home-built wood-fired pizza oven plus live music. www.therockstone.co.uk/index.php/events.html
    Sat 01/11/2014 15th Denmead Beer Festival
Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, Denmead, Hampshire, PO7 6LU
19:00 – 23:30, with over 20 real ales, plus a selection of wines, cider and soft drinks. Live music, barbecue & raffle. Tickets £8.50 (includes tankard & a drink). See www.denmeadca.com/denmead-2014 for all details.
   

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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