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!

  • Southampton Beer Festival – 4th, 5th & 6th June 2015
    Southampton O2 Guildhall, SO14 7LP
    Our own beer festival – we think it's the best on the South Coast, now in its 19th 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 XXXV – 12th & 13th June 2015
    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 & free ½ pint. Card-carrying CAMRA members get another ½ 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.
     
  • 16th Devizes Beer Festival – 4th July 2015
    The Wharf, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1EB
    One day only 11:30 – 22:00. Tickets £10 in advance including £4 beer tokens, plus more for CAMRA members. 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.
     
  • 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 & 18:00 – 23:00 Friday and 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £5 Friday lunchtime, £8 Friday evening & Saturday lunchtime, £6 Saturday Evening. Run by Portsmouth & South East Hampshire 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

    Wed 27/05/2015
       – Fri 29/05/2015
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
    Fri 29/05/2015
       – Sat 30/05/2015
Alton Summer 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. Over 50 real ales all at £3 a pint plus ciders, wine, live music & good food. Glasses are not provided so you must bring your own. Details are on www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 29/05/2015
       – Sat 30/05/2015
13th Beacon Hill Beer Festival
Hindhead Royal British Legion Club, Beacon Hill Road, Beacon Hill, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6QB
From 18:00 on Friday & 12:00 Saturday. Entrance £5, includes souvenir glass. Around 20 to 25 beers, plus ciders and bottled world beers. Plenty of music too. See www.bhbf.co.uk
    Fri 29/05/2015
       – Sun 31/05/2015
Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival
Quay Street, Yarmouth, Isle Of Wight PO41 0PE
A beer festival in 'McGaffers Beer Tent' to coincide with the annual Gaffers race. The beer tent will be on the shore. See www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/yarmouth-old-gaffers-festival-2015-p915981
    Fri 29/05/2015
       – Sun 31/05/2015
Hiltonbury Farmhouse, Chandler's Ford
The Deanery, North Miller's Dale, Chandler's Ford SO53 1SZ
The Naked Beer Festival (naked of corporate PR, it says). Four local brewers plus JJ's cider. Pizzas, hog roast, gourmet burgers, live blues & roots. The pub has a website but there's no beer festival information there www.ilykepubs.co.uk/farmhouse
    Fri 29/05/2015
       – Sun 31/05/2015
Hawkley Inn
Pococks Lane, Hawkley (nr Liss), Hampshire GU33 6NE
Not many details yet – their website is being developed www.hawkleyinn.co.uk
    Fri 29/05/2015
       – Sun 31/05/2015
Jesters Nightclub, Southampton
114-118 Bevois Valley Road, Southampton SO14 0JZ
Jesters in a student orientated nightclub associated with Clowns Wine Bar. A music and cider festival with over 50 types of cider available. Ticket only, £5 each. No website and we couldn't find anything about this on social media. Our Clowns Whatpub entry is whatpub.com/pubs/HAS/00795
    Sat 30/05/2015 Sussex Fringe Beer Festival
Milland Recreation Ground, Milland (Nr Liphook), West Sussex GU30 7NA
The Sussex Fringe Beer Festival is the beer & cider part of 'Milland Food, Drink & Music', 10:00 – 22:00. Real Ales, cider & some keg from all across the region. Langham Brewery are due to create a special one off brew for the event - "Titty Hill Tipple" - named after the well loved part of Milland. At least two 'meet the brewer' sessions, plus all the rest of the Milland festival stalls & activities. Entrance £5 for adults for the whole site. Shuttle minibuses from Liphook Station. See www.milland-fdm.com/sussex-fringe-beer-festival for all details.
    Fri 05/06/2015
       – Sun 07/06/2015
Queens Arms, Basingstoke
Bunnian Place, Basingstoke RG21 7JE
Annual beer festival but we know no more than that. No website, so here's the Whatpub link whatpub.com/pubs/HAN/057
    Fri 05/06/2015
       – Sun 07/06/2015
White Horse, Quidhampton
Lower Road, Quidhampton, Salisbury. SP2 9AS
Beer festival with 12 beers and 4 ciders., a Hog roast, music and other events for all the family. See www.whitehorsequidhampton.co.uk/what-s-on.html
    Sat 06/06/2015
       – Sun 07/06/2015
Golden Lion, Southwick
High Street, Southwick, Hampshire PO17 6EB
This is their second beer festival we expect it to feature 20 ales. It ties in with the villages D Day festival. There's nothing about it on their website but it does get a small mention on the village website. www.thegoldenlionsouthwick.co.uk www.southwickdday70.co.uk/d-day-revival-events
    Fri 12/06/2015
       – Sat 13/06/2015
6th Guildford Beer Festival
Guildford Cricket Club, The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RP
More than 70 cask ales, sourced from 25 independent and micro breweries in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Berkshire. Also ciders and a separate bar with wines and soft drinks. Open Friday 18.00 – 22:00 and Saturday 12.00 – 16.00 and 18.00 – 22:00. Tickets £10 for each session. A free pint for CAMRA members, so take your card. Tickets now on sale. See guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk for full details.
    Thu 18/06/2015
       – Sun 21/06/2015
Blues on the Farm
Pump Bottom Farm, Birdham Road, Chichester PO20 7EH
Incorporates a beer festival but ticket price reflects the music. Camping available. See www.bluesonthefarm.co.uk/info/beer-list.html
    Thu 18/06/2015
       – Sun 21/06/2015
Longest Day Beer Festival 2015
The White Horse Priors Dean, Hampshire, GU32 1DA
At 'The Pub With No Name'. Not many details yet. Camping is usually available. Keep an eye on www.pubwithnoname.co.uk/index.php/component/ohanah/the-longest-day-beer-festival
    Fri 19/06/2015
       – Sun 21/06/2015
Waterloo Arms Beer Festival
101 Waterloo Road, Freemantle, Southampton, SO15 3BS
Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Up to 40 beers and ciders. Food available, probably a barbecue, plus live music in the evenings. Nothing on their website yet www.hopback.co.uk/our-pubs/the-waterloo.html
    Fri 19/06/2015
       – Sun 21/06/2015
Hyde Tavern Beer Festival
57 Hyde Street, Winchester SO23 7DY
They normally serve about ten beers on stillage and more on handpump. There will also be food and live music. www.facebook.com/thehydetavern
    Sat 20/06/2015 Caversham Rock 'n' Ale
St Annes RC Primary School, Washington Road, Reading RG4 5AA
One evening only from 18:30 on the playing fields of St Anne’s School in Caversham. 4 bands lined up plus beers from Loddon & West Berkshire. Tickets on sale in May. Keep an eye on www.rocknale.co.uk
    Sat 20/06/2015 Ringwood Brewery Beer Festival
138 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3AP
11:00 – 19:00, 15 beers. No other details at present and nothing on their website www.ringwoodbrewery.co.uk
    Thu 25/06/2015
       – Sun 28/06/2015
Junction Inn, St Denys
21 Priory Road, St. Denys, Southampton, SO17 2JZ
More than 15, primarily local cask ales, ciders and perries available and a nice variety of bottled ales. Music at various times and quiz night on Friday. Local produce during normal food hours and a selection of snacks available throughout. Nothing yet on the pub's website. www.thejunction-inn.co.uk
    Fri 26/06/2015
       – Sun 28/06/2015
Hedge End Club
4 Bursledon Road, Hedge End, Hampshire, SO30 0BR
3rd annual beer festival with 20 beers & 4 ciders expected. Open from 11:00 each day until 'close', with live music in the evenings and hot & cold food. It's the 'open weekend' for the club therefore non members are welcome. See www.hedgeendclub.co.uk for club details.
    Fri 26/06/2015
       – Sun 28/06/2015
Rose in June, Portsmouth
102 Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth PO3 6AR
Twenty beers and six ciders we believe. Music (usually folk) both afternoons and Saturday evening. For food, the barbecue will be busy throughout each day. A percentage of proceeds go to the Motor Neuron Disease Association. www.theroseinjune.co.uk/summer.html
    Fri 26/06/2015
       – Sun 28/06/2015
The Chairmakers, Worlds End
Worlds End, nr Denmead, Hampshire PO7 4QX
Lots of ales, and live music all weekend from Friday evening until Sunday evening. See www.thechairmakers.co.uk/whats-on
    Sat 27/06/2015
       – Sun 28/06/2015
Basingstoke Cheese and Chilli Festival
War Memorial Park, off Hackwood Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3AE
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/basingstoke
    Thu 02/07/2015
       – Sat 04/07/2015
Blissfields Hobgoblin Beer Festival
Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott, Winchester SO21 3BL
For the third year there's a beer festival at the Blissfields music festival in the main arena (so you'll need to pay to get in). Eight beers from Marston's and its subsidiaries, and some more casks in 'The Larch' area, and a couple of Hampshire ciders. www.blissfields.co.uk/beer-festival
    Sat 04/07/2015 Lowde Fest 15, Hartley Wintney
Mulberry House, Hazeley Bottom, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8LU
Principally a music festival but with a beer festival to boot – 80 real ales & ciders, from 11:30 – 23:30. Entrance by ticket only, see website for details. www.lowdefest.com/the-bars
    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 available. See www.weyhillfair.com/events
    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. Keep an eye on the club's website for more details: pennoclub.weebly.com.
    Fri 24/07/2015
       – Sat 25/07/2015
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival
St Aldhelms Centre, Poole Road, Branksome BH12 1AD
Over 30 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/bbf.php
    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.
    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
    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 around one hundred real ales & ciders plus wine tasting & Pimms. Advance tickets are not available yet, more details will follow. 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!). Full details will be on www.somerleybeerfestival.com
    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/events/2015-08
    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
    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
   

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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