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!

  • Bath Beer Festival – 10th & 11th April 2015
    Bath Rugby Club Premier Suite, Recreation Ground, Bath BA2 4DS
    In its 37th year, and the third at the Rugby Club. Three sessions: Friday 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 – 15:30 & 18:00 – 23:00. Over 35 beers and at least 6 ciders. Entrance (advance ticket recommended) £8 – includes £2 of tokens. Run by Bath and Borders CAMRA
     
  • 39th Farnham Beerex – 23rd, 24th & 25th April 2015
    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. 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 from The Maltings Box Office
     
  • 21st Reading Beer & Cider Festival – 30th April, 1st, 2nd & 3rd May 2015
    King's Meadow, Reading, RG1 8BN
    Just a short walk from Reading railway station, and one of the bigger festivals on the CAMRA circuit with over 550 real ales and 150 ciders. 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
     
  • Yapton Beerex – 15th, 16th & 17th May 2015
    Yapton and Ford Village Hall, Yapton, West Sussex BN18 0ET
    Always a good festival, especially if the weather is fine, and this year is the 26th Yapton Beer Festival. Fri 18:00 – 23.00; Sat 11:00 – 17:00 & 19:00 – 23:00; Sun 12:00 – 15:00. Run by Western Sussex CAMRA
     
  • 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.
     
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 03/04/2015 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 13th year. Over 50 beers and ciders, also cocktails, Pimms, a hog roast and a variety of other food. 40 teams from across England and Wales will complete in the touch rugby tournament – all will be in fancy dress! See www.pitchero.com/clubs/ellinghamringwood/news/festival-of-touch-rugby-and-real-ale-1394609.html
    Fri 03/04/2015
       – Sat 04/04/2015
Ebenezers, Hythe
18a Pylewell Road, Hythe, SO45 6AR - 023 8020 7799
Easter weekend beer festival. Over a dozen Real Ales (most produced from our vast array of wonderful local brewers) tried, tested and recommended from Ebbies customers! Plus 4 real ciders. Homemade food from 12:00 – 21:00. Local live music Saturday afternoon. The pub has no website so here's our Whatpub listing for it whatpub.com/pubs/HAS/00217
    Fri 03/04/2015
       – Sat 04/04/2015
Wareham Easter Beerex 2015
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/o/wareham-easter-beerex-2828242074
    Fri 03/04/2015
       – Sun 05/04/2015
6th 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 for the afternoon session, £7.50 for the evening sessions, and include a glass, a programme and £1.50 of tokens. A 'Sup-up Sunday' session starts at 12:00 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-6th-annual-big-bournemouth-beer-festival-2015 for all details.
    Fri 03/04/2015
       – Mon 06/04/2015
Junction Tavern, Gosport
1 Leesland Road, Gosport PO12 3ND
Easter Beer Festival. About a dozen or so beers. Their website is somewhat out of date – www.junctiontavern.com
    Sat 04/04/2015 Southampton Amateur Rowing Club, Woolston
Southampton Amateur Rowing Club, 26A Hazel Road, Woolston, Southampton SO19 7GA
Their 2nd annual festival (we must have missed the first one last year) 11:00 – 23:00, 'beer, food, music, games'. Tickets £2 in advance, or £3 on the door. See southamptonamateurrowingclub.co.uk/events for details.
    Sat 11/04/2015 14th 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 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. Tickets £4 for the afternoon session, £8 for the evening session or £10 for both. Includes a glass and programme. £1 discount on all tickets for buying early. See www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 17/04/2015
       – Sat 18/04/2015
Newbury Racecourse Beer Festival
The Racecourse, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 7NZ
The opening of Newbury's flat racing season featuring the Dubai Duty Free Meeting and a Beer Festival. 40 real ales & ciders on offer, and usually some live music. Discounts for CAMRA members. See www.newburyracecourse.co.uk/raceday/dubai-duty-free-meeting-friday
    Sat 18/04/2015 13th 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. £10 a ticket including £4 of beer tokens. Full details will be on on www.portchesterbeerfestival.org.uk nearer the time.
    Sat 18/04/2015 HMS Warrior Beer Festival
Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3QX
Selected real ales and craft beers from Hampshire and around the country, in the unique setting of the 19th Century warship, HMS Warrior. Saturday 19:00 – 24:00, early bird tickets £21 - includes your choice of food, and a drink. See redstarbeerfestivals.com for all details.
    Thu 23/04/2015 The Crofton, Hill Head
48 Crofton Lane, Hill Head, Fareham, PO14 3QF
A mini real ale festival for St George's Day. All day 11:00 – 23:00 we think. More details should appear here soon: www.thecrofton.co.uk/events/4588617525
    Fri 24/04/2015 Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
Spring Beer and Cider Festival. There's nothing but a date on their website so far, but usually it runs for three days and has 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 01/05/2015 Bournemouth Cider Festival
Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX
Bournemouth's first dedicated cider festival 18:00 – 23:00 at the Shelley Theatre (part of the original Shelley Manor, home of Mary Shelley the author of Frankenstein). Tickets £5 (advance prefered) and include a ½ pint of cider. The bar will be open for beer, spirits and soft drinks. Musical entertainment too. Card carrying CAMRA members get free entry (but unfortunately no free sample!). See shelleytheatre.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=17721 for ticket details.
    Fri 01/05/2015
       – Mon 04/05/2015
Wilkes Head, Eastergate
Church Lane, Eastergate, Nr Barnham, West Sussex, PO20 3UT
Spring Beer Festival. 23 ales plus cider & perry. Western Sussex CAMRA Pub of the Year 2014, a 2km / 1¼ mile walk from Barnham station. See www.wilkesheadeastergate.co.uk for all details.
    Fri 01/05/2015
       – Mon 04/05/2015
Queen Inn, Winchester
28 Kingsgate Road, Winchester SO23 9PG
Bank Holiday Weekend Beer Festival, with Real Ales from Dorset & Somerset breweries. No more information yet. www.thequeeninnwinchester.co.uk
    Sat 02/05/2015
       – Sun 03/05/2015
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
    Sat 02/05/2015
       – Mon 04/05/2015
10th Isle of Wight Steam Railway Beer Festival
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
10th Real Ale Festival featuring beers from around the country including the most popular beers from the previous nine festivals. Plus, there will be a range of hot and cold food available. Free admission 11:00 – 19:00 Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 – 17:00 Monday. Extra steam trains running during the festival. See www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/real-ale-festival.aspx
    Mon 04/05/2015 St. Mary's Church May Fayre
Fratton Road, Fratton, Portsmouth
Over 40 Real Ales, Ciders and Perry. Although not a CAMRA event, the beer tent at St Mary's Church May Fayre is predominantly staffed by CAMRA volunteers. Open 10:30 – 16:30, or more likely earlier, when the beer runs out. Free entrance. All profits are donated to the church. Full details can be found at www.mayfayre.me.uk
    Fri 08/05/2015
       – Sun 10/05/2015
Gala Diesel Weekend & Dorset Beer Festival
Corfe Castle Railway Station, Station Road, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EJ
Previously this has been at Norden station, then last year The Bankes Arms, Corfe Castle. This year it's at Corfe Castle station. We have a link for the railway side but not the beer festival, maybe later? www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events/detail/diesel-gala
    Sat 09/05/2015 Hatch Warren Cider Festival
Hatch Warren Community Centre, Longcross Lane, Hatch Warren, Basingstoke RG22 4XF
19:00 – 23:00. a wide range of Ciders, Perry's and other fruit based alcoholic beverages from around the UK plus food and live music. Tickets £7 members, £8 non-members includes first drink. See www.hatchwarren.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74&Itemid=575
    Sun 10/05/2015 South Downs Green Fair
The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire, GU32 1HR
From 10:00 – 17:00. A festival with a beer tent. Plenty for the family to do. Tickets on the gate are £7 adult and £4 children. A free shuttle bus operates between Clanfield and the site. See www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/hampshiregreen/2015
    Fri 15/05/2015
       – Sat 16/05/2015
German Beer Festival
Southampton Guildhall, SO14 7LP
This is a commercial organisation Beerfest UK running Oktoberfest themed beer festivals all over Britain. Open Friday 17:00 – 23:00, Saturday 16:00 – 23:00. £12 in advance, £15 on the door. Be warned, this is keg only and just two choices of beer, the emphasis being the 'oom-pah' atmosphere. www.beerfestuk.com/southampton.html
    Fri 15/05/2015
       – Sat 16/05/2015
Portsmouth Beer Festival
Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Tickets £11.25, which includes a souvenir glass, programme & a beer token. Entertainment each session, and food too. Around 120 cask beers, ciders & bottled beers. portsmouthbeerfestival.wordpress.com
    Fri 22/05/2015
       – Mon 25/05/2015
Black Dog, Waltham Chase
Winchester Road, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX
Bank Holiday Beer Festival. That's all we know at the moment, keep an eye on www.theblackdogwalthamchase.co.uk/whats-on
    Fri 22/05/2015
       – Mon 25/05/2015
Wheatsheaf Inn, Shedfield
Botley Road, Shedfield, Hampshire, SO32 2JG
Annual beer festival. Twenty plus beers in the garage plus the usual on the bar. Music in the evenings and maybe late afternoon, check with them. Barbecue in the garden if the weather allows. No website but their Whatpub entry is whatpub.com/pubs/HAS/00364/wheatsheaf-inn-shedfield
    Fri 29/05/2015
       – Sat 30/05/2015
Alton Summer Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
Just the dates for now. Keep an eye on www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk/festivals.html
    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 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 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 Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, £15 Saturday evening. A free pint for CAMRA members, so take your card. Tickets on sale from March. See guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk for full details.
    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
    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
    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 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 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
    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
   

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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