Southern Hampshire CAMRA

Southern Hampshire CAMRA held its first meeting in 1974 at the Bay Tree (now sadly closed & converted to flats) in Southampton.

There are currently more than 178,180 members of CAMRA, the highest number ever, of whom over 1,710 live in the Southern Hampshire Branch area.

The Southern Hampshire Branch area includes Eastleigh, Southampton, Winchester, Romsey, the New Forest, Fordingbridge and Bishop's Waltham, and is part of the Wessex Region of CAMRA. Further information on our branch boundary can be found here.

The Southern Hampshire Branch is a highly socially active branch and our activities include brewery visits, walkabouts, socials, business meetings and of course running and visiting beer festivals. If you'd like to know more about our activities, please visit our mailing lists page and sign up for our low volume email mailing lists.

The Southern Hampshire Branch represents CAMRA's current campaigns pressing for movement towards the harmonisation of beer duties across the EC, pub hours reform and the introduction of legislation to ensure that customers get a full measure each time they buy a drink.

CAMRA's Mission

CAMRA's mission is to act as champion of the consumer in relation to the UK and European beer and drinks industry. It aims to:

  • Maintain consumer rights
  • Promote quality, choice and value for money
  • Support the public house as a focus of community life
  • Campaign for greater appreciation of traditional beers, ciders and perries as part of national heritage and culture.

On a national level, CAMRA has succeeded in many of its campaigns including the introduction of more flexible opening hours and the opportunity for many licensees to offer their customers a guest beer.

Each year CAMRA publishes the Good Beer Guide which lists the best pubs in the country and a comprehensive list of breweries.

Beer Guides

The branch has a small library of beer guides, which are available for members to borrow for a modest fee. The library is held by Ann Binns and Chris Brown, and is available at their shop Bitter Virtue  70, Cambridge Road, Southampton, SO14 6WQ, phone 023 8055 4881. Shop hours are 10:30-8:30pm Tuesday-Saturday & 10:30 until 2 on Sunday (closed Monday). If you have any spare guides, any donations will be gratefully accepted.

Branch Branded Clothing

The branch is able to produce clothing embroidered with its logo design. The range of clothing types that is pretty limitless, and includes T-shirts, polo shirts, rugby shirts, fleeces and caps.

Printing Crazy logo

Our branch clothing logo design is held and applied to garments by Printing Crazy, which is located in Hamble (see its website for full contact details). If you're interested in ordering some clothing, please contact the branch secretary in the first instance to see if we can combine your order with other people's requirements.


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