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Beer Festivals

Southern Hampshire CAMRA has been running Southampton Beer Festival since 1997. The first 20 events were at Southampton Guildhall and in 2017 Southampton Beer Festival moved to St Mary's Stadium.

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 since then have been 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.

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!

CAMRA Beer Festivals

  • 13th Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival – 4th & 5th October 2019
    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 (about 18:00). Any race day ticket (advance from £19 Fri, £26 Sat; on-gate from £22 Fri, £30 Sat.) gets access to the beer festival, but CAMRA members booking in advance for the 'Queen Anne Enclosure' can pay £10.50 Fri, £14 Sat by quoting a code.
     
  • Weymouth Octoberfest – 4th & 5th October 2019
    Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
    11:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 23:30 both days. Tickets £10 each session, includes one pint ale or cider. Tickets on sale now. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • 11th Hampshire OctoberFest – 11th, 12th & 13th October 2019
    Basingstoke Cricket & Sports Ground, Fairfields Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3DR
    Friday 'Works Night Out' 17:00 – 24:00; Saturday 'Oktoberfest' 11:00 – 24:00; Sunday 'Family Day' 11:00 – 18:00. Friday evening is beer festival (over 200 beers, ciders & wines) & live music only, Saturday & Sunday have family attractions as well. Tickets Friday & Saturday £12 in advance, Sunday £5 advance, (on the door tickets £15/£7.50). Weekend tickets also available £20 adv only. CAMRA members can get free entry with membership card and supporting ID. North Hampshire CAMRA organises the bar and beer part, others, including Destination Basingstoke, do the rest.
     
  • 22nd Oxford Beer & Cider Festival – 24th, 25th & 26th October 2019
    Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's Street, Oxford OX1 1BX
    17:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 11:00 – 23:00 Friday; 11:00 – 22:30 Saturday. Tickets £5 (£3 for CAMRA members). Run by Oxford CAMRA.
     
  • 33rd Swindon Beer Festival – 24th, 25th & 26th October 2019
    Steam Museum, Fire Fly Ave, Swindon SN2 2EY
    Just the dates for now. Run by Swindon & North Wiltshire CAMRA.
     
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 25th & 26th October 2019
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 2HA
    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 late September – keep an eye on the website.
     
  • 23rd Worthing Beer Festival – 25th & 26th October 2019
    Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing BN11 1HQ
    11:00 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 – 21:30 Saturday. Tickets £5.50 Friday lunchtime; £6.50 Friday evening; £6 Saturday (£2 from 17:00). Run by Arun & Adur CAMRA.
     
  • 15th Redhill Beer Festival – 31st October, 1st & 2nd November 2019
    Merstham Village Hall, Station Road North, Merstham, RH1 3ED
    12:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 12:00 – 23:00 Friday; 12:00 – 18:00 Saturday. Tickets £3 Thursday, £4 Friday and free entrance Saturday. Thursday & Friday tickets just £2 before 16:00. Run by East & Mid Surrey CAMRA.
     
  • 21st Poole Beer Festival – 1st & 2nd November 2019
    St Aldhelms Centre, Poole Road, Branksome BH12 1AD
    11:00 – 15:30 & 18:30 – 23:00 both days. Tickets £10 advance only – includes glass, programme & 2 x ½ pints beer. Tickets on sale now. Run by East Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • 26th Woking Beer Festival – 8th & 9th November 2019
    Woking Leisure Centre, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 9BA
    18:00 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 – 15:30 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £10 per session, advance purchase needed. Run by Surrey CAMRA branches.
     

For CAMRA festivals over the whole of the UK see the main CAMRA website
 

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

    Thu 19/09/2019
       – Fri 20/09/2019
Salisbury Heritage Open Days
Salisbury City
Not a beer festival but a chance to go on guided tours of one of Salisbury's historic pubs - The Haunch of Venison. The tours are free but you need to book in advance. See www.salisburycivicsociety.org.uk/event/heritage-open-days-hidden-salisbury for details and to book
    Fri 20/09/2019
       – Sat 21/09/2019
Last of the Summer Cider
Myncen Farm, Minchington, Dorset DT11 8DH
Music and cider festival with some real ales and a snack shack. Tickets from £10 for Friday, £20 Saturday. Overnight camping available. Open from 16:00 Friday and 11:00 Saturday. See cranbornechasecider.bigcartel.com/about
    Fri 27/09/2019
       – Sat 28/09/2019
4th Emsworth British Beer and Cider Festival
Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7DD
30 ales plus a wide range of ciders. Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 23:00. Tickets £10 per session which includes a glass and some drinks tokens. See www.emsworthcommunitycentre.org.uk/events for details.
    Fri 27/09/2019
       – Sun 29/09/2019
The Great Bransgore Beer Festival 2019
Three Tuns, Bransgore, Hampshire, BH23 8JH
A Bransgore Rotary Charity event in conjunction with The Three Tuns. This year is planning up to 100 beers, plenty of ciders and a choice of fine wines. Live music throughout the event, a wine tasting session and a hog roast along with the usual burgers and hot dogs. Mostly under cover alongside the large pub garden where you can enjoy the late summer sunshine. Keep an eye on www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=522148&ClubID=1690 and www.threetunsinn.com/events (follow pub events then beer festival) for more details.
    Fri 27/09/2019
       – Sun 29/09/2019
Locomotive Engineers' Club, Eastleigh
18 Southampton Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9FJ
Just the dates, more details soon. There's a Facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/367491497521328
    Fri 27/09/2019
       – Sun 29/09/2019
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT
Just the dates for now. Keep an eye on www.redshoot.co.uk/events for more details.
    Sat 28/09/2019 Four Marks Beer Festival
Four Marks Village Hall, Lymington Bottom, Four Marks (nr Alton) GU34 5AA
19:00 – 23:00. As well as beer, a small selection of wine and cider will available along with hot food all evening. Tickets (£10 including programme & tankard) are likely to sell out in advance, on sale from 4th September. See www.fourmarksbeerfestival.co.uk for more details.
    Sat 28/09/2019 Phoenix Beer Festival 2019
The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Station Road, Bordon GU35 0LR
Local beers plus cider and wine, plus local acts performing in the theatre. Two sessions:11:30 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 22:30. Tickets £8 for one session, £14 for both. See www.phoenixarts.co.uk/event/beer-festival-2019-afternoon/
    Fri 04/10/2019
       – Sat 05/10/2019
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 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Entertainment both evening sessions. Advance tickets from £9 for evening sessions, £5 afternoon session. £11/£7 on door. See www.ale-ingfest.co.uk
    Sat 05/10/2019 Pumpkin & Beer Festival, Worth Matravers
Square & Compass, Worth Matravers (nr. Swanage), Dorset BH19 3LF
An annual Pumpkin and Beer Festival with a great selection and variety of beers, ales and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and live music. See www.squareandcompasspub.co.uk/what-s-on/1041/pumpkin-beer-festival.html
    Sat 05/10/2019 15th Selborne Zig Zag Festival
Selborne Arms, High Street, Selborne GU34 3JR and in the nearby Village Hall
Around 25 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 (includes some drinks), available from September. Just a one day event this year. The pub's website is www.selbornearms.co.uk/Events and the festival website is www.zigzagfest.co.uk.
    Fri 11/10/2019
       – Sat 12/10/2019
Craft Beer South
The 1865, Brunswick Square, Southampton SO14 3AR
A brewery led festival organised by Unity Brewing Co and Belgium & Blues featuring 15 breweries and mostly KeyKeg beers. Three sessions, Friday 17:00 – 22:00; Saturday 11:00 – 16:00 and 17:00 – 22:00. Along with the beer there will be music, brewery talks and street food. Tickets £10 from either Belgium & Blues or Unity Brewing Tap Room, or online (£11). Ticket website is www.ents24.com/craft-beer-south/events/4771, social media at www.facebook.com/CraftBeerSouth
    Fri 11/10/2019
       – Sat 12/10/2019
9th 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) £5, Friday 18:00 – 23:00 £8, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 £8, Saturday 18:00 – 23:00 £8. See groundlings.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173595478 for details. This festival may be advance tickets only. It's also on the Irvine website www.irvingbrewers.co.uk/events/event/portsea-island-beer-festival
    Fri 11/10/2019
       – Sat 12/10/2019
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. Three sessions: 18:00 – 23:00 Friday; 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday, £5 per session. See their website www.thewimbornebeerfestival.co.uk for all details.
    Fri 11/10/2019
       – Sun 13/10/2019
Castle Inn, Sandown
12-14 Fitzroy Street, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8HY
A Beer & Buses Halloween Ale Festival. 20 Real Ales & Cider. See sandowncastle.co.uk/gigguide/gigguide.htm and scroll down a bit.
    Sat 12/10/2019 22nd 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. Tickets £6 & £8, or £10 for both sessions; 'Early Bird' discounts available. The centre is open between sessions if you go to both, the bar will be closed but you can get food. The festival website is www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk and the Wickham Centre is www.wickhamcentre.co.uk
    Sat 12/10/2019
       – Sun 13/10/2019
Isle of Wight Classic Buses Beer & Walks Weekend
Isle of Wight
An annual event with up to 120 pubs & other premises involved in some way or another with the Beer & Buses Weekend. Organised by IoW CAMRA and IoW Bus Museum – a great way to appreciate heritage buses and visit some of the island's fine pubs. The routes are very comprehensive. The buses will be free but please support them by buying the programme (£7 + p&p) which has all the timetables plus loads of discount vouchers. See iwbeerandbuses.co.uk for all details.
    Thu 24/10/2019
       – Sat 26/10/2019
Oktoberfest Southampton
Guildhall Square, Southampton SO14 7FP
A German style Oktoberfest event in Guildhall Square (we assume in a tent) with oompah bands, sausages, schnitzels & pretzels, and beer - which we expect to be all keg. 'Standing' tickets £13.50 (£11.50 Thu), 'seating' £24.50. See www.oktoberfestsoton.com
    Sat 26/10/2019 Alton Oktoberfest
Eggar's School, London Road, Holybourne, Alton GU34 4EQ
A Bavarian style beer festival with a twelve piece oompah band, German style beers and German food. Doors open at 18:30, music starts at 19:15. Get your lederhosen out! Tickets start at £30. See www.altonbeerfestival.org.uk/oktoberfest for all details.
    Sat 26/10/2019 Portchester Community Centre Cider Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester PO16 9AD
Portchester Community Centre's Cider festival, open Saturday 18:00 – 23:00, tickets £7.50. A range of ciders, perries and some local bottled ales. See www.portchestercommunitycentre.co.uk/events/cider-festival
    Fri 01/11/2019
       – Sat 02/11/2019
Romsey Round Table Beer Festival
Crossfield Hall, Romsey SO51 8GL
The 3rd Romsey Round Table Beer Festival. 25+ beers & ciders, food including pizzas, plus live music. Open 18:30 – 23:00 each evening, tickets advance only £10 + online booking fee of £1.07, includes commemorative glass & six beer tokens. Proceeds go to support charities and good causes in Romsey and Chandler's Ford . See their website for details www.romseybeerfestival.co.uk
    Sat 02/11/2019 21st Denmead Beer Festival
Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, Denmead, Hampshire, PO7 6LU
19:00 – 23:30. Over 20 real ales, plus a selection of wines, cider and soft drinks. Live music, raffle & barbecue. Tickets £10 includes souvenir glass tankard & complimentary drink. See www.denmeadca.com/beer-festival-2019.html.
    Sat 02/11/2019 Square & Compass Annual Cider Festival 2019
Square & Compass, Worth Matravers (nr. Swanage), Dorset BH19 3LF
Annual cider festival with a great selection and variety of ciders and perries from all over Britain. There will be cider pressing demonstrations during the day, and apple identification and freshly made apple juice. A bit of music too. See www.squareandcompasspub.co.uk/what-s-on/1042/cider-festival.html
    Fri 06/12/2019
       – Sun 08/12/2019
Victoria Inn, West Marden
West Marden, West Sussex, PO18 9EN
A Festival of Christmas Ales & Winter Ciders. We think there'll be 15 beers and ciders plus various events during the festival. Keep an eye on www.victoriainnwestmarden.co.uk/page/Events for 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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