Beer Festivals

Southern Hampshire CAMRA has been running the Southampton Beer Festival at Southampton Guildhall for the past 19 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 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

  • Salisbury Winterfest XX – 27th & 28th January 2017
    Royal British Legion Club, 11 Endless Street, Salisbury SP1 1DL
    Open Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:30 and 18:30 – 23:00. All tickets £5, including glass & souvenir programme. Remaining tickets on sale now. Run by Salisbury & South Wilts CAMRA.
     
  • 29th Dorchester Beerex – 3rd & 4th February 2017
    Corn Exchange, North Square, Dorchester DT1 1HF
    Open Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 15:30 and 18:00 – 23:30. All sessions £10. Admission includes commemorative glass plus three ½ pints. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • Gosport Winterfest XXV – 24th & 25th February 2017
    Thorngate Halls, Bury Road, Gosport PO12 3PX
    Just the dates for now but usually four sessions, Fri 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Run by Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA.
     
  • North Sussex Equinox Beer & Cider Festival – 24th & 25th February 2017
    Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF
    Friday 18:00 – 22:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 22:00. Tickets £7 Friday, £6 Saturday lunchtime & £5 Saturday evening. Run by CAMRA North Sussex Branch.
     
  • 7th Winchester Beer & Cider Festival – 17th & 18th March 2017
    Winchester Guildhall, High Street, Winchester SO23 9GH
    Advance notice: Four sessions Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £5, £10, £7 & £8 respectively, and will be available from early February. One of the three annual beer festivals run by our CAMRA branch.
     
  • 27th Sussex Beer Festival – 23rd, 24th & 25th March 2017
    Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton BN2 9XZ
    Open Thursday 17:00 – 22:00, Friday 11:00 – 15:00 & 17:00 – 22:00, Saturday 12:00 – 19:00. Tickets £5, £6, £8, & £5 respectively. Tickets on sale from 23rd January. Run by Sussex CAMRA Branches.
     
  • 41st Farnham Beerex – 27th, 28th & 29th April 2017
    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, and famously running for 41 years in the same venue. The beerex is still in planning but expect 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 – they go on sale 8am Sunday 5th March for two hours and usually sell out then.
     

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

    Fri 27/01/2017
       – Sun 29/01/2017
Owl's Nest, West Parley
Owl's Nest, 196 Christchurch Rd, West Parley, Ferndown BH22 8SS
Beer and Pie Festival 2017. Just the dates so far, more information soon we expect. See www.theowlsnest-westparley.com/beer-and-pie-festival-2017
    Sat 28/01/2017 Ashcroft Ale Festival
Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road, Fareham PO16 7DX
The second winter Ashcroft Ale Festival 11:00 – 16:30 & 18:00 – 11:00, £7 per session. A wide selection of local cask ales and traditional ciders, plus live music & hot food. See uk.patronbase.com/_AshcroftArtsCentreEvents/Productions/A104/Performances for details.
    Tue 31/01/2017
       – Sun 05/02/2017
Wheatsheaf, Titchfield
1 East St., Titchfield, PO14 4AD
5th anniversary beer festival. Dates are on www.wheatsheaftitchfield.co.uk but we are waiting for details.
    Fri 24/02/2017
       – Sat 25/02/2017
Alton Winter Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
Dates are announced and we expect the format to be the same as last year, that is Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00, with tickets £5 for evening sessions & £7.50 for the lunchtime session which includes a free half pint; advance purchase is essential. Normally there are over 50 real ales all at £3 a pint plus ciders, local wine, live music & good food. Glasses are not provided so you must bring your own. Bus services will run from Red Cat Brewery, Winchester and Longdog Brewery Basingstoke, but space is limited. Details are on www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk and tickets are now on sale.
    Fri 24/02/2017
       – Sat 25/02/2017
Petersfield Beer & Cider Festival
Petersfield Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA
The forth Petersfield Beer and Cider Festival, Friday 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Fine ales & cider from across the region, music all sessions and food throughout. Tickets £7 (advance recommended). See their website www.petersfieldfest.com/wp/petersfield-beer-and-cider-festival
    Fri 24/02/2017
       – Sun 26/02/2017
Rose in June, Portsmouth
102 Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth PO3 6AR
Annual winter beer festival usually with 10 beers and 6 ciders. We have assumed the dates from www.theroseinjune.co.uk/winterbeerfest.html.
    Fri 10/03/2017
       – Sun 12/03/2017
Ale at Amberley SpringFest
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley, Nr Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT
A mini festival for Amberley Museum offering around 20 Sussex real ales and ciders. Last years details were: evening sessions are beer festival only (£5 advance only) whereas the afternoon sessions (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) combine entrance to the museum (£11.50) and are available on the door only. We await this year's detals on the Amberley Museum website www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/2017-events and the Ale at Amberley website www.aleatamberley.co.uk
    Fri 31/03/2017
       – Sat 01/04/2017
Southsea Beerex
Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW
The third Southsea Beerex - a collaboration with the Leopold Tavern. Real Ales & live music, Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Tickets £10 per session from the Wedgewod Rooms or the Leopold Tavern. There's nothing on the website yet but keep an eye on www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk.
    Sat 08/04/2017 18th 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 Saturday 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. More details on www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 14/04/2017
       – Sat 15/04/2017
Wareham Easter Beerex 2016
Wareham Masonic Hall, Howards Lane, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4HU
11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00 both days. Around 25 real ales. Tickets £11.01 per session online. More information from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wareham-easter-beerex-2017-tickets-24229633486?aff=es2
    Fri 21/04/2017
       – Sun 23/04/2017
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
April Beer & Cider Festival. Over 20 real ales from all over the country, including Red Shoot's own microbrews, and 25 traditional ciders. Live music all weekend. Keep an eye on www.redshoot.co.uk/events/2017-beer-festivals for more details.
    Sat 29/04/2017
       – Mon 01/05/2017
12th Isle of Wight Steam Railway Beer Festival
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
12th Real Ale Festival featuring beers from around the country and the Isle of Wight. 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 01/05/2017 St. Mary's Church May Fayre
Fratton Road, Fratton, Portsmouth
The 26th May Fayre Real Ale and Cider Tent. 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. This festival is also looking to bolster the number of volunteers helping to run it – see the Volunteers Area on the website. Benefits include food & drink on the day plus more when presentations are made later.
   

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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