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

  • Gosport Winterfest XXV – 24th & 25th February 2017
    Thorngate Halls, Bury Road, Gosport PO12 3PX
    Four sessions, Fri 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £3, £9, £9 & £5 respectively. 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
    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 available from 10th 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 now on sale. 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.
     
  • Yapton Beerex – 12th, 13th & 14th May 2017
    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 28th Yapton Beer Festival. Fri 18:00 – 23.00; Sat 11:00 – 21:00; Sun 12:00 – 15:00. Run by Western Sussex CAMRA
     

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 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 03/03/2017
       – Sun 05/03/2017
Rose in June, Portsmouth
102 Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth PO3 6AR
Annual winter beer festival usually with 10 beers and 6 ciders. The dates are 3rd - 5th March, earlier we had published the dates as the week before. See www.theroseinjune.co.uk/winterbeerfest.html.
    Thu 09/03/2017
       – Sun 12/03/2017
Belgium & Blues Dark Beer Festival
Belgium & Blues, 180 Above Bar Street, Above Bar, Southampton, SO14 7DW
A weekend dedicated to dark beers from both Belgium & the UK. Music Friday and Saturday, food too. The pubs website is www.belgiumandblues.co.uk but no listing there yet.
    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. See the Amberley Museum website www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/ale-at-amberley and the Ale at Amberley website www.aleatamberley.co.uk
    Fri 10/03/2017
       – Sun 12/03/2017
Cleveland Bay, Chandler's Ford
1 Pilgrims Close, Chandler's Ford, SO53 4ST
A wide selection of real ales & traditional ciders over the weekend. Live music Friday & Saturday evenings; and a bouncy castle (weather permitting) on Sunday. See www.theclevelandbay.co.uk/events/beer-festival-march-2017
    Mon 13/03/2017 Barrels & Beer
St Michael Square/Tudor House, Southampton, SO14 2AD
Not a beer festival but a guided walk past some of the historic pubs past & present of Southampton and ending in The Dancing Man (the historic grade I listed Wool House) for some sampling of beer/mead/cider & some nibbles. Meet 18:55 for 19:00 set off, 1 hour walk plus 1 hour tasting session, cost £19.95. See seesouthampton.co.uk/works/barrels-and-beer for all details including the theme for this particular evening and ticket details.
    Wed 22/03/2017
       – Sun 02/04/2017
Wetherspoon International Real Ale Festival 2017
Wetherspoon pubs
30 real ales from the UK and around the world available over the period, though not all at the same time! See www.jdwetherspoon.com/real-ale-festival
    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*. Go to www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk/WhatsOn/tabid/90/Default.aspx then scroll down to 31st March. *We hear that the Leopold Tavern is closing due to a massive rent hike from the Pubco, how this will affect this beer festival we don't know.
    Fri 07/04/2017
       – Sun 09/04/2017
Victoria Inn, West Marden
West Marden, West Sussex, PO18 9EN
Usually 12 & 4 ciders. Live music etc. See www.victoriainnwestmarden.co.uk/page/Events
    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 14/04/2017
       – Sun 16/04/2017
8th Big Bournemouth Beer Festival
Purbeck Hall, Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH
Session start times are Friday 18:30, Saturday 12:00 & 18:30. Tickets are £7.50 for the afternoon session, £8 for the evening sessions plus ticket 'fulfilment fees'. A free entrance 'Sup-up Sunday' session starts at 15:00 (we think) and continues until the beer runs out. Please note that all sessions are over 18s only. See www.bic.co.uk/whats-on/bournemouth-beer-festival-2017 for all details.
    Fri 21/04/2017
       – Sat 22/04/2017
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. In 2015 40 real ales & ciders were on offer, we don't know what this year offers. See newburyracecourse.co.uk/racing/racedays-tickets
    Fri 21/04/2017
       – Sat 22/04/2017
Overton Firkins & Fizz
St. Mary's Hall, High St, Overton RG25 3HA
A range of real ales from around the country along with some ciders and a bar dedicated to Prosecco. Music & food too. Three sessions 19:30 – 23:30 Friday, 11:30 – 15:30 & 19:30 – 23:30 Saturday. Tickets £8, festival glass £1.50. See www.overtonbeerfestival.co.uk for all details.
    Fri 21/04/2017
       – Sat 22/04/2017
Parkstone Trades & Labour Club
Woodlands Hall, 485 Ashley Rd, Poole BH14 0BB
Spring Charity Beer Festival. 18:00 – 23:00 Friday, 12:00 – 17:00 and 18:00 – 23:30 Saturday. Tickets £8 per session. Keep an eye on ptlc.co.uk/beer-festival for further details.
    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 22/04/2017 15th Portchester Beer Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester, PO16 9AD
Two sessions, 11:00 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. Usually around 25 beers and 10 ciders/perries, plus food & entertainment. Some details on www.portchestercommunitycentre.co.uk/events/15th-portchester-beer-festival-saturday-22nd-april-2017
    Fri 28/04/2017
       – Mon 01/05/2017
Locomotive Engineers' Club, Eastleigh
18 Southampton Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9FJ
3rd Annual Beer Festival. Entertainment Friday & Saturday nights and Sunday & Monday afternoons. Everyone welcome including non-members. No website, so here's the Whatpub link: www.shantscamra.org.uk/beer/pubdata/survey/edit.php?PubID=HAS/00831
    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.
    Fri 05/05/2017
       – Sun 07/05/2017
Gala Diesel Weekend & Dorset Beer Festival
Corfe Castle Railway Station, Station Road, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EJ
We think this is the same as last year at Corfe Castle station in a carriage on the cattle dock and arranged by Glastonbury Ales with 25 beers and 6 ciders. Awaiting more details at www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events/detail/diesel-gala-and-beer-festival-2017
    Sat 13/05/2017 Beer, Bricks and Buses
Brickworks Museum, Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, SO31 7HB
A new beer festival, up to 15 real ales, cider, soft drinks, hot and cold food, live music and limited access to Museum site. Open 12:00 – 18:00, tickets £5 in advance or £6 on the day - includes glass & programme & some museum access. Free heritage shuttle bus service between site and Swanwick train station. Tickets available from March via the website or from selected pubs. Full details should appear on www.bursledonbrickworks.org.uk/events.php soon. Volunteers are also needed for the set up on Friday & Saturday, please contact andy_hay@tiscali.co.uk if you can help.
    Mon 15/05/2017 Barrels & Beer
St Michael Square/Tudor House, Southampton, SO14 2AD
Not a beer festival but a guided walk past some of the historic pubs past & present of Southampton and ending in The Dancing Man (the historic grade I listed Wool House) for some sampling of beer/mead/cider & some nibbles. Meet 18:55 for 19:00 set off, 1 hour walk plus 1 hour tasting session, cost £19.95. See seesouthampton.co.uk/works/barrels-and-beer for all details including the theme for this particular evening and ticket details.
    Sun 28/05/2017 Churchill Arms Beer & Bikes Festival
Churchill Arms, Daggons Road, Alderholt Dorset SP6 3AA
Annual Beers + Bikes real ale & cider festival; barbecue, and trade stands. Opens at 10:00, live music from 15:00. See www.churchillpub.co.uk/events/event/beers-bikes-festival-2017 for details.
    Fri 02/06/2017
       – Sat 03/06/2017
Alton Summer 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 which was: Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00, with tickets £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 will be on www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk but tickets probably not on sale until April.
    Fri 02/06/2017
       – Sat 03/06/2017
8th Guildford Beer Festival
Guildford Cricket Club, The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RP
More than 80 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 and this year a gin bar. Food all sessions. Open Friday 18.00 – 22:00 and Saturday 12.00 – 16.00 and 18.00 – 22:00. Tickets £10 for each session. There's a free pint for CAMRA members, so take your card. Tickets now on sale. See guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk for full details.
    Fri 02/06/2017
       – Sun 04/06/2017
Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival
Quay Street, Yarmouth, Isle Of Wight PO41 0PE
A beer festival in 'McGaffers Beer Tent' to coincide with the biennial Gaffers race. The beer tent will be on the shore. See www.yarmoutholdgaffersfestival.co.uk and www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/yarmouth-old-gaffers-festival-2017-p915981
   

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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