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

  • Great British Beer Festival – 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th August 2017
    Olympia, London.
    50,000 people expected at the biggest real ale festival in the world – run by volunteers from all CAMRA branches. Tickets on sale now.
     
  • Salisbury Food and Drink Festival – 10th September 2017
    Market Place, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1JH
    This festival runs all week, but the Salisbury & South Wiltshire CAMRA run Beer Tent is in the Market Place on Sunday 10th from 10:00 – 17:00.
     
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 29th & 30th September 2017
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 2HA
    Just the dates for now, tickets will go on sale in August/September – keep an eye on the website.
     
  • 11th Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival – 6th & 7th October 2017
    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 (about18:00). Any race day ticket (advance from £18 Fri, £24 Sat; on-gate from £21 Fri, £24 Sat.) gets access to the beer festival, but CAMRA members booking in advance can get a 50% discount on the 'on-gate' equivalent price for the 'Queen Anne Enclosure' by quoting a code.
     
  • Weymouth Octoberfest – 6th & 7th October 2017
    Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
    11:00 – 15:30 & 18:00 – 23:30 both days. Tickets £4.50 Friday Lunchtime, £5.50 Saturday Lunchtime, £5.50 evening sessions. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • 9th Hampshire Octoberfest – 13th, 14th & 15th October 2017
    Basingstoke Cricket & Sports Ground, Fairfields Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3DR
    Friday 'Works Night Out' 17:00 – 23:30; Saturday 'Octoberfest' 11:00 – 23:30; 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 £8.50 in advance, Sunday £5 advance, (on the door tickets £10/£7.50). Weekend and family tickets also available £15/£25. North Hampshire CAMRA does the beer part, others do the rest.
     
  • Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival – 19th, 20th & 21st October 2017
    Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead SL6 8AW
    12:00 – 22:00 Thursday; 12:00 – 22:30 Friday & Saturday. Tickets £12.50 in advance, £15 on door - includes glass, programme & 2 pint vouchers. Run by Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA
     
  • 13th Redhill Beer Festival – 2nd, 3rd & 4th November 2017
    Merstham Village Hall, Station Road North, Merstham, RH1 3ED
    12:00 – 23:00 Thursday, £3; 12:00 – 23:00 Friday, £4; 12:00 – 18:00 Saturday, free entrance. Thursday & Friday tickets just £2 before 16:00. Run by East & Mid Surrey CAMRA.
     
  • Bath Winter Ales Festival – 24th & 25th November 2017
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA
    Two sessions: Friday 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 – 19:00. Up to 30 real ales and a few ciders. Entrance (advance ticket recommended) £8 – includes £2 of tokens. Run by Bath and Borders 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

    Tue 25/07/2017
       – Sun 30/07/2017
Wheatsheaf, Titchfield
1 East St., Titchfield, PO14 4AD
Summer Beer & Sausage Festival with a Cider Day on the 30th. Just the dates for now, keep an eye on their website for updates www.wheatsheaftitchfield.co.uk
    Fri 28/07/2017
       – Sun 30/07/2017
King's Head, Alton
28 Market Street, Alton GU34 1HA
Just the dates so far. Keep an eye on kingsheadalton.com
    Fri 28/07/2017
       – Sun 30/07/2017
Cams Mill, Fareham
Cams Hall Estate, Fareham PO16 8AA
Beer and Music Festival, real ales & ciders. Street food, market stalls, children's entertainment and live music. See www.camsmill.co.uk/whats-on for all details.
    Fri 28/07/2017
       – Fri 11/08/2017
Lawrence Arms Cider Festival
Lawrence Arms, 63 Lawrence Road, Southsea PO5 1NU
7th annual cider festival with 40 differnt ciders over two weeks (max 20 on at one time). Starts 7pm Friday 28th with a cider raffle & quiz. The pub's website is www.lawrence-arms-portsmouth.co.uk but you'll need Facebook for any details.
    Sat 29/07/2017
       – Sun 30/07/2017
Eastleigh Beer Festival 2017
Silverlake Stadium, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh SO50 9HT
Following on from last year's inaugural festival, this year expect over 42 casks of real ale, a selection of cider, craft lager and even pimms & prosecco! Live music throughout both days, a barbecue & hog roast. Tickets £10 a day or £15 for the weekend. See eastleighfc.cloudvenue.co.uk/eastleighbeerfestival2017 for details.
    Sat 05/08/2017 Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
The 11th annual beer festival. At least 40 Real Ales + Local Ciders + BBQ & Hog Roast. Open lunchtime 11:00 – 15:00 & evening 17:30 – 21:30. Just 15 minutes walk from the railway station. Tickets £8 on sale now. Full details on their website www.fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest
    Thu 10/08/2017
       – Sun 13/08/2017
Bankes Arms Beer Festival
The Bankes Arms, Manor Road, Studland Dorset BH19 3AU
Annual beer festival 11:00 – 23:00 each day. Over 200 beers and ciders. Food available all day and usually a Pimms Tent. Music at various times during the festival. www.bankesarmsbeerfestival.com
    Fri 11/08/2017
       – Sun 13/08/2017
Trusty Servant Beer & Cider Festival
Trusty Servant, Minstead, Nr Lyndhurst SO43 7FY
Annual beer and cider festival with 10 beers & 20 ciders. Barbecue & live music during the festival. This ties in with the village fete on the green outside the pub on the 12th. See www.thetrustyservant.co.uk/beer-and-cider-festival-2017-2
    Sat 12/08/2017 Vibrant Forest Beer Festival 2017
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7RY
11:00 – 19:00. At least 15 Vibrant Forest Beers plus guest beers & cider. Entrance by £5 advance ticket only. Food available. See the brewery's website www.vibrantforest.co.uk/beerfestival
    Fri 18/08/2017
       – Sun 20/08/2017
Drusilla's Annual Steam Up & Ale Fest
Drusilla's Inn, Wigbeth, Horton, Dorset BH21 7JH
Annual free August event, which features steam engines (who stop off on their way to the Great Dorset Steam Fayre), real ales & cider, a barbecue/ Hog Roast and live music. Details on www.drusillasinn.co.uk/steam-fair
    Fri 18/08/2017
       – Sun 20/08/2017
Turfcutters Arms
Main Road, East Boldre, SO42 7WL
From 17:00 on Friday, over 20 real ales plus a few ciders. To keep you fed & entertained there's food served daily, including a hog roast Saturday afternoon, a bouncy castle, and plenty of live music. Free entrance & family friendly. Keep an eye on www.the-turfcutters-new-forest.co.uk/events for more details.
    Sat 19/08/2017
       – Sun 20/08/2017
Junction 6 Beer & Music Festival
Ageas Bowl, Botley Road, West End, Hampshire SO30 3XH
A weekend of music, food and over 30 real ales set against the backdrop of the Ageas Bowl, home of Hampshire Cricket. Tickets £10 a day or £15 for a two day pass, and for early bookers a limited supply are at £5 & £8. See www.ageasbowl.com/ageas-bowl-live/junction-6 for details.
    Sat 19/08/2017
       – Sun 20/08/2017
Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival
North Walls (Devils Island) 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 Downton Brewery. 10:00 – 17:00 each day. Entrance £5 adults, £3 for older adults & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/winchester
    Fri 25/08/2017
       – Sat 26/08/2017
Hamble Point Marina Beer & Cider Festival
School Lane, Hamble-le-Rice SO31 4JD
Beer, Ale & Cider Family Weekend. Music on Friday evening and Saturday from mid afternoon. Also on Saturday there will be a barbecue and entertainment for children (14:00 – 16:30). See www.facebook.com/events/250043972067833
    Fri 25/08/2017
       – Sat 26/08/2017
Somerley Beer & Music Festival
The Walled garden, Old Somerley, Ellingham, Ringwood
The 7th Somerley Beer & Music Festival. This year's event will have more bands, more food stalls and will be held over more days! More details to be revealed soon. Keep an eye on www.somerleybeerfestival.com
    Fri 25/08/2017
       – Sun 27/08/2017
Tally Ho! Broughton
High Street, Broughton, nr Stockbridge, SO20 8AA
Annual beer festival. Dates only at the moment but usually over 20 beers and ciders, barbecue, Live music and family events. See www.broughtonbeerfest.co.uk for the festival, www.thetallyhobroughton.co.uk for the pub.
    Fri 25/08/2017
       – Mon 28/08/2017
Black Dog, Waltham Chase
Winchester Road, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX
Real ales & cider and a bouncy castle Sunday & Monday if the weather holds out. See www.theblackdogwalthamchase.co.uk/whats-on but there's not too much detail there yet.
    Fri 25/08/2017
       – Mon 28/08/2017
43rd Island Steam Show
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
There will be steam trains, Traction engines, men riding bikes, fairground rides and more. Oh yes, I forgot – there’s also real ale bar with an expected 50 beers. 10:00 – 18:00 each day. Tickets are £14.50 in advance, £16 on the gate, or £9.50 for the show only, no trains. See www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/the-40th-island-steam-show.aspx
    Fri 25/08/2017
       – Mon 28/08/2017
South Western Arms, St. Denys
38-40 Adelaide Road, St. Denys, Southampton SO17 2HW
Beer Cider & Street Food Festival. Usually 60 Real Ales, Ciders & Perries, with live music & 'street food'. Usually a preview session from 18:00 Thursday 24 August, main event from noon Friday to Monday. The pub no longer has a website so here is the Whatpub entry – whatpub.com/pubs/HAS/00566 – you'll find their facebook link there.
    Fri 25/08/2017
       – Mon 28/08/2017
Tichborne Arms Beer Festival
Tichborne Arms, Tichborne, Nr. Alresford, Hants. SO24 0NA
Annual beer festival, around 50 beers and 15 ciders. Open from Friday 18:00. Live music plus food all day. See www.tichbornearms.co.uk/blog
    Fri 25/08/2017
       – Mon 28/08/2017
Victoria Inn, West Marden
West Marden, West Sussex, PO18 9EN
Real Ale & Cider. Live music, dog show, barbecue, spit roast & charity raffle. Coincides with the West Marden festival. See www.victoriainnwestmarden.co.uk/page/Events
    Fri 01/09/2017
       – Sun 03/09/2017
Goat & Tricycle, Bournemouth
27-29 Westhill Road, Bournemouth BH2 5PF
20 beers and ciders rotated over the weekend. 6 of these will be available in their garden. There will be lunchtime barbecues and live music in the evenings. See goatandtricycle.co.uk/events/beer-festival
    Fri 01/09/2017
       – Sun 03/09/2017
Ale at Amberley 12
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley, Nr Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT
Just the dates for now but expect around 80 ales, ciders & perries. See the Ale at Amberley website www.aleatamberley.co.uk
    Fri 01/09/2017
       – Sun 03/09/2017
Child Okeford Beer & Cider Festival
Saxon Inn, Gold Hill, Child Okeford, Dorset DT11 8HD
Beer and cider festival with live music and a barbecue. Poster here – www.saxoninn.co.uk/Docs/Events.pdf Pub's website here – www.saxoninn.co.uk
    Fri 01/09/2017
       – Sun 03/09/2017
Cleveland Bay, Chandler's Ford
1 Pilgrims Close, Chandler's Ford, SO53 4ST
Just the dates for now for the Cleveland's September beer festival.
    Thu 07/09/2017
       – Sun 10/09/2017
Salisbury Heritage Open Days
Salisbury City
Not a beer festival but a chance to go on guided tours of some of Salisbury's historic pubs. There are also two exhibitions to visit, one at the public library and the other at the Wyndham Arms.The tours are free but you need to book in advance. See this website www.beerguild.co.uk/news/salisbury-heritage-open-days-7-10-september and the programme www.salisburycivicsociety.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/HODS_website.docx-V3.pdf
    Fri 08/09/2017
       – Sat 09/09/2017
Yateley Cask & Cork Festival
Sean Devereux Park, Chandlers Lane, Yateley GU46 7SZ
The 2nd Cask and Cork festival organised by Yateley's football and cricket clubs. Local beers, lagers, wines and ciders. Sessions are 18:00 – 23:00 Friday; 11:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Food & live music. Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door. See www.caskandcorkyateley.co.uk
    Fri 08/09/2017
       – Sat 09/09/2017
Haslemere Beer Festival
Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2AS
11th annual beer festival. Over 50 ales ciders & perries plus live music & food. Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 19:00 – 23:00, tickets £10, £6 & £8 respectively, and include souvenir glass. See haslemerebeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 08/09/2017
       – Sun 10/09/2017
Bugle Inn, Botley
10 High Street, Botley, SO30 2EA
Their first 'Pig & Apple Festival'. Music, cider and all thing pig. No other details and not on their website www.bugleinnbotley.com
    Fri 08/09/2017
       – Sun 10/09/2017
Eight Bells, Alton
Church Street, Alton GU34 2DA
'Secret beer festival with around a dozen beers' – That's all we know, and perhaps we shouldn't know that! No pub website so here's Whatpub: whatpub.com/pubs/EHA/1
    Sat 09/09/2017 Newbury Real Ale Festival
Northcroft Fields, Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1RS
The 14th Festival, 12:00 – 23:00, entrance £10 for over 18's (includes glass & 2 x half pint tokens), free entrance for children. Still in planning but usually over 240 Ales, Ciders & Perries. Multiple food options, including Hog Roast. Varied musical line-up. Tickets in advance (with bonus drink token), or buy on the door. More details on www.newburyrealale.co.uk
    Mon 11/09/2017 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.
    Fri 15/09/2017
       – Sun 17/09/2017
Hedge End Club
4 Bursledon Road, Hedge End, Hampshire, SO30 0BR
6th annual beer festival, moved to September this year. Open 11:00 – 23:30 Friday & Saturday; 11:00 – 22:30 Sunday. Live music during the day and the evenings. Food at all times. Free entrance and non members are welcome. See www.hedgeendclub.co.uk/page2a.html for the club website.
    Sat 16/09/2017 German Beer Festival
Southampton Guildhall, SO14 7LP
This is a commercial organisation Beerfest UK running Oktoberfest themed beer festivals all over Britain. Open Saturday 17:00 – 23:00. £14.40 in advance only. Be warned, this is keg only and just two choices of beer, the emphasis being the 'oom-pah' atmosphere. www.beerfestuk.com/southampton17.html
    Sat 23/09/2017
       – Sun 24/09/2017
Last of the Summer Cider
Myncen Farm, Minchington, Dorset DT11 8DH
Music and cider festival with some real ales and a snack shack. Tickets are £25. Overnight camping available. Starts at midday and finishes at midnight. See www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/last-of-the-summer-cider-2017-one-day-music-cider-festival-tickets-34245265511
    Fri 29/09/2017
       – Sun 01/10/2017
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
Autumn Beer Festival. Usually 20 plus beers and ciders, with food available all day and music in the evenings. Keep an eye on www.redshoot.co.uk/events/2017-beer-festivals for more details.
    Sat 30/09/2017 Sherfield on Loddon Beer Festival
Sherfield Village Hall, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire, RG27 0EZ
10th annual beer festival 11:30 – 23:00. Over 50 beers and ciders. Hot food & live music. Free evening minibus to Bramley railway station. See www.sherfieldbeerfestival.org.uk
    Fri 06/10/2017
       – Sat 07/10/2017
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. Tickets available in August. See www.ale-ingfest.co.uk
    Fri 13/10/2017
       – Sat 14/10/2017
7th 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) £4, Friday 18:00 – 23:00 £8, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 £8, Saturday 18:00 – 23:00 £8. Theatre website is www.groundlings.co.uk – look under October listings. This festival may be advance tickets only.
    Sat 14/10/2017 19th 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. The festival website is www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk and the Wickham Centre is www.wickhamcentre.co.uk
    Sat 21/10/2017 Red Cat Brewery
Unit 10 Sun Valley Business Park, Winnall Close, Winchester, SO23 0LB
Not a traditional beer festival but an open day at a brewery. Your chance to meet the brewers and drink some beer from 11:00 to 17:00. Food & musical entertainment too. The breweries website is www.redcatbrewing.co.uk but for details see www.facebook.com/events/2003068529922231
    Sat 21/10/2017 Portchester Community Centre Cider & Sausage Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester PO16 9AD
Portchester Community Centre's Cider & Sausage festival, open Saturday 18:00 – 23:00, tickets £5. A range of ciders, perries and some local bottled ales, plus this year a Prosecco bar. Several varieties of sausage as well as vegetarian options, plus some entertainment. See www.portchestercommunitycentre.co.uk/events/cider-sausage-festival
    Mon 13/11/2017 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.
   

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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