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

  • 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
  • Salisbury Winterfest XXI – 26th & 27th January 2018
    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. Tickets on sale from mid November. Run by Salisbury & South Wilts CAMRA.
  • North Sussex Equinox Beer & Cider Festival – 2nd & 3rd March 2018
    Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF
    Friday 18:00 – 22:00, Saturday 11:30 – 16:30 & 18:30 – 22:00. Tickets £6 Friday, £7 Saturday lunchtime & £4 Saturday evening. Run by CAMRA North Sussex Branch.

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

    Thu 23/11/2017
       – Sun 26/11/2017
Platform Tavern Winter Brews, Blues & Pie Festival
Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2NY
Annual beer & blues festival starting Thursday evening. Usually has 10 beers stillaged in the dining room plus the usual range from the bar. Music in the evenings and Sunday lunchtime/afternoon. See
    Fri 24/11/2017
       – Sun 26/11/2017
Waterloo Arms Beer Festival
101 Waterloo Road, Freemantle, Southampton, SO15 3BS
Beer festival with 12 beers on garden stillage (under cover) and 8 on hand pumps in the bar. This festival was postponed from the end of October. The pub's website is but events do not get listed.
    Fri 08/12/2017
       – Sun 10/12/2017
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. See
    Fri 15/12/2017
       – Sat 16/12/2017
Portsmouth Beer Festival
Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
"Christmas Sessions" Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Tickets £14 including booking fee and levy, includes souvenir glass, programme & beer token. Entertainment each session. See
    Sat 16/12/2017 Vibrant Forest Brewery
Unit 3, Gordleton Business Park, Hannah Way, Bowling Green, Lymington SO41 8JD
A Christmas open day at the brewery from 11:00 onwards. There should be a full range of beers with with nibbles, steak pies etc. Nothing on their website yet but there is a facebook event

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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