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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

  • 43rd Farnham Beerex – 11th, 12th & 13th April 2019
    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 43 years in the same venue. The beerex is still in planning but expect over 60 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, £10 per session. This is always a popular festival so get your tickets early – they are on sale 8am Sunday 10th February for one hour at the Maltings and online afterwards if there are any left.
     
  • 25th Reading Beer & Cider Festival – 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th May 2019
    Christchurch Meadows, Caversham, Reading
    Just a short walk from Reading railway station, and one of the bigger festivals on the CAMRA circuit. Open: Thursday 16:30 – 23:00; Friday 11:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 – 16:30 & 18:00 – 23:00; Sunday 12:00 – 19:00. On door tickets £5, £11, £10, £10, £5 respectively, on in advance. Run by CAMRA Reading & Mid Berks Branch.
     
  • Yapton Beerex – 17th, 18th & 19th May 2019
    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 30th Yapton Beer Festival. Fri 18:00 – 23.00; Sat 11:00 – 21:00; Sun 12:00 – 15:00. Tickets £5 Friday, £6 Saturday (£3 from 17:00) and free entrance Sunday. Run by Western Sussex CAMRA
     
  • Southampton Beer Festival – 7th & 8th June 2019
    St Mary's Stadium, Britannia Road, Southampton SO14 5FP
    Our own beer festival. Three sessions, Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 19:30, ticket prices tba. Just the dates for now. Keep an eye on the website for details.
     

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

    Wed 27/03/2019
       – Sun 07/04/2019
Wetherspoon Real Ale and Cider Festival 2018
Wetherspoon pubs
Real ales from 5 international producers, but brewed in the UK, and 25 UK producers and ciders from 3 cider makers. Not all on at the same time! See www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs/events/real-ale-and-cider-festival
    Fri 29/03/2019
       – Sun 31/03/2019
Royal Oak, Fritham
The Royal Oak, Fritham, Hampshire, SO43 7HJ
The return of the Royal Oak Beer Festival (after quite a few years). 30 beers, good music, local food. The pub's website is under maintenance royaloakfritham.co.uk so the Whatpub entry whatpub.com/pubs/HAS/00177/royal-oak-fritham may also help.
    Fri 05/04/2019
       – Sat 06/04/2019
Southsea Beerex
Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW
5th Annual Southsea Beerex. Real Ale, craft beer, gin and music festival. Tickets are £10 in advance or on the door. Doors open at 18:00 – 23:00 both days and 12:00 – 17:00 on Saturday. See www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk/WhatsOn/tabid/90/Default.aspx then scroll down to the dates.
    Fri 05/04/2019
       – Sat 06/04/2019
21st 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 Friday 19:00 – 23:00 (£8), Saturday 11:00 – 16:00 (£6) and 18:00 – 23:00 (£8). All day Saturday tickets £10 and the centre is open between those sessions, the bar will be closed but you can get food. Friday evening is a Beer, Blues and Curry evening, but you will need to pay extra in advance for the curry. More details on www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk
    Sat 06/04/2019 1st New Milton Beer Festival
New Milton Memorial Centre, Whitfield Rd, New Milton BH25 6DE
One session 10:00 – 20:00, tickets £6 on the door or £5 in advance from The Hourglass Micropub or the Memorial Centre. More than thirty cask and key keg craft beers, lagers, ciders and spirits from local and regional breweries and producers, plus food, soft drinks & refreshments and a selection of live music. Organised by The Hourglass Micropub and New Milton Memorial Centre, see www.memcentre.co.uk/news/first-new-milton-beer-festival-6th-april-2019 for all details.
    Fri 12/04/2019
       – Sat 13/04/2019
Newbury Racecourse Beer Festival
The Racecourse, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 7NZ
The opening of Newbury's flat racing season featuring the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials 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/raceday/dubai-duty-free-spring-trials-beer-festival
    Fri 12/04/2019
       – Sun 14/04/2019
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 13/04/2019 17th Portchester Beer Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester, PO16 9AD
Two sessions, 12:00 – 17:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. Around 20 beers and a few ciders & perries, plus food & entertainment. £10 per session including glass & a pint. Ticket details on www.ticketsource.co.uk/portchester-community-centre
    Fri 19/04/2019
       – Sat 20/04/2019
Wareham Easter Beerex 2019
Wareham Masonic Hall, Howards Lane, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4HU
11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00 both days. Around 35 real ales. Tickets £10 per session online or from local outlets. More information from www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wareham-easter-beerex-2828242074
    Fri 19/04/2019
       – Sun 21/04/2019
10th 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 £9 for the Friday session, £10 for the Saturday sessions plus order 'fulfilment fees' of £1.95 to £7.50. 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/big-bournemouth-beer-festival-2019 for all details.
    Fri 19/04/2019
       – Mon 22/04/2019
Junction Tavern, Gosport
1 Leesland Road, Gosport PO12 3ND
Easter Real Ale and Cider Festival. Usually about twenty beers and a half a dozen ciders. No website, this is their Whatpub entry – whatpub.com/pubs/POR/00083
    Fri 19/04/2019
       – Mon 22/04/2019
Victoria Inn, West Marden
West Marden, West Sussex, PO18 9EN
An Easter weekend mini Ale & Cider Festival. Keep an eye on www.victoriainnwestmarden.co.uk/page/Events for more details.
    Fri 26/04/2019
       – Sat 27/04/2019
Petersfield Beer & Cider Festival
Petersfield Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA
The sixth 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 £9 (advance recommended). See their website www.petersfieldfest.com/wp/index.php/petersfield-beer-and-cider-festival
    Fri 26/04/2019
       – Sun 28/04/2019
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. Four sessions 19:30 – 23:30 Friday, 11:30 – 15:30 & 19:30 – 23:30 Saturday; 12:00 – 15:30 Sunday. Tickets £8, festival glass £1.50. See www.overtonbeerfestival.co.uk for all details.
    Sat 04/05/2019
       – Mon 06/05/2019
14th Isle of Wight Steam Railway Beer Festival
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
14th 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 06/05/2019 St. Mary's Church May Fayre
Fratton Road, Fratton, Portsmouth
The 28th May Fayre Real Ale and Cider Tent. Over 30 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.
    Sat 11/05/2019 Beer, Bricks and Buses
Brickworks Museum, Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, SO31 7HB
The 3rd Bursledon Brickworks beer festival. Tickets £7 advance only and went on sale on 1st March, but have sold out already. Session is 12:30 – 17:30. The museum opens at 12:00. There will be a heritage bus service from Swanwick station. See www.bursledonbrickworks.org.uk/events.php for all details.
    Sat 11/05/2019
       – Sun 12/05/2019
Bill Targett Memorial Steam Rally
Highbridge Farm, Highbridge Road, Eastleigh SO50 6HN
As the title says, it is a steam rally, but our sources tell us that there is a beer tent with a good range of local beers and some ciders, though they keep quiet about that on the website www.billtargettrally.co.uk Rally open from 10:00 and entrance is £7.
    Sun 12/05/2019 South Downs Green Fair
The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire, GU32 1HR
From 10:00 – 17:00. A festival with a beer tent. Plenty for the family to do. Tickets on the gate are £8 adult and £3.50 children. See sites.google.com/a/southdownsgreenfair.org/south-downs-green-fair
    Sat 18/05/2019 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. Established in 2014, Red Cat is Winchester's largest (but still small) brewery and there's a chance to meet the brewers and drink some fine beer from 11:00 to 17:00. Website is www.redcatbrewing.co.uk/tours-and-events and there is a facebook event www.facebook.com/events/775846412768434
    Fri 24/05/2019
       – Sat 25/05/2019
Beer Fest on the Green
Sarisbury Green Community Centre, The Green, Sarisbury Green, Southampton SO31 7AA
Friday 17:30 – 22:30 and Saturday 13:30 – 22:30. Tickets £7 and £9 respectively, includes glass, programme and a ½ pint drink token (two on Saturday). 25+ ales and ciders. Under 18s permitted on the Saturday but only up to 18:00. See sarisburygreen.org.uk and scroll down a bit for details or see the Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/2267824710121067
    Fri 24/05/2019
       – Mon 27/05/2019
Elm Tree, Swanwick
Swanwick Lane, Swanwick SO31 7DX
A 4 day Hampshire Real Ale Beer Festival from 19:00 on Friday 24th May. 10 locally sourced real ales from a variety of breweries from the local area. Nothing on their website yet – elmtreeinn.co.uk
    Fri 28/06/2019
       – Sun 30/06/2019
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.
   

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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