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. Tickets on sale from mid November. Run by Salisbury & South Wilts 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.

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

    Fri 09/12/2016
       – Sun 11/12/2016
Victoria Inn, West Marden
West Marden, West Sussex, PO18 9EN
Advance notice. Usually a celebration of Christmas ales, a charity festival with 15 beers and ciders plus various events during the festival. Just the dates so far, nothing on yet.
    Sat 10/12/2016 Brew Shack Birthday Bash & Beer Festival
Honeybrook Farm, Wimborne BH21 4JD
The Brew Shack micro brewery is having a 1st birthday beer festival, not at the brewery but at Honeywell Farm. 16:00 - 23:30, tickets £10, includes food & festival glass. The brewery's website is but festival details are on their twitter.
    Fri 16/12/2016
       – Sat 17/12/2016
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 £10.50 (+ possible £1.25 per ticket fee), includes souvenir glass, programme & beer token. Entertainment each session. See
    Sat 17/12/2016 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 free nibbles, mince pies and Black Forest Porter cake. Nothing on their website yet but it's on their facebook; you'll find the facebook link on our Whatpub page
    Fri 13/01/2017
       – Sat 14/01/2017
Westy Beer Festival
West End Centre, Queens Road, Aldershot, GU11 3JD
Now in its 4th year. Friday 19:00 – 23:00; Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Over 40 beers and ciders plus live music. Tickets £5.50 per session, advance ticket needed. Run in association with Hogs Back Brewery. See and srcoll down to the dates.
    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
    Fri 24/02/2017
       – Sat 25/02/2017
Alton Winter Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
Dates are annouced 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 each session and 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. Details are on and tickets go on sale from 1st January.
    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

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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