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

  • 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.
     
  • 30th Dorchester Beerex – 2nd & 3rd February 2018
    Corn Exchange, North Square, Dorchester DT1 1HF
    Open Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 15:30 and 18:00 – 23:30. All sessions £10. Admission includes commemorative glass plus three ½ pints. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • Gosport Winterfest XXVI – 16th & 17th February 2018
    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 – 22:00. Tickets £5, £9, £9 & £3 respectively. Run by Portsmouth & South East Hampshire 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.
     
  • 8th Winchester Beer & Cider Festival – 16th & 17th March 2018
    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 £6, £10, £8 & £9 respectively, available early February. One of the three annual beer festivals run by our CAMRA branch.
     
  • 28th Sussex Beer Festival – 22nd, 23rd & 24th March 2018
    Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton BN2 9XZ
    Open Thursday 17:00 – 22:00, Friday 11:00 – 15:00 & 17:00 – 22:00, Saturday 11:00 – 19:00. Tickets £5, £6, £8, & £5 respectively. Tickets now on sale. Run by Sussex CAMRA Branches.
     
  • 42nd Farnham Beerex – 12th, 13th & 14th April 2018
    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 42 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. This is always a popular festival so get your tickets early – they are on sale 8am Sunday 11th February for two hours at the Maltings and online afterwards if there are any left.
     

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 23/01/2018
       – Sun 28/01/2018
Wheatsheaf, Titchfield
1 East St., Titchfield, PO14 4AD
Winter Beer & Pie Festival. A selection of winter ales, porters & lighter beers along with a choice of homemade pie. Keep an eye on www.wheatsheaftitchfield.co.uk for more details.
    Fri 26/01/2018
       – Sun 28/01/2018
Owl's Nest, West Parley
Owl's Nest, 196 Christchurch Rd, West Parley, Ferndown BH22 8SS
Beer and Pie Festival 2018. From Friday lunchtime until Sunday night with live music on Saturday night and Sunday evening. Lots of real ale and the Owl's famous homemade pies. See www.theowlsnest-westparley.com/latest-news
    Fri 16/02/2018
       – Sat 17/02/2018
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 £7.50 for the first two sessions and £5 for the Saturday evening session; 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 www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk and tickets are now on sale.
    Sat 17/02/2018 Ashcroft Ale Festival
Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road, Fareham PO16 7DX
The third winter Ashcroft Ale Festival 11:00 – 16:30 & 18:00 – 11:00, £7 in advance, £10 on the door. A wide selection of local cask ales and traditional ciders, plus live music & hot food. See uk.patronbase.com/_AshcroftArtsCentreEvents/Productions/A528/Performances for details.
    Fri 23/02/2018
       – Sat 24/02/2018
Petersfield Beer & Cider Festival
Petersfield Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA
The fifth 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 £8 (advance recommended). See their website www.petersfieldfest.com/wp/petersfield-beer-and-cider-festival
    Sat 24/02/2018 Vibrant Forest Winter Beer Festival 2018
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7RY
11:00 – 19:00. Beers from Vibrant Forest plus guests and some ciders. Tickets £5 including programme & glass. Food available, plus music. No information yet on the brewery's website www.vibrantforest.co.uk/beerfestival you'll have to follow their social media links.
    Fri 30/03/2018
       – Sat 31/03/2018
Wareham Easter Beerex 2018
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. More information from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wareham-easter-beerex-2018-tickets-39863369411
    Fri 30/03/2018
       – Sun 01/04/2018
9th 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 £8 for the afternoon session, £8.50 for the evening 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-ix-2018 for all details.
    Fri 30/03/2018
       – Mon 02/04/2018
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/spring-beer-festival for more details.
    Fri 20/04/2018
       – Sat 21/04/2018
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 then look for the dates.
    Sat 05/05/2018
       – Mon 07/05/2018
13th Isle of Wight Steam Railway Beer Festival
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
13th 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
   

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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