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

  • 20th Oxford Beer & Cider Festival – 26th, 27th & 28th October 2017
    Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's Street, Oxford OX1 1BX
    17:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 11:00 – 23:00 Friday; 11:00 – 21:00 Saturday. Tickets £10 (£8 for CAMRA members) includes £6 of beer tokens. Run by Oxford CAMRA.
     
  • 31st Swindon Beer Festival – 26th, 27th & 28th October 2017
    Steam Museum, Fire Fly Ave, Swindon SN2 2EY
    18:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 11:00 – 15:30 & 18:00 – 23:00 Friday; 11:00 – 19:00 Saturday. Tickets £5 Thursday & Friday lunchtime, £10 Friday evening (advance only, available from 22nd September), £4 Saturday. Friday evening ticket includes £4 worth of beer, other tickets are on the door. Run by Swindon & North Wiltshire CAMRA.
     
  • 19th Poole Beer Festival – 27th & 28th October 2017
    St Aldhelms Centre, Poole Road, Branksome BH12 1AD
    11:00 – 15:30 & 18:30 – 23:00 both days. Tickets £10 advance only – includes glass, programme & 2 x ½ pints beer. On sale from 1st September. Run by East Dorset 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.
     
  • 24th Woking Beer Festival – 10th & 11th November 2017
    Woking Leisure Centre, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 9BA
    18:00 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 – 15:30 & 11:00 – 18:00 Saturday. Tickets £10 per session, advance purchase needed. Run by Surrey CAMRA branches.
     
  • 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

    Thu 26/10/2017
       – Sun 29/10/2017
Oktoberfest Southampton
Guildhall Square, Southampton
A German style Oktoberfest event on Guildhall Square (we assume in a tent) with oompah bands, sausages, schnitzels & pretzels, and beer - which we expect to be all keg. 'Standing' tickets from £8 to £15, 'seating' from £10 to £25. See www.oktoberfestsoton.com
    Thu 26/10/2017
       – Sun 29/10/2017
Waterloo Arms Beer Festival
101 Waterloo Road, Freemantle, Southampton, SO15 3BS
Beer festival with 14 beers on stillage and the usual on hand pump. Thursday evening will feature Morris Dancing in the garden. Their website is www.hopback.co.uk/our-pubs/the-waterloo.html but events do not get listed.
    Fri 27/10/2017 Halloween Cider Festival
Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX
Another dedicated cider festival at the Shelley Theatre (part of the original Shelley Manor, home of Mary Shelley the author of Frankenstein) Saturday 18:00 – 22:00. Join in for an evening of proper cider, great food and live music. Admission - £6 (advance preferred). See shelleytheatre.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=34340 for details.
    Fri 27/10/2017
       – Sun 29/10/2017
Queen's Hotel, Gosport
143 Queens Road, Gosport PO12 1LG
Annual beer festival. Food available Friday & Saturday. Come along and help celebrate Sue's 34 years at The Queens – from 17:00 Friday & 12:00 Saturday & Sunday. Not too much on their website yet cliveluff.wixsite.com/queenshotel
    Fri 27/10/2017
       – Sun 29/10/2017
The Star, Godalming
17 Church Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1PE
Annual beer and cider festival. No details yet and not on their website www.thestargodalming.co.uk
    Sat 28/10/2017 Romsey Round Table Beer Festival
Crossfield Hall, Romsey SO51 8GL
The 1st Romsey Round Table Beer Festival. 20+ beers & ciders, food including pizzas, plus live music. Open 18:30 – 23:00, entrance £10, includes commemorative glass & two half pints. Proceeds go to support charities and good causes in Romsey and Chandler's Ford. See their Facebook page for details www.facebook.com/RomseyRT
    Sat 28/10/2017 19th Denmead Beer Festival
Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, Denmead, Hampshire, PO7 6LU
19:00 – 23:30. Over 20 real ales, plus a selection of wines, cider and soft drinks. Live music, raffle & barbecue. Tickets £9 includes souvenir glass tankard & complimentary drink. See www.denmeadca.com/beer-festival.html.
    Sat 04/11/2017 Square & Compass Annual Cider Festival 2017
Square & Compass, Worth Matravers (nr. Swanage), Dorset BH19 3LF
Annual cider festival with a great selection and variety of ciders and perries from all over Britain. There will be cider pressing demonstrations during the day, and apple identification and freshly made apple juice. A bit of music too. See www.squareandcompasspub.co.uk/index.php/what-s-on/2017-festivals/eventdetail/755/-/cider-festival.html
    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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