Beer Festivals

Southern Hampshire CAMRA has been running Southampton Beer Festival in its current format 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!

Covid-19

Please note that the number of CAMRA beer festivals are limited, but the full list of those within 50 miles of our branch are listed below. Please check the individual websites for details. Our research of Non-CAMRA festivals has been rather knocked out of kilter and those below are the ones we know of but there may be many more that have restarted. If you know of more please drop us an email and let us know. In any case you should check with the venue for any last minute changes before attending.

CAMRA Beer Festivals

  • 12th Hampshire OctoberFest – 16th & 17th September 2022
    Basingstoke Cricket & Sports Ground, Fairfields Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3DR
    Friday 15:00 – 24:00; Saturday 12:00 – 24:00; Tickets Friday & Saturday £18.45 in advance. Group discounts (6 tickets for the price of 5) available until 31st July. North Hampshire CAMRA organises the bar and beer part, others, including Destination Basingstoke, do the rest.
     
  • Weymouth Octoberfest – 7th & 8th October 2022
    Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
    11:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:30 both days. Tickets £11 each session, includes one pint ale or cider, and on sale from 1st August. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • 34th Swindon Beer Festival – 20th, 21st & 22nd October 2022
    Steam Museum, Fire Fly Ave, Swindon SN2 2EY
    Thursday 18:00 – 23:00; Friday 11:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 - 19:00. Tickets on door for Thursday (£10), Friday lunchtime (£8) and Saturday (£5). Friday evening session £15 in advance only and this includes £5 worth of beer. Run by Swindon & North Wiltshire CAMRA.
     
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 28th & 29th October 2022
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 2HA
    Up to 25 real ales, plus ciders, bottled beers & food. Open Fri 18:00 – 22:30; Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 22:30. Tickets £6 – includes glass & programme. £2 beer tokens to card carrying CAMRA members. Entertainment both evenings. Tickets on sale from early September, cash only from Olaf's Tun, plus other venues TBC, or by card on-line (fees will apply) – see website for details www.woolstonbeerfestival.org.uk.
     
  • 23rd Poole Beer Festival – 28th & 29th October 2022
    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. Tickets on sale 1st September. Run by East Dorset 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

    Fri 26/08/2022
       – Sat 27/08/2022
Ascot Brewing Company Last of the Summer Sesh Beer Festival
Ascot Brewing Company, Unit 4, Lawrence Way, Camberley, GU15 3DL
Just the dates for now but keep an eye on www.ascotbrewing.co.uk/events
    Fri 26/08/2022
       – Sun 28/08/2022
Hatchet Inn, Sherfield English
Hatchet Inn, Salisbury Road, Sherfield English SO51 6FP
Annual August Bank Holiday Beer Festival. We know it's on, we've seen the band list (music each evening and Saturday & Sunday afternoons), but we are awaiting further details on the pub's website www.thehatchetinnromsey.co.uk/events or Facebook www.facebook.com/TheHatchetInn/events
    Sat 27/08/2022
       – Mon 29/08/2022
Ale & Crafts
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley, Nr Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT
The former Ale at Amberley has been cut back a bit and is now 'Ale & Crafts' and will feature a selection of locally brewed ales. Entrance is at the standard museum 10:00 – 16:30 times and prices, but tickets (£14.50 standard) must be bought in advance. Discount prices for children, families, over 60s & students. See Amberley Museum website for all details www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/bank-holiday-ale-crafts
    Fri 02/09/2022
       – Sat 03/09/2022
Haslemere Beer Festival
Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2AS
Over 42 casks and craft ales, over 10 ciders and a spirits bar. Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 19:00 – 23:00, tickets £15, £11 & £13 respectively, and include souvenir glass. Website is haslemerebeerfestival.co.uk but go to tickets.haslemerehall.co.uk/sales/genres/events/haslemere-beer-festival-2022 for details
    Sat 03/09/2022 Silchester Beer Festival
Village Hall, Whistlers Lane, Silchester, Hampshire RG7 2NE
A selection of beer & cider from small independent breweries. Open 16:00 – 23:00. See www.silchester.org/future-events/item/107-silchester-beer-festival-sat-10th-sep for more details when available.
    Sat 10/09/2022 Caversham Rock 'n' Ale
St Annes RC Primary School, Washington Road, Reading RG4 5AA
One evening only from 18:30 on the playing fields of St Anne’s School in Caversham (entrance may be on South View Road). Details on their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/rocknale or their Facebook event – www.facebook.com/events/696626138133016
    Sat 10/09/2022 Newbury Septemberfest
Northcroft Fields, Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1RS
Re-branded from Newbury Real Ale Festival so the 18th Festival, 12:00 – 23:00, entrance £23 in advance only (includes glass & 2 drinks tokens), free entrance for children but a ticket must also be acquired. A large number of Ales, Ciders & Perries. Multiple food options and a varied musical line-up. Full details on www.newburyrealale.co.uk/septemberfest
    Sat 10/09/2022
       – Sun 11/09/2022
Isle of Wight Steam Railway Cider & Cheese Festival
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
Over 25 ciders and a huge variety of cheeses. 11:00 – 17:00 each day. Free entrance though steam train rides are extra. See iwsteamrailway.co.uk/event/cider-cheese-festival/?mc_id=9052
    Fri 16/09/2022
       – Sat 17/09/2022
22nd Langford Beer Festival
Langford Sports & Social Club, Steeple Langford Recreation Ground, Steeple Langford, Wiltshire, SP3 4ND
30 Real ales, 14 ciders, gin bar and wine tent. Music & food both days, and camping available as well. Two sessions: Friday 19:00 – 23:00 £7 advance, £9 on door; Saturday 12:00 – 23:00 £9 advance, £11 on door. All weekend and camping tickets available. Booking fees applicable to advanced sales. See www.langfordbeerfestival.org.uk for more details.
    Fri 23/09/2022
       – Sun 25/09/2022
6th Emsworth British Beer and Cider Festival
Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7DD
24 ales plus a wide range of ciders and a selection of wines. Friday 17:00 – 22:30, Saturday 11:00 – 16:30 & 17:00 – 22:30. Tickets £12.50 (+ booking fees if bought on-line) per session which includes a glass and some drinks tokens. Free session Sunday 12:00 – 16:00 or when the beer runs out. See www.wemsfest.com/event/6th-emsworth-beer-cider-wine-festival for details.
    Sat 24/09/2022 Petersfield Oktoberfest 2022
Petersfield Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA
Petersfield's own Oktoberfest. Main seating is already sold out but spaces are available in the general area, £26.35 a ticket. See their website for full details www.petersfieldfest.com/petersfieldoktoberfest
    Sat 24/09/2022 Phoenix Beer Festival 2022
The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Station Road, Bordon GU35 0LR
Local beers plus cider and wine, plus local acts performing in the theatre. One sessions 17:00 – 23:00. Tickets £12 for one session. See www.phoenixarts.co.uk/events/phoenix-beer-festival-2022
    Sat 24/09/2022 Sherfield on Loddon Beer Festival
Sherfield Village Hall, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire, RG27 0EZ
Annual beer festival 11:30 – 23:00, ticket price tba. Based on previous years there will be over 50 beers and ciders. Hot food & live music. Free evening minibus to Bramley railway station. See www.sherfieldbeerfestival.org.uk
    Wed 28/09/2022
       – Thu 29/09/2022
Winchester Oktoberfest 2022
Winchester Guildhall, High Street, Winchester SO23 9GH
A keg only 'Oktoberfest' with festival beer, German food & Oompah! Friday 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. ID required. Tickets from £18.95. See www.oktoberfestwinchester.co.uk
    Fri 07/10/2022
       – Sat 08/10/2022
Ale-ing Fest
Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road, Hayling Island PO11 0HB
Over 30 beers & ciders. Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Entertainment both evening sessions. Advance tickets (on sale from September) £10 for evening sessions, £6 afternoon session. £12/£8 on door. See www.ale-ingfest.co.uk
    Fri 07/10/2022
       – Sat 08/10/2022
17th Selborne Zig Zag Festival
Selborne Arms, High Street, Selborne GU34 3JR and in the nearby Village Hall
A number of local real ales, ciders, a range of fine wines (and fizz!), superb locally produced food and live music from local Hampshire bands. Friday is at the pub, Saturday at the pub and the Village Hall. Tickets required for the hall £13.09 in advance (includes glass & some drinks), on sale 1st September. The pub's website is www.selbornearms.co.uk/Events and the festival website is www.zigzagfest.co.uk.
    Sat 08/10/2022 25th 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 11:00 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. Tickets £6 & £8, or £10 for both sessions. Those are the 'Early Bird' prices, they will cost more after September 2nd. The centre is open between sessions if you go to both, the bar will be closed but you can get food. The festival website is wickhambeerfestival.co.uk/home and the Wickham Centre is www.wickhamcommunitycentre.org.uk
    Sat 08/10/2022
       – Sun 09/10/2022
Isle of Wight Steam Railway Beer & Steam Festival
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
A good selection of real ales plus a few ciders. 11:00 – 17:00 each day. Free entrance though steam train rides are extra. See iwsteamrailway.co.uk/event/beer-steam/?mc_id=9077
    Mon 24/10/2022 Oktoberfest Portsmouth
Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
In a big tent on Guildhall Square. We expect the times are 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday. ID required. A Bavarian style beer festival so expect sausages, pretzels & keg beer. See www.oktoberfestportsmouth.co.ukfor all details.
    Fri 28/10/2022
       – Sat 29/10/2022
Oktoberfest Southampton
Guildhall Square, Southampton SO14 7FP
A German style Oktoberfest event in Guildhall Square (we assume in a tent) with oompah bands, sausages, schnitzels & pretzels, and beer - which we expect to be all keg. 'Standing' and 'seating' tickets available at various prices - see www.oktoberfestsoton.com
    Sat 29/10/2022 Denmead Beer Festival
Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, Denmead, Hampshire, PO7 6LU
Just the date for now. See www.denmeadca.com for updates.
   

If you know of any more non-CAMRA beer festivals in our branch area then please email the details to us.