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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

  • Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival – 25th, 26th & 27th July 2019
    Desborough College, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead SL6 2QB
    Just the dates so far. Run by Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA
     
  • Great British Beer Festival – 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th August 2019
    Olympia, London.
    50,000 people expected at the biggest real ale festival in the world – run by volunteers from all CAMRA branches. Over 1000 real ales, craft beers, ciders and perries. Tickets on sale now.
     
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 25th & 26th October 2019
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 2HA
    30 real ales, ciders, bottled beers & food. Open Fri 18:30 – 23:00; Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £6. £2 beer tokens to card carrying CAMRA members. Entertainment both evenings. Tickets will go on sale late September – keep an eye on the website.
     
  • 21st Poole Beer Festival – 1st & 2nd November 2019
    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 now. 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 19/07/2019
       – Sun 21/07/2019
Royal Oak, Hill Top
Exbury Road, Hill Top (nr. Beaulieu), SO42 7YR
Annual beer and cider festival. Barbecue & Hog roast. Live music each day plus family stuff such as bouncy castle & face painting. See www.theroyaloakbeaulieu.co.uk/whats-on
    Fri 19/07/2019
       – Sun 21/07/2019
Crossways Inn Beer Festival 2019
Crossways Inn, Churt Road, Churt, Surrey GU10 2JS
30 real ales and 8 ciders. 11:00 – 23:00 each day. The pub's website is www.weydonian.net/crossways but you'll need Facebook to see more.
    Fri 19/07/2019
       – Sun 04/08/2019
Lawrence Arms Cider Festival
Lawrence Arms, 63 Lawrence Road, Southsea PO5 1NU
9th annual cider festival with over 30 different ciders over two weeks. Keep an eye on the pub's website for updates www.lawrence-arms-portsmouth.co.uk/whats-on.html
    Sat 20/07/2019 10th Alton Bus & Pub Running Day
Alton Railway Station GU34 2PZ
Similar to the Bus Rally below, but using Alton Station as a base and most buses are 'Bristols', either REs or VRs. A number of routes operating and serving 11 pubs, plus morning feeder services from Basingstoke and Winchester. A great opportunity to reach rural pubs not normally served by bus routes. Details are on www.bristol-re.moonfruit.com
    Sat 20/07/2019
       – Sun 21/07/2019
The George, Alton
Butts Road, Alton GU34 1LH
Annual 1 day mini beer festival coinciding with the "Bristol RE" running day (see above). 10 beers, 2 ciders and a barbecue. Sunday is a drink up day for whatever is left before returning to their normal range. Nothing on their website yet but keep an eye on www.thegeorgealton.co.uk/music
    Sat 20/07/2019
       – Sun 21/07/2019
Guildford Cheese and Chilli Festival
Shalford Park, Shalford Road, Guildford GU4 8BL
Cheese & Chilli Festival. A chain of festivals that also include beer festivals organised by Downton Brewery. 10:00 – 17:00 each day. Entrance £6.36 adults, £4.24 for older adults, & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/locations/guildford
    Sun 21/07/2019 Alton Bus Rally & Running Day
Anstey Park, Anstey Lane, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2NB
Not a festival but an opportunity to reach rural pubs otherwise difficult to get to by public transport. Feeder buses to Ansty Park from various towns including Winchester. Buses are free, but you are encouraged to buy a timetable event programme. www.altonbusrally2015.com
    Tue 23/07/2019
       – Sun 28/07/2019
Wheatsheaf, Titchfield
1 East St., Titchfield, PO14 4AD
Summer Beer & Sausage Festival with a Cider Day on the 28th. 30 real ales, 20 varieties of sausage. Music Thursday, Friday & Saturday. We've seen the flyer but nothing on their website yet – www.wheatsheaftitchfield.co.uk
    Fri 26/07/2019
       – Sat 27/07/2019
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival 2019
Victoria School, Lindsay Road, Branksome, Poole BH13 6AS
The South's only Bluegrass Festival. 20 hours of music along with 36 beers and 24 ciders and home cooked food. Open Friday 18:00 – 23:00 tickets £16, Saturday 12:00 – 23:00 tickets £18, or £25 for the whole weekend. See www.beerandbluegrass.co.uk for full details.
    Fri 02/08/2019
       – Sun 04/08/2019
Turfcutters Arms
Main Road, East Boldre, SO42 7WL
Annual Beer Festival from 12:00 on Friday, a host of ales, barbecue and live music. Free entrance & family friendly. Keep an eye on www.the-turfcutters-new-forest.co.uk/event/august-beer-festival-at-the-turfs for more details.
    Sat 03/08/2019 Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
The 13th Fleet Lions Beer Festival. Around 45 Real Ales + Ciders (local & afar!) + hog roast, music etc. Open lunchtime 11:00 – 15:00 & evening 17:30 – 21:30). Just 15 minutes walk from the railway station. Full details on their website www.fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest
    Fri 09/08/2019
       – Sun 11/08/2019
Trusty Servant Beer & Cider Festival
Trusty Servant, Minstead, Nr Lyndhurst SO43 7FY
Annual beer and cider festival usually with 10 beers & 20 ciders. Barbecue & live music during the festival. This ties in with the village fete on the green outside the pub on the 10th. See www.thetrustyservant.co.uk/whats-on
    Fri 09/08/2019
       – Sat 17/08/2019
Cowes Week
The Parade, Cowes, IOW
Not a beer festival but during Cowes week at Cowes Parade there will be the Spinnaker / Real Ale Bar which we think is organised by some of the Isle of Wight breweries featuring their ales and ciders. www.cowesparade.co.uk
    Fri 16/08/2019
       – Sun 18/08/2019
Drusilla's Annual Steam Up & Ale Fest
Drusilla's Inn, Wigbeth, Horton, Dorset BH21 7JH
Annual free August event, which features steam engines stopping off on their way to the Great Dorset Steam Fayre, real ales & cider, a barbecue/ Hog Roast and live music. Details on drusillasinn.co.uk/events/charity-steam-up
    Sat 17/08/2019 Vibrant Forest Beer Festival 2019
Unit 3, The Purlieu Centre, Hardley Industrial Estate, Hardley, Hythe SO45 3AE
At the new Taproom in Hardley, 11:00 – 19:00 Food, Guest Ales. more details to follow, keep an eye on www.vibrantforest.co.uk
    Sat 17/08/2019
       – Sun 18/08/2019
Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival
North Walls Recreation Ground, Winchester SO23 7DD
Cheese & Chilli Festival. A chain of festivals that also include beer festivals organised by Downton Brewery. 10:00 – 17:00 each day. Entrance £6.36 adults, £4.24 for older adults, & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/locations/winchester
    Fri 23/08/2019
       – Mon 26/08/2019
45th Island Steam Show
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
There will be steam trains, Traction engines, men riding bikes, fairground rides and more. Oh yes, I forgot – there’s also real ale bar with an expected 50 beers. 10:00 – 18:00 each day. Tickets are £16 in advance, £18 on the gate, or £11 for the show only, no trains. See www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/the-40th-island-steam-show.aspx
    Fri 23/08/2019
       – Mon 26/08/2019
White Hart, Pennington
17 Milford Road, Pennington, SO41 8DF
Along with Real Ales and Cider, the afternoons should have family festival stuff such as bouncy castle, bungee run & fairground games. Music afternoons and/or evenings. Keep an eye on www.whitehartpennington.co.uk/events for full details.
    Fri 30/08/2019
       – Sun 01/09/2019
Ale at Amberley 14
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley, Nr Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT
We have just the dates for now. Last year we said "around 80 ales, ciders & perries. Evening sessions are beer festival (£5 advance ticket) only whereas the afternoon sessions (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) combine entrance to the museum (£11.50) and are available on the door only, though free entry is available to CAMRA members from 14:00 on Sunday for any remaining beer". The Ale at Amberley website is off-line so times and prices may change. The Amberley Museum website is www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/2019-events
    Fri 27/09/2019
       – Sun 29/09/2019
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 12/10/2019 22nd Wickham Charity Beer Festival
The Wickham Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Nr. Fareham, PO17 5AL
Just the date for now. This is what we said about the 2017 October festival: About 30 beers and a few ciders. Food available during the sessions. Open 11:00 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. 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 www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk and the Wickham Centre is www.wickhamcentre.co.uk
   

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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