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

  • 33rd Dorchester Beerex – 4th & 5th February 2022
    Corn Exchange, North Square, Dorchester DT1 1HF
    Open Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 16:00 and 18:30 – 23:30. All sessions £10. Admission includes commemorative glass plus two ½ pints. Tickets are now on sale. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • North Sussex Equinox Beer & Cider Festival – 19th & 20th March 2022
    Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF
    Holding notice, just the dates for now. These were the details two years ago: Friday 18:00 – 22:00, Saturday 11:30 – 16:30 & 18:30 – 22:00. Tickets £6 Friday, £8 Saturday lunchtime & £4 Saturday evening. Run by CAMRA North Sussex Branch.
     
  • 44th Farnham Beerex – 7th, 8th & 9th April 2022
    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 44 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 Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings 18:00 – 23:00 plus a Saturday lunchtime session 11:00 – 15:00. Tickets for the previous cancelled festivals were £12, and costs since then will have inevitably risen so the 2022 price is likely to be higher. But If you still hold a ticket for the cancelled 2020 festival they will be honoured. This is always a popular festival so keep an eye on the website for when this year's tickets go on sale.
     
  • Weymouth Octoberfest – 7th & 8th October 2022
    Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
    Holding notice, details to be confirmed. These were the 2019 details: 11:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 23:30 both days. Tickets £10 each session, includes one pint ale or cider. Run by West 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

Unfortunately, we are not aware of any non-CAMRA beer festivals in our branch area at the moment. If you know of any, then please email the details to us.