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

  • Woolston Beer Festival – 1st & 2nd October 2021
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 2HA
    Up to 25 real ales, plus ciders, bottled beers & food. Open Fri 18:30 – 23:00; Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 22:30. Tickets £6. £2 beer tokens to card carrying CAMRA members. Entertainment both evenings. Tickets on sale from 17:00 on Friday 3rd September, cash only from Olaf's Tun, Bitter Virtue & Park Inn, or by card on-line (fees apply) – see website for details www.woolstonbeerfestival.org.uk.
     
  • 14th Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival – 1st & 2nd October 2021
    Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX
    Organised by CAMRA Berkshire South-East, in conjunction with Ascot Racecourse. Open from 11:00 until 30 minutes after the last race (about 18:00). Any race day ticket (advance from £20 Fri, £27 Sat; on-gate is usually £3 more.) gets access to the beer festival, but CAMRA members booking in advance for the 'Queen Anne Enclosure' can pay £10.50 Fri, £14 Sat by quoting a code.
     
  • 22nd Poole Beer Festival – 29th & 30th October 2021
    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.
     
  • 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. Tickets on sale now. 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

    Fri 17/09/2021
       – Sat 18/09/2021
Langford Beer Festival
Langford Sports & Social Club, Steeple Langford Recreation Ground, Steeple Langford, Wiltshire, SP3 4ND
Real ales, ciders, music, food, wine, and camping available as well. Three sessions: Friday 19:00 – 23:00 £7 advance, £9 on door; Saturday 12:00 – 18:00 £5. Saturday 18:00 – 23:00 £9 advance, £11 on door. All weekend and camping tickets available, booking fee applicable. See www.langfordbeerfestival.org.uk for more details.
    Fri 17/09/2021
       – Sun 19/09/2021
Lapstone, Horton Heath
Botley Road, Horton Heath, SO50 7AP
The Lapstone's first beer festival featuring ales from Hampshire plus live music from Friday evening through to Sunday. 1000 pints of beer on offer. Full details on their facebook page www.facebook.com/thelapstone or if you eschew Facebook their website is www.thelapstone.co.uk
    Fri 24/09/2021
       – Sun 26/09/2021
The Great Bransgore Beer Festival 2021
Three Tuns, Bransgore, Hampshire, BH23 8JH
A Bransgore Rotary Charity event in conjunction with The Three Tuns. Numbers limited this year and an entrance charge of £15 which covers all sessions. This year is planning up to 100 beers, plenty of ciders and a choice of fine wines. Live music throughout the event. Mostly under cover alongside the large pub garden where you can enjoy the late summer sunshine. Keep an eye on www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=522148&ClubID=1690 and www.threetunsinn.com/events (follow pub events then beer festival) for more details.
    Fri 24/09/2021
       – Sun 26/09/2021
5th Emsworth British Beer and Cider Festival
Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7DD
25 ales plus a wide range of ciders and a selection of wines. Friday 18:30 – 22:30, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 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 12:00 – 16:00 or when the beer runs out. See www.wemsfest.com/event/5th-emsworth-beer-cider-wine-festival for details.
    Sat 25/09/2021 Phoenix Beer Festival 2021
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-2021
    Sat 02/10/2021 16th 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 £12 in advance (includes glass & some drinks), available now. The pub's website is www.selbornearms.co.uk/Events and the festival website is www.zigzagfest.co.uk.
    Sat 09/10/2021 23rd 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 £5 & £7, or £9 for both sessions. Those are the 'Early Bird' prices, they will cost more after September 10th. 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.wickhamcommunitycentre.org.uk
    Fri 29/10/2021
       – Sat 30/10/2021
Romsey Round Table Beer Festival
Crossfield Hall, Romsey SO51 8GL
The 4th Romsey Round Table Beer Festival. 30+ beers & ciders, food including pizzas, plus live music. Open 18:30 – 23:00 each evening, tickets advance only £10 + online booking fee of £1.01, includes commemorative glass & beer tokens for your first drink. Proceeds go to support charities and good causes in Romsey and Chandler's Ford . See their website for details www.romseybeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 29/10/2021
       – Sat 30/10/2021
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
   

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