Beer Festivals

Southern Hampshire CAMRA has been running the Southampton Beer Festival at Southampton Guildhall for the past 18 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 in 2012, 2013 & 2014 were 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

  • 30th Swindon Beer Festival – 27th, 28th & 29th October 2016
    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 30th September), £4 Saturday. Friday evening ticket includes £4 worth of beer, other tickets are on the door. Run by Swindon & North Wiltshire CAMRA.
  • 18th Poole Beer Festival – 28th & 29th October 2016
    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.
  • 12th Redhill Beer Festival – 3rd, 4th & 5th November 2016
    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.
  • 23rd Woking Beer Festival – 11th & 12th November 2016
    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 – 25th & 26th November 2016
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA
    The annual beer festival has moved venue & time of year. 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

    Fri 21/10/2016
       – Sat 22/10/2016
Grayshott Firkinfest
Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Surrey, GU26 6TZ
Friday 18:00 – 23:30; Saturday 19:00 – 23:30. About 16 beers and 8 ciders, plus wine, food & music. Advance tickets £5 Friday, £12.50 Saturday; £2.50 extra on door. See
    Fri 21/10/2016
       – Sun 23/10/2016
Queen's Hotel, Gosport
143 Queens Road, Gosport PO12 1LG
Annual beer festival. Food available Friday & Saturday. Come along and help celebrate Sue's 33 years at The Queens – from 17:00 Friday & 12:00 Saturday & Sunday. No website, so here is the Whatpub entry Please be aware that rail engineering works will close all lines through Fareham on Saturday & Sunday.
    Fri 21/10/2016
       – Sun 23/10/2016
Ship Inn, Owslebury
Whites Hill, Owslebury SO21 1LT
Just the dates, keep an eye on!facilities/c66t
    Sat 22/10/2016
       – Sat 29/10/2016
Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle
The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EZ
Sausage & Cider Festival. Live Music in the garden. See
    Fri 28/10/2016 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 haunted fun & an evening of ghoulish cider tasting with traditionally made award winning craft ciders plus live ukulele music from The Mother Ukers. Admission - £5 (advance preferred). See for details.
    Fri 28/10/2016
       – Sat 29/10/2016
Oktoberfest Portsmouth
Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
In a big tent on Guildhall Square, 18:00 – 23:00 Friday and 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets from £16.52. A Bavarian style beer festival so expectsausages, pretzels & keg beer. See all details.
    Fri 28/10/2016
       – Sun 30/10/2016
Chandler's Ford Central Club
2 Winchester Road, Chandler's Ford, Hampshire, SO53 2FZ
Free entry and non members welcome. A range of local ales for you to try at club prices. The club's website is
    Sat 29/10/2016 18th Denmead Beer Festival
Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, Denmead, Hampshire, PO7 6LU
19:30 – 23:30. Over 20 real ales, plus a selection of wines, cider and soft drinks. Tickets £9 includes souvenir glass tankard & complimentary drink. See
    Sat 29/10/2016 Portchester Community Centre Cider & Sausage Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester PO16 9AD
Portchester Community Centre's Cider & Sausage festival, open Saturday 11:00 – 17:00, tickets £5. 7 ciders, 3 perrys and some local bottled ales. 6 variety of sausage as well as vegetarian options, plus some entertainment. See
    Sat 05/11/2016 Square & Compass Annual Cider Festival 2016
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
    Sat 05/11/2016 Whitchurch Real Ale and Cider Festival
Whitchurch Sports and Social Club, Winchester Road, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7RB
A 'tap take-over' by Red Cat brewery & 146 Cider. 12:00 – 23:30. Should be good; live music & food too. See for all details.
    Fri 11/11/2016
       – Mon 14/11/2016
The Crofton, Hill Head
48 Crofton Lane, Hill Head, Fareham, PO14 3QF
14th annual beer festival with 22 beers from around the country. Food available. Live music too. See
    Mon 14/11/2016
       – Sun 20/11/2016
King's Head, Yarmouth
Quay Street, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight PO41 0PB
10 beers that have either won gold, silver or bronze at the UK beer awards in recent years, mixed in with some local beers and a couple of well known names. See its facebook via
    Fri 09/12/2016
       – Sun 11/12/2016
Victoria Inn, West Marden
West Marden, West Sussex, PO18 9EN
Advance notice. Usually a celebration of Christmas ales, a charity festival with 15 beers and ciders plus various events during the festival. Just the dates so far, nothing on yet.
    Sat 10/12/2016 Brew Shack Birthday Bash & Beer Festival
Honeybrook Farm, Wimborne BH21 4JD
The Brew Shack micro brewery is having a 1st birthday beer festival, not at the brewery but at Honeywell Farm. 16:00 - 23:30, tickets £10, includes food & festival glass. The brewery's website is but festival details are on their twitter.
    Fri 16/12/2016
       – Sat 17/12/2016
Portsmouth Beer Festival
Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
"Christmas Sessions" Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Tickets £10.50 (+ possible £1.25 per ticket fee), includes souvenir glass, programme & beer token. Entertainment each session. See

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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