Beer Festivals

Southern Hampshire CAMRA has been running the Southampton Beer Festival at Southampton Guildhall for the past 19 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 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

  • 18th Devizes Beer Festival – 1st July 2017
    The Wharf, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1EB
    One day only 11:30 – 22:00. Tickets £10 in advance only. Includes £4 beer tokens, plus more for CAMRA members. Mainly an open air festival, with some under canvas, beside Kennet & Avon Canal; Over 60 real ales plus cider and food also available. Family orientated, with live music. Run by Devizes CAMRA.
     
  • Great British Beer Festival – 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th August 2017
    Olympia, London.
    50,000 people expected at the biggest real ale festival in the world – run by volunteers from all CAMRA branches. Tickets on sale now.
     
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 29th & 30th September 2017
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 2HA
    Just the dates for now, tickets will go on sale in August/September – keep an eye on the website.
     
  • 13th Redhill Beer Festival – 2nd, 3rd & 4th November 2017
    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.
     

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 30/06/2017
       – Sun 02/07/2017
Royal Oak, Hill Top
Exbury Road, Hill Top (nr. Beaulieu), SO42 7YR
Annual beer and cider festival. Barbecue & Hog roast. Live music each day. See www.theroyaloakbeaulieu.co.uk/whats-on
    Fri 30/06/2017
       – Sun 02/07/2017
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
20 beers including the pub's own brews and 20 ciders, with food available all day and music in the evenings. Hog roast & barbecue. Camping available in adjacent campsite. See www.redshoot.co.uk/events/2017-beer-festivals for more details.
    Thu 06/07/2017
       – Sat 08/07/2017
Blissfields Hobgoblin Beer Festival
Vicarage Farm, Woodmancott, Winchester SO21 3BL
Once again there's a beer festival at the Blissfields music festival in the main arena (so you'll need to pay to get in). Normally eight beers from Marston's and its subsidiaries, and some more casks in 'The Larch' area, and a couple of Hampshire ciders. www.blissfields.co.uk/beer-festival
    Sat 08/07/2017 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). They've gone all Facebook and have two events listed with different addresses. See if you can work it out – www.facebook.com/rocknale
    Sat 08/07/2017 Lowde Fest 17, Hartley Wintney
Mulberry House, Hazeley Bottom, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8LU
Principally a music festival but with a beer festival to boot – 80 real ales & ciders. Last year's times were 11:30 – 23:30. Entrance by ticket only, £35 for adults, see website for details. www.lowdefest.com/the-bars
    Mon 10/07/2017 Barrels & Beer
St Michael Square/Tudor House, Southampton, SO14 2AD
Not a beer festival but a guided walk past some of the historic pubs past & present of Southampton and ending in The Dancing Man (the historic grade I listed Wool House) for some sampling of beer/mead/cider & some nibbles. Meet 18:55 for 19:00 set off, 1 hour walk plus 1 hour tasting session, cost £19.95. See seesouthampton.co.uk/works/barrels-and-beer for all details including the theme for this particular evening and ticket details.
    Fri 14/07/2017
       – Sun 16/07/2017
New Forest Inn
Emery Down, Lyndhurst SO43 7DY
Summer beer festival. Usually 10 beers & 20 ciders plus music Friday evening & Saturday and a barbecue. See www.thenewforestinn.co.uk/whats-on
    Fri 14/07/2017
       – Mon 17/07/2017
Pennington Sports & Social Club
17 Lodge Road, Pennington, Hampshire, SO41 8HH
Friday 17:30 – 23:00; Saturday 13:00 – 23:00; Sunday 13:00 – 22:00; 'Mop-up Monday': 13:00-21:00. Held at 'UK Community Club of the Year'; a mixture of indoor and outdoor areas, free entrance, and open to non-members. 20+ ales and 12+ ciders. Excepting Mop-up Monday, live music each session (quiet areas available also) and food available. See the club's website for all details pennoclub.weebly.com/annual-beer-festivale.html.
    Sat 15/07/2017 The George, Alton
Butts Road, Alton GU34 1LH
Annual 1 day mini beer festival coinciding with the "Bristol RE" running day (see below). Usually 10 beers, 2 ciders and a barbecue. Sunday is a drink up day for whatever is left before returning to their normal range. Keep an eye on www.thegeorgealton.co.uk/music.
    Sat 15/07/2017 8th 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 8 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 15/07/2017
       – Sun 16/07/2017
Ferryman, Warsash
2, Warsash Road, Warsash SO31 9HX
A Cider & Beer Festival with a home smoked meat barbecue. Live music too. The pub's website theferrymanwarsash.co.uk is 'under construction' so here's the Whatpub link whatpub.com/pubs/POR/00399
    Sun 16/07/2017 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
    Fri 21/07/2017
       – Sat 22/07/2017
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival 2017
Victoria School, Lindsay Road, Branksome, Poole BH13 6AS
The South's only Bluegrass Festival and in a new venue for this year. Over 45 beers, 25 ciders & 4 USA craft beers along with 18 hours of music. Friday 18:00 – 23:30 tickets £14.50, Saturday 12:00 – 23:30 tickets £18, or £25 for the whole weekend. See beerandbluegrass.co.uk for full details.
    Sat 22/07/2017
       – Sun 23/07/2017
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 £5 adults, £3 for older adults & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/guildford
    Tue 25/07/2017
       – Sun 30/07/2017
Wheatsheaf, Titchfield
1 East St., Titchfield, PO14 4AD
Summer Beer & Sausage Festival with a Cider Day on the 30th. Just the dates for now, keep an eye on their website for updates www.wheatsheaftitchfield.co.uk
    Sat 29/07/2017
       – Sun 30/07/2017
Eastleigh Beer Festival 2017
Silverlake Stadium, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh SO50 9HT
Following on from last year's inaugural festival, this year expect over 42 casks of real ale, a selection of cider, craft lager and even pimms & prosecco! Live music throughout both days, a barbecue & hog roast. Tickets £10 a day or £15 for the weekend. See eastleighfc.cloudvenue.co.uk/eastleighbeerfestival2017 for details.
    Sat 05/08/2017 Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
The 11th annual beer festival. At least 40 Real Ales + Local Ciders + BBQ & Hog Roast. Open lunchtime 11:00 – 15:00 & evening 17:30 – 21:30. Just 15 minutes walk from the railway station. Tickets £8 on sale now. Full details on their website www.fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest
    Thu 10/08/2017
       – Sun 13/08/2017
Bankes Arms Beer Festival
The Bankes Arms, Manor Road, Studland Dorset BH19 3AU
Annual beer festival 11:00 – 23:00 each day. Over 200 beers and ciders. Food available all day and usually a Pimms Tent. Music at various times during the festival. www.bankesarmsbeerfestival.com
    Sat 12/08/2017 Vibrant Forest Beer Festival 2017
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7RY
Just the date for now, keep an eye on the brewery's website www.vibrantforest.co.uk/beerfestival for updates.
    Sat 19/08/2017
       – Sun 20/08/2017
Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival
North Walls (Devils Island) Recreation Ground, nr. River Park Leisure Centre, Gordon Rd, 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 £5 adults, £3 for older adults & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/winchester
    Fri 25/08/2017
       – Sat 26/08/2017
Hamble Point Marina Beer & Cider Festival
School Lane, Hamble-le-Rice SO31 4JD
Beer, Ale & Cider Family Weekend. Music on Friday evening and Saturday from mid afternoon. Also on Saturday there will be a barbecue and entertainment for children (14:00 – 16:30). See www.facebook.com/events/250043972067833
    Fri 25/08/2017
       – Sat 26/08/2017
Somerley Beer & Music Festival
The Walled garden, Old Somerley, Ellingham, Ringwood
The 7th Somerley Beer & Music Festival. This year's event will have more bands, more food stalls and will be held over more days! More details to be revealed soon. Keep an eye on www.somerleybeerfestival.com
    Fri 25/08/2017
       – Mon 28/08/2017
Black Dog, Waltham Chase
Winchester Road, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX
Real ales & cider and a bouncy castle Sunday & Monday if the weather holds out. See www.theblackdogwalthamchase.co.uk/whats-on but there's not too much detail there yet.
    Fri 25/08/2017
       – Mon 28/08/2017
South Western Arms, St. Denys
38-40 Adelaide Road, St. Denys, Southampton SO17 2HW
Beer Cider & Street Food Festival. Usually 60 Real Ales, Ciders & Perries, with live music & 'street food'. Usually a preview session from 18:00 Thursday 24 August, main event from noon Friday to Monday. The pub no longer has a website so here is the Whatpub entry – whatpub.com/pubs/HAS/00566 – you'll find their facebook link there.
    Fri 01/09/2017
       – Sun 03/09/2017
Cleveland Bay, Chandler's Ford
1 Pilgrims Close, Chandler's Ford, SO53 4ST
Just the dates for now for the Cleveland's September beer festival.
    Mon 11/09/2017 Barrels & Beer
St Michael Square/Tudor House, Southampton, SO14 2AD
Not a beer festival but a guided walk past some of the historic pubs past & present of Southampton and ending in The Dancing Man (the historic grade I listed Wool House) for some sampling of beer/mead/cider & some nibbles. Meet 18:55 for 19:00 set off, 1 hour walk plus 1 hour tasting session, cost £19.95. See seesouthampton.co.uk/works/barrels-and-beer for all details including the theme for this particular evening and ticket details.
    Fri 15/09/2017
       – Sun 17/09/2017
Hedge End Club
4 Bursledon Road, Hedge End, Hampshire, SO30 0BR
6th annual beer festival, moved to September this year. Open 11:00 – 23:30 Friday & Saturday; 11:00 – 22:30 Sunday. Live music during the day and the evenings. Food at all times. Free entrance and non members are welcome. See www.hedgeendclub.co.uk/page2a.html for the club website.
    Sat 16/09/2017 German Beer Festival
Southampton Guildhall, SO14 7LP
This is a commercial organisation Beerfest UK running Oktoberfest themed beer festivals all over Britain. Open Saturday 17:00 – 23:00. £14.40 in advance only. Be warned, this is keg only and just two choices of beer, the emphasis being the 'oom-pah' atmosphere. www.beerfestuk.com/southampton17.html
    Fri 29/09/2017
       – Sun 01/10/2017
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
Autumn Beer Festival. Usually 20 plus beers and ciders, with food available all day and music in the evenings. Keep an eye on www.redshoot.co.uk/events/2017-beer-festivals for more details.
   

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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