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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

  • Southampton Beer Festival – 7th & 8th June 2019
    St Mary's Stadium, Britannia Road, Southampton SO14 5FP
    Our own beer festival. Three sessions, Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 19:30, ticket prices £6 for Friday lunchtime, £10 for the other sessions and tickets are on sale now. Friday lunchtime is a 'quiet' session with no music. See the website for details.
     
  • Salisbury Beerex XXXIX – 14th & 15th June 2019
    Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury SP1 3UT
    Fri 18:30 – 23:00; Sat 11:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £10 inc souvenir glass & programme (£12.50 if bought in June). Card-carrying CAMRA members get a ½ pint free. Live music all sessions. Disabled access, hot/cold food available throughout. Run by Salisbury & South Wiltshire CAMRA in association with Salisbury Arts Centre & Rotary COGS.
     
  • 20th Devizes Beer Festival – 6th July 2019
    The Wharf, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1EB
    One day only 11:00 – 22:00. Tickets £15 in advance only. Includes £5 beer tokens, plus more for CAMRA members. Mainly an open air festival, with some under canvas, beside Kennet & Avon Canal; Over 100 real ales plus cider and food also available. Family orientated, with live music. Run by Devizes CAMRA.
     
  • 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.
     

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 24/05/2019
       – Sat 25/05/2019
Beer Fest on the Green
Sarisbury Green Community Centre, The Green, Sarisbury Green, Southampton SO31 7AA
Friday 17:30 – 22:30 and Saturday 13:30 – 22:30. Tickets £7 and £9 respectively, includes glass, programme and a ½ pint drink token (two on Saturday). 25+ ales and ciders. Under 18s permitted on the Saturday but only up to 18:00. See sarisburygreen.org.uk and scroll down a bit for details or see the Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/2267824710121067
    Fri 24/05/2019
       – Mon 27/05/2019
Wheel Inn at Bowling Green
Sway Road, Bowling Green, nr Lymington SO41 8LJ
2019 Spring Festival. Beer, cider & music festival, plus barbecue from 18:00 on Friday through to 15:00 on Monday. Nothing on their website yet thewheelinnatbowlinggreen.co.uk
    Fri 24/05/2019
       – Mon 27/05/2019
Delme Arms, Fareham
1 Cams Hill, Fareham PO16 8QY
Annual beer, cider and music festival. Three years ago it was 60 beers on stillage under a marque so expect the same. Live music Friday to Sunday. Event is ticket only £3 for Friday, £4 Saturday/Sunday or £9 for whole weekend. No music on 'Magic Monday' but the remaining festival ale will be £2 a pint. Keep an eye on delmearms.co.uk/beer-cider-festival-2019 for updates.
    Fri 24/05/2019
       – Mon 27/05/2019
Watership Down, Freefolk
Watership Down Inn, Priory Lane, Freefolk, nr Whitchurch RG28 7NJ
Usually over 25 local beers and ciders. Music each evening and barbecue from 12:00. See www.watershipdowninn.com/new-events/2017/5/26/beer-festival-sr3cm
    Fri 31/05/2019
       – Sat 01/06/2019
Alton Summer Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
The regular Alton Summer Festival. Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00, £7.50 for the first sessions and £5 for the Saturday evening. Advance purchase is recommended. Usually over 50 real ales plus ciders, wine, live music & good food. Glasses are not provided so you must bring your own. Full details on www.altonbeerfestival.org.uk – you may wish to turn the sound down on your device before visiting!
    Fri 31/05/2019
       – Sat 01/06/2019
The Hilt Beer Fest
Hiltingbury Community Centre, Hiltingbury Recreation Ground, Hiltingbury Road, Chandler's Ford SO53 5NP
From 18:00 – 23:00 each evening. 20 Hampshire ales & a selection of Dorset ciders, live bands, hot & cold food. Tickets start at £10 including some beer tokens, discounts for early purchase. See www.thehilt.org.uk/whats-on/the-hilt--beer-fest-2019 for all details.
    Fri 31/05/2019
       – Sun 02/06/2019
Hawkley Inn
Pococks Lane, Hawkley (nr Liss), Hampshire GU33 6NE
Usually 19 beers plus their usual 7 on the bar. From 17:00 Friday and 12:00 Saturday. Barbecue, music. Sunday is an opportunity to drink up any leftovers but with the pub otherwise running as normal. See hawkleyinn.co.uk/upcoming-events-at-the-hawkley for details.
    Fri 31/05/2019
       – Sun 02/06/2019
Queens Arms, Basingstoke
Bunnian Place, Basingstoke RG21 7JE
Annual beer festival. Awaiting further details, see www.thequeensarmspub.co.uk/events
    Fri 07/06/2019
       – Sat 08/06/2019
10th Guildford Beer Festival
Guildford Cricket Club, The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RP
More than 80 cask ales, sourced from independent and micro breweries in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Berkshire. Also ciders and a separate bar with wines and soft drinks and this year a gin bar. Food all sessions. Open Friday 18.00 – 22:00 and Saturday 12.00 – 16.00 and 18.00 – 22:00. Tickets £10 for each session. There's a free pint for CAMRA members, so take your card. Tickets now on sale. See guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk for full details.
    Fri 07/06/2019
       – Sat 08/06/2019
Hyde Tavern Beer Festival
57 Hyde Street, Winchester SO23 7DY
Annual beer festival. The pub's favourite beers and ciders will be on sale in the bar and unusual ones in the cellar. Live music & food. 30 Real ales. See www.hydetavern.co.uk/beer-festival for details
    Sat 08/06/2019
       – Sun 09/06/2019
Christchurch Cheese and Chilli Festival
adj. Hurn Bridge Equestrian Centre, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6AD
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/christchurch
    Fri 14/06/2019
       – Sat 15/06/2019
Longest Day Berefest 2019
Bereleigh House, East Meon, Petersfield GU32 1PH
Over 50 beers and ciders plus local food stalls. Music both days. Sessions 17:00 – 23:00 Friday and 12:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £6.98 per session in advance (possibly on door entrance, last year this was £10). See www.berefest.com for all details.
    Sat 22/06/2019 Hall & Woodhouse Dorset Beer Festival
Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, Blandford St. Mary, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 9LS
11:00 – 22:00 (last entry 20:00), tickets £10 (includes glass & some beer tokens) and now on sale. See hallwoodhousebeerfest.com for all details.
    Thu 27/06/2019
       – Sun 30/06/2019
Rose in June, Portsmouth
102 Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth PO3 6AR
A wide range of real ales and ciders, in the garden and marquee. Friday is a taster day, then live music (usually folk) and food including a barbecue. Raffle proceeds go to the Motor Neuron Disease Association. www.theroseinjune.co.uk/summerbeerfest.html
    Fri 28/06/2019
       – Sun 30/06/2019
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.
    Fri 12/07/2019
       – Sun 14/07/2019
New Forest Inn
Emery Down, Lyndhurst SO43 7DY
Summer beer festival. Usually 10 beers & 20 ciders plus music Friday evening & Saturday and a barbecue. Just the dates for now, nothing on their website – www.thenewforestinn.co.uk/whats-on
    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
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
    Sat 03/08/2019 Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
Date announced for 2019 festival - their 13th. Expect 50 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
    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
   

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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