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

  • 41st Farnham Beerex – 27th, 28th & 29th April 2017
    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 41 years in the same venue. The beerex is still in planning but expect around 75 real ales plus cider & perry. Food and entertainment each session. Open evenings 18:00 – 23:00 Thursday, Friday & Saturday plus a lunchtime session 11:00 – 15:00 Saturday. This is always a popular festival so get your tickets early – they went on sale 8am Sunday 5th March for two hours and it's not clear that there are any left.
  • 23rd Reading Beer & Cider Festival – 27th, 28th, 29th & 30th April 2017
    Christchurch Meadows, Caversham, Reading
    Just a short walk from Reading railway station, and one of the bigger festivals on the CAMRA circuit. Open: Thursday 16:30 – 23:00; Friday 11:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 – 16:30 & 18:00 – 23:00; Sunday 12:00 – 20:00. Run by CAMRA Reading & Mid Berks Branch
  • Yapton Beerex – 12th, 13th & 14th May 2017
    Yapton and Ford Village Hall, Yapton, West Sussex BN18 0ET
    Always a good festival, especially if the weather is fine, and this year is the 28th Yapton Beer Festival. Fri 18:00 – 23.00; Sat 11:00 – 21:00; Sun 12:00 – 15:00. Run by Western Sussex CAMRA
  • Salisbury Beerex XXXVII – 16th & 17th June 2017
    Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury SP1 3UT
    Fri 18:30 – 23:00; Sat 11:00 – 15:30 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £10 inc souvenir glass & programme. 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.
  • Southampton Beer Festival – 23rd & 24th June 2017
    St Mary's Stadium, Britannia Road, Southampton SO14 5FP
    Our own beer festival – moving to a new venue for its 20th anniversary. Four sessions, Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, tickets: Fri lunch £5, Fri eve £10, Sat lun £7, Sat eve £7. Tickets are available now. See the website for details.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

    Sun 23/04/2017
       – Mon 01/05/2017
Ringwood Craft Beer Festival
Railway Hotel, 35 Hightown Road, Ringwood, BH24 1NQ
Over 40 craft beers from St Georges Day through to May Day. Special menus, live music events and more through the week. See
    Fri 28/04/2017
       – Mon 01/05/2017
Belgium & Blues Spring Beer Festival
Belgium & Blues, 180 Above Bar Street, Above Bar, Southampton, SO14 7DW
Spring Beer Festival - All Things Pale. 12:00 – 23:00 each day. A line up of quality Belgian and British pale beers. Music and food too. See website or facebook event
    Fri 28/04/2017
       – Mon 01/05/2017
Locomotive Engineers' Club, Eastleigh
18 Southampton Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9FJ
3rd Annual Beer Festival. Entertainment Friday & Saturday nights and Sunday & Monday afternoons. Everyone welcome including non-members. No website, so here's the Whatpub link:
    Fri 28/04/2017
       – Mon 01/05/2017
Queen Inn, Winchester
28 Kingsgate Road, Winchester SO23 9PG
Bank Holiday Weekend Beer Festival. Beer wine and cider; barbecue and live music. Usually around 25 beers from the South of England. Not much on their website –
    Sat 29/04/2017
       – Mon 01/05/2017
12th Isle of Wight Steam Railway Beer Festival
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
12th Real Ale Festival featuring beers from around the country and the Isle of Wight. Plus, there will be a range of hot and cold food available. Free admission 11:00 – 19:00 Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 – 17:00 Monday. Extra steam trains running during the festival. See
    Sun 30/04/2017 The Brook Gin, Beer & Cider Festival
The Brook, 466 Portswood Road, Portswood, Southampton, SO17 3SD
1st Gin, Beer and Cider festival. Open 13:00 – 23:00. Music during the session. Food available. Tickets are £10 on the door but cheaper if bought in advance. See for all details.
    Mon 01/05/2017 St. Mary's Church May Fayre
Fratton Road, Fratton, Portsmouth
The 26th May Fayre Real Ale and Cider Tent. Over 40 Real Ales, Ciders and Perry. Although not a CAMRA event, the beer tent at St Mary's Church May Fayre is predominantly staffed by CAMRA volunteers. Open 10:30 – 16:30, or more likely earlier, when the beer runs out. Free entrance. All profits are donated to the church. Full details can be found at This festival is also looking to bolster the number of volunteers helping to run it – see the Volunteers Area on the website. Benefits include food & drink on the day plus more when presentations are made later.
    Thu 04/05/2017
       – Sun 07/05/2017
Rockstone Craft a Palooza
The Rockstone, 63 Onslow Road SO14 0JL
Craft beer festival, celebrating beer from the UK, Europe and beyond. 9 cask & 12 keg beers. Keg preview on Thursday evening, the rest from 12:00 Friday. Unity Brewing Co pop-up garden bar and Rockstone BBQ on the Saturday. See their website
    Fri 05/05/2017
       – Sun 07/05/2017
Gala Diesel Weekend & Dorset Beer Festival
Corfe Castle Railway Station, Station Road, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EJ
We think this is the same as last year at Corfe Castle station in a carriage on the cattle dock and arranged by Glastonbury Ales with 25 beers and 6 ciders. Awaiting more details at
    Sat 06/05/2017 Hatch Warren Cider Festival
Hatch Warren Community Centre, Longcross Lane, Hatch Warren, Basingstoke RG22 4XF
19:00 – 23:00. a wide range of Ciders, Perries and other fruit based alcoholic beverages from around the UK plus food and live music. Tickets £3 to members, £6 non-members. See
    Sun 07/05/2017 South Downs Green Fair
The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire, GU32 1HR
From 10:00 – 17:00. A festival with a beer tent. Plenty for the family to do. Tickets on the gate are £7 adult and £3 children. See
    Fri 12/05/2017
       – Sat 13/05/2017
Portsmouth Beer Festival
Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Tickets £11.75, which includes a souvenir glass, programme & a beer token. Entertainment each session, and food too. Around 120 cask beers, ciders & bottled beers.
    Fri 12/05/2017
       – Sat 13/05/2017
Salisbury Rugby Club
Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 3SA
Annual beer festival 19:30 – 23:30 Friday and 14:00 – 23:30 Saturday. Tickets £7.50 to cover both days. Barbecue & live music, and the 'Vets 7-a-side' and other rugby events. See for details.
    Sat 13/05/2017 Beer, Bricks and Buses
Brickworks Museum, Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, SO31 7HB
A new beer festival, up to 15 real ales, cider, soft drinks, hot and cold food, live music and limited access to Museum site. Open 12:00 – 18:00, tickets £5 in advance or £6 on the day - includes glass & programme & some museum access. Free heritage shuttle bus service between site and Swanwick train station. Tickets available from March via the website or from selected pubs. Full details should appear on soon. Volunteers are also needed for the set up on Friday & Saturday, please contact if you can help.
    Mon 15/05/2017 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 for all details including the theme for this particular evening and ticket details.
    Fri 19/05/2017
       – Sat 20/05/2017
15th Beacon Hill Beer Festival
Hindhead Royal British Legion Club, Beacon Hill Road, Beacon Hill, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6QB
From 18:00 on Friday & 12:00 Saturday. Entrance £5, includes souvenir glass. Around 20 to 25 beers, plus ciders and bottled world beers. Plenty of music too. See
    Sat 20/05/2017 Red Cat Brewery
Unit 10 Sun Valley Business Park, Winnall Close, Winchester, SO23 0LB
Not a traditional beer festival but an open day at a brewery. Red Cat is Winchester's newest brewery and there's a chance to meet the brewers and drink some beer from 11:00 to 17:00. See
    Fri 26/05/2017
       – Sun 28/05/2017
Black Dog, Waltham Chase
Winchester Road, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX
Bank Holiday Beer Festival. A bit of live music in the evenings, otherwise that's all we know at the moment, keep an eye on
    Fri 26/05/2017
       – Sun 28/05/2017
Delme Arms, Fareham
1 Cams Hill, Fareham PO16 8QY
Annual bank holiday beer and music festival. last year was 60 beers on stillage under a marque so expect the same.Live music each night means an entrance fee of £3 on the Friday, and £4 on Saturday & Sunday; Weekend ticket £9. The pub now has a website but apart from music listing no information about the beer festival –
    Fri 26/05/2017
       – Mon 29/05/2017
Poole Ex-Servicemens Club
66 North Rd, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0LY
Usually 12:00 – 24:00 each day. Free entry. 40 ales & 15 ciders, plus entertainment Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Barbecue all weekend + other excellent food (at Club prices). All welcome. There's no website, so here's the Whatpub entry:
    Sat 27/05/2017
       – Sun 28/05/2017
Freemantle Arms Beer Festival
Freemantle Arms, Albany Road, Southampton, SO15 3EF
The Freemantle Arms is holding its second charity Beer Festival. Just the dates for now, we await more details on
    Sat 27/05/2017
       – Mon 29/05/2017
Roebuck Inn
Roebuck Inn, Droxford Road, Kingsmead (nr Wickham), PO17 5AY
From 14:00 on Saturday to 23:00 Monday. Spring bank holiday beer festival. Local beers, barbecue, face painting and live music. See for details.
    Sat 27/05/2017
       – Mon 29/05/2017
Northbrook Arms, East Stratton
Stratton Lane, East Stratton (between Winchester & Basingstoke), SO21 3DU
Annual Festival. Local & regional ales, food, barbecue & live entertainment. See
    Sun 28/05/2017 Churchill Arms Beer & Bikes Festival
Churchill Arms, Daggons Road, Alderholt Dorset SP6 3AA
Annual Beers + Bikes real ale & cider festival; barbecue, and trade stands. Opens at 10:00, live music from 15:00. See for details.
    Mon 29/05/2017 CherryFest 2017
Duke of Cambridge, Tilford Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DD
Annual charity music and beer festival. Draught beers & ciders from 3 bars. Food including classic BBQ & hog roast and a mobile creperie. Entrance £6 for adults; kids aged 3–12 £2; under 3 free. See for all details.
    Fri 02/06/2017
       – Sat 03/06/2017
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, with tickets £5 for the evening sessions and £7.50 for the Saturday lunchtime session. Advance purchase is essential. Over 50 real ales all at £3 a pint plus ciders, wine, live music & good food. Glasses are not provided so you must bring your own. Full details on
    Fri 02/06/2017
       – Sat 03/06/2017
8th 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 for full details.
    Fri 02/06/2017
       – Sun 04/06/2017
Queens Arms, Basingstoke
Bunnian Place, Basingstoke RG21 7JE
Annual beer festival. Awaiting further details, see
    Fri 02/06/2017
       – Sun 04/06/2017
White Horse, Quidhampton
Lower Road, Quidhampton, Salisbury. SP2 9AS
Beer festival usually with 12 beers and a few ciders, food, music and other events for all the family. Keep an eye on
    Fri 02/06/2017
       – Sun 04/06/2017
Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival
Quay Street, Yarmouth, Isle Of Wight PO41 0PE
A beer festival in 'McGaffers Beer Tent' to coincide with the biennial Gaffers race. The beer tent will be on the shore. See and
    Fri 09/06/2017
       – Sun 11/06/2017
Pilgrim Inn, Marchwood
Hythe Road, Marchwood SO40 4WU
A mini beer & gin festival with beer brewed by the Pilgrim team at Vibrant Forest and Vibrant Forest & Fullers beers and 13 gins. Food & music too. We've seen a poster but nothing on their website yet –
    Sat 10/06/2017
       – Sun 11/06/2017
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 £5 adults, £3 for older adults & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See
    Wed 21/06/2017
       – Sun 25/06/2017
Chaplin's Solstice Beer, Sausage and Cider Festival
Chaplin's & The Cellar Bar, 529 Christchurch Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4AG
40 real ales and a few local ciders. Plenty of food & music as well. The dates on their website do not make sense but we've checked with the pub and 21st–25th it is. See
    Fri 23/06/2017
       – Sun 25/06/2017
Chichester inn, Chichester
38 West Street, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RP
Beer festival from noon each day with music in the evening, we think. Nothing on their website yet –
    Fri 23/06/2017
       – Sun 25/06/2017
Cricketers, Southampton
34 Carlton Place, Southampton SO15 2DX
Hopfest beer, cider and music festival. Real Ale & Cider festival. Outdoor bar, live music & DJ, barbecue. Nothing on their website yet –
    Fri 23/06/2017
       – Sun 25/06/2017
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.
    Sat 24/06/2017 Compass Inn, Winsor
Winsor Road, Winsor, Southampton, SO40 2HE
A mini Beer Festival in celebration of 300 years as a pub. Tickets £5. See
    Sat 24/06/2017 Hall & Woodhouse Dorset Beer Festival
Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, Blandford St. Mary, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 9LS
11:00 – 22:00, tickets £10 (includes glass & some beer tokens) and now on sale. See for all details.
    Sat 24/06/2017
       – Sun 25/06/2017
Basingstoke Cheese and Chilli Festival
War Memorial Park, off Hackwood Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3AE
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
    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
    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 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.
    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.
    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 for all details including the theme for this particular evening and ticket details.
    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
    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
    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
    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.
    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 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
    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
    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
    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
    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

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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