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

  • Woolston Beer Festival – 30th September & 1st October 2016
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 2HA
    Tickets are now on sale, but it's a small venue so they won't last long. We are also after a few volunteers to help run the festival. Full details on the website.
     
  • 10th Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival – 30th September & 1st October 2016
    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 (about18:00). Any race day ticket (from £17 Fri, £23 Sat) gets access to the beer festival, but CAMRA members can get a 50% discount by quoting a code when buying in advance.
     
  • Weymouth Octoberfest – 7th & 8th October 2016
    Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
    11:00 – 15:30 & 18:00 – 23:30 both days. Tickets £4 Friday Lunchtime, £5 Saturday Lunchtime, £5 evening sessions. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • 8th Hampshire Octoberfest – 7th, 8th & 9th October 2016
    Basingstoke Cricket & Sports Ground, Fairfields Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3DR
    Friday 'Works Night Out' 17:00 – 23:30; Saturday 'Octoberfest' 11:00 – 23:30; Sunday 'Family Day' 11:00 – 18:30. Friday evening is beer festival (over 200 beers, ciders & wines) & live music only, Saturday & Sunday have family attractions as well. Tickets Friday & Saturday £7.75 in advance, Sunday £5 advance, (on the door tickets may be more). Ticket & card holding CAMRA members may bring one guest. Weekend and family tickets also available. North Hampshire CAMRA does the beer part, others do the rest.
     
  • 19th Oxford Beer & Cider Festival – 13th, 14th & 15th October 2016
    Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's Street, Oxford OX1 1BX
    17:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 11:00 – 23:00 Friday; 11:00 – 21:00 Saturday. Tickets £10 (£8 for CAMRA members) includes £6 of beer tokens. Run by Oxford CAMRA.
     
  • 20th Worthing Beer Festival – 14th & 15th October 2016
    Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing BN11 1HQ
    11:00 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 –16:00 & 17:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £5 for Friday sessions & Saturday lunchtime, £2 Saturday evening. Run by Arun & Adur CAMRA.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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 beerfestivals@shantscamra.org.uk

    Fri 30/09/2016
       – Sat 01/10/2016
Phoenix Beer Festival 2016
The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Station Road, Bordon GU35 0LR
Local beers plus cider and wine, plus local acts performing in the theatre. Three sessions: Fri evening, Saturday lunchtime & Saturday evening, but it's not clear what the times are. Tickets from £7 (discounts for multiple sessions). See www.phoenixarts.co.uk/festivals/the-phoenix-beer-festival
    Fri 30/09/2016
       – Sun 02/10/2016
Caskaway, Southampton
47 Oxford Street, Southampton SO14 3DP
A newly opened micropub is having an Oktoberfest weekend. Native Germans descend to serve you German beers & food. From 6pm on Friday. See www.caskaway.pub/oktoberfest.htm
    Fri 30/09/2016
       – Sun 02/10/2016
1st Emsworth British Beer, Cider and Wine Festival
Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7DD
Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00, Sunday 12:00 – 17:00 (drink up session). Tickets £10 per session which includes a glass and some drinks tokens. See www.emsworthcommunitycentre.org.uk/events/wemsfest-1st-emsworth-british-beer-cider-wine-festival
    Sat 01/10/2016 Mychett Cider & Food Festival
Mychett Community Centre, 140 Mychett Road, Surrey GU16 6AA
Cider festival 18:00 – 23:00, £6, includes first drink. See themytchettcentre.co.uk/FLEventsSpecial.htm
    Sat 01/10/2016 Pumpkin & Beer Festival, Worth Matravers
Square & Compass, Worth Matravers (nr. Swanage), Dorset BH19 3LF
An annual Pumpkin and Beer Festival with a great selection and variety of beers, ales and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and live music. See www.squareandcompasspub.co.uk/index.php/what-s-on/2016-festivals/eventdetail/604/-/pumpkin-beer-festival.html
    Fri 07/10/2016
       – Sat 08/10/2016
Ale-ing Fest
Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road, Hayling Island PO11 0HB
Over 30 beers & ciders. Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Entertainment both evening sessions. Online advance tickets £8.50 evening sessions, £4.25 lunchtime session, £8/£4 from outlets, £10/£5 on door. See www.ale-ingfest.co.uk
    Fri 07/10/2016
       – Sat 08/10/2016
12th Selborne Zig Zag Festival
Selborne Arms, High Street, Selborne GU34 3JR and in the nearby Village Hall
Usually a selection of 25 local real ales, ciders, a range of fine wines (and fizz!), superb locally produced food and live music from local Hampshire bands. Advance tickets £10 (includes some drinks), available from September. The pub's website is selbornearms.co.uk/events and the festival website is www.zigzagfest.co.uk.
    Sat 08/10/2016 17th 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. The centre is open between sessions if you go to both, the bar will be closed but you can get food. Tickets £4 for the afternoon session, £8 for the evening session or £10 for both. Includes a glass and programme. The festival website is www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk and the Wickham Centre is www.wickhamcentre.org.uk/14/227/wickham-beer-festival
    Fri 14/10/2016
       – Sat 15/10/2016
6th Portsea Island Beer Festival
Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3BS
Organised by Irving & Co Brewery, with 50 cask Beers, Ciders and Perries from all round the UK as well as many local favourites. Come and enjoy live music, food and a great jolly atmosphere. Friday 12:00 – 16:00 (preview session) £4, Friday 18:00 – 23:00 £8, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 £6, Saturday 18:00 – 23:00 £8. Theatre website is www.groundlings.co.uk – look under October listings. This festival may be advance tickets only.
    Sat 15/10/2016 Four Marks Beer Festival
Four Marks Village Hall, Lymington Bottom, Four Marks (nr Alton) GU34 5AA
19:00 – 23:00. As well as beer, a small selection of wine and cider will available along with hot food all evening. Tickets (£10 including programme & tankard) are likely to sell out in advance, on sale from mid September. See www.fourmarksbeerfestival.co.uk for more details.
    Sat 15/10/2016
       – Sun 16/10/2016
Isle of Wight Classic Buses Beer & Walks Weekend
Isle of Wight
A repeat of last year's event when over 30 pubs were involved in Beer & Buses Weekend. Organised by IoW CAMRA and IoW Bus Museum – a great way to appreciate heritage buses and visit some of the island's fine pubs. The routes are very comprehensive. The buses will be free but please support them by buying the programme (£6 + p&p) which will have all the timetables plus discount vouchers. See iwbeerandbuses.co.uk for all details.
    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 www.grayshott.com/wordpress/groups/firkinfest/gpages/2016-firkinfest
    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 whatpub.com/pubs/POR/00091. 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 www.foxleisureinns.com/#!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 www.greyhoundcorfe.co.uk/index.php/events
    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 shelleytheatre.admit-one.eu/?p=details&eventCode=20087 for details.
    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 www.denmeadca.com/beer-festival.html.
    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 – 16:00, tickets £5. Not too many details yet on www.portchestercommunitycentre.co.uk/events/cider-sausage-festival
    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 www.squareandcompasspub.co.uk/index.php/what-s-on/2016-festivals/eventdetail/606/-/cider-festival.html
    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 www.thecrofton.co.uk/events/4588617525
    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 www.victoriainnwestmarden.co.uk/page/Events yet.
    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 portsmouthbeerfestival.wordpress.com
   

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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