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

  • Woolston Beer Festival – 29th & 30th September 2017
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 2HA
    30 real ales, ciders, bottled beers & food. Open Fri 18:30 – 23:00; Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £6. £2 beer tokens to card carrying CAMRA members. Entertainment both evenings. Tickets will go on sale in early September – keep an eye on the website.
     
  • 11th Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival – 6th & 7th October 2017
    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 (about 18:00). Any race day ticket (advance from £18 Fri, £24 Sat; on-gate from £21 Fri, £24 Sat.) gets access to the beer festival, but CAMRA members booking in advance can get a 50% discount on the 'on-gate' equivalent price for the 'Queen Anne Enclosure' by quoting a code.
     
  • Weymouth Octoberfest – 6th & 7th October 2017
    Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
    11:00 – 15:30 & 18:00 – 23:30 both days. Tickets £4.50 Friday Lunchtime, £5.50 Saturday Lunchtime, £5.50 evening sessions. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • 9th Hampshire Octoberfest – 13th, 14th & 15th October 2017
    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 – 18:00. Friday evening is beer festival (over 200 beers, ciders & wines) & live music only, Saturday & Sunday have family attractions as well. Tickets Friday & Saturday £8.50 in advance, Sunday £5 advance, (on the door tickets £10/£7.50). Weekend and family tickets also available £15/£25. North Hampshire CAMRA does the beer part, others do the rest.
     
  • Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival – 19th, 20th & 21st October 2017
    Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead SL6 8AW
    12:00 – 22:00 Thursday; 12:00 – 22:30 Friday & Saturday. Tickets £12.50 in advance, £15 on door - includes glass, programme & 2 pint vouchers. Run by Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA
     
  • 21st Worthing Beer Festival – 20th & 21st October 2017
    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.
     
  • 20th Oxford Beer & Cider Festival – 26th, 27th & 28th October 2017
    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.
     
  • 31st Swindon Beer Festival – 26th, 27th & 28th October 2017
    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 22nd September), £4 Saturday. Friday evening ticket includes £4 worth of beer, other tickets are on the door. Run by Swindon & North Wiltshire CAMRA.
     
  • 19th Poole Beer Festival – 27th & 28th October 2017
    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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 24th Woking Beer Festival – 10th & 11th November 2017
    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 – 24th & 25th November 2017
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA
    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 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/beer-cider-music-festival for more details.
    Sat 30/09/2017 Phoenix Beer Festival 2017
The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Station Road, Bordon GU35 0LR
Local beers plus cider and wine, plus local acts performing in the theatre. Two sessions:11:30 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 22:30. Tickets £6 for one session, £10 for both. See www.phoenixarts.co.uk/phoenix-beer-festival-2017
    Sat 30/09/2017 Sherfield on Loddon Beer Festival
Sherfield Village Hall, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire, RG27 0EZ
10th annual beer festival 11:30 – 23:00. Over 50 beers and ciders. Hot food & live music. Free evening minibus to Bramley railway station. See www.sherfieldbeerfestival.org.uk
    Fri 06/10/2017
       – Sat 07/10/2017
Phyllis Tuckwell Beer Festival
The Empire, High Street, Aldershot, GU11 1DJ
The first charity beer festival in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice with 60 local beers and ciders, live music, food and a raffle. Three sessions: 19:00 – 23:00 Friday; 12:00 – 16:00 & 19:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £10 per session inc programme & glass. See www.pth.org.uk/event-category/beer-festival for details.
    Fri 06/10/2017
       – Sat 07/10/2017
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. Tickets available in August. See www.ale-ingfest.co.uk
    Fri 06/10/2017
       – Sat 07/10/2017
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 expect sausages, pretzels & keg beer. See www.oktoberfestportsmouth.co.ukfor all details.
    Fri 06/10/2017
       – Sat 07/10/2017
13th Selborne Zig Zag Festival
Selborne Arms, High Street, Selborne GU34 3JR and in the nearby Village Hall
Around 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 www.selbornearms.co.uk/Events and the festival website is www.zigzagfest.co.uk.
    Sat 07/10/2017 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/2017-festivals/eventdetail/754/-/pumpkin-beer-festival.html
    Fri 13/10/2017
       – Sat 14/10/2017
7th 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 £8, Saturday 18:00 – 23:00 £8. Theatre website is www.groundlings.co.uk – look under October listings. This festival may be advance tickets only.
    Fri 13/10/2017
       – Sat 14/10/2017
Wimborne Beer Festival
Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne BH21 1AS
An annual event by Wimborne Round Table with the proceeds going to local charities. Three sessions: 18:00 – 23:00 Friday; 12:00 – 19:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Keep an eye on their website thewimbornebeerfestival.co.uk for ticket availability & prices.
    Sat 14/10/2017 19th 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. The festival website is www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk and the Wickham Centre is www.wickhamcentre.co.uk
    Sat 14/10/2017
       – Sun 15/10/2017
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 20/10/2017
       – Sat 21/10/2017
Grayshott Firkinfest
Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, Grayshott, Surrey, GU26 6TZ
9th annual beer & cider festival. 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, or sponser a barrel for £50 and receive two complimentary tickets per session. Tickets available from September. Keep an eye on www.grayshott.com/wordpress/groups/firkinfest
    Sat 21/10/2017 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. Your chance to meet the brewers and drink some beer from 11:00 to 17:00. Food & musical entertainment too. The breweries website is www.redcatbrewing.co.uk but for details see www.facebook.com/events/2003068529922231
    Sat 21/10/2017 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 21/10/2017 Portchester Community Centre Cider & Sausage Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester PO16 9AD
Portchester Community Centre's Cider & Sausage festival, open Saturday 18:00 – 23:00, tickets £5. A range of ciders, perries and some local bottled ales, plus this year a Prosecco bar. Several varieties of sausage as well as vegetarian options, plus some entertainment. See www.portchestercommunitycentre.co.uk/events/cider-sausage-festival
    Thu 26/10/2017
       – Sun 29/10/2017
Oktoberfest Southampton
Guildhall Square, Southampton
A German style Oktoberfest event on Guildhall Square (we assume in a tent) with oompah bands, sausages, schnitzels & pretzels, and beer - which we expect to be all keg. 'Standing' tickets from £8 to £15, 'seating' from £10 to £25. See www.oktoberfestsoton.com
    Fri 27/10/2017
       – Sun 29/10/2017
Queen's Hotel, Gosport
143 Queens Road, Gosport PO12 1LG
Annual beer festival. Food available Friday & Saturday. Come along and help celebrate Sue's 34 years at The Queens – from 17:00 Friday & 12:00 Saturday & Sunday. Not too much on their website yet cliveluff.wixsite.com/queenshotel
    Fri 27/10/2017
       – Sun 29/10/2017
The Star, Godalming
17 Church Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1PE
Annual beer and cider festival. No details yet and not on their website www.thestargodalming.co.uk
    Sat 28/10/2017 Romsey Round Table Beer Festival
Crossfield Hall, Romsey SO51 8GL
The 1st Romsey Round Table Beer Festival. 20+ beers & ciders, food including pizzas, plus live music. Open 18:30 – 23:00, entrance £10, includes commemorative glass & two half pints. Proceeds go to support charities and good causes in Romsey and Chandler's Ford. See their Facebook page for details www.facebook.com/RomseyRT
    Sat 28/10/2017 19th Denmead Beer Festival
Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, Denmead, Hampshire, PO7 6LU
19:00 – 23:30. Over 20 real ales, plus a selection of wines, cider and soft drinks. Live music, raffle & barbecue. Tickets £9 includes souvenir glass tankard & complimentary drink. See www.denmeadca.com/beer-festival.html.
    Sat 04/11/2017 Square & Compass Annual Cider Festival 2017
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/2017-festivals/eventdetail/755/-/cider-festival.html
    Mon 13/11/2017 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.
   

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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