Southern Hampshire CAMRA

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

  • 12th Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival – 5th & 6th October 2018
    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, £25 Sat; on-gate from £21 Fri, £29 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 – 5th & 6th October 2018
    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. Tickets on sale now. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 12th & 13th October 2018
    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 are now on sale. See www.woolstonbeerfestival.org.uk for all details. Run by Southern Hampshire CAMRA.
     
  • 10th Hampshire Oktoberfest – 12th, 13th & 14th October 2018
    Basingstoke Cricket & Sports Ground, Fairfields Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3DR
    Friday 'Works Night Out' 17:00 – 24:00; Saturday 'Oktoberfest' 11:00 – 24:00; 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 £9 in advance, Sunday £5 advance, (on the door tickets £10/£7.50). Weekend and family tickets also available £16 adv only. CAMRA members can get free entry with membership card and other ID. North Hampshire CAMRA organises the bar and beer part, others including Wessex Heritage Trust do the rest.
     
  • 32nd Swindon Beer Festival – 25th, 26th & 27th October 2018
    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 21st September), £4 Saturday (£2 after 2pm). Friday evening ticket includes £4 worth of beer, other tickets are on the door. Run by Swindon & North Wiltshire CAMRA.
     
  • 20th Poole Beer Festival – 26th & 27th October 2018
    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. Tickets on sale now. Run by East Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • 22nd Worthing Beer Festival – 26th & 27th October 2018
    Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing BN11 1HQ
    11:00 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 – 21:30 Saturday. Tickets £5.50 Friday lunchtime; £6.50 Friday evening; £6 Saturday (£2 from 17:00). Run by Arun & Adur CAMRA.
     
  • 14th Redhill Beer Festival – 1st, 2nd & 3rd November 2018
    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.
     
  • 21st Oxford Beer & Cider Festival – 8th, 9th & 10th November 2018
    Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's Street, Oxford OX1 1BX
    17:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 11:00 – 23:00 Friday; 11:00 – 19:00 Saturday. Tickets £5 (£2 for CAMRA members). Run by Oxford CAMRA.
     
  • Bath Winter Ales Festival – 9th & 10th November 2018
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA
    Two sessions: Friday 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 – 19:00. At least 30 real ales and a few ciders. Entrance (advance ticket recommended) £8 – includes £2 of tokens. Run by Bath and Borders CAMRA
     
  • 25th Woking Beer Festival – 9th & 10th November 2018
    Woking Leisure Centre, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 9BA
    18:00 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 – 15:30 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £10 per session, advance purchase needed. Run by Surrey CAMRA branches.
     

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

    Thu 20/09/2018
       – Sun 23/09/2018
Chaplin's Autumn Beer, Sausage and Cider Festival
Chaplin's & The Cellar Bar, 529 Christchurch Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4AG
One of their regular beer festivals from 19:00 on Thursday. See their Facebook event for details – www.facebook.com/events/2177823105769022 The Pub's website is
    Fri 21/09/2018
       – Sat 22/09/2018
Last of the Summer Cider
Myncen Farm, Minchington, Dorset DT11 8DH
Music and cider festival with some real ales and a snack shack. Tickets from £20. Overnight camping available. Open from 15:00 Friday and 11:00 Saturday. See cranbornechasecider.bigcartel.com/about
    Fri 28/09/2018
       – Sat 29/09/2018
3rd Emsworth British Beer and Cider Festival
Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7DD
30 ales plus a wide range of ciders. Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 23:00. Tickets £10 per session which includes a glass and some drinks tokens. See www.emsworthcommunitycentre.org.uk/events for details.
    Fri 28/09/2018
       – Sun 30/09/2018
The Great Bransgore Beer Festival 2018
Three Tuns, Bransgore, Hampshire, BH23 8JH
A Bransgore Rotary Charity event in conjunction with The Three Tuns. We have just the dates so far but it is usually 70 real ales, around 20 different ciders and a choice of fine wines. Live music throughout the event, a wine tasting session and a hog roast along with the usual burgers and hot dogs. Mostly under cover alongside the large pub garden where you can enjoy the late summer sunshine. Keep an eye on www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=522148&ClubID=1690 and www.threetunsinn.com/events for more details.
    Fri 28/09/2018
       – Sun 30/09/2018
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
Autumn Beer Festival. Usually over 3 days with 20 plus beers and ciders, with food available all day and music in the evenings. Keep an eye on www.redshoot.co.uk/events/autum-beer-festival for more details.
    Sat 29/09/2018 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 5th September. See www.fourmarksbeerfestival.co.uk for more details.
    Sat 29/09/2018 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/event/beer-festival/2018-09-29/2
    Fri 05/10/2018
       – Sat 06/10/2018
Phyllis Tuckwell Beer Festival
The Empire, High Street, Aldershot, GU11 1DJ
The second 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/phyllis-tuckwell-beer-festival-returns for details.
    Fri 05/10/2018
       – Sat 06/10/2018
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 05/10/2018
       – Sat 06/10/2018
14th 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 06/10/2018 Oktoberfest @ Fallen Acorn
Unit 7, Clarence Wharf Industrial Estate, Mumby Road, Gosport PO12 1AJ
Join Fallen Acorn for the launch of their Marzen Oktoberfest beer and White Hearted Wheat Beer. Also on tap will be the infamous Double Tide Pilsner and its dark lager brother, Schwarze Flut. Live Music and Bratwurst available. Open 12:00 –- 22:00. See www.fallenacornbrewing.co/events for all details.
    Sat 06/10/2018 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/what-s-on/897/pumpkin-beer-festival.html
    Fri 12/10/2018
       – Sat 13/10/2018
8th 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 groundlings.co.uk/whats-on – look under October listings. This festival may be advance tickets only.
    Fri 12/10/2018
       – Sat 13/10/2018
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 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday, £5 per session. See their website www.thewimbornebeerfestival.co.uk for all details.
    Sat 13/10/2018
       – Sun 14/10/2018
Isle of Wight Classic Buses Beer & Walks Weekend
Isle of Wight
A repeat of last year's event when up to 80 pubs & other licensed premises 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 when it becomes available (£6 + p&p last year) which will have all the timetables plus discount vouchers. See iwbeerandbuses.co.uk for all details.
    Sat 13/10/2018
       – Sun 14/10/2018
Castle Inn, Sandown
12-14 Fitzroy Street, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8HY
A Beer & Buses Halloween Ale Festival. 20 Real Ales & Cider. See sandowncastle.co.uk/gigguide/gigguide.htm and scroll down a bit.
    Sat 20/10/2018 Alton Oktoberfest
Eggar's School, London Road, Holybourne, Alton GU34 4EQ
A Bavarian style beer festival with a twelve piece oompah band, German style beers and German food. Doors open at 18:30, music starts at 19:15. Get your lederhosen out! Tickets start at £25. See www.altonbeerfestival.org.uk/oktoberfest for all details.
    Sat 20/10/2018 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 £7.50. A range of ciders, perries and some local bottled ales. Several varieties of sausage as well as vegetarian options, plus some entertainment. See www.portchestercommunitycentre.co.uk/events/cider-sausage-festival
    Fri 26/10/2018
       – Sat 27/10/2018
Oktoberfest Southampton
Mayflower Park, Southampton
A German style Oktoberfest event in Mayflower Park (we assume in a tent) with oompah bands, sausages, schnitzels & pretzels, and beer - which we expect to be all keg. 'Standing' tickets £11, 'seating' £22. See www.oktoberfestsoton.com
    Fri 26/10/2018
       – Sat 27/10/2018
Romsey Round Table Beer Festival
Crossfield Hall, Romsey SO51 8GL
The 2nd Romsey Round Table Beer Festival. 20+ beers & ciders, food including pizzas, plus live music. Open 18:30 – 23:00 each evening, entrance £10, includes commemorative glass & some beer tokens. Proceeds go to support charities and good causes in Romsey and Chandler's Ford - £2000 was raised last year. See their Facebook page for details www.facebook.com/pg/RomseyRT/events or email beerfestival@rt484.org.uk
    Fri 26/10/2018
       – Sat 27/10/2018
Oktoberfest Portsmouth
Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
In a big tent on Guildhall Square, the times last year were 18:00 – 23:00 Friday and 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets from £16.50. A Bavarian style beer festival so expect sausages, pretzels & keg beer. See www.oktoberfestportsmouth.co.ukfor all details.
    Sat 27/10/2018 20th 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 £10 includes souvenir glass tankard & complimentary drink. See www.denmeadca.com/beer-festival-2018.html.
    Mon 29/10/2018
       – Sun 04/11/2018
New Forest Food & Drink Festival Week
Various venues around the New Forest
We were promised this would return in 2018 though we can't find anything about it at the moment. In 2016 we said: "The New Forest Food & Drink Festival Week is a range of 120 events across 15 themes, including some real ale events." Maybe keep an eye on www.thenewforest.co.uk/whats-on and see what comes up.
    Sat 03/11/2018 Square & Compass Annual Cider Festival 2018
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/what-s-on/898/cider-festival.html
   

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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