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

  • Salisbury Winterfest XXII – 25th & 26th January 2019
    Royal British Legion Club, 11 Endless Street, Salisbury SP1 1DL
    Open Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:30 and 18:30 – 23:00. All tickets £6, including glass & souvenir programme. Tickets on sale from mid November. Run by Salisbury & South Wilts CAMRA.
     
  • 31st Dorchester Beerex – 1st & 2nd February 2019
    Corn Exchange, North Square, Dorchester DT1 1HF
    Open Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 16:00 and 18:30 – 23:30. All sessions £10. Admission includes commemorative glass plus two ½ pints. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • Gosport Winterfest XXVII – 22nd & 23rd February 2019
    Thorngate Halls, Bury Road, Gosport PO12 3PX
    Three sessions: Fri 12:00 – 15:00 special networking/preview session £20.00 including free buffet; Fri 18:00 – 23:00 & Sat 11:30 – 20:00 both £9 including live entertainment and free half pint. Reduced entry from 16:00 on Saturday £3 without the entertainment or half pint. Run by Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA.
     
  • North Sussex Equinox Beer & Cider Festival – 1st & 2nd March 2019
    Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF
    Friday 18:00 – 22:00, Saturday 11:30 – 16:30 & 18:30 – 22:00. Tickets £6 Friday, £7 Saturday lunchtime & £4 Saturday evening. Run by CAMRA North Sussex Branch.
     
  • 9th Winchester Beer & Cider Festival – 22nd & 23rd March 2019
    Winchester Guildhall, High Street, Winchester SO23 9GH
    Just the dates for now. Full details and tickets will be available mid/late January. One of the three annual beer festivals run by our CAMRA branch.
     
  • 43rd Farnham Beerex – 11th, 12th & 13th April 2019
    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 43 years in the same venue. The beerex is still in planning but expect over 60 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, £10 per session. This is always a popular festival so get your tickets early – they are on sale 8am Sunday 10th February for one hour at the Maltings and online afterwards if there are any left.
     

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

    Wed 30/01/2019
       – Sun 03/02/2019
Wheatsheaf, Titchfield
1 East St., Titchfield, PO14 4AD
Winter Beer & Pie Festival. A selection of winter ales, porters & lighter beers along with a choice of homemade pie. Keep an eye on www.wheatsheaftitchfield.co.uk for more details.
    Fri 22/02/2019
       – Sat 23/02/2019
Alton Winter Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
Just the dates for now, keep an eye on www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk for more details.
    Fri 26/04/2019
       – Sat 27/04/2019
Petersfield Beer & Cider Festival
Petersfield Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA
The sixth Petersfield Beer and Cider Festival, Friday 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Fine ales & cider from across the region, music all sessions and food throughout. Tickets £9 (advance recommended). See their website www.petersfieldfest.com/wp/index.php/petersfield-beer-and-cider-festival
   

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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