Southern Hampshire CAMRA

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.
     
  • 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.
     

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 22/03/2017
       – Sun 02/04/2017
Wetherspoon International Real Ale Festival 2017
Wetherspoon pubs
30 real ales from the UK and around the world available over the period, though not all at the same time! See www.jdwetherspoon.com/real-ale-festival
    Fri 31/03/2017
       – Sat 01/04/2017
Southsea Beerex
Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW
The third Southsea Beerex - a collaboration with the Leopold Tavern. Real Ales & live music, Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Tickets £10 per session from the Wedgewood Rooms or the Leopold Tavern*. Go to www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk/WhatsOn/tabid/90/Default.aspx then scroll down to 31st March. *The Leopold Tavern has closed due to a massive rent hike from the Pubco, how this will affect this beer festival we don't know.
    Sat 01/04/2017 Prince of Wales, Southampton
198 Northam Road, Northam, Southampton, SO14 0QF
A mini beer festival with Bowman Ales starting around midday. The burger bar will be open serving hot food at good prices. It's a Southampton FC home match day (playing Bournemouth, KO @ 17:30) - the pub is one of the closest to the stadium - so it should be a good atmosphere; the match will also be shown on live TV for those without tickets. No website, so here's the Whatpub page whatpub.com/pubs/HAS/00539
    Fri 07/04/2017
       – Sun 09/04/2017
Victoria Inn, West Marden
West Marden, West Sussex, PO18 9EN
Usually 12 & 4 ciders. Live music etc. See www.victoriainnwestmarden.co.uk/page/Events
    Sat 08/04/2017 Southampton Amateur Rowing Club, Woolston
Southampton Amateur Rowing Club, 26A Hazel Road, Woolston, Southampton SO19 7GA
Their 4th annual festival 11:00 – 23:00, beer, food, music & games. That's about all we can glean from southamptonamateurrowingclub.co.uk/event/sarc-beer-fest but previous festivals have had beers from 7 local or fairly local breweries plus cider from JJs.
    Sat 08/04/2017 18th 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 Saturday 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. More details on www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 14/04/2017
       – Sat 15/04/2017
Wareham Easter Beerex 2016
Wareham Masonic Hall, Howards Lane, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4HU
11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00 both days. Around 25 real ales. Tickets £11.01 per session online. More information from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wareham-easter-beerex-2017-tickets-24229633486?aff=es2
    Fri 14/04/2017
       – Sun 16/04/2017
8th Big Bournemouth Beer Festival
Purbeck Hall, Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH
Session start times are Friday 18:30, Saturday 12:00 & 18:30. Tickets are £7.50 for the afternoon session, £8 for the evening sessions plus ticket 'fulfilment fees'. A free entrance 'Sup-up Sunday' session starts at 15:00 (we think) and continues until the beer runs out. Please note that all sessions are over 18s only. See www.bic.co.uk/whats-on/bournemouth-beer-festival-2017 for all details.
    Sat 15/04/2017 Fallen Acorn Brewey Open Day
Unit 7, Clarence Wharf Industrial Estate, Mumby Road, Gosport PO12 1AJ
Open Day and Mini Beer Festival in support of Naomi House. Head Brewer, Ed, is running the London Marathon is support, show your support by coming down for beers from Fallen Acorn and other fantastic local breweries. There will be food and impromptu brewery tours going on from 13:00 – 18:00. See www.fallenacornbrewing.co/events
    Fri 21/04/2017
       – Sat 22/04/2017
Newbury Racecourse Beer Festival
The Racecourse, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 7NZ
The opening of Newbury's flat racing season featuring the Dubai Duty Free meeting and a Beer Festival. In 2015 40 real ales & ciders were on offer, we don't know what this year offers. See newburyracecourse.co.uk/racing/racedays-tickets
    Fri 21/04/2017
       – Sat 22/04/2017
Overton Firkins & Fizz
St. Mary's Hall, High St, Overton RG25 3HA
A range of real ales from around the country along with some ciders and a bar dedicated to Prosecco. Music & food too. Three sessions 19:30 – 23:30 Friday, 11:30 – 15:30 & 19:30 – 23:30 Saturday. Tickets £8, festival glass £1.50. See www.overtonbeerfestival.co.uk for all details.
    Fri 21/04/2017
       – Sat 22/04/2017
Parkstone Trades & Labour Club
Woodlands Hall, 485 Ashley Rd, Poole BH14 0BB
Spring Charity Beer Festival. 18:00 – 23:00 Friday, 12:00 – 17:00 and 18:00 – 23:30 Saturday. Tickets £8 per session. Keep an eye on ptlc.co.uk/beer-festival for further details.
    Fri 21/04/2017
       – Sun 23/04/2017
The Crofton, Hill Head
48 Crofton Lane, Hill Head, Fareham, PO14 3QF
A mini beer & cider festival for St George's Weekend. See www.thecrofton.co.uk/events/4588617525
    Fri 21/04/2017
       – Sun 23/04/2017
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
April Beer & Cider Festival. Over 20 real ales from all over the country, including Red Shoot's own microbrews, and 25 traditional ciders. Live music all weekend. Keep an eye on www.redshoot.co.uk/events/2017-beer-festivals for more details.
    Sat 22/04/2017 15th Portchester Beer Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester, PO16 9AD
Two sessions, 11:00 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. Usually around 25 beers and 10 ciders/perries, plus food & entertainment. Some details on www.portchestercommunitycentre.co.uk/events/15th-portchester-beer-festival-saturday-22nd-april-2017
    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 therough to May Day. Special menus, live music events and more through the week. See therailway.co/2017/03/22/visit-ringwood-craft-beer-festival
    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: whatpub.com/pubs/HAS/00831
    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 www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/real-ale-festival.aspx
    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 www.mayfayre.me.uk. 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.
    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 www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events/detail/diesel-gala-and-beer-festival-2017
    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 www.hatchwarren.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74:cider-festival-sat-6th-may-2016&catid=8&Itemid=575
    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 sites.google.com/a/southdownsgreenfair.org/south-downs-green-fair
    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 www.bursledonbrickworks.org.uk/events.php soon. Volunteers are also needed for the set up on Friday & Saturday, please contact andy_hay@tiscali.co.uk 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 seesouthampton.co.uk/works/barrels-and-beer for all details including the theme for this particular evening and ticket details.
    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 www.redcatbrewing.co.uk/2017/02/13/red-cat-open-day
    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 www.churchillpub.co.uk/events/event/beers-bikes-festival-2017 for details.
    Fri 02/06/2017
       – Sat 03/06/2017
Alton Summer Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
Dates are announced and we expect the format to be the same as last year which was: Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00, with tickets £5 for each session and 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. Details will be on www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk but tickets probably not on sale until April.
    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 guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk for full details.
    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 www.yarmoutholdgaffersfestival.co.uk and www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/whats-on/yarmouth-old-gaffers-festival-2017-p915981
    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 www.redshoot.co.uk/events/2017-beer-festivals for more 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 seesouthampton.co.uk/works/barrels-and-beer 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 pennoclub.weebly.com/annual-beer-festivale.html.
    Fri 21/07/2017
       – Sat 22/07/2017
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival 2017
Victoria School, Lindsay Road, Branksome, Poole BH13 6AS
A new venue for this year and so far we have just the dates but if it goes to form expect over 30 beers, 15 ciders & 17 hours of music. See beerandbluegrass.co.uk for updates as the event gets nearer.
   

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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