Beer Festivals

Southern Hampshire CAMRA has been running Southampton Beer Festival in its current format 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!

Covid-19

Please note that the number of CAMRA beer festivals are limited, but the full list of those within 50 miles of our branch are listed below. Please check the individual websites for details. Our research of Non-CAMRA festivals has been rather knocked out of kilter and those below are the ones we know of but there may be many more that have restarted. If you know of more please drop us an email and let us know. In any case you should check with the venue for any last minute changes before attending.

CAMRA Beer Festivals

  • Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival – 8th & 9th July 2022
    NMCC Sports Bar, Summerleaze Park, off Summerleaze Road, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 8SP
    12:00 – 23:00 Friday & Saturday, tickets £4 in advance, £5 on door. Run by Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA
     
  • Salisbury Beerex XL (40th) 2022 – 8th & 9th July 2022
    Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury SP1 3UT
    Still in the planning stage so just the dates and times for now. Fri 18:30 – 23:00; Sat 11:00 – 15:30 & 18:30 – 23:00. Run by Salisbury & South Wiltshire CAMRA in association with Salisbury Arts Centre & Rotary COGS.
     
  • 23rd Devizes Beer Festival – 23rd July 2022
    The Wharf, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1EB
    One day only 11:30 – 22:00. Tickets £15 in advance only. Includes £5 beer tokens, plus more for CAMRA members. Mainly an open air festival, with some under canvas, beside Kennet & Avon Canal; Over 100 real ales plus cider and food also available. Family orientated, with live music. Run by Devizes CAMRA.
     
  • Great British Beer Festival – 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th August 2022
    Olympia, London.
    50,000 people expected at the biggest real ale festival in the world – run by volunteers from all CAMRA branches. Over 1000 real ales, craft beers, ciders and perries. Tickets on sale now.
     
  • 12th Hampshire OctoberFest – 16th & 17th September 2022
    Basingstoke Cricket & Sports Ground, Fairfields Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3DR
    Friday 15:00 – 24:00; Saturday 12:00 – 24:00; Tickets Friday & Saturday £18.45 in advance. Group discounts (6 tickets for the price of 5) available until 31st July. North Hampshire CAMRA organises the bar and beer part, others, including Destination Basingstoke, do the rest.
     
  • Weymouth Octoberfest – 7th & 8th October 2022
    Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
    Holding notice, details to be confirmed. These were the 2019 details: 11:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 23:30 both days. Tickets £10 each session, includes one pint ale or cider. Run by West Dorset 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 08/07/2022
       – Sun 10/07/2022
DonkeyTown Beer Festival
Pennington Sports & Social Club, 17 Lodge Road, Pennington, Hampshire, SO41 8HH
Just the dates for now, more information to follow. See the club's website for more details when available pennoclub.weebly.com
    Sat 23/07/2022 Portchester Beer Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester, PO16 9AD
Two sessions, 12:00 – 17:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. Around 30 beers and a few ciders & perries, plus food & entertainment. £10 per session. Ticket details on www.ticketsource.co.uk/portchester-community-centre and there's a facebook event www.facebook.com/events/2346320012175805
    Fri 29/07/2022
       – Sat 30/07/2022
12th Guildford Beer Festival
Guildford Cricket Club, The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RP
More than 100 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.
    Sat 06/08/2022 14th Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
The 14th Fleet Lions Beer Festival. Around 40 Real Ales + Ciders (local & afar!) + hog roast, music etc. Open lunchtime 11:00 – 15:00 & evening 17:30 – 21:30, tickets £16 including 4 beer tokens. Just 15 minutes walk from the railway station. Full details on their website www.fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest. Tickets on sale now www.fleetlions.org.uk/booking16
    Sat 27/08/2022
       – Mon 29/08/2022
Ale at Amberley
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley, Nr Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT
We have just the dates for now, and the event seems to have been renamed 'Ale & Crafts'. Keep an eye on the Amberley Museum website www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on
    Sat 10/09/2022 Caversham Rock 'n' Ale
St Annes RC Primary School, Washington Road, Reading RG4 5AA
One evening only from 18:30 on the playing fields of St Anne’s School in Caversham (entrance may be on South View Road). Details on their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/rocknale or their Facebook event – www.facebook.com/events/696626138133016
    Sat 24/09/2022 Petersfield Oktoberfest 2022
Petersfield Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA
Petersfield's own Oktoberfest. Main seating is already sold out but spaces are available in the general area, £26.35 a ticket. See their website for full details www.petersfieldfest.com/petersfieldoktoberfest
   

If you know of any more non-CAMRA beer festivals in our branch area then please email the details to us.