Southern Hampshire CAMRA

Southern Hampshire CAMRA held its first meeting in 1974 at the Bay Tree (now sadly closed & converted to flats) in Southampton.

There are currently more than 178,180 members of CAMRA, the highest number ever, of whom over 1,710 live in the Southern Hampshire Branch area.

The Southern Hampshire Branch area includes Eastleigh, Southampton, Winchester, Romsey, the New Forest, Fordingbridge and Bishop's Waltham, and is part of the Wessex Region of CAMRA. Further information on our branch boundary can be found here.

The Southern Hampshire Branch is a highly socially active branch and our activities include brewery visits, walkabouts, socials, business meetings and of course running and visiting beer festivals. If you'd like to know more about our activities, please visit our mailing lists page and sign up for our low volume email mailing lists.

The Southern Hampshire Branch represents CAMRA's current campaigns pressing for movement towards the harmonisation of beer duties across the EC, pub hours reform and the introduction of legislation to ensure that customers get a full measure each time they buy a drink.

CAMRA's Mission

CAMRA's mission is to act as champion of the consumer in relation to the UK and European beer and drinks industry. It aims to:

  • Maintain consumer rights
  • Promote quality, choice and value for money
  • Support the public house as a focus of community life
  • Campaign for greater appreciation of traditional beers, ciders and perries as part of national heritage and culture.

On a national level, CAMRA has succeeded in many of its campaigns including the introduction of more flexible opening hours and the opportunity for many licensees to offer their customers a guest beer.

Each year CAMRA publishes the Good Beer Guide which lists the best pubs in the country and a comprehensive list of breweries.


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