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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!

CAMRA Beer Festivals

  • Gosport Winterfest XXVIII – 21st & 22nd February 2020
    Thorngate Halls, Bury Road, Gosport PO12 3PX
    Three sessions: Fri 12:00 – 16:00 'quiet' session, tickets £5; Fri 18:00 – 23:00 & Sat 12:00 – 20:00 tickets £9 each. Run by Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA.
     
  • North Sussex Equinox Beer & Cider Festival – 6th & 7th March 2020
    Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF
    Friday 18:00 – 22:00, Saturday 11:30 – 16:30 & 18:30 – 22:00. Tickets £6 Friday, £8 Saturday lunchtime & £4 Saturday evening. Run by CAMRA North Sussex Branch.
     
  • 10th Wantage Beer and Cider Festival – 13th & 14th March 2020
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BY
    11:00 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 – 22:00 Saturday. Admission £2 (£3 after 17:00 on Friday) but free to card-carrying CAMRA members. Organised by CAMRA White Horse Branch.
     
  • 10th Winchester Beer & Cider Festival – 13th & 14th March 2020
    Winchester Guildhall, High Street, Winchester SO23 9GH
    Four sessions Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets now on sale. One of the three annual beer festivals run by our CAMRA branch.
     
  • 44th Farnham Beerex – 23rd, 24th & 25th April 2020
    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 44 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 Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings 18:00 – 23:00 plus a Saturday lunchtime session 11:00 – 15:00, all £12 per session. This is always a popular festival so get your tickets early, they are on sale now.
     
  • Yapton Beerex – 15th, 16th & 17th May 2020
    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 31st Yapton Beer Festival. Fri 18:00 – 23.00; Sat 11:00 – 21:00; Sun 12:00 – 15:00. Tickets £5 Friday, £6 Saturday (£3 from 17:00) and free entrance Sunday. Tickets available soon. Run by Western Sussex CAMRA
     
  • Southampton Beer Festival – 19th & 20th June 2020
    St Mary's Stadium, Britannia Road, Southampton, SO14 5FP
    Our own beer festival. Three sessions, Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 19:30, ticket prices £6 for Friday lunchtime, £10 for the other sessions. Tickets on sale in April. Friday lunchtime is a 'quiet' session with no music. See the website for details.
     

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 21/02/2020
       – Sat 22/02/2020
Alton Winter Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
Two sessions: Friday 19:00 – 23:00 and Saturday 11:00 – 18:00, tickets £7.50, advance purchase is essential. Normally there are over 50 real ales all at £3 a pint plus ciders, local wine, live music & good food. Glasses are not provided so you must bring your own. Details are on www.altonbeerfestival.org.uk
    Sat 22/02/2020 Ashcroft Ale Festival
Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road, Fareham PO16 7DX
Annual winter Ashcroft Ale Festival, two session, afternoon from 12:00 and evening from 18:00. Tickets £7.50 in advance. A wide selection of local cask ales and traditional ciders. See www.ashcroft.org.uk/event/ashcroft-winter-ale-festival-2020 for afternoon session and www.ashcroft.org.uk/event/ashcroft-winter-ale-festival-2020-evening for evening session.
    Fri 28/02/2020
       – Sun 01/03/2020
Rose in June, Portsmouth
102 Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth PO3 6AR
Annual winter beer festival with 10 beers and 6 ciders. See www.theroseinjune.co.uk/winterbeerfest.html or www.theroseinjune.co.uk/socialevents.html for details.
    Sat 07/03/2020 Vibrant Forest Brewery
Unit 3, The Purlieu Centre, Hardley Industrial Estate, Hardley, Hythe SO45 3AE
A Spring Gathering at the brewery from 12:00 to 20:00. There should be a full range of beers including and a food stand as well. It will be a ticketed event. See www.vibrantforest.co.uk/events when it's been updated or www.facebook.com/events/2735578106527769 if you do Facebook.
    Fri 03/04/2020
       – Sat 04/04/2020
22nd 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 Friday 19:00 – 23:00 (£8), Saturday 11:00 – 16:00 (£6) and 18:00 – 23:00 (£8). All day Saturday tickets £10 and the centre is open between those sessions, the bar will be closed but you can get food. Friday evening is a Beer, Blues and Curry evening, but you will need to pay extra in advance for the curry. Buy your tickets before the end of February to get an 'early bird' discount. More details on wickhambeerfestival.co.uk
    Sat 04/04/2020 2nd New Milton Beer Festival
New Milton Memorial Centre, Whitfield Rd, New Milton BH25 6DE
One session 10:00 – 20:00, tickets £6 on the door or £5 in advance from The Hourglass Micropub or the Memorial Centre. More than 20 cask and a variety of key keg craft beers, lagers, ciders and spirits from local and regional breweries and producers, plus food, soft drinks & refreshments and a selection of live music. Organised by The Hourglass Micropub and New Milton Memorial Centre, see www.memcentre.co.uk/events/new-milton-beer-festival for all details.
    Sat 09/05/2020 Beer, Bricks and Buses
Brickworks Museum, Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, SO31 7HB
The 4th Bursledon Brickworks beer festival. This is a holding page, following details are from last year's festival: Tickets £7 advance only and went on sale on 1st March, but have sold out already. Session is 12:30 – 17:30. The museum opens at 12:00. There will be a heritage bus service from Swanwick station. See www.bursledonbrickworks.org.uk/events.php for all details.
    Fri 22/05/2020
       – Sat 23/05/2020
Beer Fest on the Green
Sarisbury Green Community Centre, The Green, Sarisbury Green, Southampton SO31 7AA
Friday 17:30 – 22:30 and Saturday 13:30 – 22:30. Tickets £7 and £10 respectively, includes glass, programme and a ½ pint drink token (two on Saturday). 25+ ales and ciders. Under 18s permitted on the Saturday but only up to 18:00. See sarisburygreen.org.uk and scroll down a bit for details or see the Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/514710109331274
    Fri 29/05/2020
       – Sat 30/05/2020
Alton Summer Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
Just the dates for now. This is what we said last year: The regular Alton Summer Festival. Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00, £7.50 for the first sessions and £5 for the Saturday evening. Advance purchase is recommended. Usually over 50 real ales plus ciders, wine, live music & good food. Glasses are not provided so you must bring your own. Full details on www.altonbeerfestival.org.uk – you may wish to turn the sound down on your device before visiting!
   

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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