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 remained so up until 2020 when it was the last CAMRA beer festival before the Covid lockdown. Since then we have been unable to return to the Guildhall but 2024 is looking good for a new venue 7th & 8th June, more details soon.

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!

Listing policy

For CAMRA beer festivals we list those within 50 miles of our branch area. Please check the individual websites for details. We to research non-CAMRA festivals as best we can and list those within 25 miles of our branch area. Inevitably we will miss a few, some aren't well publicized, so 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

  • Kingston Beer & Cider Festival 2024 – 23rd, 24th & 25th May 2024
    Kingston Workmen's Club & Institute, 25 Old London Road, Kingston Upon Thames KT2 6ND
    12:00 – 22:30 Thursday; 12:00 – 22:30 Friday; 12:00 – 18:00 Saturday. Last year tickets were £5 Thursday & Friday, £2 Saturday. Run by Kingston & Leatherhead CAMRA.
     
  • 11th Winchester Beer & Cider Festival – 7th & 8th June 2024
    University of Winchester Students Union, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR
    Four sessions Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 22:30, Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 22:30. Each session £10. Up to 75 cask ales plus a range of real ciders and perry, a key keg bar and a selection of bottled beers. Tickets (£10) now on sale on-line or in person from Bottle and Stoat, Southampton, Hyde Tavern, Winchester, The William Walker, Winchester, and The Westgate, Winchester. Run by our own Southern Hampshire CAMRA branch.
     
  • Salisbury Summerfest 2024 – 21st & 22nd June 2024
    Salisbury Guildhall, Market Place, Salisbury SP1 1JH
    Fri 18:30 – 23:00; Sat 11:00 – 12:00, tickets £10 per session. Run by Salisbury & South Wiltshire CAMRA. This replaces the Beerex that was in the Bedwin Street Arts Centre. Tickets are now on sale.
     
  • 11th Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival – 5th & 6th July 2024
    NMCC Sports Bar, Summerleaze Park, off Summerleaze Road, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 8SP
    12:00 – 23:00 Friday & 12:00 – 23:00 Saturday, tickets price £tba in advance, £tba discount for CAMRA members. Run by Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA
     
  • 23rd Devizes Beer Festival – 13th July 2024
    The Wharf, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1EB
    One day only 11:30 – 22:00. Tickets £15 in advance only. Mainly an open air festival, with some under canvas, beside Kennet & Avon Canal. Over 100 real ales and cider; food also available. Family orientated, with live music. Run by Devizes CAMRA.
     
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 1st & 2nd November 2024
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 2HA
    Advance notice of the dates. Expect 26 real ales, 5 real ciders, plus craft beers, bottled beers & food. Open Fri 18:00 – 22:30; Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 22:30. Tickets £tba – includes glass & programme. £tba beer tokens to card carrying CAMRA members. Entertainment both evenings. All details will be on woolstonbeerfestival.camra.org.uk once confirmed.
     

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 24/05/2024 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 £14 Friday, £17 Saturday. Under 18s permitted on the Saturday but only up to 18:00. See www.ticketsource.co.uk/sgcc for ticket sales. A Facebook event is at www.facebook.com/events/381525877656864/381525884323530
    Fri 24/05/2024
       – Sat 25/05/2024
20th Beacon Hill Beer Festival
Hindhead Royal British Legion Club, Beacon Hill Road, Beacon Hill, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6QB
Starting Friday at 18:00 and ending 22:30 Saturday we think, but we don't know the actual session times, keep an eye on www.hindheadrbl.co.uk/beer-festival to see if more details appear. Tickets are on sale from £8.30 - covers the whole weekend, see www.eventbrite.com/e/beacon-hill-beer-festival-2024-tickets-869437560147
    Fri 24/05/2024
       – Sun 26/05/2024
Roebuck Ale and Cider Festival
The Roebuck, 57 Stockbridge Road, Winchester SO22 6RP
The pub's first beer festival, showcasing 18 ales and 6 ciders, as local as possible. Live music on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening and also on Sunday afternoon plus copious snacks and food offerings. The pub's website is the.littlepubgroup.co.uk/the-roebuck-winchester but there's no information there yet.
    Fri 24/05/2024
       – Mon 27/05/2024
Barking Cat Spring Beer Festival
Barking Cat Alehouse, 182-184 Ashley Road, Poole BH14 9BY
12:00 – 24:00 Friday & Saturday; 12:00 – 23:00 Sunday; 12:00 – 22:00 Monday. 24 casks, 12 ciders, 12 kegs and a promise that the beer will never run out. Free entrance. The pub's website is thebarkingcatalehouse.co.uk and they have a Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/962727505504476. Reasonably close to Branksome Station and well served by m1/m2 buses.
    Sat 01/06/2024
       – Sun 02/06/2024
Coalie Fest
Coal Exchange, 21 South Street, Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7EG
Beer and music festival. Usually beer & music all day and a barbecue in the garden. See website – www.thecoalexchange.co.uk/Coalie%20Fest.html
    Fri 14/06/2024
       – Sat 15/06/2024
14th 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 bars with wines and soft drinks and gin. Food all sessions. Open Friday 18.00 – 22:00 and Saturday 12.00 – 16.00 and 18.00 – 22:00. Early Bird Tickets £12 per session if purchased before the end of May, £15 after. There's a free pint for CAMRA members, so take your card. Tickets now on sale. See guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk for full details.
    Fri 14/06/2024
       – Sat 15/06/2024
Hawkley Inn
Pococks Lane, Hawkley (nr Liss), Hampshire GU33 6NE
Beer, food & live music. Three sessions: Friday 17:30 – 22:00; Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 17:30 – 22:00. Tickets £6.45 per session, proceeds in aid of the Rosemary Foundation. See www.entertainment-events.co.uk/hawkleyfestival for all details. The pub's website is at hawkleyinn.co.uk
    Fri 14/06/2024
       – Sun 16/06/2024
Tap @ The Shed
The Shed, Sergeants Yard, Bordon GU35 0DJ
17:00 – 22:30 Friday; 16:00 – 22:30 Saturday; 12:00 onwards Sunday. Not much information except for the tickets sales site – £11.55 per session. Sunday entrance is a free drink up the beer session. Tickets – www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tap-the-sheds-annual-beer-festival-tickets-877908256227. Website is theshedwb.com/event/beer-festival/2024-06-15
    Fri 21/06/2024
       – Sat 22/06/2024
Romsey Rugby Club Beer Festival
Ganger Farm Pavilion, Ganger Farm Way, Romsey SO51 0EE
Friday 18:00 – 23:00, Saturday 16:00 – 22:00. Music, food, beer. Tickets £11.55 in advance. Shuttle bus available to Romsey centre on a first come first served basis. See romseyrugby.club/beer-festival-2024-launched-june-21-22 for all details.
    Fri 21/06/2024
       – Sat 22/06/2024
Hall & Woodhouse Dorset Beer Festival
Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, Blandford St. Mary, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 9LS
Friday 19:00 – 22:00, Saturday 12:00 – 22:00 (last entry 20:00, last orders 21:30), Tickets: Friday £5 (entrance only); Saturday £12 (includes glass, programme & one pint); Weekend £15, and now on sale. See www.hallwoodhousebeerfest.com for all details.
    Fri 28/06/2024
       – Sun 30/06/2024
Monkey Brewhouse Summer Beer Festival 2024
Monkey Brewhouse, 167 Southampton Road, Lymington SO41 9HA
Just the dates for now, but last year we said '24 different beers to try – 12 cask and 12 keg – all the Monkey favourites and some extra special guest beers.' Food served all weekend and plenty of live music too. Free entrance. See monkeybrewhouse.co.uk/2023/05/05/monkey-brewhouse-summer-beer-festival-lymington for all details.
    Fri 28/06/2024
       – Sun 30/06/2024
Newclose Beer Festival
Newclose County Cricket Ground, Blackwater Road, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 3BE
From 16:00 Friday and 12:00 Saturday & Sunday. 35 real ales at £5 a pint plus ciders and wine. Food, musical entertainment and cricket. Entrance £10 on the door - includes a festival mug and a programme and your first pint. See www.newclose.org/beer-festival for all details
    Fri 28/06/2024
       – Sun 30/06/2024
Rose in June, Portsmouth
102 Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth PO3 6AR
From 12:00 on Friday. Annual Summer Beer Fest in support of Motor Neuron Disease Association. Live entertainment all weekend and over 50 beers and Ciders available. Not many details yet but usually in the garden and marquee, with live music (usually folk) and food including a barbecue. Raffle proceeds go to the MNDA. See Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/814791173859093 & the Pub's Facebook www.facebook.com/RoseinJune
    Sat 29/06/2024 CBS New Forest Beer Fest 2024
Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7RY
An extension of Craft Beer South, 10 'LocAle' breweries within 25 miles of Brockenhurst with a selection of cask and keg beers, plus live music, DJs and street food. Two sessions: 13:00 – 17:00 and 18:00 – 22:00. Early bird tickets £8.80, then £10 plus any fees. See www.belgiumandblues.co.uk/cbs/newforest for all details.
    Fri 05/07/2024
       – Sat 06/07/2024
Shanty Town Beer & Music Festival
Staggeringly Good Brewery, Unit 10 St George's Ind Estate, Southsea PO4 8SS
Craft beer – keg & cask, live music, street food, artisan cider. Three sessions: Friday 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:30 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. Tickets £16.79 per session. See www.staggeringlygood.com/event/shanty-town-beer-music-festival for all details.
    Fri 05/07/2024
       – Sun 07/07/2024
Highdown Inn Beer Festival 2024
Highdown Inn, Highdown Lane, Totland, Isle of Wight PO39 0HY
Sessions are on Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday lunchtime. 25 Real Ales, Ciders and Gin Bar. Live music on Saturday from 19:30 and Sunday Lunchtime. See highdowninn.com/events.php for details.
    Fri 05/07/2024
       – Sun 07/07/2024
DonkeyTown Beer Festival
Pennington Sports & Social Club, 17 Lodge Road, Pennington, Hampshire, SO41 8HH
A three day event usually with over 30 beers ciders. Plenty of live music and food available at each session. Open from 18:30 Friday, 13:00 Saturday and 13:30 Sunday. See the club's website for all other details pennoclub.weebly.com
    Sat 13/07/2024 Isle of Wight Steam Railway Real Ale Train
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
Real Ale available at Wootton, Havenstreet and Ashley stations. Normal all day train fares apply (£22 advance, £24 on the gate). Special evening trains and a complimentary pint for those joining after 16:00. See iwsteamrailway.co.uk/event/real-ale-train/?mc_id=9583 for all details.
    Fri 19/07/2024
       – Sat 20/07/2024
Eastleigh Beer & Cider Festival 2024
Eastleigh Football Club, Silverlake Stadium, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh SO50 9HT
Friday 17:00 – 23:00 (£10.50), and Saturday 14:00 – 23:00 (£12.60). Bundle/group discounts available. Up to 60 cask ales, keg craft beer, various real ciders, and a selection of gin and prosecco. Live Music and Street Food. Over 18s only, no dogs (except guide/assistance dogs). See www.eastleighfc.com/news-eastleigh-beer-cider-festival-2024 for details and ticket purchase. There's also a Facebook page – www.facebook.com/102835339381447
    Fri 02/08/2024
       – Sun 04/08/2024
Turfcutters Arms
Main Road, East Boldre, SO42 7WL
Annual beer festival. No details yet apart from the dates. Keep an eye on www.the-turfcutters-new-forest.co.uk for details. Facebook: www.facebook.com/turfsuk
    Sat 03/08/2024 16th Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
The 16th Fleet Lions Beer Festival. Around 42 Real Ales + 10 Ciders (local & afar!) + hog roast, music etc. We have just the dates at the moment, keep an eye on their website www.fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest for more details. Note: You must bring your own glass with legal measure markings – ticket price has been reduced to reflect this.
    Fri 06/09/2024
       – Sun 08/09/2024
The Cuckoo Beer & Cider Festival vol.2
Cuckoo Inn, Hamptworth, Wiltshire SP5 2DU
A bit off the beaten track near the A36 at Landford - OS SU244197, Lat/Long 50.9759, -1.6543. Over three days with more than 40 real ales and 40 ciders, plus food from the barbecue. Live music Friday & Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon. No website but they have a Facebook www.facebook.com/100064908885018 though there's no mention of the festival yet, but keep an eye on it for updates
    Fri 13/09/2024
       – Sun 15/09/2024
8th Emsworth British Beer and Cider Festival
Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7DD
25 ales that you wouldn't normally get around Emsworth plus a wide range of ciders and a selection of wines. Friday 17:00 – 22:30, Saturday 11:00 – 17:00 & 17:00 – 22:30. Tickets £12.50 (+ £1.30 booking fees if bought on-line) per session which includes a glass, programme and some drinks tokens. Free session Sunday 12:00 – 16:00 or when the beer runs out - on Sunday you can bring your own lined glass and if you want a carry out bring a container. See www.wemsfest.com/event/8th-emsworth-beer-cider-wine-festival-friday-13th-sunday-15th-sept for all details.
   

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