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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!

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Please note that all CAMRA beer festivals until the end of June have been cancelled or postponed. Please check the individual websites for details but note that some of them may not have been updated yet. Non-CAMRA festivals are also highly likely to be affected; the information below will not be the latest, you should check with the venue whether they are still on before attending.

CAMRA Beer Festivals

  • Salisbury Beerex 2020 – 12th & 13th June 2020
    Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury SP1 3UT
    Fri 18:30 – 23:00; Sat 11:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £10 inc souvenir glass & programme (£12.50 if bought in June). 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.
  • 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

    Fri 26/06/2020
       – Sun 28/06/2020
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT
Starting 18:00 on Friday, 24 real ales and 6 ciders to chose from. The website isn't updated but there's a facebook event
    Fri 24/07/2020
       – Sat 25/07/2020
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival 2020
Victoria School, Lindsay Road, Branksome, Poole BH13 6AS
The South's only Bluegrass Festival. 20 hours of music along with around 75 real ales, craft beers and ciders. Home cooked food too. Open Friday 18:00 – 23:00 tickets £16, Saturday 12:00 – 23:00 tickets £18, or £25 for the whole weekend (accompanied children free). See for full details.
    Sat 01/08/2020 Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
Postponed until 13th February 2021. The 14th Fleet Lions Beer Festival. Around 45 Real Ales + Ciders (local & afar!) + hog roast, music etc. Open lunchtime 11:00 – 15:00 & evening 17:30 – 21:30 (tbc). Just 15 minutes walk from the railway station. Full details on their website in due course
    Fri 28/08/2020
       – Mon 31/08/2020
Foresters Arms
Abbotswell Road, Frogham, SP6 2JA
Cask Ale & Cider Festival from the Friday through to Monday. Food served 12:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 21:00 plus pizzas served all day. More details nearer the time. See
    Fri 18/09/2020
       – Sat 19/09/2020
The Hilt Beer Fest
Hiltingbury Community Centre, Hiltingbury Recreation Ground, Hiltingbury Road, Chandler's Ford SO53 5NP
We've had advance notice that the 2020 dates will be 18th & 19th September. This is what we said last year: From 18:00 – 23:00 each evening. 20 real ales from Hampshire and further afield & a selection of ciders, three live bands each evening, hot & cold food from Bark & Brisket. Apparently there's a football match on TV on Saturday – a room has been put aside for that. Tickets start at £10 including some beer tokens, discounts for early purchase. See for all details.
    Fri 25/09/2020
       – Sun 27/09/2020
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT
Starting 18:00 on Friday, 16 real ales and 6 ciders to chose from. The website isn't updated but there's a facebook event

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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