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Beer Festivals

Southern Hampshire CAMRA has been running Southampton Beer Festival 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

  • 19th Devizes Beer Festival – 7th July 2018
    The Wharf, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1EB
    One day only 11:00 – 22:00. Tickets £10 in advance only. Includes £3 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.
     
  • Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival – 26th, 27th & 28th July 2018
    Desborough College, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead SL6 2QB
    12:00 – 22:00 Thursday; 12:00 – 22:30 Friday & Saturday. Ticket prices and other details still TBA. Run by Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA
     
  • Great British Beer Festival – 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th August 2018
    Olympia, London.
    50,000 people expected at the biggest real ale festival in the world – run by volunteers from all CAMRA branches. Over 900 real ales, craft beers, ciders and perries. Tickets on sale now.
     

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 22/06/2018
       – Sun 24/06/2018
Locomotive Engineers' Club, Eastleigh
18 Southampton Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9FJ
4th Annual Beer Festival. Not too many details yet but everyone welcome including non-members. Beers from local breweries and further afield. Keep an eye on www.lococlub.co.uk/news-offers-events/120417-4th-beer-festival for more details.
    Fri 22/06/2018
       – Sun 24/06/2018
Rose in June, Portsmouth
102 Milton Road, Copnor, Portsmouth PO3 6AR
A wide range of real ales and ciders, in the garden and marquee. Friday is a taster day, then live music (usually folk) and food including a barbecue. Raffle proceeds go to the Motor Neuron Disease Association. www.theroseinjune.co.uk/summerbeerfest.html
    Sat 23/06/2018 Hall & Woodhouse Dorset Beer Festival
Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, Blandford St. Mary, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 9LS
11:00 – 22:00, tickets £10 (includes glass & some beer tokens) and now on sale. See hallwoodhousebeerfest.com for all details.
    Sat 23/06/2018
       – Sun 24/06/2018
Basingstoke Cheese and Chilli Festival
War Memorial Park, off Hackwood Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3AE
Cheese & Chilli Festival. A chain of festivals that also include beer festivals organised by Downton Brewery. 10:00 – 17:00 each day. Entrance £6 adults, £4 for older adults & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/basingstoke
    Thu 28/06/2018
       – Sun 01/07/2018
Chichester inn, Chichester
38 West Street, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RP
Beer festival from noon each day with music Thursday to Saturday evenings. See www.chichesterinn.co.uk/s_whatson.asp for more details.
    Fri 29/06/2018
       – Sun 01/07/2018
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
Usually over 3 days with 20 beers including the pub's own brews and 20 ciders, with food available all day and music in the evenings. Hog roast & barbecue. Camping available in adjacent campsite. Just very basic details on their website at the moment www.redshoot.co.uk/events/summer-beer-cider-festival
    Fri 06/07/2018
       – Sun 08/07/2018
Highdown Inn, Totland
Highdown Lane, Totland, Isle Of Wight PO39 0HY
Last year we said: 'Beer festival with 20 beers on but not all at the same time. Food available all day. Live music on Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday lunchtime.' Nothing on their website yet for this year except for the dates www.highdowninn.com
    Fri 06/07/2018
       – Sun 08/07/2018
Hyde Tavern Beer Festival
57 Hyde Street, Winchester SO23 7DY
Annual beer festival. The pub's favourite beers and ciders will be on sale in the bar and unusual ones in the cellar. Live music & food. 30 Real ales. See www.hydetavern.co.uk/beer-festival for details
    Sat 07/07/2018 Fallen Acorn Brewery - The Summer Session
The Tap Room, Unit 7, Clarence Wharf Industrial Estate, Mumby Road, Gosport PO12 1AJ
'The Summer Session' Beer & Music Festival in the Tap Room 12:00 – 22:00. A selection of local bands playing throughout the day, plus over 10 local real ales and craft beers from Fallen Acorn. Plus hot food, pork pies, biltong & bar snacks. Early bird tickets £5 (kids under 14 free), tickets available in the Tap Room, or via the website www.fallenacornbrewing.co/shop/the-summer-session
    Sat 07/07/2018 Compass Inn, Winsor
Winsor Road, Winsor, Southampton, SO40 2HE
Annual summer beer festival. Tickets £5. See www.compassinn.co.uk/events.php
    Sat 07/07/2018 Lowde Fest 18, Hartley Wintney
Mulberry House, Hazeley Bottom, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8LU
Principally a music festival but with a beer festival to boot – 60 real ales & ciders. Open 11:00 – 23:00. Entrance by ticket only, £40 for adults, see website for details. www.lowdefest.com/the-bars
    Fri 13/07/2018
       – Sun 15/07/2018
New Forest Inn
Emery Down, Lyndhurst SO43 7DY
Summer beer festival. Usually 10 beers & 20 ciders plus music Friday evening & Saturday and a barbecue. See www.thenewforestinn.co.uk/whats-on
    Fri 13/07/2018
       – Sun 15/07/2018
Weyhill Fair
Weyhill Road, Weyhill, Andover, SP11 0PP
25th Anniversary Beer & Music Festival. We've only got the dates so far. Camping is available, there's a form on their website www.weyhillfair.com/beer-festival
    Fri 13/07/2018
       – Mon 16/07/2018
DonkeyTown Beer Festival
Pennington Sports & Social Club, 17 Lodge Road, Pennington, Hampshire, SO41 8HH
Friday 17:30 – 23:00; Saturday 13:00 – 23:00; Sunday 13:00 – 22:00. There's also a 'Mop-up Monday': 13:00-21:00, but that's only if there is any beer left! A mixture of indoor and outdoor areas, free entrance, and open to non-members. 20+ ales and 12+ ciders. Excepting Mop-up Monday, live music each session (quiet areas available also) and food available. See the club's website for more details when available pennoclub.weebly.com/annual-beer-festivale.html.
    Sat 14/07/2018 9th Alton Bus & Pub Running Day
Alton Railway Station GU34 2PZ
Similar to the Bus Rally below, but using Alton Station as a base and most buses are 'Bristols', either REs or VRs. A number of routes operating and serving 11 pubs, plus morning feeder services from Basingstoke and Winchester. A great opportunity to reach rural pubs not normally served by bus routes. Details are on www.bristol-re.moonfruit.com
    Sat 14/07/2018 Urban Island Brewery Open Day
Unit 28, Limberline Spur, Limberline Industrial Estate, Portsmouth PO3 5DZ
Brewery open day – a range of Urban Island beers along with live music and a Texas Barbecue. Open 11:00 – 18:00. Keep an eye on www.urbanislandbrewing.uk for more details
    Sat 14/07/2018
       – Sun 15/07/2018
The George, Alton
Butts Road, Alton GU34 1LH
Annual 1 day mini beer festival coinciding with the "Bristol RE" running day (see below). 10 beers, 2 ciders and a barbecue. Sunday is a drink up day for whatever is left before returning to their normal range. Keep an eye on www.thegeorgealton.co.uk/music.
    Sun 15/07/2018 Alton Bus Rally & Running Day
Anstey Park, Anstey Lane, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2NB
Not a festival but an opportunity to reach rural pubs otherwise difficult to get to by public transport. Feeder buses to Ansty Park from various towns including Winchester. Buses are free, but you are encouraged to buy a timetable event programme. www.altonbusrally2015.com
    Fri 20/07/2018
       – Sun 22/07/2018
Royal Oak, Hill Top
Exbury Road, Hill Top (nr. Beaulieu), SO42 7YR
Annual beer and cider festival. Barbecue & Hog roast. Live music each day plus family stuff such as bouncy castle & face painting. See www.theroyaloakbeaulieu.co.uk/whats-on
    Sat 21/07/2018 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
    Sat 21/07/2018
       – Sun 22/07/2018
Guildford Cheese and Chilli Festival
Shalford Park, Shalford Road, Guildford GU4 8BL
Cheese & Chilli Festival. A chain of festivals that also include beer festivals organised by Downton Brewery. 10:00 – 17:00 each day. Entrance £6 adults, £4 for older adults & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/guildford
    Tue 24/07/2018
       – Sun 29/07/2018
Wheatsheaf, Titchfield
1 East St., Titchfield, PO14 4AD
Summer Beer & Sausage Festival with a Cider Day on the 29th. Music Thursday, Friday & SAturday. See their website for details www.wheatsheaftitchfield.co.uk/beer-sausage-festival
    Fri 27/07/2018
       – Sat 28/07/2018
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival 2018
Victoria School, Lindsay Road, Branksome, Poole BH13 6AS
The South's only Bluegrass Festival. Over 35 beers and 25 ciders along with plenty of music. Hog Roast Saturday and Hot Dogs and Burgers on Friday. Open Friday 18:00 – 23:30 tickets £14, Saturday 12:00 – 23:30 tickets £18, or £25 for the whole weekend. See www.beerandbluegrass.co.uk for full details.
    Fri 03/08/2018
       – Sun 05/08/2018
Shoe Inn, Plaitford
Salisbury Rd, Plaitford SO51 6EE
A selection of real ales and ciders in the garden bar including some from local breweries. Live Music each day, barbecue on Saturday afternoon and traditional roasts on Sunday. We've seen the advert in our Hop Press but the pub's website hasn't caught up yet - www.theshoe-inn.co.uk/events
    Sat 04/08/2018 Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
50 Real Ales + Ciders (local & afar!) + hog roast, music etc. Open lunchtime 11:00 – 15:00 & evening 17:30 – 21:30). Just 15 minutes walk from the railway station. Full details will be on their website www.fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest
    Sat 18/08/2018
       – Sun 19/08/2018
Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival
The Garrison Ground, Bar End Road, Winchester SO23 9NT
Cheese & Chilli Festival. A chain of festivals that also include beer festivals organised by Downton Brewery. 10:00 – 17:00 each day. Entrance £6 adults, £4 for older adults & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/winchester
    Fri 24/08/2018
       – Mon 27/08/2018
White Hart, Pennington
17 Milford Road, Pennington, SO41 8DF
Along with Real Ales and Cider, the afternoons will have family festival stuff such as bouncy castle, bungee run & fairground games. Music afternoons and/or evenings. Keep an eye on www.whitehartpennington.co.uk/events for full details.
    Sat 25/08/2018
       – Mon 27/08/2018
George Inn, Vernham Dean
Back Lane, Vernham Dean, Andover, SP11 0JY
Held over 3 days from midday to 11pm each day. Live music and around 20 different beers and ciders (largely from Hampshire and the surrounding area), together with wood-fired pizzas and BBQ.
    Fri 28/09/2018
       – Sun 30/09/2018
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT (OS: SU188094) Phone 01425 475792
Autumn Beer Festival. Usually over 3 days with 20 plus beers and ciders, with food available all day and music in the evenings. Keep an eye on www.redshoot.co.uk/events/autum-beer-festival for more details.
   

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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