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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

  • 25th Reading Beer & Cider Festival – 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th May 2019
    Christchurch Meadows, Caversham, Reading
    Just a short walk from Reading railway station, and one of the bigger festivals on the CAMRA circuit. Open: Thursday 16:30 – 23:00; Friday 11:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 – 16:30 & 18:00 – 23:00; Sunday 12:00 – 19:00. On door tickets £5, £11, £10, £10, £5 respectively, on in advance. Run by CAMRA Reading & Mid Berks Branch.
     
  • Yapton Beerex – 17th, 18th & 19th May 2019
    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 30th 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. Run by Western Sussex CAMRA
     
  • Southampton Beer Festival – 7th & 8th June 2019
    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 and tickets are on sale now. Friday lunchtime is a 'quiet' session with no music. See the website for details.
     
  • Salisbury Beerex XXXIX – 14th & 15th June 2019
    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.
     

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 26/04/2019
       – Sat 27/04/2019
Petersfield Beer & Cider Festival
Petersfield Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EA
The sixth Petersfield Beer and Cider Festival, Friday 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00. Fine ales & cider from across the region, music all sessions and food throughout. Tickets £9 (advance recommended). See their website www.petersfieldfest.com/wp/index.php/petersfield-beer-and-cider-festival
    Fri 26/04/2019
       – Sun 28/04/2019
Overton Firkins & Fizz
St. Mary's Hall, High St, Overton RG25 3HA
A range of real ales from around the country along with some ciders and a bar dedicated to Prosecco. Music & food too. Four sessions 19:30 – 23:30 Friday, 11:30 – 15:30 & 19:30 – 23:30 Saturday; 12:00 – 15:30 Sunday. Tickets £8, festival glass £1.50. See www.overtonbeerfestival.co.uk for all details.
    Fri 03/05/2019
       – Mon 06/05/2019
Elm Tree, Swanwick
Swanwick Lane, Swanwick SO31 7DX
A 4 day Hampshire Real Ale Beer Festival from 19:00 on Friday 24th May. 10 locally sourced real ales from a variety of breweries from the local area. Only the dates on their website so far – elmtreeinn.co.uk
    Sat 04/05/2019
       – Mon 06/05/2019
14th Isle of Wight Steam Railway Beer Festival
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
14th Real Ale Festival featuring beers from around the country and the Isle of Wight. Plus, there will be a range of hot and cold food available. Free admission 11:00 – 19:00 Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 – 17:00 Monday. Extra steam trains running during the festival. See www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/real-ale-festival.aspx
    Mon 06/05/2019 St. Mary's Church May Fayre
Fratton Road, Fratton, Portsmouth
The 28th May Fayre Real Ale and Cider Tent. Over 30 Real Ales, Ciders and Perry. Although not a CAMRA event, the beer tent at St Mary's Church May Fayre is predominantly staffed by CAMRA volunteers. Open 10:30 – 16:30, or more likely earlier, when the beer runs out. Free entrance. All profits are donated to the church. Full details can be found at www.mayfayre.me.uk. This festival is also looking to bolster the number of volunteers helping to run it – see the Volunteers Area on the website. Benefits include food & drink on the day plus more when presentations are made later.
    Sat 11/05/2019 Beer, Bricks and Buses
Brickworks Museum, Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, SO31 7HB
The 3rd Bursledon Brickworks beer 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.
    Sat 11/05/2019
       – Sun 12/05/2019
Bill Targett Memorial Steam Rally
Highbridge Farm, Highbridge Road, Eastleigh SO50 6HN
As the title says, it is a steam rally, but our sources tell us that there is a beer tent with a good range of local beers and some ciders, though they keep quiet about that on the website www.billtargettrally.co.uk Rally open from 10:00 and entrance is £7.
    Sun 12/05/2019 South Downs Green Fair
The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire, GU32 1HR
From 10:00 – 17:00. A festival with a beer tent. Plenty for the family to do. Tickets on the gate are £8 adult and £3.50 children. See sites.google.com/a/southdownsgreenfair.org/south-downs-green-fair
    Fri 17/05/2019
       – Sat 18/05/2019
17th Beacon Hill Beer Festival
Hindhead Royal British Legion Club, Beacon Hill Road, Beacon Hill, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6QB
From 18:00 on Friday & 12:00 Saturday. Entrance £7.50, includes souvenir glass. Around 20 to 25 beers, plus ciders and bottled world beers. Plenty of music too. See www.bhbf.co.uk
    Sat 18/05/2019 Red Cat Brewery
Unit 10 Sun Valley Business Park, Winnall Close, Winchester, SO23 0LB
Not a traditional beer festival but an open day at a brewery. Established in 2014, Red Cat is Winchester's largest (but still small) brewery and there's a chance to meet the brewers and drink some fine beer from 11:00 to 17:00. Website is www.redcatbrewing.co.uk/tours-and-events and there is a facebook event www.facebook.com/events/775846412768434
    Sat 18/05/2019
       – Sun 19/05/2019
Churchill Arms Beer & Bikes Festival
Churchill Arms, Daggons Road, Alderholt Dorset SP6 3AA
Annual Beers + Bikes real ale & cider festival; barbecue, and trade stands. Opens at 10:00 – 23:00 each day. See pub's website www.churchillpub.co.uk/upcoming-events
    Fri 24/05/2019
       – Sat 25/05/2019
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 £9 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/2267824710121067
    Fri 24/05/2019
       – Sun 26/05/2019
Wheel Inn at Bowling Green
Sway Road, Bowling Green, nr Lymington SO41 8LJ
Beer, cider & music festival, plus barbecue. Just the dates for now. Nothing on their website yet thewheelinnatbowlinggreen.co.uk
    Fri 24/05/2019
       – Mon 27/05/2019
Watership Down, Freefolk
Watership Down Inn, Priory Lane, Freefolk, nr Whitchurch RG28 7NJ
Usually over 25 local beers and ciders. Music each evening and barbecue from 12:00. See www.watershipdowninn.com/new-events/2017/5/26/beer-festival-sr3cm
    Fri 31/05/2019
       – Sat 01/06/2019
Alton Summer Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
The regular Alton Summer Festival. Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00, with ticket prices tba. 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!
    Fri 31/05/2019
       – Sat 01/06/2019
The Hilt Beer Fest
Hiltingbury Community Centre, Hiltingbury Recreation Ground, Hiltingbury Road, Chandler's Ford SO53 5NP
From 18:00 – 23:00 each evening. 20 Hampshire ales & a selection of Dorset ciders, live bands, hot & cold food. Tickets start at £10 including some beer tokens, discounts for early purchase. See www.thehilt.org.uk/whats-on/the-hilt--beer-fest-2019 for all details.
    Fri 31/05/2019
       – Sun 02/06/2019
Hawkley Inn
Pococks Lane, Hawkley (nr Liss), Hampshire GU33 6NE
Usually 19 beers plus their usual 7 on the bar. From 17:00 Friday and 12:00 Saturday. Barbecue, music. Sunday is an opportunity to drink up any leftovers but with the pub otherwise running as normal. See hawkleyinn.co.uk/upcoming-events-at-the-hawkley for details.
    Fri 28/06/2019
       – Sun 30/06/2019
Red Shoot Inn
Tom's Lane, Linwood, New Forest BH24 3QT
Just the dates for now. Keep an eye on www.redshoot.co.uk/events for more details.
    Sat 03/08/2019 Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
Date announced for 2019 festival - their 13th. Expect 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 on their website www.fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest
   

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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