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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

  • 20th Devizes Beer Festival – 6th July 2019
    The Wharf, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1EB
    One day only 11:00 – 22:00. Tickets £15 in advance only. Includes £5 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 – 25th, 26th & 27th July 2019
    Desborough College, Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead SL6 2QB
    Just the dates so far. Run by Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA
     
  • Great British Beer Festival – 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th August 2019
    Olympia, London.
    50,000 people expected at the biggest real ale festival in the world – run by volunteers from all CAMRA branches. Over 1000 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

    Sat 22/06/2019 Hall & Woodhouse Dorset Beer Festival
Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, Blandford St. Mary, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 9LS
11:00 – 22:00 (last entry 20:00), tickets £10 (includes glass & some beer tokens) and now on sale. See hallwoodhousebeerfest.com for all details.
    Thu 27/06/2019
       – Sun 30/06/2019
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
    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.
    Fri 12/07/2019
       – Sun 14/07/2019
New Forest Inn
Emery Down, Lyndhurst SO43 7DY
Summer beer festival. Usually 10 beers & 20 ciders plus music Friday evening & Saturday and a barbecue. Just the dates for now, nothing on their website – www.thenewforestinn.co.uk/whats-on
    Sat 13/07/2019 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 or their Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/392061471520799
    Fri 19/07/2019
       – Sun 21/07/2019
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 20/07/2019 10th 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 20/07/2019
       – Sun 21/07/2019
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. Nothing on their website yet but keep an eye on www.thegeorgealton.co.uk/music
    Sat 20/07/2019
       – Sun 21/07/2019
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 £6.36 adults, £4.24 for older adults, & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/locations/guildford
    Sun 21/07/2019 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
    Tue 23/07/2019
       – Sun 28/07/2019
Wheatsheaf, Titchfield
1 East St., Titchfield, PO14 4AD
Summer Beer & Sausage Festival with a Cider Day on the 28th. 30 real ales, 20 varieties of sausage. Music Thursday, Friday & Saturday. We've seen the flyer but nothing on their website yet – www.wheatsheaftitchfield.co.uk
    Fri 26/07/2019
       – Sat 27/07/2019
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival 2019
Victoria School, Lindsay Road, Branksome, Poole BH13 6AS
The South's only Bluegrass Festival. 20 hours of music along with 36 beers and 24 ciders and home cooked food. Open Friday 18:00 – 23:00 tickets £16, Saturday 12:00 – 23:00 tickets £18, or £25 for the whole weekend. See www.beerandbluegrass.co.uk for full details.
    Sat 03/08/2019 Fleet Lions Beer Festival
The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hants, GU51 4BY
The 13th 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). Just 15 minutes walk from the railway station. Full details on their website www.fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest
    Sat 17/08/2019 Vibrant Forest Beer Festival 2019
Unit 3, The Purlieu Centre, Hardley Industrial Estate, Hardley, Hythe SO45 3AE
At the new Taproom in Hardley, 11:00 – 19:00 Food, Guest Ales. more details to follow, keep an eye on www.vibrantforest.co.uk
    Sat 17/08/2019
       – Sun 18/08/2019
Winchester Cheese and Chilli Festival
North Walls Recreation Ground, Winchester SO23 7DD
Cheese & Chilli Festival. A chain of festivals that also include beer festivals organised by Downton Brewery. 10:00 – 17:00 each day. Entrance £6.36 adults, £4.24 for older adults, & kids free. There's live music, children's events and demonstration tents. See cheeseandchillifestival.com/locations/winchester
    Fri 27/09/2019
       – Sun 29/09/2019
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.
   

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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