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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

  • 22nd Oxford Beer & Cider Festival – 24th, 25th & 26th October 2019
    Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's Street, Oxford OX1 1BX
    17:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 11:00 – 23:00 Friday; 11:00 – 22:30 Saturday. Tickets £5 (£3 for CAMRA members). Run by Oxford CAMRA.
     
  • 33rd Swindon Beer Festival – 24th, 25th & 26th October 2019
    Steam Museum, Fire Fly Ave, Swindon SN2 2EY
    Thursday 18:00 – 23:00; Friday 11:00 – 15:30 & 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 - 19:00. Tickets £5 on door except Friday evening session £10 in advance (includes £3 worth of beer). Run by Swindon & North Wiltshire CAMRA.
     
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 25th & 26th October 2019
    Pear Tree Church Hall, Woolston, Southampton SO19 2HA
    30 real ales, ciders, bottled beers & food. Open Fri 18:30 – 23:00; Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £6. £2 beer tokens to card carrying CAMRA members. Entertainment both evenings. Tickets on sale now – see website for details www.woolstonbeerfestival.org.uk.
     
  • 23rd Worthing Beer Festival – 25th & 26th October 2019
    Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing BN11 1HQ
    11:00 – 16:00 & 17:00 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 – 21:30 Saturday. Tickets £5.50 Friday lunchtime; £6.50 Friday evening; £6 Saturday (£2 from 17:00). Run by Arun & Adur CAMRA.
     
  • 15th Redhill Beer Festival – 31st October, 1st & 2nd November 2019
    Merstham Village Hall, Station Road North, Merstham, RH1 3ED
    12:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 12:00 – 23:00 Friday; 12:00 – 18:00 Saturday. Tickets £3 Thursday, £4 Friday and free entrance Saturday. Thursday & Friday tickets just £2 before 16:00. Run by East & Mid Surrey CAMRA.
     
  • 21st Poole Beer Festival – 1st & 2nd November 2019
    St Aldhelms Centre, Poole Road, Branksome BH12 1AD
    11:00 – 15:30 & 18:30 – 23:00 both days. Tickets £10 advance only – includes glass, programme & 2 x ½ pints beer. Tickets on sale now. Run by East Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • 26th Woking Beer Festival – 8th & 9th November 2019
    Woking Leisure Centre, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey GU22 9BA
    18:00 – 23:00 Friday, 11:00 – 15:30 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £10 per session, advance purchase needed. Run by Surrey CAMRA branches.
     

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

    Thu 24/10/2019
       – Sat 26/10/2019
Oktoberfest Southampton
Guildhall Square, Southampton SO14 7FP
A German style Oktoberfest event in Guildhall Square (we assume in a tent) with oompah bands, sausages, schnitzels & pretzels, and beer - which we expect to be all keg. 'Standing' tickets £13.50 (£11.50 Thu), 'seating' £24.50. See www.oktoberfestsoton.com
    Fri 25/10/2019
       – Sun 27/10/2019
Queen's Hotel, Gosport
143 Queens Road, Gosport PO12 1LG
Annual beer festival. Food available Friday & Saturday (if it's the same as last year). Come along and help celebrate Sue's 36 years at The Queens – from 16:00 Friday, 12:00 Saturday & Sunday. 12 casks on stillage plus six on handpump plus some real cider & perry. Not too much on their website yet cliveluff.wixsite.com/queenshotel
    Sat 26/10/2019 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. Your chance to meet the brewers and drink some beer from 11:00 to 17:00. Food & musical entertainment too. See the brewery's website for all details – www.redcatbrewing.co.uk/tours-and-events or their Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/2447357338831174
    Sat 26/10/2019 Alton Oktoberfest
Eggar's School, London Road, Holybourne, Alton GU34 4EQ
A Bavarian style beer festival with a twelve piece oompah band, German style beers and German food. Doors open at 18:30, music starts at 19:15. Get your lederhosen out! Tickets start at £30. See www.altonbeerfestival.org.uk/oktoberfest for all details.
    Sat 26/10/2019 Portchester Community Centre Cider Festival
Portchester Community Centre, Westlands Grove, Portchester PO16 9AD
Portchester Community Centre's Cider festival, open Saturday 18:00 – 23:00, tickets £7.50. A range of ciders, perries and some local bottled ales. See www.portchestercommunitycentre.co.uk/events/cider-festival
    Mon 28/10/2019
       – Sun 03/11/2019
Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle
The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EZ
Sausage & Cider Festival. That's all we know for now, keep an eye on greyhoundcorfe.co.uk/index.php/events for more details.
    Fri 01/11/2019
       – Sat 02/11/2019
Romsey Round Table Beer Festival
Crossfield Hall, Romsey SO51 8GL
The 3rd Romsey Round Table Beer Festival. 25+ beers & ciders, food including pizzas, plus live music. Open 18:30 – 23:00 each evening, tickets advance only £10 + online booking fee of £1.07, includes commemorative glass & six beer tokens. Proceeds go to support charities and good causes in Romsey and Chandler's Ford . See their website for details www.romseybeerfestival.co.uk
    Sat 02/11/2019 21st Denmead Beer Festival
Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, Denmead, Hampshire, PO7 6LU
19:00 – 23:30. Over 20 real ales, plus a selection of wines, cider and soft drinks. Live music, raffle & barbecue. Tickets £10 includes souvenir glass tankard & complimentary drink. See www.denmeadca.com/beer-festival-2019.html.
    Sat 02/11/2019 Square & Compass Annual Cider Festival 2019
Square & Compass, Worth Matravers (nr. Swanage), Dorset BH19 3LF
Annual cider festival with a great selection and variety of ciders and perries from all over Britain. There will be cider pressing demonstrations during the day, and apple identification and freshly made apple juice. A bit of music too. See www.squareandcompasspub.co.uk/what-s-on/1042/cider-festival.html
    Fri 06/12/2019
       – Sun 08/12/2019
Victoria Inn, West Marden
West Marden, West Sussex, PO18 9EN
A Festival of Christmas Ales & Winter Ciders. We think there'll be 15 beers and ciders plus various events during the festival. Keep an eye on www.victoriainnwestmarden.co.uk/page/Events for 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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