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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

  • 12th Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival – 5th & 6th October 2018
    Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX
    Organised by CAMRA Berkshire South-East, in conjunction with Ascot Racecourse. Open from 11:00 until 30 minutes after the last race (about 18:00). Any race day ticket (advance from £18 Fri, £25 Sat; on-gate from £21 Fri, £29 Sat.) gets access to the beer festival, but CAMRA members booking in advance can get a 50% discount on the 'on-gate' equivalent price for the 'Queen Anne Enclosure' by quoting a code.
  • Weymouth Octoberfest – 5th & 6th October 2018
    Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
    11:00 – 15:30 & 18:00 – 23:30 both days. Tickets £4.50 Friday Lunchtime, £5.50 Saturday Lunchtime, £5.50 evening sessions. Tickets on sale from 1st August. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
  • Woolston Beer Festival – 12th & 13th October 2018
    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 will go on sale in early September – keep an eye on the website.
  • 10th Hampshire Oktoberfest – 12th, 13th & 14th October 2018
    Basingstoke Cricket & Sports Ground, Fairfields Rd, Basingstoke RG21 3DR
    Friday 'Works Night Out' 17:00 – 24:00; Saturday 'Oktoberfest' 11:00 – 24:00; Sunday 'Family Day' 11:00 – 18:00. Friday evening is beer festival (over 200 beers, ciders & wines) & live music only, Saturday & Sunday have family attractions as well. Tickets Friday & Saturday £9 in advance, Sunday £5 advance, (on the door tickets £10/£7.50). Weekend and family tickets also available £16 adv only. CAMRA members can get free entry with membership card and other ID. North Hampshire CAMRA organises the bar and beer part, others including Wessex Heritage Trust do the rest.
  • 32nd Swindon Beer Festival – 25th, 26th & 27th October 2018
    Steam Museum, Fire Fly Ave, Swindon SN2 2EY
    18:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 11:00 – 15:30 & 18:00 – 23:00 Friday; 11:00 – 19:00 Saturday. Tickets £5 Thursday & Friday lunchtime, £10 Friday evening (advance only, available from 21st September), £4 Saturday (£2 after 2pm). Friday evening ticket includes £4 worth of beer, other tickets are on the door. Run by Swindon & North Wiltshire CAMRA.
  • 20th Poole Beer Festival – 26th & 27th October 2018
    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. On sale from 1st August. Run by East Dorset CAMRA.
  • 22nd Worthing Beer Festival – 26th & 27th October 2018
    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.
  • 14th Redhill Beer Festival – 1st, 2nd & 3rd November 2018
    Merstham Village Hall, Station Road North, Merstham, RH1 3ED
    12:00 – 23:00 Thursday, £3; 12:00 – 23:00 Friday, £4; 12:00 – 18:00 Saturday, free entrance. Thursday & Friday tickets just £2 before 16:00. Run by East & Mid Surrey CAMRA.
  • 21st Oxford Beer & Cider Festival – 8th, 9th & 10th November 2018
    Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's Street, Oxford OX1 1BX
    17:00 – 23:00 Thursday; 11:00 – 23:00 Friday; 11:00 – 19:00 Saturday. Tickets £5 (£2 for CAMRA members). Run by Oxford CAMRA.
  • Bath Winter Ales Festival – 9th & 10th November 2018
    Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 6AA
    Two sessions: Friday 18:00 – 23:00; Saturday 11:00 – 19:00. At least 30 real ales and a few ciders. Entrance (advance ticket recommended) £8 – includes £2 of tokens. Run by Bath and Borders CAMRA
  • 25th Woking Beer Festival – 9th & 10th November 2018
    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

    Fri 17/08/2018
       – Sun 19/08/2018
Drusilla's Annual Steam Up & Ale Fest
Drusilla's Inn, Wigbeth, Horton, Dorset BH21 7JH
Annual free August event, which features steam engines stopping off on their way to the Great Dorset Steam Fayre, real ales & cider, a barbecue/ Hog Roast and live music. Details on
    Fri 17/08/2018
       – Sun 19/08/2018
Turfcutters Arms
Main Road, East Boldre, SO42 7WL
Annual Beer Festival from 15:00 on Friday, a host of ales, barbecue and live music. Free entrance & family friendly. Keep an eye on for more details.
    Sat 18/08/2018 Hamble Point Marina Beer & Cider Festival
School Lane, Hamble-le-Rice SO31 4JD
Beer, Ale & Cider Family Weekend. Music on Friday evening and Saturday from mid afternoon. Also on Saturday there will be a barbecue and entertainment for children (14:00 – 16:30). No web links.
    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
    Fri 24/08/2018
       – Sun 26/08/2018
Mortimer Arms Food & Drink Festival
The Mortimer Arms, Romsey Road, Ower SO51 6AF
Not sure exactly how real ale orientated this will be. Details are on
    Fri 24/08/2018
       – Mon 27/08/2018
Steam Town Brew Co
1 Bishopstoke Road, Eastleigh, SO50 6AD
Steam Town Brew Co's first ever Beer Festival. There’ll be 10 of their own cask beers and 12 keg beers, keg and boxed cider and lots of gins. Walk right through the Brewery and into the marquee covered yard. Food has the mormal menu all weekend plus giant paella on the Saturday & Sunday evenings. Live bands Friday to Sunday evenings and Monday afternoon. You've heard this here first - the Steam Town's webiste has yet to catch up!
    Fri 24/08/2018
       – Mon 27/08/2018
Black Dog, Waltham Chase
Winchester Road, Waltham Chase SO32 2LX
Real ales & cider and a bouncy castle Sunday & Monday if the weather holds out. See but there's not too much detail there yet.
    Fri 24/08/2018
       – Mon 27/08/2018
Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle
The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EZ
Beer & Cider Festival. Live music and food all day. See
    Fri 24/08/2018
       – Mon 27/08/2018
44th Island Steam Show
The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS
There will be steam trains, Traction engines, men riding bikes, fairground rides and more. Oh yes, I forgot – there’s also real ale bar with an expected 50 beers. 10:00 – 18:00 each day. Tickets are £14.50 in advance, £16 on the gate, or £9.50 for the show only, no trains. See
    Fri 24/08/2018
       – Mon 27/08/2018
Victoria Inn, West Marden
West Marden, West Sussex, PO18 9EN
Real Ale & Cider. Live music, dog show, barbecue, spit roast & charity raffle. Coincides with the West Marden festival. See
    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 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. The pub's website is
    Sat 25/08/2018
       – Mon 27/08/2018
Tally Ho! Broughton
High Street, Broughton, nr Stockbridge, SO20 8AA
Annual beer festival. Dates only at the moment but usually over 20 beers and ciders, barbecue, Live music and family events. See for the festival, for the pub.
    Fri 31/08/2018
       – Sun 02/09/2018
Ale at Amberley 13
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley, Nr Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT
We have just the dates for now. Last year we said "around 80 ales, ciders & perries. Evening sessions are beer festival (£5 advance ticket) only whereas the afternoon sessions (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) combine entrance to the museum (£11.50) and are available on the door only, though free entry is available to CAMRA members from 14:00 on Sunday for any remaining beer". No details on the Ale at Amberley website yet so times and prices may change. The Amberley Museum website is
    Fri 31/08/2018
       – Sun 02/09/2018
Child Okeford Beer & Cider Festival
Saxon Inn, Gold Hill, Child Okeford, Dorset DT11 8HD
Beer and cider festival with live music and a barbecue. Poster here – Pub's website here –
    Fri 31/08/2018
       – Sun 02/09/2018
Cleveland Bay, Chandler's Ford
1 Pilgrims Close, Chandler's Ford, SO53 4ST
The Cleveland's second beer festival of the year with a weekend of live music and a wide selection of guest ales & some traditional ciders. Keep an eye on for more details
    Fri 07/09/2018
       – Sat 08/09/2018
Salisbury Heritage Open Days
Salisbury City
Not a beer festival but a chance to go on guided tours of one of Salisbury's historic pubs - The Haunch of Venison. The tours are free but you need to book in advance. See for details and to book
    Fri 07/09/2018
       – Sat 08/09/2018
22nd Burbage Beer Festival
Burbage & Easton Royal Sports Club, East Sands, Marlborough SN8 3AN
The 22nd festival with about 40 Real Ales & Ciders, and starts on Friday evening at 18:30, until 24:00. Food & music too. Tickets, £10 in advance or on the door, are valid for both evenings; accompanied children free entrance. For more details see
    Fri 07/09/2018
       – Sat 08/09/2018
Colden Common Beer Festival
Community Centre, St. Vigor Way, Colden Common, Hampshire SO50 7HH
Friday 19:00 – 23:00; Saturday 15:00 – 23:30. Around 24 real ales from mostly Hampshire brewers, plus Pimms, wines, ciders and locally-made food available at all times. Live music and quiet rooms. £3 a pint, entrance £6 including free glass. See their website for all details
    Fri 07/09/2018
       – Sat 08/09/2018
G Live Beer Festival
G Live, London Road, Guildford. GU1 2AA
Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Beer & cider festival with live music, hog roast & barbecue. Tickets £12 including glass & programme. See for details.
    Fri 07/09/2018
       – Sat 08/09/2018
Haslemere Beer Festival
Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2AS
12th annual beer festival. Over 50 ales ciders & perries plus live music & food. Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 19:00 – 23:00, tickets £12, £8 & £12 respectively, and include souvenir glass. See
    Sat 08/09/2018 Silchester Beer Festival
Village Hall, Whistlers Lane, Silchester, Hampshire RG7 2NE
A selection of beer & cider from small independent breweries. No details yet but last year was from 16:00 with tickets £10 on the door or £8 in advance and included some drinks tokens. Food, wine, soft drinks & live music as well. Keep an eye on for more details.
    Sat 08/09/2018 Hatch Warren Beer Festival
Hatch Warren Community Centre, Longcross Lane, Hatch Warren, Basingstoke RG22 4XF
19:00 – 23:00. Beers from breweries near and far plus food and live music. Tickets £6 for non-members, members £3. See
    Sat 08/09/2018 Newbury Real Ale Festival
Northcroft Fields, Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1RS
The 15th Festival, 12:00 – 23:00, entrance £10 for over 18's (includes glass & 2 x half pint tokens), free entrance for children. Still in planning but usually over 240 Ales, Ciders & Perries. Multiple food options, including Hog Roast. Varied musical line-up. Tickets in advance (with bonus drink token), or buy on the door. More details on
    Fri 14/09/2018
       – Sat 15/09/2018
Cuckoo Inn, Hamptworth
Hamptworth, Wiltshire SP5 2DU
The Cuckoo Inn Beer, Cider, Gin & Music Festival. A bit off the beaten track near the A36 at Landford - OS SU244197, Lat/Long 50.9759, -1.6543. Usually 40 beers & ciders. Live music & food. No website for the pub so here's the Whatpub entry and there is facebook event
    Fri 14/09/2018
       – Sat 15/09/2018
Langford Beer Festival
Langford Sports & Social Club, Steeple Langford Recreation Ground, Steeple Langford, Wiltshire, SP3 4ND
30 plus real ales, 12 ciders, music, food, wine, and camping available as well. Three sessions: Friday 18:00 – 23:00 £6; Saturday 12:00 – 18:00 £5, Saturday 19:00 – 23:00 £8. All weekend and camping tickets available. See for more details.
    Sat 15/09/2018 Curdridge Beer Festival
Curdridge Reading Room, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge (nr Botley), Hampshire SO32 2HE
Annual local beer and cider festival. Open 18:00 – 23:00. Food available too. Tickets on sale soon. Keep an eye on their website –
    Sat 15/09/2018 Sherfield on Loddon Beer Festival
Sherfield Village Hall, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire, RG27 0EZ
11th annual beer festival 11:30 – 23:00. Over 50 beers and ciders. Hot food & live music. Free evening minibus to Bramley railway station. See
    Fri 21/09/2018
       – Sat 22/09/2018
Last of the Summer Cider
Myncen Farm, Minchington, Dorset DT11 8DH
Music and cider festival with some real ales and a snack shack. Tickets from £20. Overnight camping available. Open from 15:00 Friday and 11:00 Saturday. See
    Fri 28/09/2018
       – Sun 30/09/2018
The Great Bransgore Beer Festival 2018
Three Tuns, Bransgore, Hampshire, BH23 8JH
A Bransgore Rotary Charity event in conjunction with The Three Tuns. We have just the dates so far but it is usually 70 real ales, around 20 different ciders and a choice of fine wines. Live music throughout the event, a wine tasting session and a hog roast along with the usual burgers and hot dogs. Mostly under cover alongside the large pub garden where you can enjoy the late summer sunshine. Keep an eye on and for more details.
    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 for more details.
    Sat 29/09/2018 Phoenix Beer Festival 2017
The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Station Road, Bordon GU35 0LR
Local beers plus cider and wine, plus local acts performing in the theatre. Two sessions:11:30 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 22:30. Tickets £6 for one session, £10 for both. See
    Fri 05/10/2018
       – Sat 06/10/2018
Phyllis Tuckwell Beer Festival
The Empire, High Street, Aldershot, GU11 1DJ
The second charity beer festival in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice with 60 local beers and ciders, live music, food and a raffle. Three sessions: 19:00 – 23:00 Friday; 12:00 – 16:00 & 19:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets £10 per session inc programme & glass. See for details.
    Fri 05/10/2018
       – Sat 06/10/2018
Ale-ing Fest
Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road, Hayling Island PO11 0HB
Over 30 beers & ciders. Friday 18:30 – 23:00, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Entertainment both evening sessions. Tickets available in August. See
    Fri 05/10/2018
       – Sat 06/10/2018
14th Selborne Zig Zag Festival
Selborne Arms, High Street, Selborne GU34 3JR and in the nearby Village Hall
Around 25 local real ales, ciders, a range of fine wines (and fizz!), superb locally produced food and live music from local Hampshire bands. Advance tickets £10 (includes some drinks), available from September. The pub's website is and the festival website is
    Sat 06/10/2018 Pumpkin & Beer Festival, Worth Matravers
Square & Compass, Worth Matravers (nr. Swanage), Dorset BH19 3LF
An annual Pumpkin and Beer Festival with a great selection and variety of beers, ales and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and live music. See
    Fri 12/10/2018
       – Sat 13/10/2018
8th Portsea Island Beer Festival
Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3BS
Organised by Irving & Co Brewery, with 50 cask Beers, Ciders and Perries from all round the UK as well as many local favourites. Come and enjoy live music, food and a great jolly atmosphere. Friday 12:00 – 16:00 (preview session) £4, Friday 18:00 – 23:00 £8, Saturday 12:00 – 16:00 £8, Saturday 18:00 – 23:00 £8. Theatre website is – look under October listings. This festival may be advance tickets only.
    Fri 12/10/2018
       – Sat 13/10/2018
Wimborne Beer Festival
Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne BH21 1AS
An annual event by Wimborne Round Table with the proceeds going to local charities. Three sessions: 18:00 – 23:00 Friday; 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday, £5 per session. See their website for all details.
    Sat 13/10/2018
       – Sun 14/10/2018
Castle Inn, Sandown
12-14 Fitzroy Street, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8HY
A Beer & Buses Halloween Ale Festival. 20 Real Ales & Cider. See and scroll down a bit.
    Sat 13/10/2018
       – Sun 14/10/2018
Isle of Wight Classic Buses Beer & Walks Weekend
Isle of Wight
A repeat of last year's event when up to 80 pubs & other licensed premises were involved in Beer & Buses Weekend. Organised by IoW CAMRA and IoW Bus Museum – a great way to appreciate heritage buses and visit some of the island's fine pubs. The routes are very comprehensive. The buses will be free but please support them by buying the programme when it becomes available (£6 + p&p last year) which will have all the timetables plus discount vouchers. See for all details.
    Sat 20/10/2018 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 £25. See for all details.
    Fri 26/10/2018
       – Sat 27/10/2018
Oktoberfest Southampton
Mayflower Park, Southampton
A German style Oktoberfest event in Mayflower Park (we assume in a tent) with oompah bands, sausages, schnitzels & pretzels, and beer - which we expect to be all keg. 'Standing' tickets £11, 'seating' £22. See
    Fri 26/10/2018
       – Sat 27/10/2018
Romsey Round Table Beer Festival
Crossfield Hall, Romsey SO51 8GL
The 2nd Romsey Round Table Beer Festival. 20+ beers & ciders, food including pizzas, plus live music. Open 18:30 – 23:00 each evening, entrance £10, includes commemorative glass & some beer tokens. Proceeds go to support charities and good causes in Romsey and Chandler's Ford - £2000 was raised last year. See their Facebook page for details or email
    Fri 26/10/2018
       – Sat 27/10/2018
Oktoberfest Portsmouth
Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB
In a big tent on Guildhall Square, the times last year were 18:00 – 23:00 Friday and 12:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday. Tickets from £16.50. A Bavarian style beer festival so expect sausages, pretzels & keg beer. See all details.
    Mon 29/10/2018
       – Sun 04/11/2018
New Forest Food & Drink Festival Week
Various venues around the New Forest
We were promised this would return in 2018 though we can't find anything about it at the moment. In 2016 we said: "The New Forest Food & Drink Festival Week is a range of 120 events across 15 themes, including some real ale events." Maybe keep an eye on and see what comes up.

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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