Southern Hampshire CAMRA

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

  • Gosport Winterfest XXVII – 22nd & 23rd February 2019
    Thorngate Halls, Bury Road, Gosport PO12 3PX
    Three sessions: Fri 12:00 – 16:00 'quiet' session £5.00; Fri 18:00 – 23:00 & Sat 11:30 – 20:00 both £9 including live entertainment and free half pint. Reduced entry from 16:00 on Saturday £3 without the entertainment or half pint. Run by Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA.
     
  • North Sussex Equinox Beer & Cider Festival – 1st & 2nd March 2019
    Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham RH12 1JF
    Friday 18:00 – 22:00, Saturday 11:30 – 16:30 & 18:30 – 22:00. Tickets £6 Friday, £7 Saturday lunchtime & £4 Saturday evening. Run by CAMRA North Sussex Branch.
     
  • 9th Wantage Beer and Cider Festival – 15th & 16th March 2019
    The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BY
    11:00 – 23:00 Friday & Saturday. Admission £2 (£3 after 17:00 on Friday) but free to card-carrying CAMRA members. Organised by CAMRA White Horse Branch.
     
  • 29th Sussex Beer Festival – 22nd & 23rd March 2019
    Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton BN2 9XZ
    Open Friday 11:00 – 15:00 & 17:00 – 22:00, Saturday 11:00 – 20:00. Tickets £6, £8, & £5 respectively. Tickets now on sale. Run by Sussex CAMRA Branches.
     
  • 9th Winchester Beer & Cider Festival – 22nd & 23rd March 2019
    Winchester Guildhall, High Street, Winchester SO23 9GH
    Four sessions Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00, Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00. Tickets £7, £10, £9 & £9 respectively. Tickets will be on sale from early February. One of the three annual beer festivals run by our CAMRA branch.
     
  • 43rd Farnham Beerex – 11th, 12th & 13th April 2019
    Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR
    Jointly run by Farnham Lions Club, Farnham Maltings, CAMRA Surrey/Hants Borders Branch, and a number of enthusiastic volunteers, and famously running for 43 years in the same venue. The beerex is still in planning but expect over 60 real ales plus cider & perry. Food and entertainment each session. Open evenings 18:00 – 23:00 Thursday, Friday & Saturday plus a lunchtime session 11:00 – 15:00 Saturday, £10 per session. This is always a popular festival so get your tickets early – they are on sale 8am Sunday 10th February for one hour at the Maltings and online afterwards if there are any left.
     
  • 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
     

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 22/02/2019
       – Sat 23/02/2019
Alton Winter Beer Festival
Alton College, Old Odiham Road, Alton GU34 2LX
Three sessions: Friday 19:00 – 23:00, Saturday 11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00, tickets £7.50 for the first two sessions and £5 for the Saturday evening session; advance purchase is essential. Normally there are over 50 real ales all at £3 a pint plus ciders, local wine, live music & good food. Glasses are not provided so you must bring your own. Details are on www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk and tickets are now on sale.
    Fri 05/04/2019
       – Sat 06/04/2019
Southsea Beerex
Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW
5th Annual Southsea Beerex. Real Ale, craft beer, gin and music festival. Tickets are £10 in advance or on the door. Doors open at 18:00 – 23:00 both days and 12:00 – 17:00 on Saturday. See www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk/WhatsOn/tabid/90/Default.aspx then scroll down to the dates.
    Fri 12/04/2019
       – Sun 14/04/2019
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 19/04/2019
       – Sat 20/04/2019
Wareham Easter Beerex 2019
Wareham Masonic Hall, Howards Lane, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4HU
11:00 – 15:00 & 19:00 – 23:00 both days. Around 35 real ales. Tickets £10 per session online or from local outlets. More information from www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wareham-easter-beerex-2828242074
    Fri 19/04/2019
       – Mon 22/04/2019
Victoria Inn, West Marden
West Marden, West Sussex, PO18 9EN
An Easter weekend mini Ale & Cider Festival. Keep an eye on www.victoriainnwestmarden.co.uk/page/Events for more details.
    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 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
   

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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