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

  • 13th Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival – 4th & 5th October 2019
    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 £19 Fri, £26 Sat; on-gate from £22 Fri, £30 Sat.) gets access to the beer festival, but CAMRA members booking in advance for the 'Queen Anne Enclosure' can pay £10.50 Fri, £14 Sat by quoting a code.
     
  • Weymouth Octoberfest – 4th & 5th October 2019
    Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
    11:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 23:30 both days. Tickets £10 each session, includes one pint ale or cider. Tickets on sale now. Run by West Dorset CAMRA.
     
  • 11th Hampshire OctoberFest – 11th, 12th & 13th October 2019
    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 £12 in advance, Sunday £5 advance, (on the door tickets £15/£7.50). Weekend tickets also available £20 adv only. CAMRA members can get free entry with membership card and supporting ID. North Hampshire CAMRA organises the bar and beer part, others, including Destination Basingstoke, do the rest.
     
  • 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
    Just the dates for now. 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 will go on sale late September – keep an eye on the website.
     
  • 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.
     

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 23/08/2019
       – Mon 26/08/2019
Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle
The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EZ
Beer & Cider Festival. Live music and food all day. See greyhoundcorfe.co.uk/index.php/events and scroll down a bit.
    Fri 23/08/2019
       – Mon 26/08/2019
45th 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 £16 in advance, £18 on the gate, or £11 for the show only, no trains. See www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/events/the-40th-island-steam-show.aspx
    Fri 23/08/2019
       – Mon 26/08/2019
White Hart, Pennington
17 Milford Road, Pennington, SO41 8DF
Along with Real Ales and Cider, the afternoons should have family festival stuff such as bouncy castle, bungee run & fairground games. Music afternoons and/or evenings. Keep an eye on www.whitehartpennington.co.uk/events for full details.
    Sat 24/08/2019
       – Mon 26/08/2019
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 www.broughtonbeerfest.co.uk for the festival, www.thetallyhobroughton.co.uk/beer-festival for the pub.
    Fri 30/08/2019
       – Sun 01/09/2019
Ale at Amberley 14
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". The Ale at Amberley website is off-line so times and prices may change. The Amberley Museum website is www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/2019-events
    Fri 06/09/2019
       – Sat 07/09/2019
23rd Burbage Beer Festival
Burbage & Easton Royal Sports Club, East Sands, Marlborough SN8 3AN
The 23rd festival with about 40 Real Ales & Ciders, and starts on Friday evening at 18:30, until 24:00. Food & music too. Tickets, £12 in advance or on the door, are valid for both evenings; accompanied children free entrance. For more details see festival.bercc.com
    Fri 06/09/2019
       – Sat 07/09/2019
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 for Friday, £6 for each of the Saturday sessions. See glive.co.uk/Online/tickets-beer-festival-2019 for details.
    Fri 06/09/2019
       – Sat 07/09/2019
Haslemere Beer Festival
Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2AS
13th 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 haslemerebeerfestival.co.uk
    Fri 06/09/2019
       – Sun 08/09/2019
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 – www.saxoninn.co.uk/Docs/Events.pdf Pub's website here – www.saxoninn.co.uk
    Fri 06/09/2019
       – Sun 08/09/2019
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 whatpub.com/pubs/SAL/44/cuckoo-inn-hamptworth and there is Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/444346759741756
    Sat 07/09/2019 Sherfield on Loddon Beer Festival
Sherfield Village Hall, Reading Road, Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire, RG27 0EZ
12th annual beer festival 11:30 – 23:00, tickets £4. Over 50 beers and ciders. Hot food & live music. Free evening minibus to Bramley railway station. See www.sherfieldbeerfestival.org.uk
    Fri 13/09/2019
       – Sat 14/09/2019
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 £7 including free glass. See their website for all details www.coldencommonbeerfest.com
    Fri 13/09/2019
       – Sat 14/09/2019
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 19:00 – 23:00 £8; Saturday 12:00 – 18:00 £5, Saturday 18:00 – 23:00 £8. All weekend and camping tickets available. See www.langfordbeerfestival.org.uk for more details.
    Sat 14/09/2019 Silchester Beer Festival
Village Hall, Whistlers Lane, Silchester, Hampshire RG7 2NE
A selection of beer & cider from small independent breweries. Open 16:00 – 23:00. Last year tickets were £10 on the door or £8 in advance and including some drinks tokens, this year not listed yet. Food, wine, soft drinks & live music as well. See www.silchester.org/future-events/item/78-beer-festival-2019 for more details.
    Sat 14/09/2019 Newbury Real Ale Festival
Northcroft Fields, Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1RS
The 16th Festival, 12:00 – 23:00, entrance £12 (£10 in advance) 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 www.newburyrealale.co.uk
    Thu 19/09/2019
       – Fri 20/09/2019
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 www.salisburycivicsociety.org.uk/event/heritage-open-days-hidden-salisbury for details and to book
    Fri 20/09/2019
       – Sat 21/09/2019
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 £10 for Friday, £20 Saturday. Overnight camping available. Open from 16:00 Friday and 11:00 Saturday. See cranbornechasecider.bigcartel.com/about
    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.
    Fri 11/10/2019
       – Sat 12/10/2019
Craft Beer South
The 1865, Brunswick Square, Southampton SO14 3AR
A brewery led festival organised by Unity Brewing Co and Belgium & Blues featuring 15 breweries and mostly KeyKeg beers. Three sessions, Friday 17:00 – 22:00; Saturday 11:00 – 16:00 and 17:00 – 22:00. Along with the beer there will be music, brewery talks and street food. Tickets £10 from either Belgium & Blues or Unity Brewing Tap Room, or online (£11). Ticket website is www.ents24.com/craft-beer-south/events/4771, social media at www.facebook.com/CraftBeerSouth
    Sat 12/10/2019 22nd Wickham Charity Beer Festival
The Wickham Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Nr. Fareham, PO17 5AL
About 30 beers and a few ciders. Food available during the sessions. Open 11:00 – 16:00 and 18:00 – 23:00. Tickets £6 & £8, or £10 for both sessions; 'Early Bird' discounts available. The centre is open between sessions if you go to both, the bar will be closed but you can get food. The festival website is www.wickhambeerfestival.co.uk and the Wickham Centre is www.wickhamcentre.co.uk
    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
   

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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