Winchester Real Ale & Cider Festival 2016

Friday 18 March 2016: 11.30 to 16.00 – £5 – CLOSED
Friday 18 March 2016: 18.30 to 23.00 – £10 – CLOSED
Saturday 19 March 2016: 11.30 to 16.00 – £7 – CLOSED
Saturday 19 March 2016: 18.30 to 23.00 – £8 – CLOSED
Thanks for supporting this year's festival.
See you again in 2017. – Click here for full availability details


Welcome to the website of the
CAMRA Winchester Real Ale & Cider Festival 2016

We will be back in 2017 on the following dates:

Friday 17 March 2017: 11.30 to 16.00
Friday 17 March 2017: 18.30 to 23.00
Saturday 18 March 2017: 11.30 to 16.00
Saturday 18 March 2017: 18.30 to 23.00

Tickets will be on sale from early February 2017.

Beer and Cider/Perry awards

The winners of the Beer and Cider/Perry of the festival 2016 were:


  1. Alfred's Brewery, Winchester Pale
  2. Vibrant Forest Brewery, Salted Liquorice Stout
  3. Red Cat Brewing, Feral Vienna IPA


  1. Farmer Jim's, Copper Top
  2. Gwatkin Cider, Pyder
  3. Double Vision, Impeared Vision

Charity Donation

The Winchester Live At Home Scheme collected over £2000 from the thirsty patrons. A presentation will be made on Tuesday 29th March at the Albion, Stockbridge Rd.



To find out more about Real Ale and Cider contact your local CAMRA branch.

Winchester   Casks   Customers

This festival is organised wholly by volunteers of the Southern Hampshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and once again Winchester Guildhall will be filled with over a hundred different real ales, ciders, perries and foreign bottled beers.

Thanks to all those who have already agreed to partner with us this year, especially to this year's key sponsors: Upham Brewery (Publicity); Dancing Man Brewery (Glasses); and Flowerpots Inn & Brewery (T-shirts);

Winchester Guildhall remains our venue partner. It combines old and new to create a beautiful and modern venue within the historic Victorian exterior.

Winchester Guildhall - our venue partner

We're delighted to be continuing Beer Tastings following their success last year. The Beer Tasting will be introduced by writer and beer expert Adrian Tierney-Jones. See the Session Details page for more details.

This year we're very pleased that Winchester Live at Home Scheme is the Festival's nominated charity. For more details please click here.

Our About Us page gives you details about the CAMRA volunteers running the festival. Also here are details of our Membership & Products stand, and how you'll be able to order this year's festival polo shirt.

We hope that our pages are helpful and are up to date with festival information. If not please drop us an email to – we look forward to seeing you at the Guildhall in March.


Upham Brewery

Established in 2009, Upham Brewery is located in the grounds of a 17th century farmstead to the south-west of Winchester.
Click here for the Upham Brewery website

Upham Brewery is this year's Publicity Sponsor.

Winchester Guildhall

Winchester Guildhall combines old and new to create a beautiful and modern venue within the historic Victorian exterior
Click here for the Winchester Guildhall website

Winchester Guildhall is our Venue Partner.

Dancing Man Brewery

Dancing Man Brewery can be found at the Dancing Man pub in Southampton, located in the city's historic Wool House, with its sister pub the Platform Tavern located nearby
Click here for the Dancing Man Brewery website

Dancing Man Brewery is this year's Glasses Sponsor.

Flowerpots Brewery

The Flowerpots Inn and Brewery lies in the village of Cheriton in Hampshire, just 3 miles south of Alresford and 7 miles to the east of Winchester.
Click here for the Flowerpots Brewery website

Flowerpots Brewery is this year's T-Shirts Sponsor.

Black Hole B&B

Originally just the Black Boy pub, the brand has been extended to the Black Bottle (Wine Bar), Black Hole (B&B), and Black Rat (Restaurant).
Click here for the Black Hole B&B website

Black Hole B&B is this year's Tutored Tastings Sponsor.



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