Originating in Munich, the stein-wielding debauchery that is Oktoberfest is so popular that it's now a global phenomenon, with England being no exception. Want to get in on the action? Here are some of the best Oktoberfest events in the country.
Oktoberfest will take the capital by storm this autumn with three different venues around the city – Canary Wharf (3-12 October), Kensington Olympia (24-26 October) and Moorgate (15-16 November). There’ll be endless steins of German beer, foot-long bratwurst and energetic Oompah bands all the way from Germany. The kids can get in on the fun too, with free entry for families on Sundays.Find out more
Grab your friends, family and colleagues, and step inside the huge beer tent at The Yards at Mayfield for five nights of pumping live music and Bavarian culture. Filled with long tables and 2,000 people a night, the venue is guaranteed to be atmospheric. You can tuck into traditional German dishes like schnitzel, currywurst and larger-than-life pretzels and sing along to iconic songs re-imagined by the brass instruments of the Oompah bands.Check it out
Wilkommen to the most authentic Bavarian folk festival in the land! For one day only, surround yourself with the mouth-watering smells of knödel, sauerkraut and sausages inside the German bierhalle, nestled in the middle of Maidstone’s Mote Park. Shipped straight from the most respected breweries in the country, the barrels of German beer will be sure quench the thirst of dirndl-clad revellers.Take a look
On one autumnal Saturday, the York Sports Club grounds will be transformed into a huge 50-metre beer hall in preparation for a hair-raising Bavarian bash. Alongside 30,000 litres of beer and foot-stomping Oompop (that’s famous pop songs sang in the style of Oompah, for all you Oktoberfest newbies), there will be an outdoor food court feeding hungry punters with a selection of hot and cold German grub. Prost!Learn more
Get yourself down to the Bavarian wonderland that is The Passenger Shed at Brunel’s Old Station. Filled with lederhosen-wearing partygoers and draft beer in authentic one-litre steins, the Bristolian festivities are bound to do Germany proud. The UK’s most famous Oompah band, the Bavarian Strollers, are the headline act too, so we’re sure you’ll be up dancing on the tables in no time.Get your tickets
Dock X in Canada Water is playing host to six weekends of slightly alternative fun. The temporary German beer tent is set to have two stages, three bars (selling gluten-free beer, champagne and cocktails) and a selection of street-food stalls, from juicy bratwurst to waffles to veggie doner (if sausage just isn’t in your repertoire). And as well as the traditional Oompah bands, guests will be treated to circus acts, dancers, games and much more. There will be themed nights too, including the LGBT+-friendly Pink Oktoberfest and Spooktoberfest, just in time for Halloween.Get in the groove
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