Where to Catch an Oktoberfest in the UK 2017
We’ve all promised ourselves we’ll go at one point or another, but if you can’t make it over to Munich for Oktoberfest this year, don’t worry. We’ve compiled a list of the best places in all of the UK’s major cities to catch a beer tent and some oompah bands. Read on for our guide to Oktoberfest in the UK 2017!
Oktoberfest in London 2017
London Oktoberfest (28th September – 8th October)
Location: Millwall Park, Manchester Road, E14 3AY.
Nearest Station: Mudchute
If you’re a Londoner and you’re looking for the daddy of all the Oktoberfest events popping up across the month, look no further than London Oktoberfest which starts this week in Millwall Park. Big and boozy, London Oktoberfest is the largest event of its kind anywhere in the UK with the beer halls expected to see over 50,000 thirsty Londoners across its 11 day stay in the capital. All your Oktoberfest staples are there with beer and sausage as far as the eye can see, and this time around they’ve ditched the 18 and over rule on Sundays when lunch is served for all the family.
Oktoberfest East (20th & 21st October)
Location: Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT.
Nearest Station: Cambridge Heath
In Germany, traditionally Oktoberfest tents pour their beers from just one brewery only. So in-keeping with the spirit of things, Oktoberfest East are teaming up with Munich’s Hacker-Pschorr who’ll be providing you hipsters of East London their Oktoberfest Bier and Helles. The brewery’s original festival glasses will also be shipped over, while the Bavarian food market and brass band renditions of Kanye and Adele tracks by the Hackney Colliery Band will give the whole festival an authentic taste with a twist.
Oktoberfest in Manchester 2017
Manchester Oktoberfest (18th – 22nd October)
Location: Albert Square, M60 2LA.
Yet again Albert Square will be transformed into one giant Oktoberfest next month. Taking place across one long weekend, the festival will bring with it with authentic German food and drink, as well as live music and full Oktoberfest decoration. The tent itself will have room for 2,000 patrons while the giant outdoor beer garden will give anyone looking for a swift stein the chance to experience the Bavarian vibes. As well as serving a special brewed festival beer, bratwurst, schnitzel and pretzel will also be ensuring you don’t go famished.
Oktoberfest in Birmingham 2017
Digbeth Oktoberfest 2017 (29th & 30th September, 6th & 7th October)
Location: The Old Crown, 188 High Street, B12 0LD.
The beloved Old Crown in Digbeth is getting transformed this month, with its beer garden turning into a Bavarian-themed beer hall filled to the brim with good beer, food and music. Their Bavarian street food shack will be serving up bratwurst dogs, currywurst and veggie dogs all with the option of pommes and sauerkraut, while dessert will be on offer from The Bournville Waffle Company. Tickets include a full 2 pint traditional stein and feel free to don the lederhosen!
Oktoberfest in Bristol 2017
Oktoberfest Bristol 2017 (6th & 7th October)
Location: Brunel’s Old Station, The Passenger Shed, Station Approach, BS1 6QH.
Oktoberfest is coming back to Bristol next month for just a two nights and one afternoon stint in the Passenger Shed at Brunel’s Old Station. The room will be transformed into a Bavarian Wunderland, offering a taste of authentic German culture, tongue in cheek German stereotyping and general all round debauchery. They’ll be music from the Bavarian Oompah Boys who’ll be playing Bavarian classics along with their unique brand of Oom-Pop, and they’ll also be a selection of traditional German sausages, bratwurst, schnitzel, pretzels and more. Sauerkraut is of course optional with all food too!
Oktoberfest in Cardiff 2017
The Official Oktoberfest Cardiff (7th – 21st October)
Location: DEPOT Cardiff, Construction House, 22 Dumballs Road, CF10 5FE.
Spread over the whole month, DEPOT’s Oktoberfest is the only Oktoberfest being held in Cardiff which features authentic Munich Beers that are served at the original Oktoberfest in Munich! At the festival you’ll have the chance to experience table service from waitresses in traditional German garments, authentic German food from a range of street food vendors, and live entertainment from Bavarian Oompah band. The venue is also probably the most stunning in our line-up!
Oktoberfest in Glasgow 2017
Glasgow Oktoberfest 2017 (29th September – 13th October)
Location: Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD.
Oktoberfest comes to Glasgow featuring one of the biggest beer halls around this month, arriving with all the bells and whistles. You know the score, bier steins, authentic German food stalls and live entertainment. The Glasgow edition also asks you to choose your weapon: drindl or lederhosen.
Oktoberfest in Leeds 2017
Oktoberfest 2017 (6th – 8th, 13th – 15th October)
Location: South Bank Depot, 16 Globe Road, LS11 5QG.
Oktoberfest is back in Leeds for two weekend stints of authentic German bier, cuisine and music. This year they’re going to be taking over a brand new city centre venue at South Bank Depot, just several minutes’ walk from the train station. First-rate German beers from some well-established partners and local breweries meets authentic Bavarian cuisine from bratwurst to brezel, hendl to schnitzel, as well as an in-house Oompah band!
Oktoberfest in Norwich 2017
Norwich Beer Festival (23rd – 28th October)
Location: St. Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls, St Andrews Hall Plain, NR3 1AU.
While it’s not an Oktoberfest event as such, the 40th Norwich Beer Festival does return this October, and it’s a real gem. Organised by the Norwich & Norfolk Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the festival will once again be held at St. Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Halls with over 200 cask-conditioned real ales from Britain’s independent brewers as well as draught and bottled beers from continental Europe. There’ll also be a large range of traditional ciders and perries too, with over 70 varieties, mostly from East Anglia.