By Kingfisher Visitor Guides
Traditional Bavarian food, music, outfits and, above all, a huge amount of beer attracts over 6 million visitors to Munich for Oktoberfest every year. If you are desperate to join in on the fun at this world-famous beer festival, but you can’t make it to Germany, don’t worry! There are tons of celebrations going on across the UK so we have put together a guide to some of the best Oktoberfest 2021 has to offer.
London launched its first festival in 2011 and it quickly became the largest Oktoberfest in the UK attracting around 50.000 beer-lovers every year. The giant tent will be filled with all your traditional decorations, music and food, served by waiters in Lederhosen and Dirndls. This year the Canada Water venue will be hosting three weekends of Bavarian fun in October and November as well as a special Halloween Oktoberfest weekend in Walpole Park in Ealing.
Custom House Square will come alive every weekend of October with Belfast’s Oktoberfest celebrations. An Oompah band will be playing every night followed by other live bands and artists. Don’t miss out on the delicious Strawberry beer at the Merry Monk Tent. Belfast is all for getting dressed up in the traditional Bavarian outfits, so much so that you get free entry if you turn up in a dirndl or lederhosen.
Mancunians are in for a treat with over a week of Bavarian festivities planned from the 8th to the 17th of October. Manchester’s Oktoberfest takes place in the heart of the city so you can easily enjoy surrounding attractions if you’re planning to do more than just drink beer! What’s more, those looking for some mid-week fun will be pleased to know that entry is free on Wednesday. So get ready to grab a soft salty pretzel and dance the night away to the happy tunes of the Oompah band.
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Over the weekend of the 29th and 30th of October, Southampton will host its very own German beer festival. There are three slots to choose from either Friday or Saturday between 6:30 pm and 11:00 pm, or Saturday afternoon from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Lots of UK breweries support the event so you can try plenty of local beers as well as the German staples. If you are not a fan of beer, but you want to join in on all the action, don’t’ worry! Wine, spirits and soft drinks will also be readily available.