Celebrating Oktoberfest in the UK

October is famous for Halloween. With all types of spooky events taking place across the UK,  other events can often be forgotten. But did you know that October also hosts a very special and growing tradition? Oktoberfest!

That’s right the German beer festival is almost here again. Known for it’s gigantic steins, delicious German food and distinctive oompah music, the festival has grown in popularity in Britain. And with more cities and towns hosting events every year, we have been finding out more about the festival.

History of Oktoberfest

The very first Oktoberfest originated, funnily enough, in Germany and wasn’t a festival at all. It was actually a celebration of the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810. The royal couple invited the people of Munich to celebrate in the festivities of their wedding by hosting a huge party. The event was thrown in front of the city gates and was so good they decided to do it every year. Which they still do to this day.

How is it Celebrated Today

The festival is now celebrated even more each year. Nowadays partygoers will eat, drink and dance to infectious oompah music throughout the month.

Almost 7 million people descended on Munich Oktoberfest last year. Dressed in traditional Lederhosen and Dirndl, revellers treated themselves to over 6 million litres of beer, yep 6 million! In addition to beer, Oktoberfest is well known for delicious food. Regular favourites include huge pretzels, German sausages, dumplings, roast pork and above all sauerkraut.

Due to the popularity of Oktoberfest in Munich, their football teams get in on the tradition too. Bayern Munich FC are official partners with German Brewery ‘Paulaner’ and the players visit the festival each year. Similarly 1860 Munich FC have just released a limited edition, blue and white checked Oktoberfest football kit.

Oktoberfest 2018

UK Festivals

Our celebrations are also growing back home. With huge tents popping up all over the country, thousands of people flock to events each year. Dancing on tables to brilliant live music and of course sampling the delicious food and beer.

There are many festivals happening across the UK in October which you can attend, including:

London Oktoberfest

Where: Millwall Park, Canary Wharf & Finsbury Park

When: 4 – 14 & 18 – 31 October

Probably the largest celebration in the UK, London’s take on the Bavarian bash is split between two locations. A more traditional event will take place at Millwall Park earlier in the month and then Finsbury Park will host a gigantic Halloween special! It is sure to be fangtastic.

Birmingham Oktoberfest

Where: Eastside City Park

When: 4 – 7 October

Started in 2014 Birmingham’s Oktoberfest is back for it’s fourth year and this will be it’s biggest yet! A noteworthy addition is the blue and white decorated tent that holds up to 1,400 people. Birmingham Oktoberfest will teleport you to Germany with it’s authentic atmosphere and gallons of beer.

Brighton Oktoberfest

Where: The Level

When: 12 – 13 October

Last year was the birth of Brighton’s celebration and due to the huge success it is back again for 2018. ‘The Level’ has been named as the new home of the festival. Which will certainly be bigger and will feature some of the best oompah bands from across the globe.

Leeds Oktoberfest

Where: South Bank Depot

When: 11 – 13 October

Back again at the South Bank Depot for it’s third year Leeds’ German festival will be putting a Yorkshire spin on proceedings. This will feature a 2,000 capacity tent with a variety of bars, live bands and lots of table dancing.

Oktoberfest 2018

Fancy having a German knees up? We offer great value travel to multiple city locations that will be celebrating this autumn. So strap on your Lederhosen and get ready to eat, drink and dance the night away. Don’t forget to tag photos from your night with #NXShared too. We love to see what you get up to!

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