World-renowned Oktoberfest to come to Weston-super-Mare’s Italian Gardens

PUBLISHED: 11:45 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:45 20 July 2017

Young women in traditional Bavarian clothes - dirndl or tracht - on a festival or Oktoberfest in a beer tent

Young women in traditional Bavarian clothes - dirndl or tracht - on a festival or Oktoberfest in a beer tent

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An exciting festival filled with beer and German cuisine will come to Weston-super-Mare later this year.

Oktoberfest has become the world’s largest beer and folk festival and will now be taking Weston by storm.

One of Europe’s largest touring beer tents, the Bierhalle, will pop-up in Weston’s newly-refurbished Italian Gardens from October 6-7.

The event will offer people the chance to experience the authentic Bavarian celebration, complete with beer steins, games and music.

Oktoberfest was first launched in 1810 on October 12 to mark the marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

The celebrations held for the newlyweds were deemed so great that the royals wanted to repeat it every year.

Now the event is held annually in Munich, Germany and lasts for 16 to 18 days until the first weekend in October and attracts millions of people each year.

The festival organisers have teamed up with North Somerset Council to bring the event to Weston, in the hope it will continue to raise the town’s profile.

The council’s seafront and events manager, Darren Fairchild, said: “We are very much looking forward to this event as they are extremely popular all around the country and great fun.

“It will give people the opportunity to see what the new Italian Gardens has to offer.

“We hope it will appeal to residents and bring a new footfall to the town.

“It will also give them an opportunity to experience what Weston has to offer and how the regeneration works are improving the town’s offering.”

The Oompah band will get festival-goers into the Bavarian spirit while a variety of German beer and authentic food is served up.

A festival spokesman said: “Oktoberfest is becoming an increasingly popular and prevalent event in other cities across the globe and the UK is no exception.”

There will be one session on the October 6 from 5-10pm and two sessions on October 7, the first from noon until 5pm and the second from 6-11pm.

Pre-sale discounted tickets, priced £11-385, are available from www.oktoberfestofficial.com

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