Oktoberfest: What UK theme parks are doing


Ironically, in a year where the original German Oktoberfest event has been cancelled, a number of UK theme parks have launched their own events.

We take a look at the offerings British theme parks are running alongside their usual openings this September and October.

Alton Towers

When: 11 September to 4 October

Closing Times: 6 pm (weekdays), 8:00 pm (weekends including Fridays)

Cost: From £34

Alton Towers was the first to announce a German-themed beer and food event earlier this year, describing it as a ‘family fun festival’.

The Staffordshire theme park has converted its large front lawns into a festival area, featuring and outdoor stage, food and drink kiosks and numerous wooden benches.

A range of themed merchandise is also available to purchase.

Thorpe Park

When: 7 September to 4 October

Closing Times: 5 pm (Sunday to Thursday), 8 pm (Friday and Saturday)

Cost: From £39

Following the COVID-19 pandemic enforcing closures of its parks, Merlin Entertainments decided to roll out Oktoberfest to Thorpe Park.

The Surrey theme park has also erected an entertainment stage, featuring traditional German festival music.

Wooden barrels have been positioned to enable groups to stand in the festival area while consuming the themed foods and drinks on sale.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

When: Saturdays in September

Closing Times: 6 pm (early Saturdays), 10 pm (26 September)

Cost: From £35

On a slightly smaller scale, the Pleasure Beach also has an entertainment area where food and drink are available.

Offerings include traditional Bavarian sausages, pretzels, and steins of Bavarian draft beer and a resident German oompah band.