Hampshire’s version of Octoberfest set to make a return

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HAMPSHIRE’S version of OktoberFest is gearing up for its return.

More than 180 different beer and cider brands will be on offer at the event, which attracts around 10,000 visitors.

It takes place from October 9 to 11 at Basingstoke Cricket and Sports Ground.

Demand for tickets has been growing since they went on sale in July.

Families will be treated to a fun fair, food and craft stalls and there’s a programme of live music planned.

Businesses wanting to entertain customers, clients or staff, can attend a ‘work’s night out’ session on the Friday.

Themed events will also be held at the festival to mark the Rugby World Cup.

The Upham Brewery marquee will be transformed into a ‘rugby zone’ where all the home nation games will be shown on a large screen.

Ian Smith, director of The Wessex Heritage Trust, festival organiser, said: ‘We’re excited to showcase the 183 different beers and ciders at this year’s event.

‘Whether you’re a beer and cider aficionado or an occasional drinker, OktoberFest 2015 promises to entice.

‘The event has become so much more too, with numerous attractions for the family, food lovers and, this year, rugby fans with all the home nation games set to be shown live in The Upham Marquee.

‘We’re delighted to have been able to lower overall ticket prices and to offer free entry for under-16s on the Sunday if accompanied by a fee paying adult.’

An adult ticket costs £7.75 booked in advance or £9 on the day. Sunday adult tickets are £5 in advance. Visit hampshireoctoberfest.org.uk