October festival will delight beer drinkers

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YOU don’t have to go all the way to Munich to enjoy the atmosphere, fun and the delicious brews of Oktoberfest – there’s one just up the motorway.

Hampshire’s own version of the world’s most famous beer festival is set to take place in Basingstoke on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5.

The party will take place at Basingstoke Cricket and Sports Ground and will feature plenty of family-friendly activities including children’s pony rides, an inflatable super slide and assault course, go-karts and a snowboard simulator.

There will also be an animal-petting farm, face painting, steam engines, music workshops and craft stalls.

Live music fans are also in for a treat as there will be two stages dedicated to bands.

Among the acts lining up include festival favourites the Drum Runners, who will be performing at the event for the third year running.

Also on stage will be the Andy Kennedy Quartet, Bear in the Wood, Burning Idols, Celia, Chasing Ghosts, Chris Holden, Ded Orse and about two dozen more.

Many festival-goers will be gravitating towards the Upham Brewery marquee.

The brewery, which is near Bishop’s Waltham, will offer a range of brews including its mid-range bitter, Punter, a refreshing golden ale called Tipster and a premium bitter with a kick called Stakes.

The party is organised by the Hampshire Museums and Galleries Trust, a charity which supports museums 
and culture across the county.

For more information about the festival visit hampshireoctoberfest.co.uk.