Weymouth takes on Welsh theme for annual Octoberfest

By Francesca Evans

18th Sep 2023 | Local News

Octoberfest bar manager Rich Gabe, CAMRA branch chair Dave Harris, and cider rep Alex Bardswell (photo credit: Harry Walton)
Octoberfest bar manager Rich Gabe, CAMRA branch chair Dave Harris, and cider rep Alex Bardswell (photo credit: Harry Walton)

There's still time to get your ticket and toast some of the best brewers and cider producers in Wales at this year's Weymouth Octoberfest.

The festival will be held in the Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, organised by the West Dorset branch of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA).

This year's festival takes on a Welsh theme, with more than 60 Welsh beers and at least a dozen ciders from all regions of the country, including the Snowdonia park area in the north to the more densely populated cities of the south, taking in Glamorgan and Gwent.

Welsh brewery Vale of Glamorgan will feature as CAMRA's guest brewery bar and will not only have cask beer but a selection of their own craft beers.

Customers can expect a broad and diverse range of beer that truly reflects the strong Welsh growing beer scene. There will be long-established favourites like Brains and Felinfoel, to smaller niche breweries such as Cwrw Ial Community Brewing and former Champion Beer of Britain brewery Tiny Rebel.

In the evening there will be live music including – for one night only – Weymouth's That Britpop Band performing as 'That Welshpop Band ' on Friday night. Expect covers of classics from The Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Feeder and many more – perhaps even a Tom Jones number?

Saturday night will see local talented solo performer Chris Davies playing his own compositions alongside acoustic cover versions of popular artist, such as Dire Straits, Eagles and Bob Dylan, and piano complements of songs by the Beatles, Elton John and Super Tramp.

West Dorset CAMRA chairman Bruce Mead said: "This year's Octoberfest is shaping up to be a great event. The prospect of the largest selection of Welsh beers ever seen in Dorset has seen tickets selling faster than ever before. So, if you haven't got yours already, don't delay and get them today!"

Former CAMRA branch chairman and festival organiser, Dave Harris, added: "I have been involved as a co-organiser of this festival since we took it on in 2005, it is time for me to take a step back though I have really enjoyed working with the other volunteers and am confident as a branch of CAMRA there's a strong team to plan for events going forward"

Entry is by advance ticket only and costs £11 per session, which includes a free pint of beer or cider, souvenir glass and programme. Sessions run on both days between 11am and 4pm and 6.30pm and 11.30pm with entertainment in the evening sessions.

Tickets are selling fast but still available from the following outlets:

  • The Globe & the Dog House Micro Pub, Weymouth
  • Chalbury Town Store
  • The Royal Portland Arms, Portland
  • Convivial Rabbit Micro Pub, Dorchester

You can also buy tickets online at www.camrawdorset.org.uk or for £13 from Weymouth Pavilion Box Office. 


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