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Everything you need to know ahead of Oktoberfest 2018 at Norwich Open

The Real Octoberfest 2017 at OPEN, Norwich. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.

The Real Octoberfest 2017 at OPEN, Norwich. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.

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Get your lederhosen out the wardrobe and raise your steins in the air as Oktoberfest returns to the city this weekend.

The Real Octoberfest 2017 at OPEN, Norwich. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.The Real Octoberfest 2017 at OPEN, Norwich. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.

The popular event takes place this Thursday, October 11 to Saturday, October 13 as the Norwich Open, located in Bank Plain, is transformed into a German themed Bierkeller.

There will be four sessions throughout the weekend on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening with an extra daytime session on Saturday.

What can I expect?

There will be authentic Bavarian beer, food and entertainment including a performance from the Bavarian Strollers, the UK’s best Umpah band, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.

There will also be music from Norfolk party favourite Nightrain which is bound to get everyone on their feet.

The evening sessions run from 6pm to 11pm and the daytime session from 12pm to 4.30pm, with 3,000 people expected to attend.

All the profits will go towards helping disadvantaged young people in the community - so there’s never been a better excuse to drink beer.

The Real Octoberfest 2017 at OPEN, Norwich. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.The Real Octoberfest 2017 at OPEN, Norwich. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.

A spokesman for Norwich Open said: “We engage with around 4,500 young people each year through our drop-in hub on Castle Meadow and outreach programme across rural Norfolk, and see some of the most disadvantaged young people who have suffered from abuse, self-harm, low self-esteem, bullying and mental health issues.

“Every penny of profit from Oktoberfest Norwich, enables us to fund activities for young people, giving the most disadvantaged the life skills, confidence to follow their passion or find meaningful work.

“Last year’s event raised over £10,000 and we are hoping to raise as much again this year.”

What food and drink is on offer?

Bavarian brewer Bitburger will once more be the official beer partner and last year’s favourite Benediktiner Hell will be available again alongside other choices and a range of authentic food options such as the world famous Bavarian bratwurst.

Fizz fans are also in luck as there will be a gin and prosecco bar.

Vouchers for the event, sponsored by Adnams and Leathes Prior, can be purchased and exchanged for beer, soft drinks and food.

The Real Octoberfest 2017 at OPEN, Norwich. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.The Real Octoberfest 2017 at OPEN, Norwich. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.

Stein vouchers (2 pints) cost £8 and a Bratwurst or vegetarian option costs £5 each.

How can I purchase tickets?

There are still tickets available for all sessions apart from Saturday evening with tickets priced at £10.

There are VIP tickets still available for Thursday evening and Saturday daytime. priced at £40, which includes reserved seating stage side, Oktoberfest Norwich 2018 beer stein, food voucher, first drink voucher and table service.

There will also be early bird tickets on sale for Oktoberfest 2019, which will take place from October 10 to 12, priced at £10 with VIP also available.

To buy tickets visit the Open Norwich website or call the box office on 01603 763111

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