Alton Towers Oktoberfest 2023 Review

A Bavarian Extravaganza in the Heart of England

Stacey and Natalia from The Rees Family Adventures at Alton Towers Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest 2023 at Alton Towers is a vibe like no other! The event ran from the 9th of September to 1st of October and this is our review of the 2023 event.

Visiting Alton Towers for the opening day of their Oktoberfest event has become an annual tradition for us. Every year we make the 4-hour journey from the coast of South Wales to Staffordshire to meet up with friends and dive deep into the “oomptastic” world of Oktoberfest!

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Upon entering Alton Towers during Oktoberfest, you’re immediately transported to a Bavarian wonderland. Towers Street is adorned with vibrant bunting and wreaths and the music gets a Bavarian remix, getting you into the spirit from the moment you walk into the park. 

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To get the most out of this Bavarian extravaganza and truly experience the theme park excitement, we highly recommend staying on-site. We stayed at the Alton Towers Hotel in a Moon Voyage room and you can read our opinions on the hotel here – Alton Towers Hotel

Alton Towers Oktoberfest 2023 was a step up from previous years and made an already awesome event even more amazing. Good times spent with friends, beer and awesome entertainment.

Food and Drink

Alton Towers Oktoberfest offers a wide array of delectable German cuisine.

  • From hearty bratwursts and pretzels to schnitzels and churros, there’s plenty available. One thing I didn’t check was if they had any gluten-free options, but vegan options were available.
  • There’s also a selection of beers to sample, my favourite being Spaten. It’s light and refreshing and didn’t make me feel bloated like most lagers.

Be warned, prices for food and drink are not cheap and most vendors do not accept Merlin Pass discount, so you can expect to pay a pretty penny for your food and drink during this event.

Click the video above to watch our day at the 2023 Oktoberfest event at Alton Towers

Entertainment

Oktoberfest at Alton Towers offers so much in the way of entertainment.

  • The first glimpse you’ll get of the entertainment is from the highly amusing roaming actors. With hilarious characters like Gretel, Beer and Bubbles, Alpine Horn Man and the Barrel Monks, you are guaranteed some cracking interactions with the actors. They get involved in all of the entertainment, talking to people and getting them up on the dance floor. We even had them doing cartwheels with us!
  • Out on the lawn is where the main entertainment space is and this year it was bigger and better than ever. There were added photo opportunities and undercover seating areas, which was great to see. The lawn is also where you will find the majority of the food options including the double-decker alpine bar.
  • The main stage is where the party really happens with entertainment carrying on after the rides close. Shows such as Singalongs, Oompah Bands, Dance Troups and more, they really get the crowd going. We had a fantastic time, dancing with all of the characters and performers. The atmosphere was electric with all of the guests really getting into the Oktoberfest spirit.

The atmosphere was amazing and full of joy. Oktoberfest is the sunshine to Scarefest’s moonlight.

The Bierkeller

During Oktoberfest, the courtyard area transforms into the Bierkeller. Here there is a small stage and this is where you will find the incredible Robert Burton. He is what Oktoberfest is all about and really gets everyone into the spirit with great interactive songs. Be warned, you will get some good exercise when watching his performances. The “Lean forwards, lean backwards” song is one of our favourites.

Along with Robert Burton, you will also get a great singalong set from Landlady Fraulin Helga.

At the Bierkeller you will also find a bratwurst stall and a bar which if you have a Merlin Pass, you will get your pass discount (with prices like £7 for a beer, the discount is very welcome!)

This was our first ever visit and won’t be our last. It will now become an annual event on the Stakesy Calendar 👍🍻 Alton Towers did a fantastic job & the entertainers need a bonus, they all went above and beyond to give us a marvellous experience. We are still singing along to the Bierkeller songs a week later 😂 But the best part of this event is all the lovely friends that you make from it. Our countdown has already started for the 2024 event.

Family-Friendly Fun

While Oktoberfest is known for its beer and adult festivities, Alton Towers goes the extra mile to ensure that families can enjoy the celebration too. Shows like The Darwin Show are perfect for the little ones, although I have to say, I found the dance routines in the Darwin show a little complicated. The roaming characters are brilliant with the children too.

Amazing actors both roaming and on stage.

Final Thoughts

Oktoberfest at Alton Towers is a delightful fusion of Bavarian tradition and theme park excitement. Whether you’re a fan of roller coasters, German cuisine, or just soaking in the festive atmosphere, this event offers something for everyone. With its cheery decorations, tasty food, and exhilarating rides, it’s no wonder that Oktoberfest at Alton Towers has become a must-visit attraction for anyone looking to celebrate autumn in style. So, raise your stein and join the fun at Alton Towers’ Oktoberfest – Prost!

Did you visit Alton Towers Oktoberfest (or any other Oktoberfest events) this year? We’d love to know your opinions on the event! Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Prices: From £35.

Correct at the time of writing.

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