Folk music

Lederhosen and pints as thousands enjoy Shrewsbury Oktoberfest

From left to right, ‘Ogey’ revelers Josh Tunmore, Brad Randall, Callum Roberts, Dave Rees and Jack Mitchell from Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury’s career was overtaken on Friday night and Saturday for the fourth Oktoberfest – and the first since 2019.

The event, based on Germany’s famous beer festivals, saw thousands of Shropshire revelers enjoy a mass party in a huge complex of undercover marquees.

Music, comedy, food and plenty of beer were the order of the day with tickets for the Friday and Saturday event hosted by the Shropshire Festivals sold-out.

As accents of raucous folk music filled the main tent, thousands of people savored pints, gin and prosecco, most delighted to see the event return.

Jack Mitchell, 24, from Shrewsbury, was back with friends – all dressed in signature German outfits – after attending in previous years.

He said it was great to take advantage of something approaching a normal event after months of restrictions and shutdowns.

“I have been for the last few years and I have dressed every time,” he said.

“I don’t take life too seriously and the number of people honking their horns as we walked around town was awesome.

“It’s a good festival and hey they are full. I love beer, I love music and I love to dress. Perfect.”

Toby Jones and Nicola Davies
Traditional music helped set the scene
Adam Astle proposed to Carly Griffiths in the middle of Oktoberfest. Photographed here with Keira Astle
The Endings perform on stage
Enjoying a silent nightclub, Geraint Evans of Newtown was celebrating his 50th birthday. With him are Kirsty and Gemma Harrison
Phil Heath from Pontesbury in the mood

Ellesmere’s Mark and Vicky Fleet were also back after enjoying their time at the event before.

Mark, 41, said: “It’s amazing. The atmosphere, the food, it’s well organized, it’s great.

“This is our third year here. It’s worth it every time, every time you come here it’s a good time.”

Festival organizer Beth Heath said she was delighted to see people coming back for fun.

She thanked the team of staff and volunteers who organized the event, adding, “I love seeing people come back to smile, dance, drink and support the local breweries. It’s amazing to find the family of volunteers and they make such a difference.

“It’s just great to see people enjoying the kind of party we’ve all missed over the past 18 months or so.”