Events: October 2019

October 2-5: Bedford Beer and Cider Festival at the Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SL. More than 140 real ales, plus KeyKeg beers, ciders, perries, international beers and wines. Details on the festival website

October 3-5: Carmarthen Beer Festival at St Peter’s Civic Hall, Nott Square, Carmarthen SA31 1PG. About 40 real ales, with cider, perry, and country wine. Opening times: Thursday, 5pm-11pm; Friday and Saturday, noon-11pm.

October 3-5: Falmouth Beer Festival in Events Square, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3XA. Beers from Cornish brewers, plus several guests from upcountry. See preview

October 3-5: Solihull Beer Festival at the Royal British Legion, Union Road, Solihull B91 3DH. 40 real ales and six ciders. Details on the event web page

October 3-5: South Woodham Ferrers Beer and Cider Festival at the Village Hall, 25 Hullbridge Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex CM3 5PL. More than 50 beers, plus ciders and perries. Opening times: Thursday, 4-11pm; Friday and Saturday, noon-11pm.

October 3-5: Sunderland Beer and Cider Festival at The Point, Holmeside, Sunderland SR1 3HY. 30 real ales and ten ciders and perries. Details on the festival website

October 3-5: Ayrshire Real Ale Festival at the Concert Hall, South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF. More than 160 beers, plus cider, perry, and wine. Details on the festival website

October 3-6: PrestonFest at the Preston Gate Inn, Poughill Road, Poughill, Bude, Cornwall EX23 9ET.

October 3 to 6: Indy Man Beer Con at the Victoria Baths, Manchester. Details and tickets here

October 4: Bar open at Old Dairy Brewery, Station Yard, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE, 5pm-8pm.

October 4 and 5: Ascot Beer Festival at the Racecourse, High Street, Ascot SL5 7JX. More than 200 real ales, plus ciders, perries and horse racing. Details on the festival website

October 4 and 5: Ale-ing Fest 2019 at the Hayling Community Centre, Station Road, Hayling Island, Hampshire PO11 0BH. There will be real ale and ciders, plus hot food. Tickets are available from the community centre and various local outlets, and on the hotline — 07999 537840. Full details on the festival website

October 4 and 5: Octoberfest at The Esplanade, Weymouth DT4 8ED. About 50 real ales and 15 ciders and perries. Opening times: 11am-4pm, and 6.30pm-11.30pm.

Camden Oktoberfest

October 5: Camden Oktoberfest at the Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, Camden Town, London NW1 8QP, 2pm-9pm. Details and tickets via the festival website

October 5: Gelato and Beer Festival at Ora Brewing, 16A Rosebery Industrial Park, Tottenham, London N17 9SR, noon to 9pm. Independent breweries and artisan gelato makers showcasing ice-cream flavoured beers and beer-flavoured ice cream. Free entry.

October 9-12: Nottingham Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival at the Motorpoint Arena, Bolero Square, Nottingham NG1 1LA. More than 1,000 cask beers and over 250 ciders and perries. Full details on the festival website

October 9-20: 40th anniversary Beer Festival at JD Wetherspoon pubs and bars nationwide.

October 10-12: Gainsborough Beer Festival at Gainsborough Old Hall, Parnell Street, Gainsborough DN21 2NB. Opening times: Thursday, 7pm-10pm; Friday and Saturday, noon-10.30pm.

October 10-13: Beer Festival at the Billericay Brewing Co, 54B/C Chapel Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 9LS.

October 10-November 16: Doktoberfest at Dock X, Unit 1, Canada Water Retail Park, Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 2XU. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 5pm-11pm (excluding Saturday, October 12). Full details on the festival website

October 11: Madtoberfest Cycle Club event at Purity Brewing Co, Spernal Lane, Great Alne B49 6JF, 4.30pm-10pm. Bikes not required. Details and tickets via Eventbrite

October 11-13: Hampshire Octoberfest at Basingstoke Sports and Social Club, Mays Bounty, Fairfields Road, Basingstoke RG21 3DR. More than 100 cask beers, ciders and perries, mostly local. Details on the festival website

October 12: Camden Oktoberfest at the Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, Camden Town, London NW1 8QP, 2pm-9pm. Details and tickets via the festival website

October 12: Brewery Tour at the Billericay Brewing Co, 54B/C Chapel Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 9LS. For more details and to book, click here

October 12: Vegtoberfest at FEST Camden, Stables Market, London NW1 8AH. Vegan-friendly German beers and vegan street food. Details on the festival website

October 12: Meet the Brewer with Stannary Brewing at Vessel Beer Shop, 184 Exeter Street, Plymouth PL4 0NQ, 11am-6pm.

October 12: Beer and Cornish Drinks Festival at The Alverton Hotel, Tregolls Road, Truro, Cornwall TR1 1ZQ, noon until late. Beer from local breweries, plus spirits, too. Details and tickets via Eventbrite

October 16: Pink Oktoberfest at Dock X, Unit 1, Canada Water Retail Park, Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 2XU, 4pm-11pm. An event aimed at the LBGT community. Details on the festival website

October 16-19: The Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival at the National Cricket Training Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff CF11 9XR. Cask and keg beers, plus more than 40 ciders and perries. Details and tickets via the festival website

October 16-20: Steel City Beer and Cider Festival at Kelham Island Industrial Museum, Sheffield S3 8RT. Some 250 cask beers, plus KeyKeg beers, ciders and perries. Details on the festival website

October 17-20: Collabfest at BrewDog bars around the world (excluding DopTap, Ellon). An annual collaboration festival featuring beers made by 78 breweries from 16 countries.

October 17-20: Third anniversary celebrations at the Maltings Taphouse, Tuckers Maltings, Teign Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4AA.

October 18: Oktoberfest at Tremethick Brewery, Bosillion Lane, Grampound, Cornwall TR2 4QY, 5pm-11pm.

October 18: First anniversary party at The Pigeon, 41 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, London SE5 8TR, 5pm. See preview

October 18: Bar open at Old Dairy Brewery, Station Yard, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6HE, 5pm-8pm.

October 18-21: Octoberfest at the Driftwood Spars, Trevaunce Cove, St Agnes, Cornwall TR5 0RT. Real ales and ciders, live music, and Rugby World Cup on screen. Details on the event Facebook page

October 19: The Real Ale Train at Llangollen Railway, 5 Abbey Road, Llangollen LL20 8SN. Details on the event web page

October 19: Camden Oktoberfest at the Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, Camden Town, London NW1 8QP, 2pm-9pm. Details and tickets via the festival website

October 19: Vegtoberfest at FEST Camden, Stables Market, London NW1 8AH. Vegan-friendly German beers and vegan street food. Details on the festival website

October 19 and 20: Apple Festival at the St John Inn, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 3AW. Cider, entertainment, and food.

October 21-26: Norwich Beer Festival at St Andrews and Blackfriars halls, Norwich. See preview

October 24-26: Oxford Beer Festival at the Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1BX. 130 cask ales, plus 50 ciders/perries. Full details on the festival website

October 24-26: Swindon Beer Festival at the Steam Museum, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EY. More than 100 beers, plus cider and perry. Details on the Swindon CAMRA website

October 25 and 26: Alloa Cask Ale and Cider Festival at the Town Hall, Mars Hill, Alloa FK10 1AB. About 45 cask ales, plus cider, perry, gin, wine and prosecco. Details on the Forth Valley CAMRA website

October 25 and 26: Woolston Beer Festival at Pear Tree Church Hall, 80 Pear Tree Road, Woolston, Hampshire SO19 2HA. More than 30 cask ales, plus ciders and bottled beer. Details on the festival website

October 26: Brewery Tour at the Billericay Brewing Co, 54B/C Chapel Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 9LS. For more details and to book, click here

October 26: Sober October Tour and Tasting at Nirvana Brewery, Unit T6, Leyton Industrial Village, Argall Avenue, London E10 7QP, 1pm-6pm. A talk on how Nirvana makes its alcohol-free beers, followed by a tasting session. Tickets via Eventbrite

October 31-November 2: Carlisle Beer Festival at The Venue, Portland Place, Carlisle CA1 1RL. More than 60 cask beers, plus KeyKeg beers and ciders. Opening times: Thursday, 2pm-11pm; Friday and Saturday, noon-11pm.

October 31-November 2: Spooktoberfest at Dock X, Unit 1, Canada Water Retail Park, Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 2XU, 5pm-11pm. A Halloween Oktoberfest. Details on the festival website

October 31-November 2: Redhill Beer Festival at the Village Hall, Station Road North, Mertsham, Surrey RH1 3ED. More than 60 cask beers, and 10 ciders and perries. Details on the event Facebook page

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