Wednesday, July 6, 2016

News: More Magna events for 2016

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Magna's annual Oktoberfest will bring a taste of Germany to South Yorkshire when it returns to the Rotherham venue for the third time.

Set in the former Templeborough steelworks, Magna is a family attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. Millions of pounds have been invested in conference facilities at the centre which is operated by a charity, the Magna Trust, and has hosted corporate events for brands including Mercedes, Royal Mail, Kia Motors and HSBC. A £46m Millennium project, Magna celebrates its 15th birthday this year.

Tickets are now on sale for the event, which emulates the festival held each year in Munich, Germany, and takes place on Saturday October 1. It will feature a range of continental draught and bottled lagers, fancy dress, and entertainment from Oompah bands.

Oktoberfest will run from midday until midnight, and revellers are encouraged to get into the spirit by dressing in Bavarian costume.

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Drinks will be poured in pint-sized steins – traditional German beer mugs – and hungry guests can feast on frankfurters and other German-themed food.

Over the last two years almost 4,000 people have attended the event, which is thought to be the biggest of its kind in the region. Numbers are expected to be high again in 2016.

John Silker, chief executive of Magna, said: "Oktoberfest is a real highlight on our calendar and we can't wait to bring Bavaria to Rotherham again. We've got so much space here that it's perfect for a big party, and we're inviting everyone in South Yorkshire to join us."

A shuttle bus service will run from Rotherham and Sheffield to Magna throughout the day and night. And for those who choose not to drink, plenty of car parking is available.

Entry-only tickets for Oktoberfest are £5, with beer and food tokens available on the night. Bierkeller packages, which include entry, drinks and a meal, start from £15.

The unique venue hosts HorrorCon UK 2016 this weekend. With over 2,500 visitors in 2015, the convention provides an atmospheric space where fans (and lots of scare-playing fiends) can get together to celebrate the weird and wonderful world of horror, interact with like-minded folks and meet and speak with some of the most iconic names associated with the genre.

Magna Events website

Images: Magna

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