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‘Drink Dorset’ – Weymouth’s Octoberfest is back!

The organisers of Weymouth Octoberfest, West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) are proud to announce the popular beer festival held in Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room will return on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October after a break of two years.

The festival is now in its 11th year at the Pavilion and has got more popular as the years have passed with earlier festivals being in the “Time Walk” at Brewers Quay.

This year’s festival will showcase over 60 cask ales and ciders, all from Dorset brewers and cider producers. Customers can expect some of their favourite cask ales and ciders alongside festival specials and one-off brews.

CAMRA bar manager and co-organiser Rich Gabe said, ”We were sad that due to the pandemic and uncertainty of 2021 we were unable to bring Weymouth its sell out festival. So, this year as a mark of respect to how our Dorset breweries coped with the pandemic and to show our continuing support to our amazing award-winning brewers, it was time to showcase their finest beers and ciders. We intend to have beer from every Dorset brewery that currently and regularly brews cask ale. This will be a golden opportunity for Dorset brewers to be creative and highlight their best brews – it’s time to raise a glass and drink Dorset.”

Tickets go on sale August 1st from the following outlets and are priced at £11 per session: customers receive a commemorative glass, two halves of beer or cider and a programme listing the full
selection of Dorset beers and ciders.

  • On-Line. West Dorset CAMRA
  • Weymouth.
    The Globe or Doghouse pubs, Chalbury Food & Wine or Weymouth Pavilion Box Office.
  • Portland.
    Royal Portland Arms pub.
  • Dorchester.
    Convivial Rabbit pub.

Session times are:
Lunchtime 11:00 -16.00
Evening 18.30 – 23.30.

Saturday evening will see the return of live music. Fresh from supporting Chesney Hawkes at his recent sell out gig at Cerne Abbas Brewery, we are proud to present popular local group “That Britpop Band.” They will take to the stage to play covers of music from the heyday of the Britpop 90’s era: expect to hear songs from the likes of Oasis, Blur, Cast and Supergrass to name but a few.

West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale Chairman Dave Harris on the left and co-organiser Rich Gabe

West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale Chairman Dave Harris, left, and co-organiser Rich Gabe