Weymouth Octoberfest cancelled this year

Weymouth Octoberfest cancelled this year

Published by George Sharpe at 3:28pm 29th June 2020.

Weymouth's Octoberfest has been cancelled this year in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

It was due to be held at Weymouth Pavillion but will instead be put off until next year.

There was hope Octoberfest may still be able to run with social distancing measures in place in light of Saturday's ease of lockdown restrictions.

But, organisers say it would have been irresponsible to put both staff and customers at risk.

Rich Gabe said:

"Weymouth Octoberfest is one of two large beer festivals that we run and look forward to; however it seems irresponsible to put our volunteer staff and loyal customer base in a potential dangerous position.

"Part of running a festival is staff close inter-action with customers talking and advising on beer preferences alongside banter, fun and education while serving at the bar or going from table to table" 

"After last year's Saturday evening sell out the popularity of Real Ale in Dorset is plain to see and we were hoping to present an "All things Dorset" event showcasing Dorset brewers and cider makers; we hope to do this in 2021"

Octoberfest 2018
Event organisers Dave Harris and Rich Gabe

A decision will be made later this year on next years Dorchester Beerex.

West Dorset Chairman Dave Harris said:

"It is a shame we have had to cancel, I'm sure our customers will understand and I look forward to returning to Weymouth Pavilion next year as it fits all our needs to run the festival. 

"This is around the time of year as a local branch of CAMRA that we start to plan and publicise the event, so to avoid a sudden short-notice cancellation in the event of a second spike of COVID-19 we have taken this sad decision."

They've also taken the decision not to run any social activities like minibus outings, train trips or monthly branch meetings until further social distancing measures are eased