New event for pier programme

  • 10 July, 2023
  • On the pier

An exciting new event is being planned
for Clacton Pier’s extensive entertainment programme this year.

Oktoberfest will be staged across two weekends and will feature two
different oompah bands, Ein Kline Oompah and Papa Schnitzel.

There will also be a host of fun, food and drink to enjoy.

The music and song will all get underway on September 23 and 24 and will
continue on September 30 and October 1.

The event – which hails from Bavaria in Germany and is more than 200
years old – will encompass the full Hofbrauhaus atmosphere and plenty of
audience participation.

It will fit into the programme a few weeks before the attraction’s
popular Halloween Festival in October half term.

Pier director Billy Ball said that the team are always looking to
freshen up the offer for residents and visitors with new ideas vital to boost

“We did look at putting on an Oktoberfest event a couple of years ago
but soon realised it needed careful planning with bands booked up years in
advance,” he said.

“As it is we have had to book two different bands as no one could cover
the whole four days we have lined-up, as well as their other commitments.

“We will be getting hold of some special beers and providing food to
accompany the flavour of the event.

“The main elements are all in place and we are now working on the finer
details which we will announce once they have been decided, which will include
how and when bookings can be made.

“We wanted to give people the dates as early as possible so they could
get them in the diary.”

In the meantime, the pier has a host of other events coming up.

There will be free fireworks extravaganzas weekly throughout the school
summer holidays and an exhibition on entertainment in Clacton will be staged in
the Jolly Roger in conjunction with the Clacton and District History Society
throughout the school holidays.

Carnival Pier Night takes place on August 11; fireworks will follow the
Twilight Flights at Clacton Airshow on August 24; a traditional end of the pier
variety show will be staged in the Jolly Roger on September 2 and a talk on the
history of pier entertainment the next day.

On September 16 and 17 the pier will be hosting Armed Forces and
Veterans weekend.


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