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The Berliner brings Oktoberfest to Beeston

The Berliner is gearing up to bring a slice of Bavaria to our doorstep. Aaron Simmonds donned his liedwehosen and sent to find out more…


The German-inspired bar and restaurant will be bringing a slice of Munich to Beeston later this month in what may be the town’s first Oktoberfest celebration. Patrons will drink from traditional steins, served by staff in full lederhosen, and the garden will be occupied by a beer-truck. Not a beer-car or beer-van, but a truck! The truck and bar will be stocked with authentic Deutsches and Bavarian biers, such as ABK Hell and other cult favourites, some from breweries over 700 years old – though, I imagine the beer is slightly fresher.

Other frivolities will include live music from bands, including the self-proclaimed funkatronic luchadors, Revenge of Calculon, and Spanish guitarist and singer, Kay Corominas. Bratwurst and beer deals will be instated to ensure pilgrims are well fed and well drunk. There was also talk of a sausage eating contest and a stein carrying challenge…could a Beestonian beat the previous record of 29 steins held at once? We’ll have to wait and see.

Artist, Louis Johnston, is involved to furnish the bar for the event. He has made tables and a two-tiered bench by upcycling old wooden pallets. He has also added vibrant colour to the bar’s interior with street art inspired by Berlin wall graffiti.

When we asked Berliner co-owner, James, what he expected from the event, he simply said, ‘Chaos. It’ll be great.’ Und mein Gott, I hope it is!

Celebrations will take place from Friday September 29 – Sunday October 1, and entry is free.


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Curious minds will be amazed and inspired by Wonder 2017 

Have you ever wondered what Mars looks like, what your skin’s made of, how planes can fly, why T-rex had tiny arms or how Vikings fought?

It’s now less than a month to go until you can find out at Wonder 2017. On Saturday 17 June 2017 between 11am and 5pm, the University of Nottingham will be throwing open its doors to the local community to uncover and answer the questions you’ve always wondered about. The free event, formerly known as May Fest, held at University Park, gives curious minds the chance to try a huge variety of fun and hands-on activities.

Visitors are invited to explore the University’s ground-breaking research and world-class teaching first-hand by taking part in a vast array of exciting family-friendly activities, split into zones and by age range to ensure they get the most out of their day.

We’d encourage anyone interested to come and join us for what promises to be a stimulating and fun-filled day

Debbie Henthorn, Deputy Director of Campaign and Alumni Relations, and a team from across the University are organising Wonder.

She said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the community back into the University of Nottingham this June, for our incredible brand new event.

“We care deeply about the University’s connection to the community and appreciate how many local people, businesses and partners in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire are involved in making what we do at the University possible. What better way to showcase the contributions that the University makes to education, research and business than opening up the campus to our community who are such an important part of our success.

“We will bring children and grown-ups from all backgrounds together at University Park, for a fantastic free day out with some very exciting activities, experiments and demonstrations. We’d encourage anyone interested to come and join us for what promises to be a stimulating and fun-filled day.”

What makes you wide-eyed with wonder? 

Events and activities throughout the day will include:

  • See Vikings battle Anglo-Saxons in fearsome re-enactments.
  • Solve clues on the Raiders of the Lost Park treasure hunt around Highfields.
  • Watch extreme experiments, which burn, cut, smash and crush materials.
  • Discover how your body works with hands-on activities.
  • Learn new skills with the University’s futsal team.
  • Get crafty and help create our mini sculpture park.
  • Wow at our race-winning electronic motorbike.

A full list of all the Wonder activities is now available to explore on the website, along with a new app which will go live in early June, to guide visitors around University Park Campus to the many exciting activities on offer throughout the day. Users of the app can collect points on their journey and pick up rewards along the way.