Prepare for live music and beers galore at festival

Members of Sleaford ladies rugby team pictured at last year's Oktoberfest..
Members of Sleaford ladies rugby team pictured at last year's Oktoberfest..

Oktoberfest returns this week – with a host of live music acts, activities and a tantalising selection of real ales.

And it is all in the name of a life-saving cause.

Sleaford and District Round Table has been organising the festival for the last six years. This year, it is in aid of Sleaford SHOCK, which is raising money to provide community defibrillators.

The event includes a beer festival with 40 real ales, 19 ciders and four continental beers on tap alongside other drinks.

Twelve bands and soloists will play – all giving their time for free to help the charity. The event will also feature dancing, gymnastics displays, fairground rides, a family fun zone (Saturday daytime) including a climbing wall, circus skills, craft tent and more.

The festival, held on Boston Road Recreation Ground, kicks off tomorrow (Thursday) with a free acoustic night from 6pm to 10pm. Friday will be the official opening night with live music and an AC/DC tribute act, from 6pm to midnight. Saturday will offer a family day with live music, from noon to midnight.

Neil Freeman, from the round table, said: “We hope to raise in excess of £10,000. The campaign will officially launch on Friday and there are free training sessions on Saturday to learn how to use a defibrillator.

Entry is £3 per adult per day, £2 per day for under-18s.