SWINDONIANS will be transported to Germany tomorrow when Oktoberfest makes a welcome return.

The popular event will open its gates at 6pm but drinkers will need to act fast as tickets are nearly sold out.

The County Cricket Grounds will be transformed into a little bit of Bavaria when the two-day festival returns.

A marquee in the grounds will play host to Munich-style bierkeller.

And the bar will be serving the foaming steins of German beer with pretzels and bratwurst to soak it all up, and a traditional oompah band will entertain, and lead the singing.

The Adver spoke to some excited drinkers who are looking forward to visiting the German spectacular.

John Holyoak, 26, said: “I can’t wait for tomorrow night.

"I recently celebrated my birthday and will be going with a group of friends to continue the celebrations. I’ve heard how good it is and now I will get to see it for myself.”

Jason Mcgovern, 25, said: “Last year was a fantastic event and I’m hoping that it will be just as good or even better this time round.”

Hazel Rogers, 56, said: “I have visited similar events to this before but it will be my first time going to one in my hometown.

"I’m going with my sisters on Saturday and we are all thoroughly looking forward to having a few drinks and a boogie.”

Malcolm Kidd, 60, added: “The beer was really good last year and a traditional German brand.

"I can’t wait for this weekend to experience a bit of Germany once again. The town really comes to life at events like this and all of my family have purchased tickets to go.

“Everything from the atmosphere to the live band made it a night to remember.”

In honour of the original held in Munich, visitors are encouraged to dress up in lederhosen to really get into the spirit of the occasion.

Last year was the festival’s first visit to Swindon. More than 3,500 people packed the 50-meter long marquee last October.

For more information, go to oktoberfestswindon.co.uk.