Last year Faringdon Park was the home of traditional German revelry when the Oktoberfest tent pitched up but this year it's returning with a new venue. 

Facebook posts announcing the beer festival's return to Swindon stated that it was bringing its "SELL OUT Event inside to the MECA Swindon for the first time."

MECA Swindon is an indoor venue that usually hosts one night shows, boxing and wrestling, part nights like Bongos Bingo and comedy but for one night it will be filled with Lederhosen and dirndls.

Swindon Advertiser:

Despite the change of scenery, this year's event boasts the same classic Oktoberfest things people expect with huge long bench seating, two-pint steins of beer, live oompah bands, DJs, fancy dress and 'fun frolics and games.'

Last year's event saw hundreds of locals flock to the touring tent, one of the biggest in Europe, when it was in town.

They were then treated to bratwurst, beer and bands and everyone who spoke to The Adver reporter who attended said they had a great time and enjoyed the traditional German party atmosphere. 

But while things went smoothly on the night, Oktoberfest didn't escape Swindon without some controversy after the state that Faringdon Park had been left in was discovered.

Despite attempts made to protect the ground with metal sheeting, heavy vehicles used in the dismantling and taking away of the tent had left it torn up, quagmired and full of dangerous deep holes. 

The damage was so significant that the worst affected areas needing to be fenced off from the public to keep them safe, but to also prevent further damage being caused.

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Neighbour Danny Durkin told The Adver at the time: "The event was great for Swindon and brought people together, but when I was out walking my dog I was horrified seeing the deep holes."

Swindon Advertiser: Faringdon Park following OktoberfestFaringdon Park following Oktoberfest

Coun Neil Hopkins is chair of South Swindon Parish Council's leisure, environment and amenities committee and he assured those concerned that Oktoberfest's organisers would pick up the bill to fix it. 

He said: "We have been in discussions with the organisers and they are paying for the rectification of the grounds after heavy vehicles went over them."

Oktoberfest comes to MECA Swindon on October 8.

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