ALTON Towers is launching a brand new "Oktoberfest" event from next week, with German-themed attractions and food as part of the much loved annual celebration.

They have also revealed the 2020 plans for Scarefest, which will return later this year.

From September 11 to October 4, Oktoberfest will take place every afternoon from 3pm with live acts and events, as well as welcoming guests on the rollercoasters and rides.

A Bavarian-themed venue with Lederhosen-clad hosts and oompah band will greet guests, with the event part of the price of a theme park ticket, although visitors will have to book ahead.

Bratwurst in pretzel buns, luxury chocolates, lebkuchen biscuits and giant toasted marshmallows are just some of the culinary delights on offer, along with English beers and German Helles premium lager.

Fire pits and entertainment will be on offer throughout the evening, which includes two stages for live performances with acts such as the foot-stomping German Jukebox and street performances by Bavarian dancers and an Alpine horn player.

  • Alton Towers Oktoberfest day passes – from £34

The return of Scarefest has also been announced, taking place from October 9 to November 1.

On selected dates, the well-known horror event will have two new attractions this year.

"Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard" will have live action scare mazes with terrifying clowns, while the second attraction is yet to be announced.

They join other guest favourites including The Attic: Terror of the Towers, pirate-themed Darkest Depths and the creepy Altonville Mine Tours: Uncover The Legend of the Skin Snatchers

More family-friendly attractions include the CBeebies Land Monster Ball. and the new "Garden Lights Walk: Whispering Souls" through the Alton Towers Gardens.

While both of the events are being planned in accordance with government guidelines, they are subject to change if coronavirus restrictions are changed also.

James Walker, Marketing Director at Alton Towers Resort, said: “We are really excited to be able to offer something brand new for our guests in 2020, as well as stage the return of our much-loved Halloween event.

"This year marks the theme park’s 40th anniversary and it was always the plan to make it a year of celebration for our guests.

“As well as brilliant live entertainment for Oktoberfest, we are working with partners to offer unique food and drink options for the event to ensure we create a memorable, exciting and family-friendly atmosphere all with a German twist.

"It will be a first in the Theme Park’s history and not to be missed."

We went to Alton Towers to find out what new measures to expect post-pandemic.

Temperature checks at the gates and social distancing guidelines are being enforced by the park as well as additional cleaning between riders.

You too can enjoy an action-packed day out at Alton Towers Resort thanks to Sun Superdays.

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