Alton Towers Oktoberfest 2020

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  1. Craig

    Craig TS Administrator Team Member

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    Yup there's a massive opportunity to really think about how they can merge the work put into the Oktoberfest setup to be used into Scarefest and later into Fireworks and maybe even into their Christmas offerings. Hopefully it's something they're thinking about.
     
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    Very, very impressed with the event from Saturday. The food is expensive, but I tried the bratwurst and split the mexican fries with a friend and they were very nice! Also had a toasted marshmallow around 8:15 which is a nice touch being able to toast it over the fire yourselves. The roaming entertainment is great, the performers on stage are also fantastic! Really, really hope to see this event return next year! 10/10 from me to be honest!
     
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    It's only available on The Smiler, Wicker Man and Nemesis according to the app - or at least it was last week
     
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    It also now appears to include Spinball Whizzer, again for £10.

    Anyway straying off topic again here!


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  5. Swarm Chris

    Swarm Chris TowersStreet Member

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    If the BBC reporting is accurate that pubs, restaurants and I'm guessing anything with an alcohol license, will be restricted to table service, I'm guessing we'll be seeing a major change in Oktoberfest operations by the end of the week.

    Thorpe's version in its cramped space looks a little doomed.
     
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    That's a very good point actually. In fact, not a single food outlet at Alton Towers is table service (unless that has changed this year, I've not been so would not know).

    I wonder if for Oktoberfest they would be able to get around it because technically you are purchasing food and beers to take away to a larger communal seating area? It's not a typical sit in restaurant/pub environment.
     
  7. Swarm Chris

    Swarm Chris TowersStreet Member

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    I suspect most of the fast food options at Towers could be classed as takeaway. I'm not sure Just Chicken has seats at the moment, don't believe Dark Forest Burger Kitchen ever opened, and the Oktoberfest ones certainly are.

    I would guess the alcohol licensing doesn't really allow itself to be classed as take away. The signs at the perimeter stating the limits to where alcohol can be taken, would make me think the lawns are the licensed area and so serving alcohol will require table service.
     
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    Would it apply in this case though as many of these rules only apply to indoor situations - the whole area is outdoors and there is a much greater area to socially distance queue, unlike a cramped pub . I'm guessing they have plastic screens up at the bar as well, so if you SD queue, wear a mask, pay for and be given your pint from behind a screen, how is that any less safe than members of staff running around all those tables delivering drinks?
     
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  9. Craig

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    As it stands at the moment, everything is pure speculation. We'll need to wait until the full details come out tonight and subsequent legislation is published. Without that we're just playing guessing games
     
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    Woodcutters may be the only place left open!

    I suspect that at least some of the outlets will fall into the takeaway definition, as they’re essentially just food vans.
     
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    Number all the outdoor tables...social distanced queue for a table, online ordering and payment, jogging waiting staff?
     
  12. jon81uk

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    I got the impression the new rules are more around places who primarily offer alcohol now need to have table service.
    I assume as long as you go up to the counter with a mask on and don’t remove it until seated the fast food places (burger kitchen and chicken place) will operate the same as kfc and Pret do.
     
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  13. Swarm Chris

    Swarm Chris TowersStreet Member

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    Roller skates for staff and disco music. Simple change and keeps the event fresh. :p
     
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    No good on the lawns...
    Needs grassblades.
     
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    Are the Oktoberfest steins you can purchase glass or plastic?
     
  16. Dave

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    Hard plastic
     
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    Apparently they are nucleated too, meaning they'll keep your beer fizzier for longer like a lot of glass pint glasses in pubs. Mentioned in ParkSpill's video (at 10:23):

     
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    So errm Alton Towers, this is the kind of promo material you should be producing to advertise the event!

     
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    jon81uk TowersStreet Member

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    They have put out something similar, just with added focus on the covid stuff
     
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    Towers Times are reporting that Oktoberfest has changed slightly to comply with the new Coronavirus rules. You must now be seated and then remain seated at the table. You put your hand up when you want service and they will then bring the drinks to you and take payment via contactless card.

     
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