We understand that living in London can still be an expensive time. Rents are high, and there’s so much to do that it can be hard to stay-in and save your pounds. Just because you spend half your salary on glitter pens, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on Europe’s biggest Volkfest! Follow Stoke’s tips for experiencing Oktoberfest on a teacher’s budget, and you too can join a party so great it makes “Sleeping Lions” look like a bad time.
Don’t spend €250 on your dirndl or lederhosen.
Sure, we know you’re excited to splash some cash so you can look bangin’ in your bier drinking kit, but why pay a premium price at the uniform shop when you can get the generic-but-equally-as-attractive-Tesco-equivalent at the Stoke campsite? For the ladies, it’s only €70 for a dirndl including shirt, dress and apron. For the gentlemen, €90 will get you a lederhosen including shirt, leather pants and breeches. And don’t forget the hat. No hat, no play.
Don’t try to steal the steins.
We know you can’t afford any souvenirs since you bought yourself that electric pencil-sharpener, but please do not try to sneak a stein out of the beer halls. You’ll look guiltier than little Johnny did after he stabbed Samantha with his grey-lead that time. You’ll be caught red-handed and asked to pay a hefty fine. What would the children say?
Know that the beer is strong!
We know that pints have been eating into your funds since you started playing school in London, but you’ll be relieved to know that the Germans don’t see Fosters as a viable choice of beer. The lightest bier at Oktoberfest is 5.8% and the strongest is 6.3%, so even if you only shell out for one stein, you’re still guaranteed to be as buzzed as Tommy in Year 2 after he stole all of the jellybeans from the school office.
No, we’re not talking about that computer game your students are always on when they’re supposed to be typing their essays. If your increasing tolerance for the extra strong German bier is making your days at Oktoberfest more expensive than good quality whiteboard markers, the brave among you need not pay at all. You’ll find more half-drunk, abandoned steins littering the halls than you find chewing gum under the desks. Claim them if you dare…
Don’t forget to ask for your change.
Beer wenching is a birthright passed down to German females by mothers and aunties, and it is a role they take very seriously. Once a wench looks after your table, be careful not to cheat on her with another one, and don’t forget to tip. That said, beer wenches can be more stingy than Beverley in the cafeteria is with the mayonnaise – if you’re due change, make sure you ask for it, or you won’t get it.
Camp with Stoke at Oktoberfest.
You haven’t been that keen on camping ever since Lisa’s hair caught on fire at the Year 7 team-building camp, but Stoke is here to change that. With pre-erected tents and mattresses provided, it’s more like “glamping” anyway. They pride themselves on offering hard-working educators like you an affordable way to let your hair down (the few strands that haven’t fallen out due to stress). For just €60 a night, they’ll provide you with everything you need to have a time. The Stoke campsite is such a good time that you don’t even really need to enter the bier halls to drown your sorrows over that Ofsted rating. There’s unlimited beer and sangria, DJs and live bands. Ein Prosit!
You can get to Oktoberfest with Stoke, and if you enter VIBE when booking, we’ve scored you 10% off!
Remember to pack your Vibe T and send us your pics and you could grab yourself a share of £1000!