Magna teams up with First to help the party spirit

23 September 2014

Magna has teamed up with First so people can have a night out and leave the car at home.

Magna is subsidising buses to its Oktoberfest, which will feature German lagers, Frankfurters and an Oompah band.

The two-day event will run on Friday October 3 from 6pm to midnight, and Saturday October 4 from 5pm to midnight, with tickets starting at just £5.

Donna Shaw, of Magna, said: “We’re really excited about bringing a bit of Munich to Rotherham, so people can come for a good old knees-up. Lederhosen is optional! But we want people to come and have a great night out and not have to worry about how they are going to get home.”

The buses will run every 30 minutes between Rotherham Interchange, Meadowhall Interchange and Magna, starting at 5.30pm on the Friday and 4.30pm on the Saturday. The cost will be just £2 return, with the last bus leaving Magna at midnight on both nights.

As well as the Oompah band there will be a disco, party games, and guest appearances from the current and former Miss South Yorkshires dressed in traditional costumes. Party-goers are being encouraged to get into the spirit of the occasion with a fancy dress competition and prizes for the best dressed.

Entry-only tickets are £5, with beer and food tokens available on the night. A Bierkeller package is available for £20 in advance or £25 on the night. It includes entry, four pints of lager and a meal. More details at or contact 01709 723102 or

Magna, which is housed in the former Templeborough steel works near junction 34 of the M1, has space that can be hired to cater for between 30 and 3,000 people.

As well as being a corporate venue, Magna is also an award-winning visitor attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire, and it hosts regular school trips.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows: Adam Timewell, commercial manager of First South Yorkshire and York, and Donna Shaw of Magna.

For more information see or contact Donna Shaw at Magna on 01709 723 146 or at

Magna is housed in the giant former Templeborough steel works, which opened in 1916 and at its height employed 10,000 people. It shut in 1993 and was mothballed until its conversion to Magna in 2001. At one time the steelworks, which were a mile long, were said to be Europe’s largest. There were 14 open-hearth furnaces and 14 chimneys, which were replaced in the 1960s with electric arc furnaces. One of the arc furnaces is now a giant pyrotechnic display in the visitor centre called the Big Melt. The steelworks, which became known as Steelos, after the owners Steel, Peech and Tozer, produced up to 18 million tonnes of steel a year. Regular steel tours telling the story of Magna are led by former steel workers.

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