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Goosy, Goosy, Gander, to the Fair shall I wander
Up and down the sideshows in a state of wonder
Here I met a hawker his cries far and wide
So I took upon his offer and climbed aboard his ride
As the autumn nights start to draw in and you feel the nip of cold air towards the end of September, many people here in Nottingham begin to whisper the words "Goose Fair".
To people, young and old alike, a hint of excitement fills the air in anticipation of one of city's much-loved events. This year, 2012 marks the 718th fair, to put it in simple terms; Nottingham's Goose Fair is one of Europe's largest, non fixed, mobile fun fairs, filled with thrilling rides, games, events, sideshows, and much, much more. For those of you who have been you will know exactly what I mean.
From the first Wednesday each October for four days well over 1 million people visit the Forest Recreational Ground roughly 1 mile north of Nottingham City centre just off the A60 Mansfield Road and Gregory Boulevard to experience the thrills and excitement of one of the city's oldest traditions and largest social extravaganzas on the Nottingham events calendar. Millions of pounds exchange hands during those few seemingly short days but to the citizens of Nottingham and the surrounding area it is worth every penny.
WHAT IS GOOSE FAIR
At precisely 12.00 pm on Thursday 4 October 2012 in the company of the Sheriff of Nottingham, and other civic dignitaries, the Chief Executive and Town Clerk will read a Proclamation and the Lord Mayor will perform the Silver Bells ringing in ceremony before he/she "Walks the Fair" to officially open the much loved Nottingham Goose Fair.
What, I hear you ask makes the Goose Fair so special? Well to the people of Nottingham it is not just a fun fair, it is tradition, a memorable occasion, a place to see and be seen, excitement, thrills, fun and games and an all out brilliant excuse to have a good time. The fair evokes memories of childhood with the cacophony of sound from music, engine noise, screams from the rides, hawkers calling you to come and try their ride, a dazzling display of millions of lights, rich mingled aroma of food and the delightful taste of candyfloss and toffee apples and hot dogs.
But this is no ordinary fair its roots go back to the thirteenth century, if not before and is referred to as an established fair on the Feast of St Matthew in Edward I charter in 1284 and first mentioned by name in publications 1541.
Showman from all over the country travel to the city bringing their amusements and rides joining in the large assemblage on 18 acres of sporting pitches and park and ride car park with the fringe fair area along the side streets.
There are over 95 different rides and moving experiences for all ages including old favourites and many new attractions. This year some of the expected rides and thrills are Tsunami Roller coaster, making its first appearance at Goose Fair and that is already erected and hurtles you through of twists and turns. The Reverse Bungee that catapults you over 100 feet into the air although you will not get me on that. The 120 feet high, Big Ben Drop Tower where you ride to the tops and are dropped over 100 feet. Wild Water Rapids which is white water rafting up a 36 feet before shooting down a slide to crash into rough wild waters at the bottom. The Crazy Shake that will shake your bones until they turn to jelly. There are returning high-speed favourites such as Matter Horn, Frisbee, Hard Rock, Obiter, and Chaos for the thrill seekers amongst us all. Many of the traditional rides like the Carousel, the dodgems, the ghost train, and the house of fun, Helter Skelter, Swinging Chairs, waltzes, merry go rounds and everyone's favourite The Big Wheel (It has been known to have two wheels side by side on occasions).
There are over 200 games and stalls calling out to you to have a try to test skills and luck these attractions are my favourites, I prefer the sideshows to the rides, There is hook a duck, roll a penny, bingo, penny arcades, hoopla, tombola, darts, coconut shies, and many other sideshow games. Here you can also find a plethora of food stalls catering to many tastes including, a mixture of foods from all over the world. Many favourites are be found there, chips, hamburgers and hot dogs, candyfloss and toffee apples, nougat and brandy snap, Grantham Gingerbread, coconuts, cock-on-a-stick, Nottingham's infamous hot mushy peas and mint sauce served in little round dishes with either faggots, or pies and gravy or as I like them on their own. Also are an assortment of seafood stalls offering mussels, prawns, crab stix, cockles and other marine favourites and not overly expensive.
Fringe Fair sees attractions, gift and novelties stalls with all those cheap little, games, toys the kids love booths and fortune-teller caravans where you can always find the "Authentic Gypsy Rose Lee or Gypsy Rosa" line along the side streets surrounding the recreation ground.
Preparation for this years fair began by the city planners in November last year only weeks after the previous event, booking the rides and stalls and organising ahead the transport facilities and security. The plots for the attractions have been marked out since August and during the last week the big rides, began setting up. I passed by yesterday and the large roller coaster is almost completely erected as is the Wild Water Rapids and this year looks to be one of the biggest fair the city has seen.
Goose Fair has been immortalised by Nottingham born author Alan Sillitoe in his books Saturday Night, Sunday Morning that was later turned into a movie with Albert Finny. Alan Sillitoe's Nottinghamshire book: where he returns to his birth county to revisit the places of his youth, and in the 1955 movie 'A woman for Joe' the story of a fairground midget who falls in love with a local woman.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
In the thirteenth century the Goose Fayre was far different from what we see today, to put it quite simply it was at that time an autumn market held in the Old Market Square. Guildsmen and traders erected makeshift stalls to ply their trade or sell their wares from cheeses, hams, bread and other food stuffs, farmers built pens holding the animals herds and geese in flocks, fat and ready for slaughter. Much of the produce was local and sold at the times where people stocked up for the coming winter. It is unknown exactly where the name originated but one favourite belief is from the geese farmers in the fens of Lincolnshire and Norfolk who drove their flocks of geese to the fayre in time for the feast of St Matthew and the up and coming winter celebrations.
However as the years passed the fayre began to change, along came the minstrels and tumblers, the jugglers and the punch and Judy shows, acrobats and unusual animals turning the then 12 day market into an annual entertainment event. Comedians, clowns, dancing bears, bearded ladies were often seen and Madam Tussaud brought along her an exhibition from Wax Work Museum. However, the development of railways people did not have to travel so far to buy their stocks for winter and slowly the market side began to dwindle and the duration was reduced to 3 days.
The fair began to adapt even more, with the development of steam power provided by large musical traction engines, steam-turned merry-go-rounds started to appear, along came novelty spectacles, cages of wild beasts never seen before in this country, theatrical wonders and entertainment and slowly the autumn market turned into a fun filled social event. With the advent of electricity attractions like pictures shows and the "new-fangled" camera obscurer, catapulted the fair into the 20th century. The rides became faster and bigger more sophisticated, noisier, more thrilling and the showground attractions became busier and larger until when in 1929 the fair needed to be moved to its present location, directly one mile north.
GOOSE FAIR AND ME
My memories of Goose Fair as a child are a muddled but I do remember my Mum taking my younger sister, brother, and I at night. I recall how we pushed our way through the crowds holding on to each other making our way weaving through the throng of stalls selling such heavenly delights as candyfloss and toffee apples. The ground beneath our feet was soft with the rain from the previous night and smell of the food and the diesel generators that powered the rides filled the air. The rides whirled around with the music of Suzie Quattro with Down at the Devil Gate Drive and Sweet with Blockbuster, Rod Stewart's Maggie May, Alice Cooper and School's Out and many other hits from the 70's.
There were side shows attractions as 'Tiny Tim', 'Britain's Tallest Man' the two headed horse or the boxing booths and the wall of death where a motor bike rider raced his way around a small circuit with graduating walls until he was almost riding around the lip of the circuit. I remember the roll a penny game with the bright red painted slope and holes at the bottom where you hoped to win a prize if it went the right hole.
Handling three growing children with the cries of "Can I go on this? Can I have that?" and trying to keep us all together so none of us would stray was a trying time for my Mum that I am sure she couldn't enjoy the occasion herself but I hope I have made up for that when I have taken her in the years since. Thanks Mum for a great childhood.
Last year I took Mum and my friend and his son on the Saturday morning of the 2003 fair and we walked around taking in the atmosphere watching the little one have fun on the rides and just enjoying the event and watched how the site slowly became busier and busier.
Memories are there of being jostled around on the roundabouts with the clanging of bells and tooting of whistles and my face becoming sticky by eating candy floss as I gazed around feeling a thrill flow through me at all I saw that even today I cannot forget and I still feel that thrill when I see the fair. It is crowded with thousands of people, I don't care. It is noisy filled with screams and throbbing music, I don't care! The flashing and whirling lights from the rides blind you and make you dizzy, look, I just don't care!! The smell is a mixture of food, heat, and generators, I DON'T CARE!!!! This is Goose Fair; I am here to have fun. I want to ride on the Big Wheel; I want to play hoopla and darts. I want to eat hot dogs and hot peas and get sticky with toffee apples and candyfloss. I want to have a good time.
I know it sounds daft but Goose Fair brings out the child in you perhaps that is why it has lived and I do mean lived as long as it has. At night when the fair is in full, swing the air around pulses with life almost as if the showground is a being in its own right. The generators throb through the ground beneath your feet almost like a beating heart, the music and screams from the rides vibrate through you, the unique aroma from the different smells are like a heady perfume and the whole makes it special.
Held annually from the first Wednesday of October for 5 days. Please note the dates vary each year.
Admission is free but all rides and games are chargeable.
Wednesday 3 October - 5.30pm - 11pm
Thursday 4 October - 12noon - 11pm
Friday 5 October - 11am - 11.30pm
Saturday 6 October - 11am - 11pm
Sunday 7 October - 1pm - 9pm
There is no public parking available at the Goose Fair Site it is recommended visitors use public transport with regular buses from the city centre at a cost of £3.20 for a one person return running until midnight, however the popular Goose Rider ticket will also be available again this year offering tickets for up to 5 people (maximum 2 adults) for a return journey to Goose Fair on an NCT bus from anywhere on the NCT City bus network for just £4. Well worth the value right there. Also For just £5 per car, up to 6 people can get a return journey to Goose Fair from Queen's Drive Park and Ride, with buses running every 7-8 minutes at the busiest times on Friday and Saturday.
Also available is the newly opened state-of-the-art NET tram, providing direct transport to the Fair. The tram offers free park & ride sites at Wilkinson Street, Bulwell, Phoenix Park, Moor Bridge, and Hucknall costing just £3.50 return per person or for a group or family up to two adults and three children you can purchase a Group Rider ticket for just £5.00. Just climb aboard and buy your ticket from the conductor. Be advised that the tram will be extremely full.
Goosy, Goosy, Gander, to the Fair shall I wander... Will I be there again this year? There is no doubt about that!
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Nottingham's Goose Fair is one of the largest travelling fairs in Europe and has now been going for 717 years! Originally, the fair was used for trade, instead of entertainment but it is now more well known for the mass of rides that it brings with it and it also used to be held in the Market Square. This year, 2011, the fair ran from 5th - 9th October and it is now held at the Forest Recreation Ground.
Although I had been to the recreation ground previously, I didn't quite realise just how much land there was. As I got off the tram, the whole site was lit up from the rides and stalls and it was all I could see. At the entrance to the fair, the smell of fair food hit me instantly and I remembered why I used to love places like this as a child.
Before even going on any rides or playing any games, my friends and I wanted to get a good feel for what there was here, being the first time for a few of us. I was amazed at the amount of rides there was to choose from and also how big some of them where. I think I was expecting all of the rides to be quite mild and tame but as soon as I saw the bungee ball, I knew that I was in for something else entirely.
The prices of rides varied depending on what they were. The children's rides were obviously the cheapest but I didn't really pay much attention to what the actual prices were. The majority of the adult rides cost either £2.50 or £3 which wasn't too bad at all. I was definitely expecting them to be more expensive. Luckily, I had also remembered to buy the local newspaper a couple of days beforehand so I went to Goose Fair armed with a load of 50p off vouchers which helped.
After getting a good feel for the grounds and the rides, it was time to come up with a plan and decide what we were going to go on first. Starting off small seemed to be the best idea to get us all in a proper fair mood. Well, I say small but the first ride was the Runaway Train which had previously been at American Adventure and is one of the largest rides to ever be used by a travelling fair. I say this is small because for me it was. It wasn't too insane and there weren't that many twists and no upside down points on it. Goose Fair is home to a range of other rides though and most of them are expected ones like the waltzers, dodgems and ferris wheels! I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie so the bigger and faster the better in my eyes but my friends definitely do not share my enthusiasm. We did go on one or two more exciting rides that pretty much just threw you around upside down but they weren't fans of these at all.
As well as the rides, the fair hosts a whole range of games for the whole family from hook a duck to the Kentucky Derby which I used to love as a child so I made sure I had a go on this. Although the games were quite averagely priced for a fair, I do think they are a rip off considering what you can actually win so I tend not to bother with them much. The staff on these stalls though do a wonderful job of getting visitors to get involved and it makes the fair a much louder, more exciting place.
A fair would just not be the same without a host of food stalls that are nothing but bad for you! Available to eat are burgers, chips, candyfloss and hot dogs among a range of other foods like doughnuts, kebabs and noodles! All I had though was a cone of chips which cost £2 and a bag of doughnuts which were £2 for 4 which is a little bit expensive but I didn't care! It isn't often at all that I get to go to a fair so I didn't mind splashing out a little bit especially as it only comes around once a year. Also, Nottingham seems to have this thing about mushy peas so you can get these here in a little pot with mint sauce but I have never had it so can't comment on why they're so popular.
Overall, my first experience of Goose Fair was fantastic. A great night out with great friends and some great rides. I will definitely be going again next year.
Nottingham Goose Fair comes to us every year in October.
The fair is held on the Forest Recreation Ground, just off Mansfield road. It is pretty easy to spot, if you are heading the right way, all you have to do is look out for the rides! This year it was open from Wednesday 6th - Sunday 10th October.
Every year, there seems to be some rumour of a big gang war at the fair, I haven't been for years as there is always a story after the fair that someone was beat up or killed. I would much rather stay in and be safe, than go somewhere where something bad always seems to happen!
However, last night, my boyfriend managed to drag me along with him!!
We went in a group of 8 and I soon decided that we wouldn't manage to stay together all night. It was so busy that we were trying to walk around in crowds of people and we could hardly see what was going on around us. If you have little children this would be an absolute nightmare as everyone seems to turn ignorant and not bother looking around!
Surprisingly, we managed to stay in a group all night, only getting lost once!
My boyfriend and I took £50 between us to the fair and returned with £15.
We went on three different rides, which cost £4 each per person. At £8 a go, for both of us, I felt like we were being completely robbed! I had to put my foot down in the end and tell him we couldn't go on anymore rides!
Not only did the prices on the rides seem to go up, but everything else seemed to be more expensive than usual. I went to the fair 2 years ago and a bag of candy floss was £1, my boyfriend brought me a bag last night which cost him £2! I know it's only £2 but to raise the price so much seemed crazy to me!
Also, the game stalls, hook a duck etc, are usually £1 a go. Yet last night we paid £3 for a game of hook a duck. AND when we had hooked our duck, the woman didn't look on the bottom to see what we had won and told us one win was a certain range of toys. I then saw a sign that said '1 go = 1 win, 2 goes = 2 wins etc'. Where's the fun in playing if you know you have to play six times to win something decent?!
The food wasn't too expensive, I think we paid around £2.50 each for a burger. However, we did seem to go to the cheapest stall.
Overall, I do think the Goose Fair is a complete waste of money, I only went because I was talked into it. I know it's tradition and people go because it only comes once a year and it's really exciting, but if you want to go on rides and have fun go to Alton Towers, you will save so much money!!
I had an enjoyable night but I'm still not a fan.
Goose Fair is a Nottingham Tradition and has been held for over 700 years. It was originally held in the city's Old Market Square and apparently gains its name from the hundreds of Geese that were said to be driven from Lincoln and Norfolk to Nottingham to be sold.
Due to redevelopment of the Old Market Square and the construction of the Council House the fair was relocated in 1928 to the Forest Recreation Ground situated just North of the city centre. This is where the fair resides today, and is marked with a large statue of a Goose placed on the island adjacent to the Forest Recreation Ground as soon as the rides begin to arrive. The fair always takes place on the first Wednesday in October and usually ends on the Saturday night, although this year it has been extended until the Sunday. The opening hours for the 2010 fair are listed below:
Wednesday 6th October - 5.30pm - 11.00pm
Thursday 7th October - 12 noon - 11.00pm
Friday 8th October - 11.00am - 11.30pm
Saturday 9th October - 11.00am - 11.00pm
Sunday 10th October - 1.00pm - 9.00pm
The Goose fair today is a large travelling fair consisting of over 500 hundred attractions. The rides consist of the more traditional waltzer, dodgems and helta skelters to larger roller coasters, giant wheels and water rides. Rides usually cost between £2-£6, but be warned the prices are increased in the evening and especially on the popular Friday and Saturday nights. Also if you live locally the Nottingham Evening Post daily newspaper often print money off coupons in the days leading up to the fair.
You can also find numerous stalls either selling toys, balloons and trinkets or games offering the chance to win cuddly toys. Also a large array of food stalls selling traditional fair food including candy floss, toffee apples, coconuts and brandy snaps as well as hot food. One item that has to be sampled is the local favourite of mushy peas and mint sauce!
The fair offers a fantastic atmosphere for all the family and can be easily reached from the city centre with numerous bus links and the extremely frequent tram route which stops next to the fair. I would suggest making sure you stay together at the fair, not to take any valuables and to keep cash safely hidden. Although the fair is a fantastic experience and a fun day or night out unfortunately as with any situation such as this the fair does attract some pickpockets. But do not let this put you off a great experience of one of the UK's largest travelling fairs!
Well, as it's coming up soon, I thought I'd write a review about Nottinghams annual Goose Fair . The fair itself dates back at least 700 years, and although there is no record of when the fair was first held, in 1284 King Edwards Charter makes reference to the fair being held in the centre of Nottingham.
The fair has been held every year since, except for 1646 when it was cancelled due to the spread of bubonic plague in the area . It was also cancelled during the two world wars, which makes a lot of sense as all those lights might have been a handy target for German bombers. Whilst it used to be held in the citys Market Square, in 1928 that area was redeveloped and the fair then moved to the Forest Recreation Ground, just outside the city centre, where it is still held today .
Originally, it was a market fair, where people would come to sell their Geese - however, today it's your standard travelling fun-fair !
Every year, around this time, the roundabout just outside the recreation ground becomes home to a large white goose, reminding us that the fair is coming . In the last week of september, we start to see all the caravans and rides appearingm, and going up . Excitement starts to build, and you can hear people asking each other if they are going to 'goosey' this year .
There are all kinds of rides - carousels, helter skelters, big wheels, waltzers, dodgems - all the traditional ones . There are always loads of attractions for adults and kids, loads of fast, scary, upside down rides that, I'll be honest, I'm far too much aof a wimp to go on , but loads of more sedate rides, such as the waltzers, which I adore .
There are also plenty of hook a duck, coconut shy, and ring the bottle type stalls, offering cheap cuddly toys as prizes!
For the foodies, there is a beer tent, hot dog and burger stalls, candy floss, and the famous goose fair cock-on-a-stick . Now, I don't know of any other fair that sells this - basically, a cock (of chicken kind) made of various kinds of sickly sweet material, on a stick . Utterly sickening, and will rot your teeth, but asking for a cok with a lecherous wink is a bit of a tradition now .
The fair is noisy, bright, and exciting - but it can also be a bit dangerous . If you do visit, keep a tight hold on your kids as it is always packed and so easy to get lost, and with busy main roads and a tramline right next to the site, you don't want to take that risk .
Also, be very wary of pickpockets - lots of people every year lose money and valuables at the fair to pickpockets and muggers , so I really would advise perhaps wearing a money belt to keep your valuables safe . I would also advise not taking much money with you - except for the fact that it is hideously expensive .
Expect to pay £3-£6 for rides, around £3 for a pint, and about £3 again for a burger that will probably give you food poisoning . Especially if you have children, the costs soon mount up !
The opening times for Goose Fair this year are :
Wednesday 30 September 5.30 pm - 11.00 pm
Thursday 1 October 12 noon - 11.00 pm
Friday 2 October 11.00 am - 11.30 pm
Saturday 3 October 11.00 am - 11.00 pm
I would advice leaving earlier rather than later, as buses away from the goosefair site are always extremely packed, and you may have to wait longer to get a bus home, which can be stressful if accompanied by tired children.
Sunday the 4th of October will be the day when all the neighbourhood scallys go the the fair site to pick up the coins, mobile phones, and other items that fall out of the pockets of people on the rides!
Overall, Goose Fair is something you should go to at least once - its a real sight and sound experience . But be careful of your valuables and keep a tight hold on your kids, and for the best safety, go during the day rather than at night when its incredibly crowded .
3 stars - an excellent fair, but pricey and a little dicey at night!
In 2007 I moved to Leicester to complete a three year university course. I miss Nottingham very much but there are certain things I ALWAYS make sure I'm home for and Goose Fair is one of them.
Mum and Dad used to take me to Goose Fair when I was little. However they soon got sick of the crowds and the cost so they stopped me from going and instead gave me money. I had many fond childhood memories of the fair and missed going so ever since I've been old enough, I've gone with my friends instead.
For those who live in Nottingham, the fair is bound to hold some fond memories. I remember it from when I was a child and my father remembers going when he was little also. It's been a Nottingham tradition for hundreds of years and whenever the fair comes to town, the party atmosphere is infectious. It makes me proud to be from Nottingham.
It's massive which is why it was once described as Europes biggest fair. This means there's plenty to do. Even if your don't enjoy the rides, there's plenty of fair games spread throughtout the fair, such as Hook a duck. There's also loads of food vendors offering the usual fair food from candyfloss, toffee apples and doughnuts to chips and hot dogs. This variety means that it can be enjoyed by almost anybody, young and old.
It's fairly easy to get to with easy access by car and there's plenty of trams running to the recreation ground.
The fact that it only comes around once a year may seem a disadvantage to some, but in my opinnion, it keeps the magic of the fair alive. The novelty would soon wear off if it was on more often than this.
It's not cheap. Ride prices are often raised at certain times on certain days so be sure to do your research before you visit to find the cheapest time slots. I find that on the last day, prices are raised in an effort to make as much profit as possible before closing. Opening night can also be expensive. Maybe try and aim for a day inbetween.
Ride photos and gifts are also expensive, as are foods so no matter how much money you take with you, you can find yourself running out very quickly!
It does get noisy and crowded. It's beautiful to visit at night when all the lights are turned on. Unfortunatley, many other people have this idea too so it will get crowded very quickly at night time.
The fair hasn't changed much in terms of rides for a number of years. Every year, there tends to be the same rides with many the addition of one or two new ones. This can be frustrating for those who visit ever year and want to try something different.
There's also the fact that it comes around in September/October time where weather is generally cold and rainy. There's no roof or indoor attractions so if it rains, you're pretty much stuck with it.
Roll up, roll up, all the fun of the fair! Big Wheels and rollercoasters, waltzers and dodgems, ghost trains, merry-go-rounds and helter skelters. Plus hundreds of ways to be shot up in the air, whirled around until you're sick, and then dropped like a brick. Goose Fair means childhood memories of bows and arrows, plastic swords and kiss me quick hats. (Are they still allowed?) Throwing darts at playing cards, and balls at the coconut shy. Being hopeless at hoop-la and hating those rotten cranes that pick up the prize only to drop it again. Losing all your change in the penny arcades (a bit more that a penny these days!) Your big brother shooting at cans on the rifle range, and hook-a-duck stalls where you "Win A Prize Every Time" (no goldfish these days, just gigantic cuddly toys. Ahhhh!) I was never keen on those spectacular rides. The ghost train was scary enough for me one year - I had nothing to hold on to, and nearly fell out when it went round a sharp bend! And why do people drive dodgem cars round in a circle? Turn it round, drive the other way and watch 'em all scatter! No-one's ever been in a dodgem car with me more than once... Nottingham's Goose Fair dates back to 1284, and is probably the largest travelling fair in Europe. Opening on the first Thursday in October each year, it was originally held in the Old Market Square, but in 1928 it was relocated to it's current site on the Forest Recreation Ground, about a mile north of the city centre. There are hundreds of rides, games and food stalls, but no geese these days, even though Christmas is coming and they must be getting fat! You can stuff your gob full of chips and burgers, doughnuts, and hot-dogs, pies and mushy peas. Have candy floss melting in your mouth (or shrinking in a bag) and brandy snap, nougat and toffee apples (say goodbye to your te
eth!) You can even walk round sucking a cock-on-a-stick... It's a chicken-shaped lollipop luv, honest! ____________________________________________________ Opening times: ''''''''''''''' 9;'''''''''''''''' ;' 11:00 to 23:30 Friday 5th October 2001 11:00 to 23:30 Saturday 6th October 2001 Wanna park nearby? Forget it! Catch a bus from the Old Market Square instead. ____________________________________________________ The official Goose Fair website is at: http://www.nottinghamgoosefair.co.uk/ ____________________________________________________
Goose Fair is held once a year in Nottingham. The fair consists of a gathering of some of the best rides in the country all in one big place. When you walk into Goose Fair, the first thing that hits you is the wonderful smell. If you walk down from the top road, you walk past all the stalls selling things from cheap and tacky posters to German Bratwurst sausages (yum yum). Once you enter the main fairground, the first attractions you come to are the games such as the good old frog-into-bucket, or maybe the darts is more your sort of thing? Hit a bull’s-eye and win a goldfish etc etc (watch out, they all seem to die after a few weeks). After the main buzz of the small attractions, and with candy floss in your hand, you can make your way over to the big rides. Here we have all sorts from huge Ferris Wheels (which was previously the biggest in Europe) to the good old Teacups. Fares are usually very cheap, costing about £1 a ride, and no queue seemed to last for more than 5 minutes. My first time there (back in the day), I had the good old traditional mushy peas, followed by some Muscles… unfortunately my tummy was not to happy and after almost throwing up on the simulator (top quality entertainment by the way) I couldn’t go on any other big rides all night! :( My advice: Save the course food for afterwards :) As the night draws to a close you can wonder back through the event, it gets less and less crowded as the night passes and you can finally walk around freely. My bad points about Goose Fair? Well the first problem is parking, I recommend you don’t park too close, after all a decent walk is good for the heart, so get some exercise. I once saw a few cars being towed away for double parking, so I assume the police get pretty strict, so don’t risk it. The “yobbishness” around the fair is not as bad as you would think. There are few drunkards and I’ve ne
ver seen any fights. However there are the few that spoil it with their hooliganism. But overall, most people there are out for a fun time, so don’t let the minority put you off. My only other personal gripe is that there are no big roller coasters. I realise this isn’t feasible due to the fair being a “portable” event, but still it would make the place much nicer. This isn’t a substitute for the big thrill seekers, but there are still enough white-knuckle rides to make it enjoyable. To summarise, I think that Goose Fair is a wonderful event. This year the event will be held on “Thursday 4th October to Saturday 6th October 2001” as the official site says (http://www.nottinghamgoosefair.co.uk ). Check that for pictures and other details. So, if you’re in Nottingham give Goose Fair a visit – A great night out for people of any age.
If you've never heard of the Goose Fair in Nottingham, where have you been for the last 400 years? Apparently there has been a fair held in Nottingham annually for over this many years, but it is very, very different to what it was like 400 years ago! After moving to Norfolk about 5 years ago, this is one think I really do miss about living in the Derbyshire / Nottingham area. I went religiously every year for about 8 years. Dooyooers might think it strange that although there were over 100 rides at my dispoal, with much shorter queues than at Alton Towers (with free admission, too!), I only ever went on about 2 rides! However, those of you who have been to the Goose Fair will know that simply to be there and soak up the incredible atmosphere is enough. It really is an incredible experience: the sights, sounds and smells are out of this world. Also, as another dooyooer has stated, all visitors to the Goose Fair MUST sample some minted mushy peas! Anyone who insists on eating fish and chips out of newspaper rather than a plastic tray because they taste FAR nicer, must agree with me that minted mushy peas eaten with a plastic fork from a plastic tub at the Goose Fair taste FAR better than if you buy them from Tescos! I remember I once met someone from Southampton who had never heard of mushy peas, never mind minted mushy peas! Their look was one of total disgust! Now, living in Norfolk, I experience the annual Goose Fair in a different format. In King's Lynn, we have "The Mart" (as we don't have "fairs" in Norfolk, so they tell me). This is about a quarter of the Goose Fair, the rest splits off and goes to other parts of the UK. (...and they don't bring the minted mushy peas to King's Lynn, unfortuantely!)
Goose Fair is a massive Fun Fair that is held in Nottingham every year. The fair is held on the first weekend in October and then continues until Saturday night. Although this is only a very short time the fair is visited by thousands of people every day. The fair has been going for over 700 years and originally was held in the centre of the City. It now has its own ground that for the rest of the year is used for football pitches and a large park and ride car park. It is said that there are now over 150 rides and 450 games at the fair, which cater for every age and interest. Entrance to the fair is free and even if you do not go on any of the rides the atmosphere, smells, sights and sounds make a visit essential for any fair lover. Although the fair opens at lunchtime each day, for me it must be a visit at night when the lights make the fair something very special. You will not go hungry at Goose Fair. There are stalls selling such a wide variety of foods, but if you do visit there are two very traditional foods you must try. The first is mushy peas with mint sauce, they taste so different at Goose Fair. The other is Brandy Snaps, take some home and eat them filled with cream, a treat to keep the taste of fair alive. This fair is one of the largest travelling fairs in Europe, and there are loads of other facts and figures I could tell you. But, all I want to say is, please go, enjoy it, you won’t regret the visit. If you do want some more information you can also visit the web site at http://www.nottinghamgoosefair.co.uk But don’t just visit the web site, visit the fair.