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A Nottigham tradition
Nottingham Goose Fair
Member Name: candyfloss89
Nottingham Goose Fair
Advantages: great atmosphere, fun for many ages, varierty of attractions
Disadvantages: price, very loud music, weather unpredictable
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.
Summary: Still fun after hundreds of years
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