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I'm not a fan!
Nottingham Goose Fair
Member Name: birdcharlotte
Nottingham Goose Fair
Advantages: Good rides, good food, a nice walk around
Disadvantages: Too expensive, there always seems to be rumours of a gang war? Too crowded!
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.
Summary: I would not recommend it.