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A great fair!
Nottingham Goose Fair
Member Name: linzeelou
Nottingham Goose Fair
Advantages: Range of things to do
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.
Summary: I loved it!
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