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Nottingham Goose Fair

Nottingham's Goose Fair, held at the Forest Recreation Ground, dates back to at least 1284. It has more than 150 state-of-the-art rides and 450 games, sideshows and stalls - from vintage carousels to the latest white-knuckle rides and children's amusements.

In medieval times the fair was held in the centre of the city so that the people of Nottingham could stock up on produce before the winter came. It is rumoured that geese from as far as Norfolk and Lincolnshire were driven to the fair for sale and that they used to tar the birds' feet to protect them on their way.

With more than 200 trade stalls including food, jewellery, pictures, pottery and other local crafts, there's plenty to keep all the family occupied and it makes for an excellent day out.

The bright lights of the annual Nottingham Goose Fair. Courtesy of Nottingham City Council

Nottingham Goose Fair Information


When: Oct 2013 (annual)

Where: Nottingham

Cost: Free; rides various

Opening Hours: Wed 5.30pm-11pm; Thu 12pm-11pm; Fri 11am-11.30pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 1pm-9pm

Address: Gregory Blvd, Hyson Green, Nottingham

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