St Giles' Fair is renowned as one of the greatest and most prestigious fairs in the country.

St Giles' Fair opening times

In 2023, the fair was held on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 September, operating from 11am to 11pm on both days.

The history of St Giles' Fair

The fair traditionally takes place on the Monday and Tuesday after the first Sunday post-St Giles' Day (1 September).

Originating in 1625 as a parish festival honoring St Giles, the fair evolved over centuries. Initially a toy fair in the 18th century, it transformed into a children's fair in the early 19th century. The funfair aspect expanded significantly during the Victorian era, influenced by advancements in transport and mechanical engineering, allowing more visitors and the development of early ride prototypes.