St Giles' Fair 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. See a statement about the cancellation of St Giles' Fair.
The fair is normally held on the Monday and Tuesday following the first Sunday after St Giles' Day (1 September).
The fair dates back to 1625 when it was a parish festival to celebrate the feast of the patron saint, St Giles. In the 18th century it was a toy fair, then in the early 19th century it was a general children’s fair. The funfair grew during mid and late Victorian times.
This was a time when improved means of transport meant that large numbers of people could be brought into the city to attend the festivities. It was also when the forerunners of today’s rides were first developed following advances in mechanical engineering.