St Giles’ Fair is back in town

Published: Wednesday, 4th September 2019

On Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 September, St. Giles’ Fair will be back in town, with thousands expected to enjoy the rides, sights and sounds of the famous funfair.

Visitors can relish the excitement of the funfair from 11am till 11pm each day.

The fair will be formally opened by Oxford’s Lord Mayor, Craig Simmonds, with the ceremonial ringing of a bell – and the first ride AIR ride


St Giles Fair is one of the oldest fairs in England with a history that dates back to the early 17th century when it was a parish festival to celebrate the feast of the patron saint, St Giles. By the 18th century it had become a toy fair and eventually evolved in the late part of the 1800s to be a mixture of mechanical rides and side stalls. It’s one of the few events in Oxford that attracts people of all ages and from all areas of Oxford and beyond to the centre of the city, and through all the changes has remainder a strong part of Oxford’s identity.

What’s on

There is something for everyone and visitors can look forward to all the traditional funfair rides and amusements like dodgems, a coconut shy, helter skelter and a carousel, combined with some exciting up-to-date, white-knuckle rides. Favourite rides returning this year include The Mighty AIR, the Sky Flyer which lifts riders 100ft in the air, and The Storm ride that spins riders at 40mph.

 “St Giles Fair has been a fixture in the Oxford calendar for centuries, and is one of the few events that really does have something for everyone. Whether you enjoy fast rides, enjoying a day out with the family or a chance to be a big kid again, there’s plenty to be enjoyed.”

Councillor Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Member for Culture and City Centre

“Coming to Oxford is always a great experience for the showmen. We’ve got great rides, from the old fashioned helter skelter and dodgems to the new adrenaline rush rides like The Storm that spins riders at 40mph, and all the stalls from the shooting gallery to the candy floss stand. Come and enjoy the fair!” 

Joey Noyce, Showmen’s Guild