Statement on St Giles Fair 2020

Published: Monday, 3rd August 2020

Statement on behalf of The Showsmen’s Guild of Great Britain:

It is with great regret that the London & Home Counties Section of the Showmen’s Guild, in conjunction with Oxford City Council, has to announce that, unfortunately, the St. Giles Fair 2020 will not be able to go ahead this year and has subsequently been cancelled.

With the UK still in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, especially given that the fair attracts large crowds, it is felt that the risk to the public’s health and well-being is far too high for the event to go ahead.

The Showmen’s Guild would like to thank Oxford City Council for their assistance and understanding throughout the planning process.

We are now looking forward to presenting the St. Giles Fair in 2021 in the hope that it will be bigger and even better next year.

“This is disappointing news, but we fully support the Showmen’s Guild in their decision. Public safety in this pandemic is the most important consideration. The Showmen’s Guild have been working hard with government advisers on what’s possible and have had to take a very tough decision. St Giles Fair has been a fixture in Oxford’s calendar for centuries, we will look forward to next year with even more anticipation than usual.”
Councillor Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Member for the City Centre, Covered Market and Culture, Oxford City Council