All the fun of St Giles' Fair

Published: Thursday, 31st August 2017

It’s that time of year again. On Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 September, St Giles’ Fair will be back in Oxford with thousands of people expected to enjoy the rides, stalls and amusements.

This year, fair goers will also be able to enjoy a licensed bar serving prosecco and cider and a selection of new and exciting artisan foods.

The event organiser, Oxford City Council is delighted to be giving away six Golden tickets for the fair, giving the winner and a friend the chance to enjoy free rides and has also distributed 20 tickets to council tenants in the city, giving them the opportunity to ride a ride for free.

The fair began in the early 17th century as 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 more like what we see today, with a mixture of mechanical rides and side stalls.

Information on road closures and diversion of bus routes.

Councillor Dee Sinclair, Board Member for Culture and Communities, said: “Once again, we are delighted to welcome the Fair to town.  It is a well-established and incredibly popular event and one that brings communities across Oxford together and a fantastic atmosphere to the city centre’s streets.”

Visit our St Giles' Fair pages for more information.