St Giles' Fair rolls into town

Published: Thursday, 16th August 2018

On Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 September 2018 the St. Giles' Fair will be back in Oxford with thousands of revellers expected to enjoy the thrilling rides, stalls and amusements.

One of the greatest and most prestigious in the country, the fair will run from 11am – 11pm on both days.

St Giles' Fair is one of the oldest fairs in England with a pedigree 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 more like what we see today, with a mixture of mechanical rides and side stalls.

There is something for everyone and fair-goers 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.

Available for the first time at the fair will be the new Double Decker Bus Bar. Attendees will also be able to enjoy all the usual culinary treats of the fair, including: burgers, hot dogs, and candyfloss and toffee apples. 

Information on road closures and diversion of bus routes is available on our website.

Councillor Mary Clarkson, Board Member for Culture and City Centre, said: “St Giles' Fair is one of the great Oxford traditions.  It has always moved with the times and I am sure that as usual it will provide a fun occasion for all the family.”

For more information, visit our St Giles' Fair pages.