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St. Giles’ Street Fair 2020 – CANCELLED

… just 800 metres from the Rose and Crown.

St Giles’ Street Fair is one of the greatest and most prestigious in the country,

Since the nineteenth century, St Giles’ Fair has been held on the Monday and Tuesday following the first Sunday after the feast of  St Giles, 1 September.  Please note if the feast of St. Giles falls on the Sunday, then usually the fair arrives the first day AFTER the first Sunday, which is a week later!

St Giles' Fair ridesSt Giles’ Fair is one of the greatest and most prestigious in the country.

Opening times

IF the 2020 fair takes place, it will be on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th  September.

It will be open from 11am to 11pm on both days.

History

The fair is 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.