With more than 700 years of history, Nottingham Goose Fair is one of Europe’s most famous travelling fairs and is still a fantastic event that delights all ages.
This year (2015) the Forest Recreation Ground will once again host over 500 attractions, from the latest white knuckle experiences, family rides and the old favourites including waltzers, carousels and Hook-a-Duck.
For thrill-seekers there will be around 100 adult rides and exhibitions.
In past years, rides have included the spectacular AtmosFear and thrilling Air there was the Touchdown, Magic Mouse, Sizzler Twist, Vertical Limit, and Chaos as well as Dodgems, Waltzers, Ghost trains, Matterhorns, Giant wheels, Mouse coasters and Funhouses. For the traditionalists there are Gallopers (carousels), Chairs and the Cake Walk. Numerous games of skill are on offer to, including darts, hook a ducks, hooplas and cranes (grabbers) .
Food is always a highlight at the Fair. Along with the traditional Goose Fair food of mushy peas and mint sauce, candy floss and brandy snaps, visitors will be able to eat their way around the world with chestnuts and doughnuts to food from the Caribbean, Chinese noodles, Indian kebabs, Spanish churros, paella and French crepes.
Nottinghamshire Police will use the Pavilion as their headquarters during the event and will be conducting high visibility patrols to ensure the park remains a safe and secure space that can be enjoyed by the thousands of visitors expected over the five days.
In 2013 ‘Air’ the UK’s ultimate thrill ride was on show at the Fair for the first time. ‘Air’ is one of only 3 such rides operating in the world. It cost £2 million to build and took three years from conception to delivery. Air swings, spins and loops 30 riders 32m over the fairground. The ride features a state of the art computer system which when coupled with the seats looping at random produces a ride that is unique on every occasion.
‘AtmosFear’ made its second appearance at Goose Fair in 2013. It moves passengers through 360 degrees in all three dimensions. The arm of the ride rotates high in the sky with the end of the arm also rotating along with the passenger seats. The ride is about 23 metres high at the top of the swing to increase the scare factor!
As always, admission to the ground is free.
Last year (2014) most rides cost between £1.50 to £4.00. The majority were charged at £2.00. Specialised rides charged between £2.50, £4.00 and £6.00. Children’s rides were around £1.00 to £2.00. However there are always discounts offered in and around the city on leaflets and in papers.
Travelling to the Fair
By Tram: Travelling to Goose Fair has become even easier and more convenient for even more people to visit Goose Fair! Plan your journey here – get off at the Forest Recreation Ground for the fair.
By Bus: There are frequent bus services from around the city – plan your bus journey here. Why not park and ride at the Queen’s Drive Park and Ride and catch the bus to Goose Fair? (use NG2 1AP in your Sat Nav).