ORGANISERS of the CLA Game Fair say they are ready for mass crowds to descend on Blenheim Palace today.
More than 150,000 visitors are expected at the countryside fair between today and Sunday.
The last of the 900 exhibitors arrived yesterday.
Interim director Tony Wall said: “It was very busy, as it always is on the day before.
“Most people have little niggles or problems that need to be dealt with so it’s fairly manic. But we will be ready.”
About 400 staff have helped set up marquees and 3km of fencing, and many were due for a 5am start today.
Traffic-monitoring helicopters and six roadside cameras, connecting to a live feed in an on-site event control room, were tested yesterday.
Drivers using Swinford Toll Bridge will not have to pay the usual 5p fees, as the fair has rented it for three days and there are variable message boards in place to give details on diversions.
For tickets, visit gamefair.co.uk
A £180,000 hydropower scheme on the Blenheim Palace estate, which will generate enough power for 20 homes, was switched on by estate owner the Duke of Marlborough yesterday.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Our top stories
11:32am Sunday 2nd August 2015
PART of Oxford Castle Quarter is cordoned off after a man was attacked in the early hours of this morning.
11:17am Sunday 2nd August 2015
SUNLIGHT shining through the window of a house sparked a blaze in Sibford Gower.
11:10am Sunday 2nd August 2015
There are delays of up to 30 minutes on CrossCountry between Reading and Birmingham New Street due to a broken down train at Oxford.
8:30am Saturday 1st August 2015
DEVELOPERS wanting to transform Cowley’s Templars Square Shopping Centre said they hope their plans will spur more development in the area.
5:13pm Saturday 1st August 2015
A FLASHER exposed himself to a woman in Bury Knowle Park yesterday.
11:41am Saturday 1st August 2015
Fire crews have put out a house fire in Sibford Gower.