Once summer is over everyone looks forward to St Giles' Fair.

September is here again and before you know it you will be strolling along St Giles contemplating a bag of doughnuts or trying out a nerve-jangling ride.

The showmen have arrived and everything is set up for the rides on Monday and Tuesday.

See below for times and all the traffic details 

This year one of the key considerations is how you get there as council leaders have warned of the potential for major delays after setting up a new diversion route.

Oxford Mail:

Fixing the road surface in Walton Street is taking longer than the county council thought it would so traffic be routed a different way.

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Council leaders are urging fun seekers to leave their cars at home if possible and use the park-and-rides or other buses and public transport.

Oxford Mail:

Walton Street would normally be part of the diversion route but the roadworks will last ‘several more weeks’ due to ‘unforeseen complex engineering issues’.

Oxford Mail:

The letter to county councillors warned: “There there will be no access to Walton Street for any vehicles and this will mean an increase in traffic congestion and journey times.”

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The fair will be open both Monday and Tuesday from about 10am through to 11pm.

The blessing of the fair - annual occasion - took place on Sunday, with the Lord Mayor Craig Simmons and church leaders.

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Roads around St Giles will be closed for the duration of the fair until Wednesday morning.


From 1am on Sunday to 6.30am Wednesday: St Margaret's Road, Banbury Road, Marston Ferry Road, Marston Road, St Clement's, The Plain, Iffley Road, Donnington Bridge, Abingdon Road and Oxpens Road.


Keep a lookout for the Sky Flyer which will lift you 100ft in the air.


The fair is one of the oldest in England, with a pedigree that dates back to 1625 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 the event taking place now, with a mixture of mechanical rides and side stalls.

Oxford Mail:

Many families linked to the Showmen’s Guild return year after year to set up their rides.

They include the Noyce family who have been regulars for decades.

Oxford Mail:

Joe Noyce said: “My grandfather the late James Noyce Snr first attended St Giles’ Fair in 1956 with our Golden Gallopers, building on sites 136-138.

“We moved onto site 140a-140b in the early 1960s which was previously occupied by Billy Nichols.

Oxford Mail:

“My grandfather instigated a church service and fair blessing with the local Vicar a tradition that still continues to this day.

“The Gallopers attended up until 2010 when they were replaced with our Froggit jump & smile ride and in the past few years we brought along our Sky Flyer chair’o’planes, which spin thrill-seekers 100ft in the air, giving fantastic views of your magnificent city.”

Oxford Mail:

There should be something for everyone, with fair goers looking 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.

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Available for the first time at the fair last year was the new Double Decker Bus Bar.

All the usual tasty treats will be on offer including burgers, hot dogs, and candy floss and toffee apples.