Oxford’s famous annual funfair which attracts thousands of visitors to the city, St Giles’ Fair, returns next week.

The fair is one of the oldest in the country and dates back to 1625.

It began as a parish festival to celebrate the feast of the patron saint, St Giles.

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In the 18th century St Giles’ Fair was a toy fair which then developed into a general children’s fair in the early 19th century.

The funfair element of the event grew during mid and late Victorian times. 

Joe Noyce, of James Noyce & Sons Funfairs, said: "It is good to be back in St Giles for the 2022 fair. 

"We have some fantastic rides coming this year, the Mighty Air will be returning, we also have one of the latest thrill rides in ‘Super Trooper XL’ - this is the largest version of this type of ride travelling the uk - there are family favourites like Sky Flyer spinner riders over 100ft in the air, Dodgems, Waltzers and much much more. 

"The Showmen’s guild and their events team Sideshow Productions led by Benjamin Turner have worked closely with Oxford City Council to ensure the event is a fantastic experience for everyone that attends. 

"We are very proud that this was one of the largest attended events in 2021, with more footfall than any festival last year." 

In 2022 the fair will take place on Monday and Tuesday (September 5 and 6) and will be open from 11am to 11pm on both days.


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This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

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