St Giles’ Fair returns next week as thousands of people are expected to pile into the city for the annual event.

The fair is one of the city’s best known regular events and has been a firm feature of the city for hundreds of years.

This is everything you need to know about St Giles’ Fair 2022:

What is St Giles’ Fair?

The fair dates back to 1625 and began as a parish festival to celebrate the feast of the patron saint, St Giles.

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.

Today, the fair is run by Oxford City Council features rides, food and drink and other amusements.

When is St Giles’ Fair 2022?

This year’s event take place on Monday and Tuesday (September 5 and 6)

What time will St Giles’ Fair be open?

The fair will open at 11am.

What time will St Giles’ Fair close?

The fair will close at 11pm.

How much does it cost?

It is free to attend the fair but the rides and amusements have their own individual costs.

What rides will there be?

Joe Noyce, of James Noyce & Sons Funfairs, said:"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.


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