Goose Fair 2015: 30 September to 4 October
Nottingham Goose Fair returns from Wednesday 30 September to Sunday 4 October 2015 to thrill and delight city residents and visitors.
Forest Recreation Ground, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham. NG7 6HB. Get directions to the Forest Recreation Ground. Please note, cycle parking will not be available at the Forest Recreation Ground for this event, so we don't recommend cycling to the event.
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.
In 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. New rides this year include the Dumbo Telecombat ride and Noyce's Flying Chairs, both of which are family rides.
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.
In 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. On offer on flyers around the city (available from the Tourist Information Centre on Smithy Row and other locations) are £2's worth of self-print 50pence vouchers.
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