Nottingham Goose Fair returns from Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 October 2013 to thrill and delight city residents and visitors. 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 to delight all ages.
Venue: Goose Fair
Forest Recreation Ground, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham. NG7 6HB
Wednesday 2 October – 5.30pm – 11pm
Thursday 3 October – 12noon – 11pm – Official Opening by the Big Wheel at 12noon prompt
Friday 4 October – 11am – 11.30pm
Saturday 5 October – 11am – 11pm
Sunday 6 October – 1pm – 9pm
2 – 6 October
The Forest Recreation Ground will once again host over 500 attractions, from the latest white knuckle experiences, family rides and favourites including waltzers, carousels and Hook-a-Duck.
‘Air’ the UK’s ultimate thrill ride is on show for the first time at Nottingham’s Goose Fair this year. ‘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 will swing, spin and loop 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’ which made its first appearance at Goose Fair in 2013 returns. It will move 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!
For thrill-seekers there are normally around 100 adult rides and exhibitions. Last year alongside the AtmosFear there was the Touchdown, Magic Mouse, Sizzler Twist, Vertical Limit, 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 including darts, hook a ducks, hooplas and cranes (grabbers) .
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.
Come along and experience the dazzling array of sights and sounds!
As always, admission to the ground is FREE!
In 2012 most rides cost between £1.00 – £3.00. The majority were charged at £2.00. Specialised rides charged between £2.50 and £4.00. Children’s rides were around £1.00 – £2.00. On offer on this page are £2’s worth of self-print 50p vouchers. Only one voucher can be used per person per ride – see download link at the base of this article.
By Foot: Try www.walkit.com select ‘Nottingham’ from the drop down menu and type ‘Forest Recreation Ground’ into the destination box.
By Cycle: Try www.transportdirect.co.uk and select ‘Find a cycle route’ and use postcode NG7 6ND to take you to the site.
By Bus: Take the NCT Lime lines 56, 58, 59 or Purple lines 87, 88, 89 or Calverton Connection from Upper Parliament Street, or the Brown lines 15,16, 17 from Milton Street (outside Waitrose) or Yellow Lines 68, 69, 70, 71, from Milton Street (outside Trinity Square Car Park). Take the Pronto or any the The Threes from Victoria Bus Station. Services run at frequent intervals, stopping on Mansfield Road for the Fair.
The Eventlink Park and Ride service will operate from Queen’s Drive Park and Ride Site throughout the fair at 15 minute intervals. It’s offers great value the return fare is £5 per car load of up to 4 passengers. Additional passengers pay an excess of £1 return per person. The Sat Nav postcode is: NG2 1AP.
By Tram – take the tram from any stop and get off at The Forest right next to the Goose Fair site. There are four dedicated park and ride sites, which offer free parking to anyone travelling on the tram.
Park and Ride sites are located at:
• Hucknall near junction 27 of the M1with nearly 450 spaces – NG15 7TD
• Phoenix Park next to junction 26 of the M1 with over 650 spaces – NG8 6AS
• Moor Bridge close to Bulwell and Bestwood with over 100 spaces – NG6 8AE
• Wilkinson Street just off Nottingham’s ring road with over 600 spaces – NG7 7NU
There is city centre parking available too with easy connections at the Lace Market, Old Market Square and the Royal Centre tram stops. Extra trams will be running to and from The Forest throughout the event so you’ll be sure to get there on time. For more information on tram times and fares visit www.thetram.net.
For fuller details please use the event pdf icon Travel Guide [2Mb]Opens new window.
Car Parking & Disabled Parking:
We recommend using the tram or Queen’s Drive Park and Ride service if you want free parking (see above). Please note that we are not able to provide car parking for this event and the Council enforces all parking restrictions in the vicinity of the Goose Fair site. You can if you wish park up in Nottingham City Centre and then use the bus or tram to make your way to the fair site on the Forest.
Badge parking is available on site and is accessible at the Forest Road entrance