In 2014 the fair will take place from Wednesday 24th September to Saturday 27th September 2014.
The travelling fair is billed as the largest Funfair in the South West and many new rides are premiered here. As well as rides and hoopla stalls, there are a large number of market traders selling their wares in West Street for the duration of the fair.
On Wednesday 24th there will also be a one day market on St Matthews Field.
Following tradition, the Fair will be officially opened at 11:30am on 24th September by Sedgemoor District Council's Chairman and the Mayor of Bridgwater. The Fair will feature approximately 30 rides and over 100 stalls, and on the first day, Wednesday 24th September, there will be a market at the top end of the field with an additional 100 stalls.
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In addition to the usual town centre car parks, from Thursday the Rotary Club of Sedgemoor will be providing car parking on St Matthews Field. Additional public parking will be available at the YMCA in Friarn Avenue and at Bridgwater Cricket Club on Durleigh Road.
Residents and visitors are reminded that West Street will be closed from 9:00am on Tuesday 23rd September and will re-open on Sunday 28th September. Diversions will be signposted.
Temporary toilets are provided adjacent to Westfield House and behind the Squib public house in West Street and also on St Matthews Field.
First Aid will be provided by St. John Ambulance at the top of West Street opposite the entrance to St. Matthew's Field.
Visitors to the Fair should be aware that West Street, St Mathews Field and most of the surrounding area are covered by the Council's Designated Public Places Order (DPPO.) This is an Order designed to tackle nuisance arising from people acting antisocially through drinking excessively in public places. The Order gives the Police and PCSO's the power to confiscate alcohol within the DPPO area. These powers will be vigorously enforced and anybody bringing alcohol into West Street or St Matthews Field especially can expect to be challenged and may be required to surrender their alcohol. Only alcohol in plastic cups purchased from the hatch at the Horse and Jockey and consumed within the vicinity will be permitted.
The history of Bridgwater Fair
Bridgwater town was granted a Royal Charter in 1200 AD by King John. The first Funfair was held in 1249 and there has been a fair held annually on the St. Matthew's Field, (known locally as the Fair Field) for over 600 years.
It is the largest travelling funfair in the southwest with 30 major rides ranging from the latest high tech thrill rides to traditional gallopers and dodgems. There are also approximately 15 children's rides and 50 hoopla stalls. In addition to this, there are approximately 100 market stalls selling a wide variety of items that line West Street for the duration of the Fair and another 100 stalls are located on the Fair Field on the opening day, together with a Horse Fair.