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.
The Fair will be officially opened at 11:30am on 24th September by Sedgemoor District Council Chairman Councillor Peter Downing and the Mayor of Bridgwater Councillor David Loveridge. 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, additional parking will be available at YMCA & Bridgwater cricket club Wednesday to Saturday and also on St Matthews Field Thursday to Saturday.
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 will be available West Street behind the Squib public house, between Westfield House and the Fish & Chip shop and 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.
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.