The largest travelling Funfair in the south-west will once more roll onto Bridgwater's St. Matthews Field on its annual visit to the town. This year the fair and West Street market will be open on Wednesday 27th September until Saturday 30th September. There will also be the traditional one-day horse fair and market, taking place on Wednesday 27th September at the top of St Matthew's Field. 05/09/17
The Showman's Guild, who organise and manage the main fair, invite the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Councillor Mike Cresswell and the Mayor of Bridgwater, Cllr Graham Granter to open the fair at 11:00am on Wednesday. The remaining opening and closing times for the Fair are 11:00am to 11:00pm Wednesday; 1:00pm to 11:00pm on Thursday; 1:00pm to 11:30pm on Friday and 11:00am to 11:00pm on Saturday.
In addition to organising the two markets, Sedgemoor District Council also funds public conveniences, first aid, night-time security and generators as well as inspecting the many food stalls selling traditional goodies such as Welsh cakes, brandy snaps and toffee apples. Sedgemoor staff also complete Health and Safety checks and provide skips for trader and visitor waste.
Temporary toilets are provided adjacent to Westfield House; behind the ex-Squib Public House in West Street and on St Matthews Field near the Horse and Jockey Public House.
First Aid is provided by St John Ambulance who can be found at the top of West Street behind Westfield Church.
A spokesperson for the team at Sedgemoor said "We are really looking forward to this year's Bridgwater Fair. We work hard to provide the traditional markets visitors enjoy alongside the Showman's Guild rides and stalls. We are making a special appeal to all visitors this year to bin their litter so we can ensure a litter-free field and nearby streets.
West Street and adjacent roads will be closed from 9:00am on Tuesday 26th September and will re-open from 10:00am on Sunday 1st October. Diversion routes will be signposted . They are also detailed on the below web link. Limited parking will be available from Thursday until Saturday with the Rotary Club of Bridgwater in St Matthews Field at a cost of £3.50 per vehicle. Other parking is available in town centre pay and display car parks, Sedgemoor-owned car parks are free to use after 6:00pm.
There will be some parking restrictions in residential streets adjacent to Fairfield and lower Durleigh Road, we ask that all visitors to the event are considerate of local residents and do not block drives or other vehicles in - we strongly advise using a car park."