Nottingham’s world famous Goose Fair will return from Wednesday 30 September – Sunday 4 October. The fair will officially be opened on Thursday 1 October at 12noon, by Robin Hood and the Lord Mayor, Councillor Jackie Morris.

Goose Fair is one of the most famous travelling fairs in Europe, with 720 years of history dating back to the middle ages. For the first time in recent years, new attractions and facilities will be on offer at the fair – making a trip to Goose Fair even more fun and convenient than ever before.

A new licensed entertainment venue – the Moose Bar, will host free live music performances. Families will be welcome, allowing people to take a break and recharge their batteries in a welcoming environment. There will be a covered seating area and a small beer garden. A selection of premium lagers, ales and wine will be available, as well as soft drinks. People will not be able to drink outside the licensed area.

Musicians will perform acoustic sets daily, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and at 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors to the fair can also take advantage of cash machine facilities which will be available for the first time, in response to public feedback. Eight ATMs will be located close to the tram stop entrance of the fair, and another six close to the bar.

Travelling to the fair is easy and convenient, with more visitors than ever able to take advantage of public transport options including the recently opened expanded tram network and buses.

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. Other rides that have proved very popular in recent years are rides like Air, Airmaxx, AtmosFear, Bomber Mach 2, Crazy Bulls, the Giant Wheel, Moondance, Mouse coasters, Reverse Bungee, Rock Rage, Sea Storm, and Star Flyer.

‘Sharkey and the Pirates’ is a brand new ride to the Goose Fair for 2015. This pirate themed rollercoaster should be incredibly popular with families.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: said: “Goose Fair is a very popular event in Nottingham which attracts over four hundred thousand visitors every year. For 2015, we’ve decided to allow a bar to operate with the intention of it providing a place for people to take a break from the crowds.

“It has specifically designed to be family-friendly and will see live musicians playing. It will be staffed at all times by stewards who will strictly monitor who comes in as well as ensuring that no alcohol is taken away from the bar area.

“We hope the improvements to the fair, plus the easy journey to the fair by tram or bus will mean more people than ever before visit Goose Fair.”