Enjoy all the fun of the fair at the Forest Recreation Ground this autumn, as Goose Fair returns from Friday 29 September to Sunday 8 October.

Half a million visitors from across the region are expected to attend the extended ten-day event.

With more than 250 rides and attractions and thrills aplenty for all ages, Goose Fair is one of the largest travelling funfairs in Europe and has been staged annually in Nottingham since at least 1284.

New rides this year include the TipTop and Xcelerator, as well as lots of returning favourites such as Reverse Bungee, Ice Jet Matterhorn, Star Flyer, and two giant wheels giving panoramic views across the fair and the city beyond. All the Goose Fair classics will also be in attendance such as The Skid, Gallopers and the Cake Walk – the only ride still operating that featured when the fair was held at Old Market Square – plus lots of side-show games such as hook-a-duck and basketball.

Food is always a highlight at the fair and along with the traditional fairground favourites of mushy peas, Grantham gingerbread and Cock-on-a-Stick, visitors will be able to eat their way around the world with a diverse range of food from Greek and Caribbean to Panjabi cuisines.

Fairgoers can once again get money-off ride vouchers to save 50p on participating rides and attractions from Monday to Friday. They can be downloaded as e-vouchers for just £1 from whatsonnottingham.com, or found in special editions of the Nottingham Post, Derby Telegraph and other regional newspapers.

Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “Autumn is nearly upon us and we’re looking forward to bringing Goose Fair back to Nottingham. Last year’s extended event was a huge success, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors from near and far.

We’re pleased that it will return this year for ten days, enabling people and families of all ages to enjoy the exciting rides, attractions and food on offer. It’s great that the money-off ride vouchers are available once again to ensure that Goose Fair is an affordable day out for everyone.”

William Percival, Chair of the Showmen’s Guild (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire branch), said: “After the success of last year’s extended Goose Fair we are looking forward to bringing the fair back to Nottingham for ten days, and hope it will be just as successful. We are bringing some exciting new rides and there will be something for everyone. We’d like to thank all the visitors who have attended the fair previously and hope to see them again this year.”

Opening Times

Friday 29 September 16:00 – 23:30
Saturday 30 September 12:00 – 23:30
Sunday 1 October 12:00 – 21:00
Monday 2 October 16:00 – 22:30
Tuesday 3 October 16:00 – 22:30
Wednesday 4 October 16:00 – 22:30
Thursday 5 October 16:00 – 23:00
Friday 6 October 16:00 – 23:30
Saturday 7 October 12:00 – 23:30
Sunday 8 October 12:00 – 21:00

Travelling to Goose Fair

NET’s £8 Group ticket allows all-day travel on weekends, and after 4pm on weekdays, for 5 people (up to 2 adults and 3 children). The Group ticket is £12 on weekdays from 6am-4pm. You will be able to use all the Park & Ride car parks to get a tram to the fair* (the Forest Park & Ride is closed).

*Correct at the time of release.

Plan your journey by NCT or Trentbarton buses. For just £8 the Grouprider ticket allows unlimited day travel on all NCT buses in the City Zone for up to 5 people (max 2 adults).

Blue Badge event parking is available. There is no other public vehicle parking permitted on site apart from Blue Badge holder parking.