All the fun of the fair

All the fun of the fair

All the fun of the fair

First published in News

THE largest travelling Funfair in the south-west is once more rolling onto Bridgwater's St. Matthews Field on its annual September visit to the town.

This annual event which dates back to the Charter of King John is now almost 800 years old, the last 600 years of which have been spent on St Matthews Field.

The Charter decreed that the event was to be held on the last Wednesday in September and therefore this year the fair and West Street stalls will be opening to the public on Wednesday, 24th September, and running until Saturday, September 27th.

There will still be the additional one-day horse fair and Fair Field market taking place on Wednesday, 24th September.

The Showman's Guild organises the rides on St Matthew's Field (known as the Fair Field). The Funfair consists of some 30 main rides including old favourites such as Froggit, Miami Trip and Orbiter, together with some 15 children's rides and approximately 50 hoopla and side stalls.

In addition to the Showman's Guild a small but dedicated team at Sedgemoor District Council works behind the scenes to help stage the Fair. Sedgemoor District Council organises, takes bookings and sets out the four-day street market in West Street, which includes over 100 stalls selling everything from annual flower bulbs through to the famed welsh cakes.

Sedgemoor District Council also organises and takes bookings for the 100 stall one-day horse fair and Fair Field market taking place on Wednesday, 24th September.

Sedgemoor's dog wardens will also be on hand to stop any illegal selling of puppies and other pets.

Only horses and ponies are legally for sale on the one-day Fair Field horse fair and market. Members of the public are asked not to buy puppies, rabbits or other small pets which may be offered for sale and to report any concerns to Sedgemoor staff immediately.

Sedgemoor District Council will also have their ‘on the road’ information stand in West Street on Wednesday 24th between 11am and 7pm. This will include an opportunity to have your say on the budget for 2015/2016.

Sedgemoor District Council also provides the public conveniences for the event along with checking the many food stalls, completing Health and Safety checks, provision of skips for waste; having staff on duty as contact points, as well as cleaning and sweeping-up after the fair is over. We take pride in making sure the Fair Field is quickly returned to its usual excellent condition so that residents can enjoy it for the rest of the year.

Opening and closing times for the Fair are 11am to 11pm, Wednesday, 1pm to 11pm on Thursday, 1pm to 11.30pm on Friday and 11am to 11pm on Saturday. Residents and visitors to the area are reminded that West Street and adjoining roads will be closed from 9am on Tuesday, 23rd September, and will re-open on Sunday, 28th September.

Diversion routes will be signposted.

As in previous years limited parking will be available Thursday to Saturday with the Rotary Club of Bridgwater in the Fair Field. Other parking is available in town centre pay and display car parks.

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 again be provided by St John Ambulance who can found at the top of West Street opposite the entrance to St Matthews Field.

Visitors to the Fair should be aware that whilst we want everyone to have fun West Street, St Mathews Field and most of the surrounding area is covered by the Council's Designated Public Places Order (DPPO.) This is an Order designed to tackle nuisance caused through excessive drinking 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 should 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.

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2:22pm Tue 2 Sep 14

grisleyreg says...

I suspect the residents on the western side of the town do not need reminding
I suspect the residents on the western side of the town do not need reminding grisleyreg
  • Score: 8

4:01pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Anonymous Me says...

Do you think the Mercury will surprise us one year by using their imagination to come up with a different headline?
How many decades have they ALWAYS printed it as 'All the fun of the fair'?
As far back as I can remember, and we're talking 30+ years, this is their only title!!!!!!!!!!
Do you think the Mercury will surprise us one year by using their imagination to come up with a different headline? How many decades have they ALWAYS printed it as 'All the fun of the fair'? As far back as I can remember, and we're talking 30+ years, this is their only title!!!!!!!!!! Anonymous Me
  • Score: 6

5:16pm Tue 2 Sep 14

rabtaxi says...

it will be interesting to see some of the larger vehicles coping with the so called improvements at the beginning of west street.
it will be interesting to see some of the larger vehicles coping with the so called improvements at the beginning of west street. rabtaxi
  • Score: 4

6:31pm Tue 2 Sep 14

CeliaMolestrangler says...

Oh goody.
Oh goody. CeliaMolestrangler
  • Score: 3

8:46am Wed 3 Sep 14

Alex@SDA says...

By the way, what part of St Matthews field does the above photo depict?

Suspect the Murkey staff done their usual thing & pinched any old picture. Not long ago there was planning permission for a new home in Cannington, and the picture was a disused pub in Colchester Essex. I drew it to attention on here but they failed to pick it up. Either they have no excuse/defence or perhaps they don't read this area of the site, after all they never react to criticism.

I suppose they think they can get away with any old rubbish, which is really rather insulting.
By the way, what part of St Matthews field does the above photo depict? Suspect the Murkey staff done their usual thing & pinched any old picture. Not long ago there was planning permission for a new home in Cannington, and the picture was a disused pub in Colchester Essex. I drew it to attention on here but they failed to pick it up. Either they have no excuse/defence or perhaps they don't read this area of the site, after all they never react to criticism. I suppose they think they can get away with any old rubbish, which is really rather insulting. Alex@SDA
  • Score: 4

9:14am Wed 3 Sep 14

Anonymous Me says...

Alex@SDA wrote:
By the way, what part of St Matthews field does the above photo depict?

Suspect the Murkey staff done their usual thing & pinched any old picture. Not long ago there was planning permission for a new home in Cannington, and the picture was a disused pub in Colchester Essex. I drew it to attention on here but they failed to pick it up. Either they have no excuse/defence or perhaps they don't read this area of the site, after all they never react to criticism.

I suppose they think they can get away with any old rubbish, which is really rather insulting.
Perhaps it's the new ECO low carbon environmentally version!
Or all the rides have shrunk due to all the rain followed by the blistering sun we had this summer!
[quote][p][bold]Alex@SDA[/bold] wrote: By the way, what part of St Matthews field does the above photo depict? Suspect the Murkey staff done their usual thing & pinched any old picture. Not long ago there was planning permission for a new home in Cannington, and the picture was a disused pub in Colchester Essex. I drew it to attention on here but they failed to pick it up. Either they have no excuse/defence or perhaps they don't read this area of the site, after all they never react to criticism. I suppose they think they can get away with any old rubbish, which is really rather insulting.[/p][/quote]Perhaps it's the new ECO low carbon environmentally version! Or all the rides have shrunk due to all the rain followed by the blistering sun we had this summer! Anonymous Me
  • Score: 6

11:05am Fri 5 Sep 14

GettingrichfromHinkley says...

After Carnival it is the only place to go to see the biggest congregation of Chav's.
After Carnival it is the only place to go to see the biggest congregation of Chav's. GettingrichfromHinkley
  • Score: 2
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