Banbury prepares for the fun of the fair

Banbury will be awash with colour, light and sweet treats as the famous Michaelmas Fair comes to town next week.

Published: Tuesday, 9th October 2018

The three-day event will be declared officially open at 4pm on Wednesday, 17 October, when a member of the Wilson family, which owns the fair, presents a giant golden key to Cherwell District Council chairman Cllr Maurice Billington and Banbury Town Mayor Cllr Shaida Hussain.

Cllrs Billington and Hussain will tour the town centre, granting fairgoers free turns on any ride which they touch with the key. The fair runs until late on the evening of Friday, 19 October. Cherwell’s street cleansing team will then blitz the town centre overnight to leave it spick and span for the Saturday market.

Cllr Billington said: “The Michaelmas Fair has been a chartered event in Banbury for over 400 years and it will be a real delight to be involved in officially opening it. Thousands of people turn out for the fair every year and its popularity is enduring with everyone who takes part.”

Daredevil fairgoers will be able to show their mettle on rides like the waltzers and Superbowl. Anyone after a more sedate experience will be able to enjoy the merry-go-round and cup and saucers; while people with a sweet tooth will be able to indulge in traditional treats like candy floss and toffee apples.

Cllr Hussain said: “As a child I always looked forward to Banbury’s Michaelmas Fair, I have a lot of happy memories spending time with my family and friends on very scary rides! I hope this year brings the community together for lots of fun.”

The fair will start setting up in Banbury on Tuesday, 16 October and be primarily located in Horsefair, North Bar, Market Place and Bridge Street. It will run from 4pm on Wednesday, 17 October until late on Friday, 19 October, opening at midday on the Thursday and Friday.

Road and car park closures will be in effect from Tuesday, 16 October until the fair departs. Banbury market will not operate on Thursday, 18 October but will return as normal on the Saturday.