19 October 2022 to 21 October 2022
About Banbury Michaelmas Fair 2022
The Banbury Michaelmas Fair 2022 will take place from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 October 2022. The fair usually opens at 4.00pm on the Wednesday and from noon to 11.00pm on the Thursday and Friday.
The Banbury Michaelmas fair has been a fixture of the life of the town for hundreds of years.
The fair was a hiring fair, the equivalent of today’s employment agencies and online job websites. During what used to be known as the Mop Fair, local tradesmen, craftsmen, labourers, farmers and servants came into town to look for new employment.
Back in those days, seasonal employment ran from October to October, so everyone came into town with high hopes of gaining a new employer and securing their income for the year ahead.
In keeping with a tradition that dates back centuries, the Town Mayor will join the Chairman of Cherwell District Council to open proceedings at 4.00pm in front of the Town Hall. He, or she, will touch a ‘Golden Key’ against certain attractions to grant free rides for attending children.