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St Giles’ Fair 2019
9 September 2019 - 10 September 2019
About St Giles' Fair 2019
St Giles' Fair 2019 will be one of the greatest and most prestigious in the country. The fair dates back to 1625 when it was a parish festival to celebrate the feast of the patron saint, St Giles, and is held on the Monday and Tuesday following the first Sunday after St Giles' Day (1 September).
In the 18th century it was a toy fair, then in the early 19th century it was a general children’s fair. The funfair grew during mid and late Victorian times when improved means of transport meant that large numbers of people could be brought into the city to attend the festivities. It was also when the forerunners of today’s rides were first developed following advances in mechanical engineering.
Now run by by Oxford City Council, the St Giles' fair is probably the largest of its kind in Europe taking up all of St Giles' even Magdalen Street by Elliston and Cavell's right up to and beyond the War Memorial, at the meeting of the Woodstock and Banbury roads.
To accomodate the St Giles' Fair 2019, expect road closures in the area of St Giles' from 12:01 am on Sunday 8 September through to 8:30 am on Wednesday 11 September 2018.