St Giles’ Fair 2024 will take place on Monday 09 and Tuesday 10 September, from 11.00am to 11.00pm on both days.
St Giles’ Fair is 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 (01 September).
In the 18th century, it was a toy fair, and 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 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.
The street is closed to traffic on the two days in September for this traditional fair.
When is the St Giles’ Fair in 2023?
In 2024, the St Giles’ Fair will take place on Monday 09 and Tuesday 10 September, from 11.00am to 11.00pm on both days. The fair normally takes place on the first Monday and Tuesday after the first Sunday after St Giles’ Day (01 September).
How much does the St Giles fair cost?
Attending the fair is free, but the rides and amusements have their own individual costs. There will also be a plethora of street food, snacks and treats on sale.