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Hull fair, possibly bigger than Goose fair, is free entry and has both cash and card payments for the rides. Paying cash though may be quicker and simpler in a busy environment like Good fair.

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Hi Stavertongirl  thanks for telling me about the cakewalk being at Goose Fair,  just a quick story Friday night 8th Oct 1965 the following day was my wedding day, any way all the ladies had just had

After our Goose Fair, all the showmen,roungabouts ect used to go on to Hull. So yes you are right Brew Hull is a bigger fair than Nottm.

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12 hours ago, Brew said:

Paying cash though may be quicker and simpler in a busy environment like Good fair.

 

I disagree, surely a quick tap of a contactless card, watch or phone would be far safer & easier & the showmen will love it, with none of their employees handling any cash, this years Ilkeston fair was rammed everyone was using contactless, I paid my poppy seller yesterday with a swift tap, I've not seen or used any cash for over 2 years. 

 

There will be no charges to enter next years Goose Fair & no R.I.P. @mary1947 the idea was a means to control the numbers entering due to covid.      

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Not having been to the fair for almost half a century I accept what you say RR about payment. The story about crowd control I don't believe especially as Covid passports weren't even a 'thing' when  fencing off the fair was first mooted.

 

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We took a wander down to the Fair about 4 years ago, it’s only a 15 minute walk for us.   Went on the Big Wheel and took in the sights, sounds and smells and it was ok.  Fairs don’t hold much attraction for us since taking the kids to Disney a few times 30+ years ago, they know how to do it over there.  

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Yes LizzieM I to have been to Disney, but I think the point I was trying to get across , WAS that Goose Fair is a Nottingham tradition, and since we are  all members of a site called Nottstalgia  I did not expect a lot of negative replyes

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I've read that it is now four days. Perhaps someone can confirm that or otherwise.

 

It was certainly Thursday, Friday, and Saturday when I was young. We lived on Noel Street, very close to the Forest, so we were well aware of the fair.

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Welcome Perroist to nottstalgia.

Yes Goose Fair used to open Thursday lunch time and used to be open by the mayor, who would say ""I am the Mayor who open's this fair, for 3 days , and 3 days only,"  

when they stated to open for longer i think it still doe's open first Thusday in October but it now open for nearly a week. Then Covid came along also I think that the council (if I remembr) wanted to almost charge the stall holders about 3 times what they were paying  So last year NO FAIR not sure if its gone for good just another nail. knocked in for Nottingham.

I hope this year it will return, allthough I see you live in Aus if you came back for a visit I'm sure you would not reconise much that goes on now at the fair.  The side shows all gone, cakewalk gone Wall of Death gone and more, but it is stlii on the Forest. If any of this post is wrong some member will tell me.

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It used to be eight days, then three days, and it's now four. The council, desperate as ever to screw the public proposed fencing the fair and charging an entrance fee. Apparently the showmen rejected the idea, but it wouldn't surprise me to find the council have their way.

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Cakewalk was at Goose Fair the year before covoid started. We walked past it.

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Hi Stavertongirl  thanks for telling me about the cakewalk being at Goose Fair,  just a quick story Friday night 8th Oct 1965 the following day was my wedding day, any way all the ladies had just had too much to drink, so being from Nottingham and Goose fair being on the forest, decided to go. Come on girls lets all go on the big wheel,  the chair me and my sister in law were in had stopped at the top!! Oh! said my sister in law  I don't feel very well and with that she leaned over the side, well I won't go into detals we climbed off the wheel and did not say a word. Right ladies next cakewalk well there was about 20 of us and you should have seen the sights, most of us fell down, and a few others were not to  well but laugh we laughed and laughed, that night i think all of us went home with wet pants be cause we just could not stop laughing. Those were the days.

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Don't think so Ian age won't let me.  Hearts willing but my body says no!

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Got some nice video footage from last time I visited the Nottingham Goose fair Noddy ! I'll allus let you have a look and what's more, I won't charge you. :-)

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ohhhh!  you are cheeky but I like you.

 

 

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