The Bridgwater Fair is coming to town.
The South West’s largest travelling fun fair and market is returning to Bridgwater this month.
Dating back to 1249, the four-day Bridgwater Fair attracts around 40,000 visitors each year with many tourists flocking to its quaint market stalls and fun rides.
10am Wednesday 26th September until 11.30pm Saturday 29th September
Market Stalls will open at 10am and the funfair rides will open at 11am
Mike Cresswell, the chairman of Sedgemoor District Council and Diogo Rodrigues, Mayor of Bridgwater, have been invited by the funfair organisers, The Showman’s Guild, to open the fair at 11.30am on the Wednesday.
The funfair will be set up at St Matthews Field, West Street, while the market stalls will be on West Street.
The traditional one-day horse fair and market will take place on Wednesday at the top of St Matthews Field.
According to Sedgemoor District Council’s website, here are the opening and closing times:
Wednesday 11am to 11pm
Thursday 1pm to 11pm
Friday 1pm to 11.30pm
Saturday 11am to 11pm
Wednesday to Saturday
10am to 10pm
The Rotary Club of Bridgwater in St Matthews Field will be providing limited car parking from Thursday until Saturday at £3.50 per vehicle.
Additional public parking is usually available at the YMCA in Friarn Avenue and at Bridgwater Cricket Club on Durleigh Road.
Other parking is available in the town centre pay and display car parks, while Sedgemoor District Council owned car parks are free to use after 6pm.
Due to the funfair and market stalls, West Street, Milton Place, St Matthews Green, Westover Green and St Matthews Field will be closed from 9am on September 25.
These roads will re-open from 10am on September 30 and diversion routes will be signposted.
Vehicles will be unable to park along many surrounding streets including Northfield, Durleigh Road (to the junction of Woodbury Road), Park Road and Albert Street from 8:00pm on Monday, September 24 until 10am on Sunday, September 30.
Temporary toilets are provided by Sedgemoor District Council and will be behind Squib Public House, Westfield House, Horse and Jockey Public House on Fairfield.
St Johns Ambulance will provide First Aid during the four-day event and will be present near Westfield Church on West Street.
Additional bins and skips will be scattered throughout West Street and St Matthews Field for visitors and traders to discard their litter in.