Banbury will be transformed into an array of heights, lights and frights as the Michaelmas Fair makes a welcome return today (Wednesday).
The Fair runs until Friday, October 16, when rides, stalls and food stands will take over the town for three days of family-friendly entertainment – and, don’t forget, you can get money off the rides with our coupons in this week’s Banbury Guardian (out now) AND tomorrow’s paper.
The event dates back to the town’s charter more than 400 years ago and will once again be opened by the fairground’s owners handing the traditional giant golden key to Cherwell District Council’s vice-chairman and Mayor of Banbury.
Councillor Chris Heath, vice-chairman of Cherwell District Council, said: “It is an honour to be involved in the opening of such an historic and traditional event which spans over four centuries. Every year thousands of people, young and old, descend upon Banbury to enjoy all the fun and thrills of the fair.”
The fair will be primarily located in Horsefair, North Bar, Market Place and Bridge Street offering rides such as the carousel, waltzers and Froggit.
The fair will run from 4pm until late and road closures and car parks affected by the fair will be closed from Tuesday, October 13.
Banbury Town Mayor, Councillor Tony Mepham, said: “The fair remains one of the most popular and attracts people from Banbury and beyond. We look forward to welcoming its return.”