With more than 700 years of history, Nottingham’s Goose Fair is one of the most prestigious travelling fairs in the UK – and it’s back in the city for a few days this week.

From Wednesday, the Forest Recreational Ground will once again be filled with colourful carnival rides and stalls to delight fair fans of all ages.

There will be more than 500 attractions from the latest white-knuckle rides to old favourites such as waltzers, carousels and Hook-a-Duck.

The latest addition to the fair’s thrilling offering is pirate-themed family-friendly roller coaster Sharky And The Pirates. It should prove rather popular with kids and grown-ups alike.

Other rides returning to the Forest Recreational Ground include Air, Airmaxx, AtmosFear, Bomber Mach 2, Crazy Bulls, the Giant Wheel, Mouse Coasters, Reverse Bungee, Rock Rage, Sea Storm,  Star Flyer and Moondance, which made it’s Goose Fair debut last year.

Once you’re done with the thrill-rides, you can recharge your batteries in the family-friendly Moose Bar which features FREE live entertainment each night this week.

Acts providing the music will include Richie Muir, Samson 65, The Burgandys, performing acoustic sets daily at 7.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and at 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Along with the traditional Goose Fair food of mushy peas and mint sauce, candy floss and brandy snaps, visitors can enjoy food from around the world with great tastes of the Caribbean, Chinese noodles, Indian kebabs, Spanish churros, paella and French crepes.

The varied food on offer will be more of a hit than the dairy produce which caused the infamous Great Cheese Riots of 1764 – this is a true story.

Locals were so incensed at the price of cheese at the fair that they showed their feelings by rolling huge cheeses down the streets of Nottingham, drove the traders out of town and flattened the mayor with a 100lb cheese in the process. Fun.

The fair opens on Wednesday at 5.30pm and continues until Sunday night. Entry to the fair is free, and rides will cost around £2-£4, though some specialised rides will be a little more. For more information, click HERE.

And if you fancy getting a bit of a discount on some of the rides, download some 50p off vouchers HERE.

For a list of things you have to try at the Nottingham Goose Fair, check out this Nottingham Post article.

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