Friday, September 27, 2013

The Wizard of Notts Recommends: Goose Fair - Forest Recreation Ground on Wednesday, October 2 and runs until Sunday, October 6.

Goose Fair 2013: 2 - 6 October

Nottingham Goose Fair returns from Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 October 2013 to thrill and delight city residents and visitors.

Venue:Goose Fair

Forest Recreation Ground, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham. NG7 6HB


Wednesday 2 October - 5.30pm - 11pm
Thursday 3 October - 12noon - 11pm
Friday 4 October - 11am - 11.30pm
Saturday 5 October - 11am - 11pm
Sunday 6 October - 1pm - 9pm


2 - 6 October


With more than 700 years of history, Nottingham Goose Fair is one of Europe's most famous travelling fairs, and is still a fantastic event to delight all ages.

The Forest Recreation Ground will once again host over 500 attractions, from the latest white knuckle experiences, family rides and favourites including waltzers, carousels and Hook-a-Duck.
In 2012 there was a new ride - 'AtmosFear' making its first appearance at Goose Fair. It moved passengers through 360 degrees in all three dimensions. The arm of the ride rotated high in the sky with the end of the arm also rotating along with the passenger seats. The ride was about 23 metres high at the top of the swing to increase the scare factor!

For thrill-seekers there are normally around 100 adult rides and exhibitions.  Last year alongside the AtmosFear there was the Touchdown, Magic Mouse, Sizzler Twist, Vertical Limit, Chaos as well as Dodgems, Waltzers, Ghost trains, Matterhorns, Giant wheels, Mouse coasters and Funhouses.
Along with the traditional Goose Fair food of mushy peas and mint sauce, candy floss and brandy snaps, visitors will be able to eat their way around the world with chestnuts and doughnuts to food from the Caribbean, Chinese noodles, Indian kebabs, Spanish churros, paella and French crepes.
Come along and experience the dazzling array of sights and sounds!

As always, admission to the ground is FREE!

In 2012 most rides cost between £1.00 - £3.00. The majority were charged at £2.00. Specialised rides charged between £2.50 and £4.00. Children's rides were around £1.00 - £2.00.


By Foot: Try select 'Nottingham' from the drop down menu and type 'Forest Recreation Ground' into the destination box.
By Cycle: Try and select 'Find a cycle route' and use postcode NG7 6ND to take you to the site.
By Bus: Take the NCT Lime lines 56, 58, 59 or Purple lines 87, 88, 89 or Calverton Connection from Upper Parliament Street, or the Brown lines 15,16, 17 from Milton Street (outside Waitrose) or Yellow Lines 68, 69, 70, 71, from Milton Street (outside Trinity Square Car Park). Take the Pronto or any the The Threes from Victoria Bus Station. Services run at frequent intervals, stopping on Mansfield Road for the Fair.
By Tram - take the tram from any stop and get off at The Forest right next to the Goose Fair site.  There are four dedicated park and ride sites, which offer  free parking to anyone travelling on the tram. 
Park and Ride sites are located at:
  • Hucknall near junction 27 of the M1with nearly 450 spaces - NG15 7TD
  • Phoenix Park next to junction 26 of the M1 with over 650 spaces - NG8 6AS
  • Moor Bridge close to Bulwell and Bestwood with over 100 spaces - NG6 8AE
  • Wilkinson Street just off Nottingham's ring road with over 600 spaces - NG7 7NU
There is city centre parking available too with easy connections at the Lace Market, Old Market Square and the Royal Centre tram stops.  Extra trams will be running to and from The Forest throughout the event so you'll be sure to get there on time.  For more information on tram times and fares visit

Car Parking & Disabled Parking:

Please note that we are not able to provide car parking for this event. We recommend using the tram if you want free parking (see above). Blue Badge parking is available on site and is accessible at the Gregory Boulevard entrance.



  1. This sounds like smashing fun! Wish I was going n x

  2. Perhaps next year, we can all attend :-)