Well it might be over 700 years old with a layout as lawless as an open plan prison riot, (let’s not forget the funfair free-for-all fisticuffs of the Great Cheese Riot of 1766 – trust me, I would kill for cheese) but the Nottingham Goose Fair can still show a bit of fun despite its age. Only bubonic plague and world wars stop the Goose Fair from happening. The geese that were originally gathered for the fair may be in short supply, but the thrills, shrills, smells, bellyaches and bag snatchers aren’t. All the fun of the fair.

The largest travelling fair in the UK with over 500 attractions, for some it’s a white knuckle chuckle. Quite why we volunteered ourselves for a trip to the Goose Fair to get some serious action, god only knows, its loud, light and very neon bright. We get spun around, shook sick, up and down. I’d like to say my feet felt firmly on the ground but I feel like my stomach has been pound. And we thought Zorbing was bad…..not as bad as the Dubstep music in our video though.

Mushy peas and mint sauce aplenty, the fair has what posh restaurateurs would call ‘street food. Food fried in front of you from four corners of the globe with more sugary snack stalls than you can count. Brandy snaps, candy floss, toffee apples and only at the Nottingham Goose Fair can you get (schoolboy snigger) cocks on sticks. As you can see, people were lining up for a cock on a stick, the last year you’ll be able to get one.


Nick Cook. Amateur astronomer, space, history, nerd, extreme dog walker, cat slave, severe tinnitus sufferer. 13.7 billion years in the making - not that much better for it.


  1. pam@ichoosethis Reply

    Ha! I loved this post….the cock on the stick sounds just delicious! haha. I think Sean may have a heart attack with so much overstimulation! I personally would love the people watching. 🙂

    • Its a popular event, opened up by the local thief (Robin Hood) so we thought we’d pop along. Colourful is an understatement but I must admit at being a bit of wimp when it comes to the rides, my stomach is not the cast iron it once was….

      • pam@ichoosethis Reply

        I may have to make a special trip over just for this! the state fair of Texas sounds similar to this event. Fried EVERYTHING. but of course I love the whole experience. :-). Yeah, this aging thing is a load of crap!

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