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) but the Nottingham Goose Fair can still show a bit of fun despite its age. Only bubonic plague and world wars stop the fair from happening. The geese that were originally gathered for the fair may be in short supply, the thrills, shrills, smells, bellyaches and bag snatchers aren’t.
Mushy peas and mint sauce aplenty, the fair has what posh restaurateurs would call ‘street food.’ Food fried in front of you from four comers 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 from the photo on the left, boys were lining up for it. A cock on a stick that is (snigger).