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WATCH: Tavistock celebrates Goose Fair

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Published by Emma Carton at 8:28am 10th October 2018. (Updated at 12:41pm 10th October 2018)

Thousands of people are set to descend on Tavistock, as it celebrates Goose Fair 2018!

Pirate FM will be at the event, which is one of the biggest in the town's calendar and dates back to the 12th century

As well as all the stalls, 'Goosey Fair' has markets, food, drink and of course, the famous fun fair!

Scroll down for everything you need to know, including where to find the stalls and how to get parked.

Mayor Paul Ward has told Pirate FM there is nothing like the atmosphere on the day!

"It dates back to the 12th century when its purpose was to provide a venue that people in the town and in the surrounding area could come to once a year to sell produce, to meet one another and to see and be seen.

"The sort of things being sold have changed of course, but it's still a fantastic opportunity for people to get together.

"We have visitors from all over Devon and much further away - I think it just has a tremendous atmosphere".

Mayor Paul Ward

What is the history?

Goose Fair is held on the second Wednesday of October each year and the 2018 event begins on Wednesday 10th October.

"The annual Goose Fair in Tavistock dates back to the early 12th Century when a Michaelmas Fair, held every September 29th, provided the opportunity for business and animal trading, and was a social event for wives and daughters. 

"The name Goose Fair probably came about as farmers brought their geese ready for fattening for Christmas, and the only other Goose Fair (in Nottingham) has a similar connection.

"When the new calendar was introduced in 1752 the 'loss' of 11 days changed the date of the Michaelmas Fair to October 10th, and now the Fair is held on the second Wednesday in October each year.

"Market traders come from all over the country to sell their wares and provide entertainment. Stalls and side shows are set up in the centre of the Town, and some 200 spaces are let by the Town Council for traders and community groups. A further 70 spaces in Bedford Car Park are let to members of the Showman's Guild by West Devon Borough Council with the car park being shut for the whole Goose Fair week".

Tavistock Town Council

Where are the stalls?

The stalls can be found on Bedford Square, The Quay, Chapel Street and the Alexander Centre.

You can check the full list, along with all the evacuation and first aid points, on the council's website here.

Road closures and parking?

There will be a clearly signposted one-way system operating around the town, coming into force with road closures from 5:00pm on Tuesday 9th October, lasting throughout Goose Fair day on Wednesday 10th October and ending at 7am on Thursday 11th October.

The following roads will be closed to traffic: Plymouth Road from Drake's Statue to Bedford Square, Abbey Place, Russell Street, Chapel Street, Market Street, Market Road and Canal Road

A Park and Ride Scheme will be operating from the following sites: Yelverton Aerodrome, Harford Bridge and Lumburn Rise on Callington Road.

Watch some of the highlights from the Goose Fairs of years gone by...

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