Countdown to Bridgwater funfair

Photo from a previous St. Matthews Field fair

Photo from a previous St. Matthews Field fair

First published in Bridgwater Area News Bridgwater Mercury: Photograph of the Author by

THE LARGEST travelling Funfair in the South West is once again rolling into town.

Bridgwater’s St. Matthews Field will see a host of rides and stalls open next Wednesday (September 26) and run until Saturday, September 29.

The annual event, which dates back to the charter of King John, is now almost 800 years old. For the last 600 years it has been held on St Matthews Field, named because it was originally held according to a particular day in the Church calendar – the annual feast of Saint Matthew.

Sedgemoor District Council organises, lets out and sets out the street market in West Street, which includes over 100 stalls selling everything from bulbs to zoo prints. On the first day an extra market will be held at the top end of the field, with another 100 stalls. A small horse fair is also run on the first day.

Some 30 main rides at the funfair are organised by The Showman’s Guild. They include favourites like Froggit, Miami Trip, Top Spin and Orbiter, together with around 15 children’s rides and 50 hoopla and side stalls.

The Fair will be opened at 11.30am by Sedgemoor’s Chairman and the Mayor of Bridgwater. Opening and closing times are 11am to 11pm Wednesday, 1pm to 11pm on Thursday, 1pm to 11.30pm on Friday and 11am to 11pm on Saturday.

West Street and adjoining roads will be closed from 9am on Tuesday, September 25, and open on Sunday, September 30. Diversions will be signposted.

From Thursday the Rotary Club of Sedgemoor will be providing car parking on St Matthews Field. Additional public parking will be available at the YMCA, Friarn Avenue, and at Bridgwater Cricket Club, Durleigh Road. A Designated Public Places Order will be in place to tackle antisocial drinking. Alcohol can be confiscated.

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10:27am Mon 17 Sep 12

MBR Extreme says...

There was a sign on one of the rides last year which said" DO NOT RIDE IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL" how do they expect anyone to ride in Bridgwater then?!.
There was a sign on one of the rides last year which said" DO NOT RIDE IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL" how do they expect anyone to ride in Bridgwater then?!. MBR Extreme
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10:40am Mon 17 Sep 12

Wellyboy says...

Because they cant read the sign probably
Because they cant read the sign probably Wellyboy
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10:57am Mon 17 Sep 12

Miss Playboy says...

Is it true at this year fair is the last one or not
Is it true at this year fair is the last one or not Miss Playboy
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12:23pm Mon 17 Sep 12

fegmaniac says...

Miss Playboy wrote:
Is it true at this year fair is the last one or not
Alas no :-( Still it gives the inbred locals a fun day out as they gaze in wonder at the piles of tat and the pretty lights........
[quote][p][bold]Miss Playboy[/bold] wrote: Is it true at this year fair is the last one or not[/p][/quote]Alas no :-( Still it gives the inbred locals a fun day out as they gaze in wonder at the piles of tat and the pretty lights........ fegmaniac
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12:39pm Mon 17 Sep 12

artful280 says...

All that public parking but still morons will want to park down our road for free making sure that residents cant park.We try not to move our car for days in case we cant get back anywhere near our house. Roll on residents parking, the sooner the better.
All that public parking but still morons will want to park down our road for free making sure that residents cant park.We try not to move our car for days in case we cant get back anywhere near our house. Roll on residents parking, the sooner the better. artful280
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1:36pm Mon 17 Sep 12

bbunny_isl says...

Miss Playboy wrote:
Is it true at this year fair is the last one or not
Yes. It is as true as all the other annual fair rumours such as:

- Free tester rides on Tuesday night
- Chaos only goes upside down on the last night
- SuperBob has been pimped up and now goes 150mph
[quote][p][bold]Miss Playboy[/bold] wrote: Is it true at this year fair is the last one or not[/p][/quote]Yes. It is as true as all the other annual fair rumours such as: - Free tester rides on Tuesday night - Chaos only goes upside down on the last night - SuperBob has been pimped up and now goes 150mph bbunny_isl
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4:25pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Silverbirch says...

Miss Playboy wrote:
Is it true at this year fair is the last one or not
Doubt it. However, Summerfield Developers have a planning application in for a road across the Fairfield and houses in the field next to it. How will that impact on fair, if planning is granted?
[quote][p][bold]Miss Playboy[/bold] wrote: Is it true at this year fair is the last one or not[/p][/quote]Doubt it. However, Summerfield Developers have a planning application in for a road across the Fairfield and houses in the field next to it. How will that impact on fair, if planning is granted? Silverbirch
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9:30am Thu 20 Sep 12

grisleyreg says...

They will spend hours walking around the field but are unable to walk from a car park, Rather block peoples driveway or clog up roads in the area, Roll on Sunday the 30th.
They will spend hours walking around the field but are unable to walk from a car park, Rather block peoples driveway or clog up roads in the area, Roll on Sunday the 30th. grisleyreg
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6:55pm Thu 20 Sep 12

the voice of common sense says...

Double lock everything while they are here.

The fair takes thousands of pounds out of the local economy and all they do in return is their weekly shoplifting
Double lock everything while they are here. The fair takes thousands of pounds out of the local economy and all they do in return is their weekly shoplifting the voice of common sense
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9:44am Fri 21 Sep 12

Azza1989 says...

Yay can't wait for overpriced rides and chavs drunk and thinking they are hard as nails......Sigh
Yay can't wait for overpriced rides and chavs drunk and thinking they are hard as nails......Sigh Azza1989
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