Bridgwater's annual fair is now open heralding one of the most exciting times of the year in the town in the run up to the Carnival and Christmas.

Our photographer was there to capture the fun on the opening day.

The event is organised by the Showman's Guild with Sedgemoor District Council organising the market elements of the event. Bridgwater Fair attracts crowds from far a field and is recognised as the largest fair in the South West with roughly 40,000 visitors each year.

It dates back to the Charter of King John, is now almost 800 years old, the last 600 years of which have been spent on St Matthews Field. The Charter decreed that the four day fair was to start annually on the last Wednesday in September.

Bridgwater Fair starts on Wednesday, September 30, and ends on Saturday, October 3.