LEISURE: Roll up, roll up! Bridgwater Fair is back!
THE largest travelling funfair in the South West has once again rolled onto Bridgwater’s St Matthews Field on its annual visit to the town.
The fair and West Street market opened on Wednesday (September 27, 2017) and will continue until Saturday (September, 30, 2017).
The Showman’s Guild, who organise and manage the main fair, invited the chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Mike Cresswell, and the Mayor of Bridgwater, Cllr Graham Granter, to officially open the fair on Wednesday morning.
The remaining opening and closing times for the fair are 1pm to 11pm on Thursday; 1pm to 11.30pm on Friday and 11am to 11pm on Saturday.
In addition to organising the two markets, Sedgemoor District Council has funded public conveniences, first aid, night-time security and generators as well as inspecting the many food stalls selling traditional goodies such as Welsh cakes, brandy snaps and toffee apples.
Sedgemoor staff are also completing Health and Safety checks and provide skips for trader and visitor waste.
Temporary toilets are provided adjacent to Westfield House; behind the ex-Squib Public House in West Street and on St Matthews Field near the Horse and Jockey Public House.
First Aid is provided by St John Ambulance who can be found at the top of West Street behind Westfield Church.
West Street and adjacent roads and been closed to traffic and will not re-open until 10am on Sunday (October 1, 2017). Diversion routes are signposted .
Limited parking is available from Thursday until Saturday with the Rotary Club of Bridgwater in St Matthews Field at a cost of £3.50 per vehicle.
Other parking is available in town centre pay and display car parks, Sedgemoor-owned car parks are free to use after 6pm.
For full visitor information, please visit: www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/bridgwaterfair .
Photographer Brian Bateman was at the official opening of the fair on Wednesday (September 27, 2017). Checkout this gallery of photos on this link - http://www.bridgwaterpress.co.uk/blog/2017/09/28/bridgwater-fair-2017-september-2017/ .