An historic Leicestershire fair will welcome thousands of residents and visitors to the town centre as it returns for its 802nd year next week.
The first official charter for Loughborough Fair was granted to the Lord of the Manor, Hugh le Despenser, in 1221 by King Henry III.
This year’s spectacle will take place in the town from next Wednesday (November 8) to Saturday November 11.
The fair will be officially opened by the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Margaret Smidowicz at 6pm on Wednesday before the fun-filled four days begin.
Cllr Jennifer Tillotson, the Council’s lead member for economic development, regeneration and town centres, said: “I am looking forward to welcoming residents, visitors and the showman back to Loughborough for the annual fair.
“It is always a fantastic spectacle to see so many families enjoying the rides and attractions throughout the week.”
The layout to this year’s Loughborough Fair will be altered slightly due to the scaffolding outside HSBC following a fire in the town centre but this will not affect the number or types of rides that will be on offer to visitors.
This year’s Loughborough Fair will see a number of rides and attractions returning to the town, including Dodgems, Megaspin, atmos Fear and Starflyer.
There will be rides that are suitable for every age group with attractions available for toddlers all the way through to adults.
A number of food, drink and confectionary stalls will be on offer along with games and quiz stalls which will give visitors the chance to win prizes.
The opening times for this year’s Loughborough Fair are:
- Wednesday, November 8: 6pm-11pm
- Thursday, November 9: 12pm-11pm
- Friday, November 10: 11am-11pm
- Saturday, November 11: 11am-11pm.
The Beehive Lane multi-storey car park and Southfield Road car parks are available during the hours of the fair. Southfield offices car park will also be open to the public outside of the Council’s opening times.