Goose Fair

11th October 2017
Category : Pannier Market Diary

Tavistock Goose Fair

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. 

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. Please see the Stallholders Area page for more information on trading at Goose Fair.

The more traditional side of Goose Fair can still be found at the Tavistock Livestock Centre. They usually hold an open day where you can see cattle, sheep and Dartmoor ponies, and enjoy the auction of live geese and poultry.  For further details, please contact Stags on 01822 61008. Or visit their website

You can also find a wide selection of traders in the Tavistock Pannier Market selling an assortment of goods.