Tavistock Town Council

Goose Fair

Goose Fair in Tavistock 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.  The name Goose Fair probably came about as farmers brought their geese ready for fattening for Christmas, and the only other Goose Fair (in Nottingham) has a simiar connection.

When the new calendar was introduced in 1752 the 'loss' of 11 days changed the date of the Michaelmas Fair to October 10th, and now the Fair is held on the second Wednesday in October each year.

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 are let to members of the Showman's Guild in Bedford Car Park by West Devon Borough Council, and that Car Park is shut for the whole Goose Fair week. Please see below 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 Ward & Chowen on 01822 610080, e-mail agriculture@wardchowen.co.uk or visit their website

For details on the Goose Fair Park and Ride Scheme and available parking please click on the links below

For more information on trading at Goose Fair please click on the link below

For further information please contact Tavistock Town Council Tel: 07740 742228 Email: goosefair@tavistock.gov.uk


Email: info@tavistock.gov.uk

Telephone: 01822 613529

Town Council Offices
Drake Road
PL19 0AU

Last Updated Tuesday 13 Oct 15

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