St Giles Fair Cancelled

The 2020 St Giles Fair has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

In a formal letter sent out today by the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain, the organisation have announced the cancellation of the 2020 St Giles Fair, saying:

“It is with great regret that the London & Home Counties Section of the Showmen’s Guild, in conjunction with Oxford City Council, has to announce that, unfortunately, the St. Giles Fair 2020 will not be able to go ahead this year and has subsequently been cancelled.”

The letter notes the sole reason for the cancelation to be the Covid-19 Pandemic, and explains that due to the fact the fair attracts large crowds, they believe that the risk to the public’s health and well-being is far too high for the event to go ahead as planned.

Councillor Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Member for the City Centre, Covered Market and Culture, Oxford City Council has said:

“This is disappointing news, but we fully support the Showmen’s Guild in their decision. Public safety in this pandemic is the most important consideration. The Showmen’s Guild have been working hard with government advisers on what’s possible and have had to take a very tough decision. St Giles Fair has been a fixture in Oxford’s calendar for centuries, we will look forward to next year with even more anticipation than usual.”

The Showmen’s Guild have confirmed that the St. Giles Fair will still be going ahead in 2021, and state that they “hope that it will be bigger and even better next year.”


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