Dates for 2015 from 5pm Friday 9th October to midnight Saturday 17th October (except Sunday 11th).
Hull Fair is an annual event which runs for one week in October. It has a long history and has grown over the years to be the largest travelling fair in Europe. It really is a sight to behold.
For any fans of traditional fairgrounds, this place is a must-do. The best time to visit with young families is in the early evening before it gets too busy. Hull Fair is superb in the dark with older children.
The fair is based on the fairground next to the city’s KC Stadium and the famous Walton Street. Don’t try driving there. It’s best to park on a side-street and walk (if you know where you’re going) or to use the Park-and-Ride at Priory Park to the west of the city (off the A63 approach).
There are all types of rides from ladybirds to things that scare me just looking at them. There are myriad fun houses and hook-a-duck stalls. The food has traditionally been very basic fair-fodder, but recently has been enhanced by coffee stalls and noodle bars. The food is reasonably priced, kept low by sheer competition. There is no shortage of places to buy tat and soft toys.
Rides are anything from £1 to £2 for the kiddie-rides, £2.50 to £3 for hook-a-duck type stalls, and up to £5 each for the big ones. We were there two hours and with two children and food to buy, easily went through £50. Other times we have been and spend £2 each on a hot-dog and been happy.
It’s a bit of a pain to get prams round when it’s busy, so best to avoid going after 6pm. The toilets are very basic – top tip is to take your own toilet roll and handwash. We didn’t find any baby changing rooms. The ground is mostly tarmac and gravel though it can get puddly in places. Welly-boots may be required.
Hull Fair is an annual tradition for most living in East Yorkshire and it marks the countdown to Christmas. Wrap up warm and have fun.
Other attractions you may like – East Park, Hull Sundown Adventureland, Nottinghamshire, The Fish Trail, Hull
Written by Joanne Brady
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