Thrills and spills at fair

@HLaehnemann

Families enjoyed one last hoorah before the end of school holidays at this year’s St Giles’ Fair.

The Oxford fair, which dates back to 1625, was back on Monday and Tuesday, welcoming thrill and fun-seekers.

Each year the Showmen’s Guild brings the two-day event to the centre of the city, attracting around 100,000 visitors.

Lord Mayor Jean Fooks officially opened the festivities at 11am on Monday by ringing an antique bell, before going on to win a teddy bear at the coconut shy.

The fair included a Ferris wheel that rotates above the city’s dreaming spires and offers riders a chance to take in the panoramic views.

Fair goers also enjoyed a carousel and the largest portable ride in Europe, called Air.

The ride, which resembles a mechanical octopus, spins riders about 100ft over the historic street.

The event also featured a bar for the first time ever, including a prosecco bar, a cider stall, and food.

The fair began in the early 17th century to celebrate the feast of the patron saint, St Giles.

In the late 1800s it evolved to feature a mixture of mechanical rides and side stalls.

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