All the fun of the fair
Hull Fair, 5th - 13th October 2007, dates may vary year to year.
I've been going to Hull fair since before I was even born. I'd not been for about 5 years but came back this year and there were more rides than ever.
They now have an alcohol ban which they didn't before.
Sullivans sell the best chips (they do cost more than Bradleys but are tastier).
More must buys from the fair are Brandy Snap (we thought we'd do our bit for locals and buy some 'Hull Brandy Snap' but we got home and it was made in Nottingham!!), coconuts and pommegranits, we usually buy these from a stall by our local fruit shop. Roast chestnuts are lovely, just the smell of them, but beware, you're more than likey to have to throw away a few mouldy ones.
All the food and tat stalls (like dolls on a string, fruit smelling balls (?), light up things, all cheap toys really) lie along Walton Street (closed for cars), then all the rides are on the park and ride site. They had some huge ones this year, plenty for children too, lots of hook-a-duck's, shooting ranges (ha, not one for the children), lots of places where you can win huge stuffed toys. Some history for you now-
Hull Fair is one of the oldest Charter fairs still in existence. The town, then a possession of the Abbot of Meaux, was known as Wyke upon Hull when the first charter granting permission for a Fair to be held in was conferred on the 10th November 1279.
This fair continued until 1598 when a new Royal Charter gave permission for a fair to be held during September. According to Kevin Scrivens and Stephen Smith in Hull Fair published in 1991; the changing of the calendar in 1751 led the locals to believe that the loss of eleven days affected their fair. Give us back our eleven days was the cry as the enraged mob charged around the streets of Hull calling for the return of their eleven day festivities, which they believed to have been lost due to the calendar change. The outraged masses got their wish and from that year onwards October 11th became the official date for Hull Fair.
You'll find it on Walton Street, but you can't miss it, they lay on lots of extra bus services, it's about a 20 minute walk from the town centre, follow signs for the KC Stadium.
Beware, it always rains when Hull fair is on, be sure to bring good waterproofs, I wouldn't suggest an umbrella, it would be very hard to get through the crouds and close to the low hanging stalls.