Hull Fair
Hull Fair from the top of the big wheel

Hull Fair given green light

Hull City Council has today confirmed, together with the Showman’s Guild, that Hull Fair will take place Friday 8 – Saturday 16 October (excluding Sunday 10 October).

The fair was cancelled in 2020 for the first time in decades, due to the global pandemic. Now, with all Coronavirus restrictions, including those on large gatherings, removed by the government, the event is permitted to go ahead.

The fair will have the usual exciting array of rides and attractions on offer. Children’s rides will include fun houses, helter skelters and mini versions of roller coasters and waltzers. For adults and families there will be traditional favourites like dodgems and big wheels as well as a variety of faster and higher rides offering extra thrills and spills and views over the fairground and the city. There will also be the usual stalls packed with food, treats, games and toys.

Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council said: “Hull Fair, along with all the city’s major events, was sorely missed last year so we’re delighted that it is able to return in 2021.

“I know we will all be looking forward to experiencing the exciting atmosphere and those familiar sights, sounds and smells.

“While the national changes to restrictions have made it possible for the fair to go ahead, we should remember Coronavirus is still in circulation and we should take the same precautions we do day-to-day.

“With that in mind, we will be advising visitors to the event to consider using alternative entrances into the fairground and visiting the fair mid-week when it is usually quieter”.

Cllr Hester Bridges, Deputy Leader and Chair of Hull Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “While safety precautions are no longer mandatory, all those involved in organising the fair including the council, Showman’s Guild, partners and contractors have pledged to take additional precautions wherever possible, including additional cleansing regimes on rides and equipment.

“Hand sanitiser will be available for visitors, and all Hull City Council events staff will be encouraged to wear face masks to protect each other.

“In the run-up to the fair, we will continue to run pop-up vaccination and no-symptom testing clinics, focussing on areas where uptake is lower. Community is at the heart of the fair and by taking all the precautions we can, we’re able to protect each other. We must think about those who are more vulnerable to the virus, who we may not see at the fair, but will stop and talk to in the shop, or have a cup of tea with in the days after”.

Current Coronavirus safety advice is:

  • Wear a mask in any enclosed and crowded spaces
  • Use card payments not cash where available
  • Wash and sanitise hands frequently
  • Continue taking regular no-symptom tests (LFTs)
  • Isolate immediately and book a PCR test if you have a temperature, cough, or can’t taste or smell anything
  • Anyone 16+ can have a Coronavirus vaccination. Book online now, or check locations of local pop-up sessions.