Oxford St. Giles Fair

Frequency Annual
Age started 1625
Duration 2 days
Seasonal Yes
Fixture Temporary
Physical Scale Large
Experiential Scale Extra Large
Geographical Scale Local

The annual St Giles' Fair takes place in September each year, held on the first Monday and Tuesday following the feast of St. Giles (September 1).

The fair is held on land owned by St John’s College (as Lord of Walton Manor), and has paid tolls to both the College and the Corporation (now City Council), which took over sole control of the fair in 1930. It is organised in association with the London and Home Counties Section of the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain

St. Giles is dated to 1624, although is certainly much older. Sir John Peshall, writing in 1773, said “At present we have no Fair, a wake is at S.Giles’s called S.Giles’s Wake, yearly the Monday after S.Giles’s Day.” [September 1st] Peshall is quite correct in calling it a wake, for it is not held by charter.’ The Antient [sic] and Present State of the City of Oxford, p.338., cited in Raymond Waterville Luke Muncey, Our Old English Fairs, London: Sheldon Press, 1936, p.99.