Filed under: fair

Our little runaway

Our little runaway
There seemed to be more rides this year – than last year – at the runaway fair.
Our little runaway
The weather has been good. So hopefully the show people and the punters had a good afternoon and evening.
Our little runaway
With the road closure, it is funny seeing buses unload their passengers at strange places like the Kings Head and Bell. And it’s funny to see the upper deck of double deckers sail by our 1st floor window.

It only happens when
She comes again.
Our little runaway,
run, run, run, runaway.

12 Comments October 17, 2016

The Abingdon “Runaway” Fair – a little history thanks to the Reading Mercury

football teams
These days, children’s rides are the main feature of the Runaway Fair that runs on the Monday of the week after the Michaelmas Fair.

In days of old the Michaelmas and Runaway fairs were both hiring fairs. As late as 1884 the Reading Mercury noted there was still some hiring activity at the Abingdon Runaway Fair.
Runaway Fair

In 1888, the same paper reported that during the “runaway” fair a 71 year old man from Ock Street was killed by a runaway driver.
Runaway Fair

We read in the same paper in 1897 that little hiring was noticeable, but country people came into town for Michaelmas purchases, and for a fair on the Market Place.
Runaway Fair

11 Comments October 16, 2016

Also one of the tallest street fairs

Also one of the highest
Tuesday was the second evening of the fair.
Also one of the highest
There was not quite the crush of some years, but still a lot of people about. The mild rain-free evenings help to bring in the crowds.
Also one of the highest
Rides like Booster (pictured), and the high swings at the end of Ock Street, meant this was not only the longest street fair,
Also one of the highest
but also one of the tallest. Air traffic control could well have been notified.
Also one of the highest
I did not notice any trouble, apart from the occasional person being sick after have been spun about too fast.

Fairground music is still reverberating from the centre of town to the outer limits. Within an hour or so all will become quiet, and by the time people set off for work tomorrow morning there will be no sign that the fair was ever there.

35 Comments October 11, 2016

The Fair is in Town – for the young in heart

The Fair is in Town
High Street and Ock Street were closed from this morning for the setup of the fair. Locals came to walk and cycle and scoot the length of the fair to see the rides.
The Fair is in Town
Let us hope the good weather holds out and that it will be good fair with no accidents. The best advice, if you chance to enter the maze of mirrors, is ‘walk slow with hands in front of you’.
The Fair is in Town
Stay young at heart and believe that dreams can come true, but never forget there are pirates about.
The Fair is in Town
Don’t bang your head getting into the Minion Tour bus.
The Fair is in Town
The world is your teacup.
The Fair is in Town
Should your fairground horse escape enjoy the free ride.

2 Comments October 9, 2016

Michaelmas Fair

Michaelmas, or the Feast of Michael and All Angels, is celebrated on the 29th of September every year. It celebrates the Angel of Light who slayed a dragon.

Michaelmas daisies bloom late into September, and beyond, and bring late colour to gardens, as seen here at St Michael’s Church.
Michaelmas Fair
In Abingdon, not far from the Church of St Michael and All Angels, the annual Abingdon Michaelmas Fair takes place early in October each year.

On 2nd September 1752 people went to bed, and when they woke up it was 14th September. The dates had changed to be the same as the rest of Europe. Since that time the Abingdon Michaelmas Fair has happened on the Monday before the 11th October instead of the Monday before the 30th September.
Michaelmas Fair
At the fair pedestrians can walk safely down the middle of Ock Street and High Street between the fairgrounds rides.
Michaelmas Fair
Smoke breathing vehicles are banished for three days by the angels of light.

12 Comments October 6, 2016

Previous page


Blog Archives / Twitter Feed etc.

Links