The annual fair is in town again on Bridgwater’s St. Matthews Field.

This year the fair and West Street market will be open on Wednesday, September 27th until Saturday, September 30th. There will also be the traditional one-day horse fair and market, taking place on Wednesday, 27th September at the top of St Matthew’s Field, as well as dozens of traditional trade stands along West Street.

The Showman’s Guild, who organise and manage the main fair, invite the Chairman of Somerset Council, Councillor Mike Best and the Mayor of Bridgwater, Cllr Mick Lerry to open the fair at 1100 hrs on Wednesday. The remaining opening and closing times for the fair are:

  • 11.00am to 11.00pm on Wednesday
  • 1.00pm to 11.00pm on Thursday
  • 1.00pm to 11.30pm on Friday
  • 11.00am to 11.00pm on Saturday

In addition to organising the two markets, Somerset Council also funds public conveniences, first aid, night-time security and generators as well as inspecting the many food stalls selling traditional goodies such as Welsh cakes, brandy snaps and toffee apples. Somerset Council staff also complete Health and Safety checks and provide skips for trader and visitor waste.

Temporary toilets are provided adjacent to Westfield House; behind the One-Stop shop in West Street and on St Matthews Field near the Horse and Jockey Public House.

First Aid is provided by St John Ambulance who can be found at the top of West Street behind Westfield Church.

Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts said:

We are really looking forward to this year’s Bridgwater Fair. We work hard to provide the traditional markets for visitors to enjoy, alongside the Showman’s Guild rides and stalls.

West Street and adjacent roads will be closed from 9.00am on Tuesday 26th September and will re-open from 10:00am on Sunday, 1st October. Diversion routes will be signposted. They are also detailed on the below web link. Limited parking will be available from Thursday until Saturday with the Rotary Club of Bridgwater in St Matthews Field. Other parking is available in town centre pay and display car parks, Somerset council-owned car parks are free to use after 6pm. There will be some parking restrictions in residential streets adjacent to Fairfield and lower Durleigh Road, we ask that all visitors to the event are considerate of local residents and do not block drives or other vehicles in – we strongly advise using a car park.

For full visitor information, please visit: Visitor information for Bridgwater Fair.


Image of yellow road sign saying, This Road will be closed from 9am on Tuesday 26 September until Sunday 1st October

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September 25, 2023

Melissa Webb



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