Tavistock Goose Fair
Wednesday 14th October 2020
Tavistock’s annual Goose Fair (or Goosey Fair as it’s known locally) is a local institution! It is one of the West Country’s best known fairs, and it has its origins in the Michelmas Fair of the 12th Century. The Michelmas Fair included a roaring trade in geese, which were bought from the market to be fattened in time for Christmas (at a time when goose was the preferred fowl for the Christmas dinner table).
Today the whole town of Tavistock makes way for Goose Fair, and the main Plymouth Road and Bedford Square are closed to traffic and become brief home to market stalls, side-shows, fairground rides, food stands and general merriment! As well as being a huge event in the annual calendar for the people of Tavistock, Goose Fair also draws in thousands of visitors from throughout Devon. The more traditional side of Goose Fair can still be found at Tavistock’s Livestock Centre, where you can see sheep, cattle and Dartmoor ponies, and the auction of live poultry.
The Bedford Hotel will be open to non-residents throughout the day. Take the weight off your feet for a while, and enjoy our warm hospitality, a well-earned coffee, or a bite to eat.
Coffee and bacon rolls: 9am – 11:30am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm
Sandwiches and panini: 3pm – 5pm
Cream teas: All day
The Bedford Hotel will be closed in the evening. Our sister hotel, the Two Bridges Hotel (20 minutes drive from Tavistock), will be open as usual. Please bear in mind that Tavistock is very busy on Goose Fair day, and there will be road closures. If you are coming in to Tavistock for the day, you are strongly advised to use one of the Goose Fair Park and Ride options. There will be no parking available at The Bedford Hotel on Goose Fair day.