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Annual goose fair returns to Tavistock

The annual Goose Fair in Devon dates back to the 12th century. Credit: ITV News

The annual Goose Fair is returning to the west Devon town of Tavistock today.

The event dates back to the early 12th century when farmers would drive their Christmas geese to the market.

Now, geese and other livestock still play a big part in the fair, but there will also be stalls and fairground rides.

Motorists are advised to expect traffic delays.

There are currently road closures on the A386 Plymouth Road between A390 and Dolvin Road, Abbey Bridge and Chapel Street; until 7am on Thursday, 12 October. A one-way traffic system is also in place until 10am.

Goose fair in Tavistock today

The annual Goose Fair in Tavistock take place today. The historic festival dates back to the 12th century, when farmers would bring their geese to the town to sell. Revellers can still enjoy goose lunches at restaurants across Tavistock.

People come from all over the West for the fair, and old and young alike enjoy the atmosphere.

Historically traders would sell geese in the town. Credit: Press Association


Tavistock goose fair begins

Tavistock goose fair. Credit: ITV Westcountry

Crowds are arriving the Tavistock goose fair. It is one of the last towns to still hold the event which dates back to the 12th century.

All the local schools are closed for the day to allow families to attend.

It brings in hundreds of visitors, traders and entertainers from across the country.

And as the same suggests, there are geese available to buy at auction.