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Roll-up for Hereford’s annual May Fair

The streets of Hereford come alive during the three-day festival each year as thousands flock into the city centre, some from other counties, to enjoy the festival atmosphere and myriad of entertainment. 

Up to 200 showmen and women from around the country will make their way to Hereford to prepare for the May 7, grand opening. 

A warm welcome awaits visitors to this historic and impressive traditional fun fair.

The Opening Ceremony is at 3.45pm on the Tuesday, May 7 at Cathedral Close. A ceremonial offering of 12-and-a-half bushels of wheat is made by the Mayor to the Lord Bishop as payment for allowing the fair to proceed.

To ensure the smooth running of the festival, some of the city streets will be closed from Monday, May 6, until the early hours of Friday, May 10.

Widemarsh Street: (from its junction with Maylord Street) and Bewell Street will be closed to traffic from 4:30pm to 11:00pm on the evenings of 7, 8 and 9 May. This will make High Street a safer pedestrian area for fair goers.

Additionally, the normal roads to be closed to traffic during the fair will be: Commercial Street, High Town, St. Peters Street, St. Owen Street, Broad Street (below junction of West Street and East Street), King Street and Bridge Street. Some parking/loading/unloading areas will also be closed in Union Street and in the streets mentioned above.

All of these streets will be accessible to emergency vehicles and advance warning signs will be on all routes leading towards the city centre advising of the closures.

Some elements of the fair will impact part of the Merton Meadow car park during the fair, for parking information around the city, please see the council’s website or follow the link: car parks