Traders at Nottingham’s Goose Fair have expressed concerns about the lack of students attending this year’s event.
Goose Fair, one of Europe’s biggest travelling attractions, prepares to hit Forest Fields Recreation Ground on Wednesday, October 5.
It boasts over 500 attractions including rides, family games and plenty of food and drink stalls.
Nottingham is home to over 45,000 students but seem to be experiencing the lowest turnout of all age groups at the fair.
Jim Jones-Stevens, 54, a ride operator of Hallam Road, Beeston said: “Students don’t want to come to the fair, there’s so much to do in the city that this is just optional entertainment rather than a must-see event.”
In 2015, Nottingham opened it’s doors to 25 new food outlets with several more planned for 2016 around the city centre.
However, some students blame lack of advertising as reasons for not attending.
Ben Gulliford, 21, Politics Student, of Forest Road West, said: “It’s not very well advertised. I only moved here last year but had no idea about the fair… Social media could help to increase awareness to make more students want to go.”
With the average ride prices increasing from £2.50 to £5.00, money was also a concern.
“I think to have a good time at the fair and take advantage of everything it has to offer, you’d need at least £30 spending money.” “It’s quite expensive for students or people on benefits.”
With 720 years of history, local residents believe the Goose Fair is as popular as ever.
Local resident, Alexa Vout, 41, of Forest Fields said: “The buzz around the city is better than ever at this time of year. Non-locals should embrace being part of something so special even if it does cost a little more… It’s a brilliant time for Nottingham.”