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The Goram Fair, Fun day Saturday 8th June 2019

Featured The Goram Fair, Fun day Saturday 8th June 2019

Goram Fair is an historic event, that was held at Blaise Castle Estate between the 1950’s and 1990’s celebrating the legend of Bristol’s giant Goram.

Saturday 8th June 2019

Times: 10am - 5pm
Tickets: Free entry but charges for funfair rides etc apply.

Four years ago the return of this event was discussed. To gauge interest via social media we posted pictures from the 1957 event. This drew an incredible response from over 10,000 people. The talk of the return of Goram Fair spread and the result was a new partnership formed to develop the event between:

  • Goram Events ‐ a non profit company set up by Darren Moore, a local resident.
  • Arts Enlarge ‐ local artists who made a giant Goram in 2015.
  • Bristol City Council – Culture, Neighbourhood, Parks teams.

One of the key goals of re‐establishing this event is to evoke fond memories for people who where lucky enough to attend past events and to introduce a generation to an event that has become as well remembered as the story of Goram itself. The Goram Fair will be a shared family experience across generations from children to their grandparents.

For many years there was an annual fair held at Blaise Castle estate to celebrate the legend of the giant named Goram. In 1959 the event moved to Ashton Court and soon after ceased. Seeing the pictures made me think someone should bring it back. With the help of many organisations and volunteers and support of my family, we brought back this event based on the fairs of the 1950's. With the same funfair rides as 1957, falconry, horseriding and community stalls we brought back memories, shared memories and created new ones. The Goram Fair will hopefully continue to be a non profit event for the communities surrounding Blaise Castle"
Darren Moore - Goram Events

Their will be stalls to savour tasty delights from the vintage café or hog roast. You can take a ride on vintage funfair supplied by Albert Rogers Funfairs, who were part of the 1950’s Goram Fair. Blaise Castle House Museum and gardens will be alive with Goram activities: view photos and share memories from Goram Fairs of the past. Listen author Oliver Rigby read his children’s book ‘Goram and Ghyston the Bristol Giants’ to find out how the giants are said to have shaped Blaise Estate.

Play giant games or become a giant in a miniature city for giants. Or for a quieter time you can explore a Blaise Estate walking trail to Blaise Castle and find the Goram landmarks or get some gardening tips from Blaise Community Garden.


Whats on

Traditional Funfair
Take a ride on vintage funfair supplied by Albert Rogers Funfairs, who were part of the 1950’s Goram Fair. *charges apply

Tasty Treats
Savour tasty delights from the vintage café or traditional hog roast. A wide range of food is on offer from fish and chips to hot dogs.

Explore the museum
Blaise Castle House Museum and gardens will be alive with Goram activities. View photos and share memories from Goram Fairs of the past.

Giant Workshops
Blaise Castle House Museum and gardens will be alive with Goram activities. View photos and share memories from Goram Fairs of the past.

Lasertag
For the first time we will have outdoor lasertag at the Goram Fair.

Facepainting
Wether its spiderman, butterflys or tigers our facepainters will do it all!

Dog Display
Be amused by dog races, fun agility, unusual retrieves, tricks and exceptional commentary, delivered in a relaxed and entertaining style. Be amazed by dogs jumping through hoops of fire, plus a Jack Russell ladder walking!

Pet some reptiles
TJExotics Reptile Encounters will be joining us this year so if you've ever wanted to get up close to a snake or lizard now is your chance. Find them on facebook here.

L-Dub Bike Project
We are pleased to have with us a fantastic local project aiming to provide low cost refurbished bikes to children of all ages, encouraging them to put down their controllers and get out into the fresh air.

Space4Makers
Space4Makers is a community led maker project supported by BCC and will be displaying cutting edge technology available to the community at local community centres.




An old Goram legend from 1856
William Camden's Britannia


The oldest known version of the legend is to be found in William Camden's Britannia (1586). A variant version is given by Robert Atkyns in his History of Gloucestershire (1712, p. 188). The Camden version was reworked by the boy poet Thomas Chatterton (Bristol Record Office, doc. ref. Harford 28048), who attributed his verses, as usual, to his alter ego, a medieval monk named Rowley

Goram Legend

The two giants of Bristol ...read the full legend here...

Source: Goram fair
Charlotte Leslie

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