All the fun of Hull Fair does come with a few drawbacks for those using the roads in the area around Walton Street and parking has been a well documented issue over the years.

It is worth bearing mind that if you are heading to the final day of the fair in 2021 that there are a few transport options out there that get you to your destination without the fuss of shoving your car onto a verge nearby.

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Among these is the Hull Fair bus service which is added to the timetable with the bonus of getting you to Walton Street in good time.

Hull Live has been at the fair this week and decided to check out the special service to see if it was as easy to use as it first appears.

The one downside was being left baffled at the departures board
The one downside was being left baffled at the departures board

The streets around the area of Hull Fair have resident-only parking zones, with the few spare spaces filling up very quickly. Drivers are advised to use the park and ride facilities on offer.

Alternatively you could park somewhere a bit further away and make your way in via the Paragon Interchange where the Hull Fair bus service will take you straight to the Anlaby Road entrance.

Is it easy to find? I would say unfortunately no, on arriving at the interchange I couldn't find the service listed on the departures board and ended up hanging around the bay listed online in the hope that it turned up.

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But, it did turn up. At bay 8 which is usually used for the Boothferry Estate service, a bus with Hull Fair the only destination on the front arrived only five minutes after I'd arrived.

Helpfully a member of staff bellowed "Hull Fair only" to those waiting near to stop so I knew I wasn't seeing things and this was repeated when boarding to check that no one had gone to the wrong service.

The fare to the fair is £1.40 for a single and it set off around five minutes after arriving at the bay.

Being on a bus full of fairgoers gives you a good little dose of pre-fair atmosphere with people excitedly talking about their plans for the day or for the evening.

Our journey took seven minutes from the interchange to the stop right outside the fair on Anlaby Road, gliding past the traffic stuck in the lane beside us.

There are dedicated bus stops close to the fair entrances with marshals in duty to help passengers.

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The other main services people might catch to the Fair include:

Lots of buses run daily between Hull city centre and the Fair; anyone coming from more outlying areas, such as Beverley or Hedon, can catch the bus into the Interchange and change onto another bus to the Fair.

Quick, convenient and you get a bit of pre-fair atmosphere
Quick, convenient and you get a bit of pre-fair atmosphere

East Yorkshire’s fares will be its normal fares, and those who already have weekly/30 day/Flexi5/Flexi20 tickets will be able to use them as normal on buses to the Fair.

Those travelling in Hull/Cottingham/Anlaby/Willerby/Hessle can get the Hull Plus Team Ticket, which is just £7.50 for four people travelling together (adults or children), usually especially popular with fairgoers.

Stagecoach East Midlands, which operates the Stagecoach bus services in and around Hull, will not finalise the arrangements for Hull Fair until nearer the event but in past years has increased its services by a third during Hull Fair peak periods including 4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday and 1pm to 9pm on Saturday.

If you're coming to the fair and you're worried about parking, I'd consider the bus as a serious and convenient option.