All the fun of the fair at Kirkcaldy’s Links Market

The Links Market returns to Kirkcaldy next week.  Pic: Fife Photo Agency.
The Links Market returns to Kirkcaldy next week. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.

‘Scream if you want to go faster’ – it’s that time again and the Links Market will be rolling onto the Esplanade in the coming days.

Europe’s longest street fair will once again be providing six days of family friendly entertainment for the people of Kirkcaldy and beyond from next Wednesday.

Now in its 711th year, the traditional fairground is expected to bring thousands of thrill seekers to Kirkcaldy’s prom and is a highlight for many in the year’s events calendar.

The fairground will begin to arrive in the Lang Toun from the weekend, resulting in the closure of the Esplanade when the market is being set up.

The official opening takes place at 2pm on Wednesday, April 13 and it will be open to the public every day until Monday, April 18.

The annual attraction promises over 30 rides for adults and 100 for the kids, as well as food stalls and trade stands.

Among the rides coming to town this year will be Air Raid, described as a four arm extreme ride, which makes its Links Market debut alongside Thomson’s Waltzer.

The Ice Jet Matterhorn will be returning after making its first appearance last year.

And there’s the return of a classic – King Loops is back after a 14 year break from the local event.

And on Saturday, April 16 the Kirkcaldy Links Market Model Show and Exhibition will be taking place in Linktown Church Hall on Nicol Street.

Running from 10am to 4pm the event is free to attend and is being run in conjunction with the Fairground Association of Great Britain.

It promises to offer visitors all the fun of the fair in miniature – with model rides, pictures of the past and present fairground rides, transport and trade stands.

With the market taking up the stretch of the prom from the foot of Nicol Street along to Morrisons, there will be some road closures and diversions in place.

The Esplanade from Nicol Street to Morrisons and Fergus Wynd will be closed to traffic from 10pm this Saturday until 4pm on Wednesday, April 20 to allow the market to take place safely.

Traffic restrictions prohibiting the waiting of vheicles on Links Street, Gas Wynd, Hendry’s Wynd and Heggies Wynd and Fergus Wynd daily between noon and 11.30pm from Wednesday, April 13 to Monday, April 18.

The alternative route for through traffic will be via Nicol Street, Abbotshall Road, Pratt Street and Bridge Street.

More details about the Links Market can be found on line by visiting www.facebook.com/KirkcaldyLinksMarket2013.