Welcome to our traditional Victorian funfair section page. On this page you will find a whole host of Victorian and Edwardian fairground rides and attractions available to hire ranging from the iconic Carousel Merry-Go-Rounds, Showman’s Traction Engines and Steam Yachts to Helter Skelters, Cakewalks and Chair-O-Planes.
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The Victorian and Edwardian era was a time of great innovation in Britain as the results of the Industrial Revolution were put into the creation of items that improved the quality of life. This was also a period in which the public started to gain a desire for popular entertainment. The Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park was perhaps the iconic event of such an approach, but the Victorian age saw the growth of the Great Showman and the quality touring fairs and circuses.
Up to Victorian times the fairs that travelled the country were largely loose collections of side shows, attractions and amusements. At Charter Fairs around the country, many of which dated back hundreds of years, large numbers of such entertainments would come together for large often rowdy gatherings. However the improvements in transport links built to move industrial products out of the thriving factories and also to move in the raw materials from around the Empire plus these new centres of population encouraged enterprising Showmen to bring large festivals to towns in which they had not been seen before.
These improvements in transport plus the newly developed mechanised and steam driven rides such as the Carousel Horses, Waveswingers and Revolving Chairs became very popular and the rides and attractions replaced the previous “Freak Shows” and entertainers that had been found before. This was not to the taste of everyone and the Newbury Chronicles record an article in the local press in the 1870s that bemoans the new-fangled roundabouts and slides that had replaced the wonderful weird characters they found before!
The introduction of Steam Driven Engines that could take attractions around Britain from the turn of the 20th Century then added to the range and scope of the Travelling Fair and led to the pattern of work still found. The First World War saw many of these Traction Engines taken into War Service and in the 1920s they were largely replaced by the Petrol Driven transport vehicles that were becoming more common and more economical.
We can recreate for you the feel and enjoyment of the Edwardian and Victorian Fairs with our wide range of rides, attractions and entertainment. We cannot provide a fully authentic Victorian Fair because much of what you would have found would now be illegal, and most would certainly be considered immoral, but we can recreate the innocent fun for a new audience.
This impressive set of steam yachts is one of only two surviving examples of a stately ride which was very popular in Britain at the turn of the 20th century. It may appear to be a gentle machine from the Victorian age, but don't let that fool you! The 'yachts' swing under steam power to an almost perpendicular angle, making even the hardest of men shriek.
The helter skelter is a dramatic ride; its unmistakeable shape breaks up the skyline, letting everyone know the fair is in town, and it provides a perfect viewing platform for the rest of the fair as you prepare your doormat for the descent.
Chair-O-Planes otherwise known as swinging chairs first became popular on British Fairgrounds in the 1920s. Flying Chair-O-Planes were exported from Germany up to and during the Second World War. They became the thrill ride of their time, and to this day they remain popular with people of all ages.
This specific Victorian Gallopers was built by Savage of Kings Lynn, a well known manufacturer of Galloping Horses. They are frequently known throughout the UK as carousels or merry go rounds.
As well as specialising in vintage funfairs and Victorian fairground rides
we also have a selection of games & treats
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