The Fairground Heritage Trust

The Fairground Heritage Trust The Trust is an independent charity set up to collect and preserve the British fairground heritage.
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Having a keen interest in games of the past , we we’re delighted to  have been sent this ticket from a Spinner game from...
24/11/2023

Having a keen interest in games of the past , we we’re delighted to have been sent this ticket from a Spinner game from 1922.
Shame of chance, it was soon ruled illegal .
Let’s hope all operators took a few Bob before then .

We were delighted have a visit  from Victor  Heal , grandson of Charles ‘ Bungy ‘ Heal  and family to take a look at the...
18/11/2023

We were delighted have a visit from Victor Heal , grandson of Charles ‘ Bungy ‘ Heal and family to take a look at the family’s Orton living van .
Victors father Jimmy , was born in
the wagon in 1915.

As a charity we rely mostly on operational income to undertake restoration and conservation work. In this challenging ec...
18/11/2023

As a charity we rely mostly on operational income to undertake restoration and conservation work. In this challenging economic climate there isn’t very much surplus cash at all.

So it is a great pleasure to unveil a recent project that we have completed. The restoration of a pair of carved lions from the Edwards Galloper.

Originally they were restored in the 80s but suffered from subsequent years of storage in sometimes hostile environments.

When we took possession of our new modern museum building two years ago the Trustees felt it important to bring these lions back up to where they ought to be and put right the damage they had suffered.

To this end we engaged the services of Lance Sheldrick a well known conservator in the Cambridge area whom typically specialises in carved picture frames. Together with his daughter Esther, they have put over 170hrs (at a heavily reduced rate) into the magnificent job you see here, all undertaken using traditional products and techniques.

The results speak for themselves and we look forward to getting them on display in the near future so that the public can appreciate and enjoy them once again.

10/11/2023

Underground visual is out now aahhh !!! Had an absolute dream team for this project and am SO grateful for everyone involved - it really was the most magical...

Wow! Don’t miss this Fairground Art collector.Fund Raising Auction. Starts November 20 .To commemorate the 40th annivers...
09/11/2023

Wow! Don’t miss this Fairground Art collector.
Fund Raising Auction.

Starts November 20 .

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of legendary fairground decorator Fred Fowle, the Fairground Heritage Trust will soon be auctioning this piece which has been specially painted by fairground artist Aaron Stephens.
Most of you will be familiar with Aarons's work on Carter's Steam Fair.

Recreating one of Fowle’s very best designs the piece is entirely hand-painted featuring aluminum leaf and flamboyant enamels, the piece measures 160cms x 35cms and all proceeds from the auction (via eBay) will be split between the FHT and a charity to be recommended by the Fowle family.

We are proud to have Aaron on the board of Trustees that operate Dingles Fairground Museum.

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Latest music video shot at Dingles .😎
08/11/2023

Latest music video shot at Dingles .😎

Filming at Dingles. Raising awareness of the Fairground as a cultural and entertainment icon .Future 4 Fairgrounds
06/11/2023

Filming at Dingles.
Raising awareness of the Fairground as a cultural and entertainment icon .
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Fairground Art  from different decades .Have you visited the largest exhibition of Fairground Art in the country? Maybe ...
30/10/2023

Fairground Art from different decades .
Have you visited the largest exhibition of Fairground Art in the country?

Maybe we should have a touring exhibition to make it more accessible to more people.

https://youtu.be/lCH_hqXUH_c?si=IUXFVB9u6D2XuLChLatest film shot at Dingles.Future 4 Fairgrounds
24/10/2023

https://youtu.be/lCH_hqXUH_c?si=IUXFVB9u6D2XuLCh

Latest film shot at Dingles.
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The new Xootz Big Bumper brings all the fun of the fairground to your home!With room for two, the Xootz Big Bumper is the ultimate ride on for young children...

The costs of running the Museum are huge . Film shoots has been a vital  source of funds when we are closed to visitors....
19/10/2023

The costs of running the Museum are huge . Film shoots has been a vital source of funds when we are closed to visitors.
We have hosted brands from Disney , Primark , Super Dry to specialist designer labels .
We hired exhibits to production Co’s
Warner Bros , M&S, BBC Studios among many others .

This recent one looked fun.
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We were delighted to welcome the family of the late Roger Alford , a leading figure along with his elder brother Derek ,...
16/10/2023

We were delighted to welcome the family of the late Roger Alford , a leading figure along with his elder brother Derek , in the early days of the FHT , for the dedication of the Fairground Gallery , now known as The Roger Alford Building .

From our Archives . Press ads , essential advertising during the 20th century .
13/10/2023

From our Archives .
Press ads , essential advertising during the 20th century .

THE ‘ BACK END ‘ SEASON.In the Fairground business, the Back end, is a term used to describe annual autumn fairs, many a...
07/10/2023

THE ‘ BACK END ‘ SEASON.
In the Fairground business, the Back end, is a term used to describe annual autumn fairs, many are held in town centres.
They are the remnants of agricultural marts, often held on quarter days when rents and tithes are paid , debts settled.

Michaelmas marked the end of the agricultural year. The Mops or Hiring Fairs were held between Michaelmas and Martinmas. Young girls in domestic service and agricultural labourers had a chance to change employers. To do so they had to forgo any shred of dignity and stand in line along with the livestock as prospective employers inspected and questioned them.

But history records that the colour and sense of occasion were heightened by the fun of the fair and added to the holiday feel of cherished rural occasions.
As with Mayfair’s in spring, they mirror the rhythms of the changing seasons.

The livestock sales in town centres have disappeared in recent years in favour of centralised markets, with ease of access and parking.

The Fun Fairs persist, out of a sense of tradition or sentiment.
Their survival is mostly due to show people fighting hard to safeguard their long-held business, against constant opposition. Long hours, behind the scenes, attending countless council and public meetings, and answering tedious questions. Agreeing to terms and conditions that always favour the local authority in its various guises.

In some towns, opposition has persisted for decades. Some local authorities know the showmen are a powerful body, and won’t give in, so embrace the tradition and try to add value with Farmers Markets, Craft Stands and Museum Exhibitions. Some of the town’s traders, pubs and café gain greatly, while others choose to close.

As long as the public supports the events they will adapt, survive, and continue to enjoy All the Fun of the Fair.
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West Country Charter Fairs, last of the season.( Images  from our Archive , Dingles Fairground Museum ) Support these tw...
02/10/2023

West Country Charter Fairs, last of the season.
( Images from our Archive , Dingles Fairground Museum )

Support these two great annual traditions. Both towns put a huge effort into making them entertaining and fun.

Tavistock Goose Fair, the second Wednesday in October.

This was a Michaelmas Fair, when rent was paid, and debts settled.
The name ‘Goose Fair’ was only adopted in the early 20th century, prior to that it was known as Michaelmas Fair.
This year , there will 100 market stalls as well as that cornucopia of delight , the Pannier Market.
The fun fair on Wednesday is vast, colourful with fun for families as well as teens.

Bampton Charter Fair, the last Thursday in October.

A lively mix of street entertainment, local food, and craft market. The fun fair is modest in size, but rich in quality.

Originally one of Devon's largest Sheep fairs. Ponies were only traded in large numbers since the 1850s.
As many as 14,000 sheep were traded during the heyday.

Gipsy’s have always been associated with the fair, horse trading an important part of their way of life. Bampton remains a popular rendezvous for Romany’s.

Where crowds gather, traveling showmen can always be found.
Cheap jacks (itinerant traders) have joined showmen to erect their stalls on the broad expanse of Brook St. along with shooting galleries, fortune tellers, vendors of fairings, and other sticky delights.
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Shooter on exhibition and in ise at Dingles and on the ground. Kindly on loan from Chris Thomas .The Shooting Gallery wa...
28/09/2023

Shooter on exhibition and in ise at Dingles and on the ground.

Kindly on loan from Chris Thomas .
The Shooting Gallery was the most popular games on the fair in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

The outbreak of the Great War saw the popularity of shooting as a pastime peak .

Live ammunition was used and sadly accidents were frequent.
The days of the ‘ live shooter ‘ are over, but firing at targets with Air Rifles remains popular.

23/09/2023

From our archive .
Dingles Fairground Museum.

Prominent Business Women , on the Fairgrounds of the past .

Sophia Hancock ( left. )
Martha Haslam -DeVey .
Rose Whitelegg.

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One of our  most spectacular pieces of  Fairgroundart  at Dingles Fairground Museum. The Billy Woods  Boxjng booth .Futu...
20/09/2023

One of our most spectacular pieces of Fairgroundart at Dingles Fairground Museum.
The Billy Woods Boxjng booth .
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Fairground Art , on the ground and on exhibition at Dingles Fairground Museum , Devon . Future 4 FairgroundsShowmen's Gu...
19/09/2023

Fairground Art , on the ground and on exhibition at Dingles Fairground Museum , Devon .
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From our archive, courtesy of one of our show family friends.The Harrison family at Winkleigh, deepest Devon, not far fr...
18/09/2023

From our archive, courtesy of one of our show family friends.
The Harrison family at Winkleigh, deepest Devon, not far from our Dingles Fairground Museum.

The latest acquisition at Dingles Fairground Museum ,  Devon .The largest  exhibition of Fairground Art in the country ....
16/09/2023

The latest acquisition at Dingles Fairground Museum , Devon .
The largest exhibition of Fairground Art in the country .

These shields , we believe once adorned a set of Gallopers owned by a member of the Noyce family .
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We are always pleased , at Dingles, when members of the showmen families share their old photos. ( Heal family) 'Six O'C...
15/09/2023

We are always pleased , at Dingles, when members of the showmen families share their old photos. ( Heal family)
'Six O'Clock and Alls Well'
This game was opened on the fairgrounds in the Bristol area during the early 1930s.


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Charles Heal

07/09/2023
07/09/2023

Dodgem Fun 😎

Found some more images of Building up the Ghost Train at Dingles Fairground Museum, for the first time.
06/09/2023

Found some more images of Building up the Ghost Train at Dingles Fairground Museum, for the first time.

We were delighted to have a visit  to Dingles , from Keith , Jane & Emma Maden recently,  former owners of the Moon-Rock...
01/09/2023

We were delighted to have a visit to Dingles , from Keith , Jane & Emma Maden recently, former owners of the Moon-Rocket .
Operated from new by the famous Shaw family , it last opened in Shaws ownership in 1982.

Keith’s Dad Howard , was responsible for for one of the most thorough restoration projects ever undertaken on a ride when the Moonrocket was worked on from 1992 to 94.

Howard passed away in 2012. It was the wish of the family that the Rocket
came to Dingles .

Thanks to a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund , the machine arrived in 2017.
Thomas Rowland and the Dingjes team have ensured its continued smooth running .
Have you taken a trip yet?

Dingles Model weekend , Devon .
29/08/2023

Dingles Model weekend , Devon .

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