Stevens first Showman to bring rides to Sandringham

As the King’s Sandringham estate hosted its first live concert over the bank holiday, Stevens Amusements were there to provide the fun of the fair. Stevens Amusements broke new ground over the August bank holiday when they became the first Showmen ever to bring rides …

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TT funfair returns to Isle of Man after Covid

When the Isle of Man’s TT Races returned post-Covid in 2022, the event returned without the accompanying funfair – a disappointment for the Showmen and Islanders alike. But this year it was back… After last year’s disappointment, it was much to everyone’s delight that David …

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Showman’s first feature film completed

Twelve years after writing, two years after shooting and following months of post-production work, Paul Bibb’s first feature-length film, My Only Relative, is now ready for public viewing. Not too many people can claim to have written, directed, produced and starred in their own full-length …

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Extensive promotion boosts The Hoppings at Newcastle

When the first of the year’s ‘Big 3’ fairs got underway at The Hoppings at Newcastle, no one was expecting business to equal last year’s levels. The 2022 Hoppings was the first time back on the Town Moor since 2019 because of Covid – and …

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A warm welcome for Showmen at Kirkcaldy luncheon

Kirkcaldy Links Market is a great event, Showmen’s Guild Scottish Chairman Colquhoun tells luncheon guests, but deserves more recognition. Surprise announcement In a surprise announcement at the pre-opening luncheon for Kirkcaldy Links Market, Scottish Section Chairman Alex James Colquhoun announced that this would be his …

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Extra days for two of the ‘Big Three’ fairs

As Showmen review the success of May’s extra bank holiday, Newcastle and Nottingham will run for longer after last year’s success. So, King Charles III and Queen Camilla have been crowned and the nation celebrated with an extra bank holiday. Many businesses – particularly those …

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Kids football returns to International

As the Showmen’s International celebrated 70 years this year, the kids football was revitalised with U12s teams who gave their all for their countries. It’s quite a few years since a junior team played at the Showmen’s International, but this year, to celebrate the 70th Anniversary …

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Nipper Appleton awarded Showman of the Year at King’s Lynn

In November, Nipper Appleton was on our TV screens in the documentary We Are England. Now, this long-time committee member and organiser of special needs days has been recognised by the Guild for his work. King’s Lynn Mart luncheon The King’s Lynn Mart luncheon was …

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Scottish Section Chairman: Smaller fairs under threat if things don’t change

Rents, public entertainment licensing and lack of protection for fairs highlighted as Chairman seeks support from politicians at Scottish Section’s annual civic luncheon. The Showmen’s Guild is not just a business association, it’s a cultural community recognised as such across Europe, Scottish Section Chairman Alex …

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