Back to basics with ADIPS: Noise at work

ADIPS General Manager Carl Hagemann on how to control noise and minimise the risk of hearing loss on the fairground. Rocker Eric Clapton, diva Barbra Streisand and rapper Will.i.am may be worlds apart musically but they share this in common: All three are having hearing …

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Matthews turn Norfolk Showground into Winder Wonderland

Hanley loses out on its Winter Wonderland with ground not available as the Matthews family open spectacular Winter Wonderland Norwich. In spectacular fashion Stoke-on-Trent missed out on its Winter Wonderland this year much to the disappointment of thousands of families. Winter Wonderland has been a …

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Chestnut Fair returns in style following building works

“You’d be nuts to miss it as fair finally returns” was the headline to an article in the Derby Telegraph heralding the return of Long Eaton’s Chestnut fair after an absence of two years, and they were right. Interestingly, the last fair to be held in …

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A Welsh Winter Wonderland

The Winter Wonderland theme is now well-established across the UK and Garfield Jenkins visited three in South Wales at Cardiff, Swansea and Barry Island. Cardiff Winter Wonderland Although Cardiff Winter Wonderland was a little quiet on the day I visited, it was very well set …

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Strong attendance at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

After the star-studded VIP opening night, the magic continued at London’s festive fantasy as attendance numbers grew at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Appealing to such a wide demographic drawn from both domestic residents and international tourists, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a robust and established …

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Winter Wonderland branded ‘overpriced’ by some visitors

The Winter Wonderland event in London’s Hyde Park, which ended on Monday 2 January, was criticised for what has been described as ‘ridiculous’ pricing. The event has become an annual tradition for many, but was deemed by some to be too expensive this year given …

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North Devon lights up for Christmas

The festive season arrived in North Devon in early December with funfair attractions in support. In North Devon there were two Christmas events during the first weekend of December which included the presence of Showmen’s amusements and catering outlets. South Molton Winter Wonderland The first …

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Bumper second weekend for the Showmen at Hull Fair

The second week of Hull Fair created yet another showcase for some of the finest travelling equipment in the UK. After a bumper first weekend at the historic Hull Fair, all eyes were on the second week, as people wondered if it could it live …

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Carters Steam Fair at Reading: the end of an era

Despite six well-publicised months of warning, the final hurrah of Carters Steam Fair on 30 October arrived far too quickly. On an autumn Sunday at the end of the half-term holiday the heavens opened to drench those assembled and to perhaps lessen the crowds on …

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Void and Police Station debut at IRN-BRU Carnival

Family favourite the IRN-BRU Carnival opens at Glasgow’s NEC with new attractions, treasure hunt and a ride challenge. The IRN-BRU Carnival is back, having opened its doors to crowds of excited revellers at 3pm on 23 December (following an Autism Friendly session at 12pm). It …

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