Carters Steam Fair gets big turn out on farewell visit to Bath

The final tour of Carters Steam Fair reaches beautiful Bath, where the public turn out in force to say their farewells. Promoted as ‘The Final Visit’, the appearance of Carters Steam Fair at Bath was extensively advertised by bills all around the city, with plenty …

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The UK rise of Halloween as a commercial opportunity for Showmen

Over the last few years Halloween has become big business, providing a commercial opportunity for Showmen. The growth of Halloween It really isn’t that many years ago that the observance of Halloween in the UK was often something of a damp squib. There were vague …

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Showmen honour late Queen at fairs

Showmen respond with respect as the Queen’s death is announced, with fairs immediately closing, before the back-end gets into full swing with Nottingham and Hull. September was a very strange month. On Monday 5 September the Conservative Party elects its new leader, Liz Truss. The …

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Music offers a lifeline for the funfair industry

Business at music festivals is buoyant, providing many Showmen and women with a vital summer season. The summer of 2021 saw the fairground business slowly getting back into its stride. It dealt with the welcome surprise of many customers attending fairs, whilst dealing with the …

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Back to basics with ADIPS – Working at Height

ADIPS General Manager Carl Hagemann explains the law on Working at Height and what you need to consider to reduce the risk of accidents. For some of us we may remember the Harold Lloyd silent film called ‘Safety Last’, where he hangs precariously from a …

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David Taylor: The Showman who painted the world brown & yellow

In an exclusive interview for World’s Fair, North West Showman David Taylor discusses building up a run in Cumbria, his worldwide travels, some of his hit and miss machines, and how the business still gives him a buzz. Family Though the family trades today as …

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A week in the life of… John Henry Murphy, Murphy’s Funfairs

Murphy’s Funfairs have been presenting the amusements at Hartlepool’s Headland Carnival for much of the event’s 99 year run. Here John Henry Murphy, the fifth generation of the family to run the carnival fair, talks us through his activities last month. Day one: Monday, August …

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Villa’s Vinnie Hayward gets selection call-up for England U15s

Aspiring footballer Vinnie Hayward took the next step in his journey towards a professional career when he was called up to selection camp for the England Men’s U15 team. Back in the February issue of World’s Fair, we reported on 14-year-old Vinnie Hayward, who plays …

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Giving back to the community: Nipper Appleton

The King’s Lynn Mart outing for disadvantaged children has become an annual fixture in the town, but the man in the centre of it, Nipper Appleton, is involved in much more for the people of the town and beyond. The Showmen at King’s Lynn Mart …

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Back to basics with ADIPS – Risk Assessment

ADIPS General Manager Carl Hagemann breaks down the risk assessment process and shows it’s just a matter of simple steps. Did you choose which type of shoes to wear this morning based on what you were to do today? Boots? Flat soles? Wellies or heels? …

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