The seaside resort of Seaton heralds the start of the East Devon carnival circuit, one of the four West Country circuits. For generations a fair has enlivened Seaton Carnival here, and the current lessee is Dorchester-based Stephen Herbert.
Carnival week started on the August Bank Holiday weekend with the crowning of the Carnival Queen, followed by a week of varied events, shows and activities. The illuminated carnival procession took place at 8pm on Saturday 3 September.
The fair is held on the town’s main car park, and although there is limited space, trailers and transport were accommodated and water is laid on. It is also next to the popular attraction of Seaton Tramway, so passing motorists cannot fail to notice its presence.
The event was well billed, with posters in evidence for several miles around as well as a good social media presence.
The fair opened from Wednesday 31 August to Saturday 3 September, with a fine selection of very well presented machines. Good weather prevailed for most of the visit, with just the odd shower.
The fair opened each day at 6pm. It was reported that footfall was sufficient in the evenings leading up to the carnival day. The fair was well supported by locals and holiday makers, with good crowds on carnival night.
From Seaton the Showmen moved a short distance inland for the carnival in the small town of Colyton. The fair there is held on a large field not far from the town’s quaint square, surrounded by houses.
Stephen Herbert told World’s Fair that the locals had supported the fair well and the weather was kind.
Key attractions included:
- Steven Herbert’s dodgems
- Duncan Rogers’ Dance Master waltzer
- David Rowland Jnr’s Extreme Orbiter and new King Sizzzler Twist
- Clifton Hill Jnr’s Sky Diver Paratrooper
- Arron Phillips’ Round-Up
- and Jameson Rowland’s Go Gator.
Main photo: Clifton Hill Jnr’s Sky Diver at Seaton.