Big wheel for Windsor despite objections

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has decided the benefits of an observation wheel outweigh the concerns of some locals. Windsor Castle will be overlooked by a 36-metre high Ferris wheel this coming summer, under council plans that have left some local people unhappy. The wheel …

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Funfairs and theme parks are good for you!

Experts have agreed that taking a ride on a large fairground attraction can be good for your mind and body as well as good fun. Research has revealed that a visit to a funfair or amusement park can be beneficial for our health and wellbeing …

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Southend Pier voted Pier of the Year for 2023

The National Piers Society has announced that in Year of the Pier 2023, its coveted annual prize is awarded to Southend Pier in Essex, the longest pleasure pier in the world. Cromer Pier in Norfolk was voted second, followed by Brighton Palace Pier in East Sussex which …

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UK fun parks hold their own in global list

Two UK destinations have featured in the top ten of a list of the best amusement parks in the world. The new Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards are based on the analysis of data collected over 12 months by Tripadvisor users, to identify the top attractions …

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Tactical training exercise at Dreamland in Margate

Emergency services use amusement park to up their preparation for a potential chemical incident at a major public venue. Hundreds of personnel from the emergency services descended on Margate’s Dreamland amusement park on Monday 5 June to deal with an urgent situation involving a chemical …

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Go-head given for Camden Ferris wheel

A controversial scheme to site a 40 metre Ferris wheel attraction in the London district of Camden has been given the green light by Camden Council’s planning committee. The proposals for the wheel by market owners LabTech have understandably divided local opinion, with arguments being …

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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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Tir Prince takes another step forward

Pending a successful planning application, Tir Prince funfair at Kinmel Bay in North Wales could benefit from significant expansion. When we spoke to Adam Williams last year about his Tir Prince amusement park and harness racing track on the edge of Towyn, he told us …

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Big plans for bustling Barry Island

With fresh rides at the pleasure park and Henry Danter‘s plans for a brand new holiday park, the future at Barry Island is looking bright. World’s Fair paid another visit to Barry Island Pleasure Park recently to see what was going on following the winter months. We were …

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Lofty new attraction for Adventure Island Southend

A lofty new attraction and teasers online about a new ride keep Adventure Island in Southend on the thrillseekers’ radar for 2023. Following the opening of the City Wheel in December to celebrate Southend-on-Sea’s new status as a city, bosses at Adventure Island fun park …

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