If you’ve not already filled your diary with Open House appointments, how about a guided tour around a restored vintage steam funfair?
Carters Steam Fair is an authentic travelling funfair entirely consisting of rare vintage equipment dating from the 1890’s to the 1960’s, and this week it’s in Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith.
Carters Steam Fair began in 1977 when John and Anna Carter first bought the Steam Gallopers that the Fair still operates to this day. When John heard about the Gallopers coming up for sale, he felt it would be perfect. It was in a pretty dilapidated state, and absorbed a huge amount of time and money to get it up to scratch.
When they were set up in the front garden of their rented house during restoration, the rounding boards of the Gallopers only just missed the gutters, and their landlord soon got fed up of their eccentric antics and asked them to leave.
Since that inauspicious start, they’ve bought more vintage rides, and the fair has gone from strength to strength, and when the fair goes on tour the family live in vintage showman’s wagons and caravans, and the whole fair is moved from place to place with a highly-decorated fleet of vintage lorries.
This Saturday, before the fair opens to the public, fairground owner Joby Carter will be offering a free guided tour around the fair sharing the history of the rides and the painting techniques they have used to restore the rides.
The tour offers a unique chance to see the fair and the beautiful artwork up close.
To book a tour, click here.
The fairground is open all weekend, entry is free, and you can buy a block of tickets to take a spin on the vintage steam powered rides.