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RIDES FROM THE PAST SERIES COMPLETED ON YOUTUBE (19/05/2021)
Hello folks, apologies for lack of recent updates to the main site. Latest photos from my travels are on Facebook also I had recently compiled a new series YouTube.

Rides Of The Past began in February exploring novelty rides which formerly graced the UK fairgrounds. A full playlist is now available on the Fair-Pix Channel by visiting this link - Rides Of The Past - Full Series

You can watch Episode 5 about the Terminators in the embedded window below. For full list of released videos visit - www.youtube.com/c/fairpixvideos.

RECENT MAGAZINE RELEASES (07/03/2021)
The latest editions of the Fairground Society's quarterly journal Platform and the Fairground Association of Great Britain's quarterly journal The Fairground Mercury recently arrived at members' doorsteps.

To join the Fairground Society and receive four free copies of this journal per year visit www.fairgroundsociety.com.

The Fairground Mercury is sent free four times a year to all members of the Fairground Association of Great Britain. To obtain a copy of this issue and a complimentary copy of the booklet produced to mark the Association's 40th anniversary, please visit the FAGB website for further details: www.fagb.co.uk.

FUTURE 4 FAIRGROUNDS CAMPAIGN (31/01/2021)
Webmaster Martin Cooper has recently spoke to the social media campaign Future 4 Fairgrounds about his love of the fairground and how the last 12 months has affected his hobby.

The campaign was begun last September by six showladies to raise awarness of the culture of UK fairgrounds, the history and to preserve for future generations. You can find them by searching on various platforms including Facebook and Instagram.
FAIR-PIX IN 2021 (27/01/2021)
The New Year will bring in a couple of changes to the operation of the Fair-Pix website..

I've decided that the Photo Reports page is no longer viable with the disruption to last season and the expected delays to this year amongst other reasons. Any future fair reports I choose to do I will upload to YouTube and then embed to this page and other social media channels. All old Photo Reports have been removed except the Year Reviews which have moved to the Archive Slideshows, which the landing page has been further enhanced. I've decided that a 2020 review is not worth compiling out of respect.

I appreciate your ongoing support of the website, the site passed the 500k milestone towards the end of 2020. The social media channels will be active as ever, I'm sharing oldies on Instagram at the minute with new content for YouTube planned as well as the usual up-to-date news on Facebook.


FAIRGROUNDS AND PARKS REOPEN AS COVID SECURE (11/08/2020)
Last month (July 2020) the UK Government give the green light for fairgrounds and amusement/theme parks to reopen for trade as Covid secure with various restrictions and guidelines in place for customer safety. Although it hasn't been easy for many, some firms have managed to open particularly on privately owned land.

General observations from the fairs I have visited so far is before entering the fair at a designated point, customers will have their temperatures checked and ask to register on Track & Trace. Inside the fair ample hand sanitizers are available and social distancing is requested to be observed 2 metres between households or bubbles. Before entering an attraction you are asked to clean your hands and ride only with your own household or social bubbles. Each attraction has it's own designated entrance and exit only points (unless by default). Face coverings are advised for indoor attractions like Ghost Trains. Operators and staff are regularly wearing PPE such as face masks and shields.

One has to give full credit due to all showpeople who are now trading for providing peace of mind to customers. Generally I have seen some quite encouraging turn outs of local public who are still restricted with available entertainment with various indoor facilities closed or restricted and regular outdoor events which attract mass gatherings (including many big Autumn fairs) cancelled or doubtful. We hope that some Autumn events will be able to continue including a few in the South which are held in favourable locations for Covid-secure regulations to be applied without major issues.



Mrs Tonia Cole's Waltzer open at Bursledon 12th July



NEW SERIES ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL (17/05/2020)
A new series of videos has just begun on the Fair-Pix Videos YouTube channel - Great Dorset Steam Fair 2009.

Originally uploaded to the channel back in 2010, this series of videos are now remastered and improved in quality however due to the original recording parameters these videos will not be able to be viewed in HD. Nevertheless they show quite a number of rides which are no longer gracing the UK fairgrounds.

Below is one of the first videos to be reissued which is a Highlights clip showing many of the rides present. I will be spacing out the uploads over the next few weeks so please subscribe to receive updates from the channel when they become available.


PHIL HEATH 1951-2020 (23/04/2020)
It is deep sadness that we have to report the passing of one of the UK's most loved characters from the fairground community - Phil Heath aged 68.

Phil was a familiar sight at the big fairs but his first love was undoubtedly his local beloved Nottingham Goose Fair. He also was often found at many steam rallies, railway gatherings and model exhibitions. Like with many other enthusiasts and showpeople alike, I personally felt a huge sense of numbness that one of our unsung heroes from the scene was no longer with us.

Updated (13/4/2020) - As I personally knew Phil for almost 20 years, click/touch here for special tribute feature about the man himself and images from his wonderful photography which has made Phil Heath Photography one of the most popular external websites.

Rest in peace Matey!





MY COVID-19 VIEWPOINT (17/03/2020)
Many of you are aware and probably don't need reminding is the recent Worldwide developments of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) creating disruption to normal life Globalwide.

This has badly affected the leisure industry as a whole with the fairground scene almost brought to a complete standstill in a matter of days. Events like Stamford & Grantham Mid-Lent Fairs, Kirkcaldy Links Market and numerous Easter presentations are either postponed or cancelled. It is a shame we won't be able to see many of our favourite Spring fairs however the safety of the general public is paramount.

From a personal point of view this has given me time to reflect on the activity for the next few months. Considering I have quite close links to an elderly relative, personal social distancing restrictions will now in place so I won't be attending any fairs which may crop up for the foreseeable future due to the risks of virus transmission. I am in general phystically well at time I write this and hoping (touch wood) that I will stay clear of this nasty virus. I hope you understand my viewpoint but I will continue to update this site & the social media pages in the meantime.


CAMBRIDGE FAIRGROUND MODEL SHOW 2019 (17/03/2020)
What was started as a one-off local enthusiast Mick Reynolds hosted his fourth Fairground Model Show in Cambridge last Saturday 14th March.

The venue again was the Murray Edwards College just off Huntingdon Road part of Cambridge University. Two rooms were filled with fairground models and artefacts with exhibits coming far afield as Hampshire and West Yorkshire for the event.

Photos from the event are on the website's Facebook page.
Below is the website's compilation video recently posted onto the's site YouTube page.


UDPATE ON THE WORLD'S FAIR (02/02/2020)
Some good news to report early is this year is World's Fair has re-established its website to serve showmen & enthusiasts as an online publication, following the sad demise of its newspaper end of last year.

During recent weeks followers of the publisher's Facebook page have been regularly updated with regular snippets, the Showmen's Guild notices have appeared on a regular basis and continued to do so. Furthermore they were providing the occasional photograph and short article. Most recently the site was redesigned using the publishing platform Wordpress which is often used by internet bloggers. Click the photo below to see the new look site.





NATIONAL FUNFAIR EXTRAVAGANZA 2020 (02/02/2020)
The fairground model exhibition season once again kicked off nice and early with the 15th National Funfair Extravaganza two weeks ago on Saturday 18th January.

Organised by enthusiasts Bill Lane and Mike Willis this annual free event was superbly well supported by showmen and enthusiasts from many parts of the UK and by the local residents.

Photos from the event are on the website's Facebook page.
Below is the website's compilation video recently posted onto the's site YouTube page.


THE WORLD'S FAIR (04/12/2019)
Yesterday (Tuesday 3rd December) many fairground showmen & enthusiasts spoke to this announcement from the World's Fair on their Facebook page.

It is with deep regret that we have to announce that The World's Fair Ltd has been put into administration as at 2nd December 2019. The joint administrator is Molly Monks MIPA at Milner Boardman Partnership Ltd, telephone +44 (0)161 927 7788, email office@milnerboardman.co.uk. We would like to thank all our many friends, readers and advertisers for your support over the last 115 years. The owners of World's Fair newspaper are trying to secure the future of the newspaper and we will be maintaining this page for the time being, so please continue to check in.

Speaking from personal point of view, as I had last week renewed my subscription it was necessary I had to email the office. This is the response I received yesterday afternoon from Molly Monks:

I can confirm that World’s Fair Limited (The) entered into Administration on 2 December 2019. Regrettably, I am unable to continue the business of the Company and as a result, the Company has ceased trading. You are an unsecured creditor of the Company in respect of the money owed to you for the subscription fee as the Company can no longer provide this service to you. You will appreciate that at present I cannot make any payment to creditors of the Company in respect of any debts arising prior to my appointment. However, if the payment was made on a credit card you may wish to contact them to see if they are able to provide you with any protection. Our formal notification including a Proof of Debt Form will be issued to you shortly.

As a regular reader for nearly 30 years this is very sad news for the fairground community & it's supporters. My honest views were that the World's Fair really should have kept up with the times of the digital revolution. Their bread & butter revenue, adverts placed by the showmen and manufacturers which has been lost to free advertising on social media. Fairground photos and reports appear on the internet much faster, for example with this website and All the Fun of the Fair (Message Forum). Yes they had a Facebook page to advertising their paper and provided an online issue for Apple users but this is simply not enough to keep up with the times. In the wake of this we will keep you updated with news from the industry.


HULL FAIR AWARD (04/12/2019)
A new award has been created for presentation at Hull Fair every year in recognition of exceptional showmanship.

The award presented by the Fairground Association of Great Britain was designed by Committee member Ian Cant in memory of the association's former vice-Chairman the late Mick Claffey. The award was deservedly presented by David Wallis Snr to W Crow & Sons Amusements whose equipment from the latest thrill rides such as the Exciter to their juveniles & transport are all presented to a very high standard. Joining them at the presentation was Raymond Codona a great friend of Mick's.




Award Ceremony: Left to Right - Ian Cant, Billy Crow, David Wallis Snr, Dane Crow (and children), Richard Laughton and Raymond Codona.


HULL FAIR MODEL SHOW RETURNS FOR 2019 (10/11/2019)
On Saturday 12th October the model show held in conjunction with the final day of Hull Fair returned using the same venue as 2017 - the Carnegie Heritage Centre located alongside Anlaby Road just outside the fairground entrance.

The show was organised by Leeds modelmaker Paul Needham and sponsored by the Yorkshire Section of the Showmen's Guild with the main hall of the centre filled with model exhibits of all aspects from working models to static transport displays.

Photos from the event are on the website's Facebook page.
Below is the website's compilation video recently posted onto the's site YouTube page.


LICHFIELD BOWER FAIRGROUND MODEL SHOW 2019 (09/06/2019)
On Saturday 25th May the 10th running of Lichfield Bower Fairground Model Show was held in memory of its founder organiser Jason Wright sadly passed away suddenly towards the end of 2018.

The now established event took place inside in the Guildroom on the ground floor of Lichfield Guildhall. In Jason's memory the show was organised by Andy Watson & Dave King who brought together a quite a selection of exhibits which ably filled the room. Increased advertising of the show reaped the rewards with a healthy number of passers by popping into the free event to see what was on display, in addition to the usual assortment of enthusiasts and showmen. There was also a photographic display put together by Andy about Jason, who no doubt would have very proud of what was achieved.

Photos from the event are on the website's Facebook page.
Below is the website's compilation video recently posted onto the's site YouTube page.


STAMFORD FAIR MODEL SHOW 2019 (14/04/2019)
Stamford Fair Model Show celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday 6th April.

The annual show once again took place in the United Reformed Church just outside the fair in Broad Street. Local enthusiasts Terry Baker, Andrew Hill and Keith Hansell put on another great display of models for locals, enthusiasts and showmen to enjoy which was once again very well supported.

Photos from the event are on the website's Facebook page.
Below is the website's compilation video recently posted onto the's site YouTube page.


CAMBRIDGE FAIRGROUND MODEL SHOW 2019 (18/03/2019)
What was started as a one-off local enthusiast Mick Reynolds hosted his third Fairground Model Show in Cambridge last Saturday 16th March.

The venue again was the Murray Edwards College just off Huntingdon Road part of Cambridge University. Two rooms were filled with fairground models and artefacts with exhibits coming far afield as Hampshire, Gloucester and Leeds for the event.

Photos from the event are on the website's Facebook page.
Below is the website's compilation video recently posted onto the's site YouTube page.


NEW COASTER DEBUTS AT CLARENCE PIER 2019 (10/03/2019)
On Saturday 2nd March the first of two new Coasters opened to the public at Clarence Pier Southsea.

A number of enthusiasts flocked to the Portsmouth amusement park to try out the Mad Mouse which opened at 12 noon. This coaster is one of the Cyclon models from SBF Visa Group (Italy). The second coaster named Tidal Wave is billed as the only one of its kind in the UK and will featuring spinning cars.



Our own on ride POV video featuring local celebrity enthusiast Robbie Alexander.




BABY VALENTINES FAIR 2019 (10/03/2019)
Leeds Baby Valentines Fair once again took place on Saturday 16th February, organised by Owen Ralph with sponsorship coming from International Fun Fairs, The Fairground Society and the FAGB.

The venue this year was Billy's Bar at Leeds United Football Club. Exhibits came from all over the UK from far North as Inverness to far South as Hampshire. The prize for the best model at the show went to Steve Wilcox for his semi-built-up Superstar model. A new award for transport was Pod's Prize in memory of regular exhibitor the late Pod Robinson, this was won by John Eva from Scunthorpe with his detailed transport.

Our own video recently released on YouTube shows many of the working exhibits on show.





NATIONAL FUNFAIR EXTRAVAGANZA 2019 (03/02/2019)
The fairground model exhibition season once again kicked off nice and early with the 14th National Funfair Extravaganza two weeks ago on Saturday 19th January.

Organised by enthusiasts Bill Lane and Mike Willis this annual free event was superbly well supported by showmen and enthusiasts from many parts of the UK and by the local residents.

Photos from the event are on the website's Facebook page.
Below is the website's compilation video recently posted onto the's site YouTube page.


NEWCASTLE HOPPINGS FAIR & MODEL SHOW (06/07/2018)
Last weekend I completed 700 miles drive north for The Hoppings one of Europe's largest fairground held on Newcastle Town Moor.

The fair included a few fresh attractions including Jimmy Bowry's Skid, David Taylor's Air Maxx 360, Keith Jnr & Brett Turner's Miami, Event Leisure's Reverse Bungee and James Smith's Paratrooper on first visits, along with return visits for Walter Murphy's 2Xtreme Capriolo, Stewart Robinson's Dodgem & Twist and Stanley Reeves' Top Scan.

The model show held on the final day was organised by Paul Needham and held inside the marquee adjacent to S & D Leisure's Moose Bar.

Below are the website's compilation videos recently posted onto the's site YouTube page of the fair and the model show.


KIRKCALDY LINKS MARKET FAIR & MODEL SHOW (14/05/2018)
Last month I completed 960 miles solo drive north to Kirkcaldy Links Market, Scotland's premier fair. Billed as "Europe's Largest Street Fair" the six day event took place along the Esplanade of the Fife Coast.

The fair itself is well covered in the Reports Index of this website. On Saturday 21st April the Fairground Association of Great Britain held the annual Kirkcaldy Fairground Model Show. The awards went as follows Best in Show: Preston Irvin for his large layout; Best Transport: Iain Roberts for his 4mm diorama; Best Layout: Alex Chalmers with the late Archie Grieve's layout; new trophy donated by Mick Reynolds for Best New or Improved Model: Chris Ace for his 1:24 scale Waltzer; and the Archie Grieve Memorial Trophy: Graeme McQuaker for his transport layout.

There was also trophies for the main attractions on the fair itself, Best Ride: Mitchell Wilmot's Air Raid Extreme; Best Transport: Stanley Reeves Jnr; Best Supporting Attraction: tied between Mattie Taylor's Chocolate Wheel Stall & Dean Stirlings Jungle Adventure Fun House; new trophy Best Juvenile: Frankie Smith's new Convoy ride; and also new Best Catering: Alexandra Whitelegg for the Steam Train Grill stall.

Below are the website's compilation videos recently posted onto the's site YouTube page of the fair and the model show.


STAMFORD MID-LENT FAIR MODEL SHOW 2018 (19/03/2018)
The annual model exhibition recently took place during the final day of Stamford Mid-Lent Fair on 17/03/2018. Many enthusiasts came to visit us inside the warm, from very bitterly cold conditions outside.

Organised by local enthusiasts Andy Hill and Terry Baker, the snow blizzards plaguing the UK thankfully failed to keep any of the potiental exhibitors away providing a very well filled hall of models. It was my first viewing of David Wragg's recently acquired amusement ride models from USA, the Tumble Bug and Circle Swing. Also on show for the first time was the latest Miami model from Paul Needham, built for local enthusiast Dan Steele.

Below is the website's new compilation video recently posted onto the's site YouTube page.


BABY VALENTINES FAIR 2018 (25/02/2018)
Leeds Baby Valentines Fair once again took place on Saturday 17th February, organised by Owen Ralph with sponsorship coming from International Fun Fairs, The Fairground Society and the FAGB.

The venue this returned to The Bremner Suite at Leeds United Football Club. Exhibits came from all over the UK from far North as Inverness to far South as Hampshire. The prize for the best model at the show went to Dave Wilson for the 1:24 scale Superbowl built by Vic Robinson based to the machine once owned by Arthur Holland which itself was on the fair outside with current owner Evan Moran. Both Evan Snr & Jnr came to the show and were impressed with the model of their ride.

To the exhibits new on show were Brandon Baker's LEGO Big Wheel, Ray Grieve's 1:24 scale Waltzer, Niall Cockburn's new Dragon Coaster on his 1:50 layout on debut, Elaine Ace's 1:24 kiosk and Paula Saxton's 1:24 Ghost House accompanying her partner's aforementioned Superbowl.




NATIONAL FUNFAIR EXTRAVAGANZA 2018 (24/01/2018)
The fairground model exhibition season once again kicked off nice and early with the 13th National Funfair Extravaganza last Saturday 20th January.

Organised by enthusiasts Bill Lane and Mike Willis this annual free event was superbly well supported by showmen and enthusiasts from many parts of the UK and by the local residents. From the model exhibits on show for the first time were Roger and Rob Webb's 1:50 showmen's yard layout, Ray Grieve's 1:24 well-lit Waltzer and Paul Needham's self-built 1:24 scale Booster which he started as far back as 2007!

A small selection of photos from last Saturday are on the Archives Funfair Extravaganza feature (more on the website's Facebook page).
Below is the website's new compilation video recently posted onto the's site YouTube page.


NEW 1:24 SCALE WALTZER FROM S & B MODELS (05/09/2017)
Latest fairground model from Steven Wilcox is this working 1:24 scale model based on a Fairtrade Services Waltzer.

The model designed and constructed for owner Ray Grieve includes the latest RGB programmed LED lighting. All parts are designed by Steven and produced by his 3D printer. There has been lots of enquiries about future models but Steven does a very busy order book at this moment if you are prepared to wait. He can be contacted via his website www.sandbmodels.com.


NEW WEBSITE ANNOUNCEMENT (05/09/2017)
The new website for James Noyce and Sons from Farnborough is now online.

The website aimed towards fun fair hire of amusements was the design and development of local web designer MPC Web Design. The new website can be accessed via www.jnoyce-funfairs.com.

TRAYLEN'S AMUSEMENTS WEBSITE OVERHAULED (05/09/2017)
Middlesex fairground firm Traylen's Amusements Ltd recently overhauled its Coming Events list.

Billy Traylen told Fair-Pix that his website was out-of-date and featured dates from 2010. After some research he commissioned MPC Web Design to overhaul the company's wesbite refreshing its look and bring the Coming Events list up to date. Latest dates can be viewed on www.traylensfunfair.co.uk.




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