Between 1914 and 1918 the First World War affected everyone on the planet. The travelling show community was no exception to this, although their story during this period has never before been told.Show people suffered a loss of business, a loss of the ability to travel, a loss of staff and many of their own men who joined up didn’t return. After the successful years prior to the war this …Read More

The Fairground Heritage Trust, operators of Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, are delighted to announce it has been awarded £90,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) to help safeguard Shaw’s Moonrocket, the only historic thrill ride of its kind still fully intact and functioning. The money from NHMF launches the Trust’s fundraising appeal to raise the final £17000 to secure this unique piece of fairground heritage. Built in the 1930s, …Read More

How about volunteering at our amazing, vintage undercover working fairground? Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, near Lifton, is run by a charitable trust, founded in 1986, to preserve and present our historic fairground heritage. Our collection of fairground art and artefacts is indisputably world class and the most comprehensive and important in this country. We are seeking lively, outgoing, friendly people to engage with our visitors and enhance their experience at …Read More

Carousel Cafe at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre We’re pleased to announce that our cafe is being rebranded for the 2016 season, and will now trade as the Carousel Cafe under the management of our new catering partner and local businesswoman Leanne Knight. There is a new menu, with a wide choice of meals, snacks and drinks to tempt you. The cafe will open at 9.30am each day, so if you …Read More

We’ve been busy at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre as usual this winter. The key addition to the Main Gallery this year is our Time Tunnel – this new walk through attraction traces the development of our fairgrounds from the 1860s through to the present day. Lavishly illustrated with historical images, the time line shows how our fairs changed over time  in the context of other historical and world events. A …Read More

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre were pleased to welcome Plymouth-based company Pulpflora recently, when they chose the venue as a backdrop to photograph their beautiful range of handmade paper flowers. Pulpflora started life in early 2014 as a new project for Louise Brumpton, florist and owner at The Secret Garden Flowers in Plymouth. Pulpflora offers brides a fantastic alternative to the fresh flower bouquet with high quality paper flowers that can …Read More

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre are proud to be hosting the first Nokia #LumiaLive Session for 2014.Things will kick off in dazzling style with Ella Eyre. With a voice as sweet as candyfloss, catch her live amid the atmospheric backdrop of our vintage rides.Recently named as one of the UK’s biggest up and coming acts by MTV, Ella Eyre burst onto the music scene at 19 with her vocals on Rudimental’s …Read More

“Yellow, three and nine, thirty nine,  on the red, on its own, number one”. Many will have childhood memories of the monotonous tones of the bored-sounding bingo caller at seaside amusement arcades from the 1960s and 70s. It was so ubiquitous at the popular resorts of the post war years, that you could walk along an arcade-lined street and not distinguish one caller from another. The sixpences that flowed into …Read More

The fairground has been in vogue for a over a decade in terms of an association with consumer advertising: for fashion, music, confectionery and cars. M&S, Tombola Bingo, Mars Confectionery, Impulse Fragrance, and Confused dot com have all used funfair locations to sell their products. The Fairground Heritage Centre was chosen to film a 20 second ad for the NME Shockwaves Rock’n’ Pop awards four years ago. Filmed entirely on …Read More

At first glance, it might seem an anathema, that the Fairground Heritage Trust is commissioning a new piece of fairground art, to cover a whole ride. Surely conservation is what we all about? The reason becomes clear when identifying the ride in question… The mini Waltzer, purchased last spring from Charles Manning, who used it at the permanent seaside park in Felixstowe. It was a blank canvas: the ride was …Read More