Welcome to The Fairground Heritage Trust

Welcome to The Fairground Heritage Trust

Dingles Fairground Museum is reopening in April 2022 – Please click here to book your tickets

Welcome to the website home page of the Fairground Heritage Trust. Our aim is to preserve historic fairground equipment, imagery and memorabilia for future generations, in the hope of fostering understanding of, and support for, a genuinely national institution. As a vital ingredient in the genesis of leisure in this country, the Fairground Heritage Trust believes that fairground has played just as important a role as any other type of popular entertainment in shaping today’s society.

Established in 1988, The Trust has been successful in building up a large collection of rides and fairground-related artefacts, many of key historical significance. Since 2003 the Trust has had its base at Dingles Steam Village in Devon, an established high quality heritage attraction in its own right.  A new extension of 25,000 square feet was completed in Spring 2006 and this has enabled the Trust to safely house and display a much greater proportion of its collection, and give visitors a much more enjoyable and interactive experience. For the 2007 season, this reopened as the Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre.

We are now preparing our new building, a 25,000 square foot extension, new shop and café and we are embarking on an intensive period of fund-raising to help get this ready to reopen in 2022 as Dingles Fairground Museum.