Major UK Funfairs take place throughout the year at locations all across the country with lots on offer to keep everyone entertained.
The UK’s Biggest Funfairs
Have a read through our listing below to discover some of the UK’s biggest and best funfairs which take place on an annual basis.
Travelling fairs visit towns and cities across the UK throughout the year, often forming part of agricultural shows and carnivals.
There are many great travelling fairs to attend, ranging from local village funfairs to huge annual events. We have compiled the shortlist of major events below to help indicate what’s on and when.
February – King’s Lynn Mart
Traditionally the opening to the travelling fair season, King’s Lynn Mart has a special place in the hearts of the travelling show people.
The annual event continues a tradition from the later half of the nineteenth century when the King’s Lynn Mart was a spectacular event in which Frederick Savage of King’s Lynn displayed his latest roundabouts and fairground attractions to the showmen. This display of new machines and amusements continues today with the showmen vying to display the latest rides and attractions.
This is one of the first funfairs in the Showmen’s calendar where new rides are tried out and old favourites brought out from winter storage.
March – Funderworld Bristol
Funderworld offers a great lineup of over 25 Rides and attractions. The event is packed with fun, unique thrill rides and rollercoasters plus a whole host of traditional funfair favourites appealing to all ages.
Thrill Rides include the 60m Sky Swing, Airmaxx, and the Crazy Mouse Roller Coaster. There’s plenty for children too with a whole host of little rides, soft play and inflatable attractions.
May – Burntisland Summer Fairground Fife
Throughout the summer months, a good portion of Burntisland Links is transformed with the annual summer fairground. Showmen arrive with their rides and set up from the end of May, and it gets progressively busier with more arriving as the holiday season gets into full swing. As well as the many and varied rides, side stalls, bingo etc., there are plenty of kiosks which offer food, snacks, and drinks.
June – The Hoppings Newcastle upon Tyne
The summer event is a tradition like no other in Newcastle and, as Europe’s biggest travelling funfair, The Hoppings’ offers some spectacular rides as well as all the old favourites such as the beautiful carousel and fairground stalls which appeal to all.
June – Cambridge Midsummer Fair
Cambridge Midsummer Fair is one of the oldest fairs in England, dating back to a charter granted by King John in 1211. The event features over 50 rides and attractions catering for all members of the family.
October – Hull Fair
Hull Fair is one of the largest travelling fairs in Europe, with over 250 rides and an array of attractions. It offers traditional favourites such as waltzers and dodgems, alongside new and exciting rides.
October – Ilkeston Charter Fair
Thousands of visitors come to enjoy the exciting and spectacular white-knuckle rides together with the more traditional side shows at Ilkeston Charter Fair.
For virtually an entire week, Ilkeston Town Centre is transformed into a vast fairground filled with colour, lights and action for this popular event.
November – Hyde Park Winter Wonderland London
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland runs for six magical weeks from November to January, with a variety of attractions, activities, entertainment, food, drinks and so much more available.
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Great Family Entertainment
Large funfairs offer great family entertainment and it is an opportunity for friends and family to come together and experience some of the latest rides and attractions often not found at UK Theme Parks.