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2020 – Celebrating 40 years of steam fair fun at Pinkneys Green

2020 – Celebrating 40 years of steam fair fun at Pinkneys Green

In 2020 we'll be celebrating 40 years of visiting Pinkneys Green in Maidenhead. We love taking our vintage fair on tour around the south of England, but there is one event in particular which we all hold close to our hearts. Each year in May we visit Pinkneys Green in...

The fair in focus, as seen by photographer Kirsty Meredith

The fair in focus, as seen by photographer Kirsty Meredith

The fair in focus: Carters Steam Fair through a photographer's lens. Our beautifully restored rides are fun to ride, but they are very photogenic too. in this series on the blog we’ll be sharing the work of the incredible photographers that visit us when we are on...

Lights, camera action! Olympus photography workshop at Reading

Lights, camera action! Olympus photography workshop at Reading

When Olympus asked if we could host a vintage style photography workshop for photo enthusiasts at the fair, we thought it was a great idea. So, on a slightly grey September day just before we opened in Prospect Park (Reading) we were thrilled to welcome a group of 20...

Meet the latest addition to the Carter family: Carter the lion.

Meet the latest addition to the Carter family: Carter the lion.

The Lions of Windsor trail which runs from the 10 August to the 28 October 2019 will feature a pride of over 45 individually decorated, super-sized lion sculptures displayed across the Royal Borough to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria and...

Tokens of fun at the fair

Tokens of fun at the fair

One of the things we get asked a lot of questions about at the fair is ride tokens. In this post we’ll explain all about them and also share a few fun facts – Did you know Harry Hill’s face featured on our first ever ride token in 2014! Why do we use ride tokens at...

The fair in focus, as seen by photographer Adrian Harrison

The fair in focus, as seen by photographer Adrian Harrison

Our vintage rides and beautiful fairground art attract lots of photographers to the fair. In this series we interview and showcase the work of photographers that have visited us and get them to tell us more about how Carters Steam fair inspires them to grab their...

Test your knowledge of fairground words and phrases

Test your knowledge of fairground words and phrases

There are some phrase and words associated with English fun fairs. How many of these do you know about? Read about the meanings and then see how many you can find in our word search. Dodgem Dodgems cars were popular from the 1920s onwards – who could resist the idea...

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