The coconut shy

Win a coconut by knocking it out of its cup with a sharp throw of the ball!

The Coconut Shy, or Coconut Sheet, is a staple of the traditional English country fair – in the 19th century, a coconut was an exotic and special prize.

Seth Carter designed and built this Shy in the tradition of countless showmen before him. The hanging sign at the back is made of canvas, with the letters appliquéd in the traditional style.

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Who can play, and what does it cost?

The Coconut Shy costs 1 token for 1 ball, or 4 tokens for 5 balls, and is suitable for all ages.

Find out more

Want to find out more about our fairground art?

At selected locations you can join Joby Carter for a short guided tour about the history of our rides and fairground art through the decades. Book tickets here.

Kids activities

Check out our learning section for fun activities to do with the kids before and after your visit. 

Find your nearest fair

Excited to try out our vintage steam fair rides and attractions? Find out when Carters Steam fair is next visiting a location near you. 

Coronavirus update

Following the latest advice from the UK government and Public Health England, we are reviewing our upcoming 2020 tour dates. We’re very disappointed that we can’t bring the fun of the fair to you all but we hope to see you soon in 2020 when things settle down.

We will be monitoring the situation and we will update you weekly on our social media, or as soon as the situation changes. You can also find the latest information about our 2020 tour in our blog post which we will keep updated.

Thanks for all your patience while we work through these unpredictable times.

Joby, Georgina and the Carters Team.