The Dobbies

A gentle roundabout of curious characters for small children.

About The Dobbies

The dobbies is one of the oldest forms of roundabout in Britain, and is a simple ‘round and round’ ride with the mounts hanging on poles from the ceiling rather than being fixed to a platform (it has no up and down movement). The roundabout is hand-cranked by the operator, and is a gentle ride for small children.

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Who can ride, and what does it cost?

The Dobbies is a children’s ride, and is suitable for pre-school children and toddlers. It costs 4 tokens per person to ride.

A brief history of the dobbies

Find out more

Want to feature the fair in a video or photoshoot?

If you’d like to talk to us about hiring the fair, or about a feature for film or television, you’ll find our hire section has lots of information.

Want to find out more about our rides and fairground art?

At selected locations you can join Joby Carter for a 1 hour guided tour talking about the history of our rides and fairground art through the decades. Book tickets here.

Find your nearest fair

Excited to try out our vintage steam fair rides and attractions? Find out when Carters are 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.