The Excelsior Steam Yachts

Are you Brave or Very Brave? Don’t be fooled by its Edwardian elegance – this steam-powered white-knuckle ride makes grown men shriek!

About the Excelsior Steam Yachts

This impressive set of 1920s steam-driven yachts is one of only two or three surviving examples of a very popular ride in Britain at the turn of the 20th century. Two ‘yachts’ swing under steam power to an almost vertical angle which, although appearing sedate from the ground, gives it a kick which makes it one of our most popular rides with thrill-seekers. Less intrepid riders can still enjoy the yachts by sitting in the central yellow seats which, due to centrifugal force, are much gentler than those marked ‘brave’ and ‘very brave’.

Here at Carters we aim to present vintage rides and attractions as authentically as possible, while maintaining high modern safety standards. The Steam Yachts (like all our rides) undergoes rigorous modern safety checks and passes an ADIPS test by an independent body every year which deems it safe to operate. To feel the thrills as the Edwardians did before us, you must hold on by putting your arms behind the bar at the back of the seat.


Who can ride, and what does it cost?

You must be over 1.05m tall to ride on the middle (yellow) seats, and over 1.2m tall to ride on any seat. The ride costs 6 tokens per person.

A brief history of the Excelsior steam yachts

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.