The Swingboats

Swing your sweetheart and impress your friends – see how high you can fly!

About The Swingboats

Swingboats used to be a common sight at small fairs around Britain in the 19th and early 20th centuries, up until the desire for new and fast began to take hold after the second world war. Swingboats were so popular that they gave root to the phrase “the fair is in full swing” — but nowadays there are only a few working examples left.


Who can ride, and what does it cost?

The Park Swings (adult swingboats suitable for riders over 1.1m tall)

The White Waltham High Flyers (children’s swingboats suitable for any age) Adults can ride with children if required.

They cost 4 tokens per person.

A brief history of the swingboats

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.