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
A swing for two, operated by the riders pulling ropes are really popular at Carters. The larger of the two sets, the Park Swings, was made by carriage builder Thomas of Chertsey and is a very fine example, with beautiful chamfered legs. Building them up is similar to raising a barn – and about as heavy! The original boats were sadly too far gone to save, but Joby Carter painted the replacements to be as close to the original decoration as possible.
We also have a smaller set for young children that is available to hire for children’s parties and events.
Find out more about swingboats – buy the book here.
Find out more
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.