All the fun of the fair
We all love vintage funfair rides. But do you know their history..?
Chair-o-planes: A flying carousel of chairs, it premiered in Germany in 1972. Fly high with the sites of the dockyard skyline in view.
Ferris Wheel: If you want a slower paced ride to catch the sites from above, the Ferris Wheel is the place to be. Similar rides were documented as early as the 17th century, but the original Ferris Wheel opened in Chicago in 1893, trying to rival the Eiffel Tower.
Gallopers: Most commonly known as the carousel, this vintage ride emerged from early jousting traditions where knights would gallop in a circle while tossing balls from one to another. By the 18th century, the carousel we now know had taken shape and by the mid 19th century, it was a firm favourite at fairs.
Helter Skelter: A fun tower with a slide wrapped around it, it was first seen at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in 1906. The name comes from an older adverb meaning “in confused, disorderly haste”, and you may well be in a dizzy state after a ride on this.
Swing Boats: This ride is one of the earliest fairground rides. Originally powered by hand, steamdriven versions were later introduced in the 1880s.