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News from the world of fairs

Fun Fair news from around the country

World Fun Fair Month

World Fun Fair month is a month of celebrating the past, raising awareness for the present and protecting the future of all Fairgrounds and Fun Fairs internationally. Please support your local Fun Fair! #future4fairgrounds

Helter Skelter at Silverstone 2021

Silverstone 2021

Radio Jackie Prize Winner Announced

Congratulations to Jane Sweeney and her family on being one of the prize winners of a day of fun at Hampton Court Funfair!

"Dear Jan

Just thought I would drop you an email to thank Radio Jackie for a great day out at George Irvin's fair at Hampton Court, which I won the competition last week. The children had a full day on all the rides and were totally exhausted by the end of the day. 

Thanks again ?

Kind regards 

Jane Sweeney"

Many thanks to Radio Jackie and its team and hope to see you next year!

COVID-19 safety measures in place complies with new Government Guidance

At Irvin Leisure your safety is our no.1 priority which is why we have made significant changes to our setup and protocols, this is the new standard with all our fairs moving forward to give you confidence and reassurance while supporting our NHS.

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Cultural Fairs Exciting News


Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings joy to everyone. 

The UK leads the world in the creative industries and we can all feel pride in that.

Now, in these challenging times, it's our turn to show our support for culture. 

With an unprecedented investment through the Culture Recovery Fund, the government 

is #HereForCulture so it can weather the storm of coronavirus and come back stronger.

And we are #HereForCulture too.

#HereForCulture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural 

organisations in support of our fantastic funfairs existing for many decades, cinemas, 

theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage as well.

With more and more culture being curated online, there is no better time to support and enjoy all the new and exciting ways culture is available to us.

By being #HereForCulture, we aren't just supporting the people in the industry, 

we're also supporting communities across the country.

The Irvin Organisation Ltd were thrilled to hear they received funding thanks to the government's 

#CultureRecoveryFund so that they can continue to be here for you and #HereForCulture

Eco Friendly Posters

As one of the major Funfair companies in the UK we understand our recycling obligations.

Our posters are now completely eco friendly, printed on recyclable material using water based inks.

Speedway History

Hi George, hope you are all well. I read something on facebook a short while ago about your speedway and the size of the centre island. I have some of Philip Bradley's notes, he lived in Epsom and recorded London fairs from the mid 30's, and is usually reliable. He says your grandad George had the Rytecraft ride in August 1939, it had 6 straight sections and 8 end sections and was banked at the end. Had no bottom shutters, gates, or roundings. Had 4 trestles, one rafter per section side and ends and pay box on the island, which looks 8ft wide. Had 10 Rytecraft cars. He first saw it at Hounslow Heath in August 1939. The pay box was painted orange in 1942, and the top was repainted in orange in May 1944. Had 10 new Lang Wheels cars for 1950, and new outside pay box. Unusually he doesn't say who it was sold to, but he says your grandad had a new Lang Wheels Speedway in 1954, the same shape as the old one, and I wonder if this was the Rytecraft machine re-built by Lang Wheels. It first opened at Ashford in March 1954.

I have not forgotten tht One Pair of Shoes. I went through it and added all the bits that were missing, there were a few, and checked the spelling as best I could. Then I gave it to Steve Smith, who used to teach English before he became a headmaster, and he double checked it, including things like what lines speech marks should be on, as I am not too good at that. I have made a start on a provisional layout and will get it to you as soon as possible. My health has been crap because I am waiting to have my gall bladder removed, but yesterday I heard there is a backlog of 2 million small operations, and becaut e of covid it is getting worse. At least I know it is not fatal, just bloody inconvenient at times. In normal times I would have had it done ages ago.  My mum is getting to be quite a problem, going downhill fast I am afraid. Been in hospital twice, and have had to take her to the doctors 3 times in 3 weeks. She gets very short of breath, is tired all the time, constantly nodding off, and gets a lot more confused than she used to. At least my sister has made up with her. She insists on getting up every morning, but then just keeps nodding off in the chair, so a bit of a worry. Will be in touch ASAP.

Forgot to say, your Grandads Speedway was new the week before war was declared, and that is probably why it didn't have rounding boards and shutters. A lot of machines new in 1939 were not finished off properly as the companies who built them were transferred to doing work for the war effort. So Autodromes, Moonrockets and arks didn't get their fronts for years, if at all. The same must have applied to Ryrecraft. 

Yes my dad and grandad explained why the Speedway came home with no scenery as wood was not allowed to be used anymore due to the possibility of the war breaking out. We even had tin rafters 2in x 2in box tin and we still used these up to 1973 when we converted the roof to a flat one. Sorry to here about Mum but unfortunately this is age. I'm really looking forward to the input from the two of you in one pair of shoes. In 1954 the Rytecraft track was rebuilt by Lang Wheels by building a new bottom with a sloping floor all round. This was not as good as the Rytecraft layout and the reason why in 1973 we we took the slop out of the sides. The rest of the comments from Philip Bradley are all correct. As for the gallbladder I had my one removed privately with no problems with keyhole surgery about 15years ago and you can get it done privately at short notice even now. Regards George

Photoshoot at Clapham Common

Despite Clapham Common being cancelled we had the very unique opportunity of working with some great professionals who wanted to use our setting for their work. Photo credit Instagram: stoyanovjones


Clapham Common Festive Funfair Cancelled

Due to a rise in Coronavirus cases in Lambeth, we've had to cancel the Festive Funfair we were scheduled to run at Clapham Common from 18th December until 31st December.

Though we've run COVID-19 Secure Funfairs this year, Irvin Leisure along with the local authority & Public Health England have had to cancel to limit gatherings – particularly of families with young people – during this time where public health is an overriding consideration.

As a responsible and industry leading operator while we are disappointed, we understand the need to ensure that everyone stays safe, and will work with all relevant bodies including the local authority on this.

Regards Irvin Leisure

Lee Valley Festive Funfair Cancelled

Due to a rise in Coronavirus cases in Waltham Forest, we've had to cancel the Festive Funfair we were scheduled to run at Lee Valley Ice Rink Centre from 12th December until 3rd Jan.

Though we've run COVID-19 Secure Funfairs this year, the local authority asked us to cancel as part of their plans to limit gatherings – particularly of families with young people – during this time where public health is an overriding consideration.

As a responsible and industry leading operator while we are disappointed, we understand the need to ensure that everyone stays safe, and will work with all relevant bodies including the local authority on this.

Regards Irvin Leisure and Lee Valley

Festive Funfairs confirmed after lockdown!

Two of our favourite Funfairs are back from 12th December 2020 running right through to January.

Plan your trip with your family and loved ones this festive period.

All our fairs are suitable for adults and children and COVID-19 secure while also complying with tier 2 & 3 COVID-19 regulations.

Supporting A Crystal Palace Christmas

We are pleased to be supporting A Crystal Palace Christmas! Please get involved by making a donation if you can afford to so everyone in the community can share in the happiness and joy of A Crystal Palace Christmas. Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/crystal-palace-christmas #crystalpalacefestival #crystalpalacechristmas #crystalpalace

Disabled Friendly

All of George Irvin's Funfairs are disabled friendly and you're more than welcome to join us.

When you arrive you will be greeted by friendly staff to assist you if you require it.

New rides at Lee Valley Funfair

New rides are now operating at our Lee Valley Funfair.

Open to the public from 7th Aug - 31st Aug (Fri-Mon) only.

E20 3AD

Parking available at the Hockey Centre.

Register at www.irvinleisure.co.uk/track

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Part of our Heritage

Our past Victorian Funfairs part our our heritage Funfairs over the last 200 years, steeped in history.

Happy Halloween at Clapham Common

Thank you to everyone who participated in this years Fright Night competition. Below are some of our favourite images. Winner will be announced privately & the runners up will be emailed FREE tokens for the upcoming Xmas Funfair!

Create a TikTok and win £100!

For all you TiKToK lovers out there, create a TikTok video at Clapham Common and tag us on TikTok at Irvin.funfairs for your chance to win £100! Winner announced Monday 2nd November 2020. Good luck!

TiKToK in style

David Walliams Travelling Showmen's heritage

Lovely to see David Walliam's Travelling Showmen's heritage on Who do you think you are?

You can watch it on the BBC iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000npqt/who-do-you-think-you-are-series-17-2-david-walliams

Putting the fun in fair

Putting the fun in fair @irvin.funfairs Impressed by the ride hygiene, socially distanced attractions and speedy contactless payments. Well worth a half term visit if you're in the capital

Photo Credit IG: Lucy Brookes