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Barry Island Pleasure Park saved? [25/12/06]

Famous South Wales amusement park, Barry Island Pleasure Park, might have been saved in an eleventh hour deal between its owners, Hyper Value, and retail restructuring specialist Hilco. Hilco acquired a 50% interest in Hyper Value Holdings Ltd in August 2006 when the business was close to collapse. As part of the transaction Hilco has now also agreed to fund a joint venture arrangement with Ian Rogers, son of the business's founder (the late Ken Rogers), to acquire and operate the Barry Island Pleasure Park including the Dolphin Bar and KR's nightclub. Whether this becomes a long-term solution remains to be seen.

Four new DVDs released [18/12/06]

Four new DVDs and videos have been released by leading fairground video makers, BCM Video Productions.

Northampton Balloon Festival 2006 is the most spectacular fun fair to be held in Northamptonshire.

Goose and Hull Fair Transport 2006 starts with the Nottingham pull-on, followed by the Hull Fair pull-off.

Oxford St Giles, Brackley & Banbury Fair 2006 features three of Britain's best back end fairs.

The Fairs at Paignton Regatta & Torbay Steam 2006 features rides, showmen's engines and fairground organs. A must for every enthusiast.

Erosion forces Blackgang Chine to retreat [17/12/06]

The managing director of Vectis Ventures Ltd, owners of Blackgang Chine on the Isle of Wight, has announced that some of the theme park's attractions may be moved to sister park Robin Hill over the next decade due to the ongoing threat of cliff erosion. In an interview with a local newspaper, Simon Dabell said that some of Blackgang's existing attractions will be phased out over the next decade but that some new adult attractions will be added to the reduced size facility, including a visitors' centre to tell the story of Blackgang and its history of shipwrecks and smugglers.

Dabell said, "In the long term, Blackgang will be too small to be a major family attraction. Blackgang is probably better suited as an adult-orientated location."

Visit Chicago's lost amusement park in new DVD [10/12/06]

Chicago's famous Riverview Park is the subject of a new DVD. Laugh Your Troubles Away: The Complete History of Riverview Park is the companion DVD to Derek Gee and Ralph Lopez's excellent book of the same name and is the most comprehensive and factual history of Riverview available.

Also available from Joyland Books are the following Riverview products:

Laugh Your Troubles Away: The Complete History of Riverview Park by Derek Gee and Ralph Lopez (the companion book) £24.50
Riverview 1904-1967: Gone But Not Forgotten DVD £20.00
Riverview 1904-1967: Gone But Not Forgotten by Chuck Wlodarczyk £12.99
Riverview Amusement Park
by Dolores Haugh £9.99

Ride It! DVDs re-released in special double pack [5/12/06]

One of our most popular roller coaster DVDs - Ride It! Volumes 1 and 2 - have been re-released as a double pack DVD. The pack is available at the price of £14.99, which is a discount of £8.99 off the full price of the two separate DVDs.

Ride It! Volumes 1 and 2 feature 60 on-ride videos from America, Europe and Japan. The DVDs feature over 100 minutes of coaster thrills including many unedited station-to-station rides. Rides featured include California Screamin' at Disney's California Adventure, Giant Dipper at Belmont Park and Roller Coaster at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach. The DVD is playable in all world regions and is made with a Dolby Digital and 5.1 Surround soundtrack. The single volumes have now been discontinued. More details...

Final day of historic amusement park captured on DVD [26/11/06]

For almost 60 years, the Myrtle Beach Pavilion has been a landmark ocean front amusement park in South Carolina. At 8pm on September 30th 2006 the Myrtle Beach Pavilion closed its doors forever. You can now re-live this last day in a special DVD with footage that will live on forever.

Myrtle Beach Pavilion 1948-2006: The Last Ride Day is a virtual visit to the park. Witness the sights and sounds and experience some of the rides and attractions that are now gone forever. Take a front seat ride on the 'Hurricane Category 5' roller coaster, the swings, the Rainbow, the Mad Mouse and much more. Get to walk around the entire park just like you were there! More...

Two circus books increase Joyland's circus range [26/11/06]

The range of circus books available from Joyland Books has increased in time for Christmas with two titles from Aardvark Publishing.

Water Spectacles in the Circus by Don Stacey is an illustrated study of water shows in entertainment around the world, and includes sections on the Blackpool Tower Circus and Great Yarmouth Hippodrome.

Animals in Circuses and Zoos: Chiron's World? by Dr Marthe Kiley-Worthington is the results of an 18 month independent study of circus animals, in comparison with animals in zoos and other husbandry systems and in the wild. It makes essential reading.

Behind the scenes at famous state fair [26/11/06]

Bob Goldsack, former editor of the circus publication The White Tops, debuted his latest book, Behind the Scenes...Eastern States Exposition West Springfield, Massachusetts and the Story of New England's Mr. Show Business Wayne McCary at The Big E, as this major American state fair is called. Goldsack was on hand to autograph copies of the book during a special ceremony at the Fair and his book is now on sale at Joyland Books.

Eastern States Exposition is a complex, diversified organisation that serves as the combined big state fair for the six New England states, comprised of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The book delves into its history. More...

Amusement park industry pioneers featured in new book [25/11/06]

Ripley Publishing has launched a new book series that pays homage to the creative pioneers who have made the world’s amusement parks, theme parks, amusement rides and waterparks what they are today. Legends: Pioneers of the Amusement Park Industry by Tim O'Brien, is the first in that series.

There have been hundreds of books written on individual parks, on individual rides and attractions and on the amusement business as a whole, but few have been written specifically about the people who dedicated their lives to creating the industry. Presented here are the most detailed and comprehensive biographies ever written about 10 men who were instrumental in shaping the 20th century fun park landscape. Written in a casual, easy to read style, the passion of these pioneers beautifully shines through. More...

First 'white knuckle' ride documented in new book [19/11/06]

New books from Kevin Scrivens and Stephen Smith are always important publications, and their new title, Steam Yachts, is no exception. Dating from William Cartwright and Henry Cracknell's Patent of 1888, the Steam Yacht, as the ride was to become known, was the first 'white knuckle' thrill ride to be seen on travelling fairgrounds. This book documents the histories of each of the 20 rides which travelled in Great Britain, the traction engines which accompanied them, and details of the curiously interwoven family relationships of many of the owners. More details...

Other recent releases from Scrivens and Smith include Hancocks of the West and Carters Jungle Thriller, both available from Joyland Books.

Northern Ireland amusement park in new book [19/11/06]

New books about amusement parks are few and far between, but this new title is one of the most comprehensive ever released. Fun is our Business: the Story of Barry's Amusements by James Fairley tells the story of Barry's Amusement Park, Portrush (Northern Ireland), and the family business that operates it. The book shows that the firm once boasted more than one amusement park, including popular parks at Belfast and Bangor. If that wasn't enough, they also operated a travelling fair and a circus, both of which are well documented in this book.

Professor Fairley's book is a comprehensive history of the firm, illustrated with photographs dating back to the early years of the last century, showing the Trufelli family, the amusements and people enjoying themselves. More details...

Over 1,000 circus terms defined in major reference work [19/11/06]

With a foreword by world-famous ringmaster Norman Barrett, Geoff Stevens's new book defines over 1000 circus terms and is a must for any circus enthusiast. The modern circus has been around for almost 250 years. The technical words of the circus are reaching a wider audience, among students, especially at the various circus schools, and circus enthusiasts, who wish to understand more about the origins, history or purpose of the technical aspects of what they see and enjoy in the circus ring. The technical words are largely unchanged, and many easily cross the language barriers. The 'circus slang', however, is dying out rapidly in British circus, and is now spoken only among the old-established circus families. Circus Dictionary is an attempt to record and explain those words and to point the reader towards further sources of information. More details...

Pleasure Beach stalwart to retire [14/11/06]

Jim Rowland, Group Operations Director at Pleasure Beach Blackpool, is to retire in December. Rowland became famous as the star of the 1998 BBC1 documentary series Pleasure Beach, but his career with the company started back in 1972. Starting at the now defunct Morecambe Pleasure Park (later Frontierland), Rowland moved to the Pleasure Beach in 1991. He will continue to be responsible for the day-to-day running of the park until 20 December.

Pennies by the Sea book signing announced [12/11/06]

Pennies by the Sea: The Life and Times of Joyland Amusements, Bridlington by Nick Laister, is to receive its official launch at a special book signing event on 18th November 2006 at the 8th Annual Long Eaton Fairground Model Show and Exhibition. Nick will be at the show from 10am at the Skelter Publishing trade stand signing copies of this landmark publication. The book is based around the history of what was one of Britain's largest arcades, Joyland Amusements in the popular East Yorkshire seaside resort of Bridlington. It tells of how the Brown family from Sheffield turned a small arcade in a former seafront shop to a palace of fun that is now widely known across Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and beyond.
The Long Eaton Fairground Model Show and Exhibition is being staged at the Town Hall, Long Eaton, Nottingham, and is open to the public from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free. The Town Hall will be packed full of fairground models of all types, including fairground transport, old time and modern fairground rides and junior modellers.

In other 'Pennies' news, the book featured in the Guardian newspaper on 8 November 2006, along with a gallery of photographs. View article>>

Redundancies at American Adventure Theme Park [12/11/06]

The American Adventure Theme Park (Ilkeston, Derbyshire) has made 19 members of its permanent staff redundant as a cost-cutting measure. This represents more than half of its permanent staff of 32. The park recently removed several of its white knuckle rides, including the Missile looping roller coaster and Nightmare Niagara log flume, to allow it to focus on family visitors. Park director Roger Lloyd blamed "difficult trading conditions" for the redundancies.

Gateshead's Metroland to close? [2/11/06]

The Metroland indoor theme park at Gateshead's Metro Centre is to close, according to a report in today's Newcastle Chronicle. Despite attracting 1.2m visitors last year, Metro Centre's owners - Capital Shopping Centres (CSC) - are considering closing the park as part of a modernisation programme for that part of the shopping centre. Metroland opened in 1988 and has been operated by a leaseholder, Harrow-based Arlington Leisure, since 1996. CSC plans to replace the park with an Odeon Cinema.

American Express cards now welcome [30/10/06]

Joyland Books now accepts American Express cards for any online purchase worldwide. And with the Amex Membership Rewards® programme, you can redeem points toward shopping, travel, and entertainment when you buy at Joyland Books. We also accept Visa and Mastercard (and their derivatives) as well as Switch, Maestro, Delta, Solo and JCB. Shopping at Joyland Books couldn't be easier!

Slot machine magazine available from Joyland Books [28/10/06]

Joyland Books is pleased to offer annual subscriptions to the new slot machine magazine, Mechanical Memories Magazine. A subscriber magazine about vintage coin-operated games, it is published every month except August. The Magazine includes a varied selection of articles. Some of the regular features that have been included over the past few months include: 'The history of Mechanical Memories Museum, Brighton'; 'How I started my collection' (subscribers tell the story of their slot machine collections); 'Out and about' (visiting collections, museums and penny arcades); 'Spotlight' (articles on specific machines); and Letters page. Click here for details.

Arcade book an 'eight year project' [25/10/06]

Nick Laister, the author of the brand new amusement arcade book Pennies by the Sea, has revealed that the book was an eight year project in an interview in the Bridlington Free Press. The Wakefield-born author states: "I have been working on the book for about eight years and carried out a lot of interviews with people who worked in Joyland. This is my first book, although I am working on a couple of others, but I don't intend taking another eight years on those!"

Nick also states that he believes that seaside amusement arcades still have a future: "I'm certain that amusement arcades will still be around in 100 years time but these days they have to fight against Playstations and XBoxes. In the days of Joyland, people went to the arcades and it was the only place to play video games and machines."

Click here to read the interview in full.

Author Nick Laister

Click here for more on the book!

Barry Island Pleasure Park owner in financial trouble [23/10/06]

The South Wales retailer, Hyper Value, is reportedly in financial difficulty. The Company, which owns Barry Island Pleasure Park, is closing several of its South Wales stores following a period of poor trading. Retail restructuring specialist Hilco has acquired a 50% share in the company, following Hyper Value's inability to borrow any further funds. The Merthyr Tydfil-based firm was founded 25 years ago by Ken Rogers, who died in 2001 aged 56. He bought the Barry Island Pleasure Park in 1995 and undertook a £5m refurbishment programme. The future of the Pleasure Park is now in doubt. A statement on the future of the company is expected soon.

Pennies by the Sea released - buy a signed copy now! [15/10/06]

We are pleased to announce that Nick Laister's long-awaited book, Pennies by the Sea: The Life and Times of Joyland Amusements, Bridlington, is now out and ready to be dispatched. It is the first book to be released on the phenomenon of the seaside amusement arcade, based around the history of what was one of Britain’s largest – Joyland Amusements in the East Yorkshire seaside resort of Bridlington. It is a rags to riches tale of how a glove seller from Sheffield market turned a collection of buildings on Bridlington seafront into a palace of fun with slot machines, fairground rides and amazing sideshows. Signed copies are available on a first come, first served basis. Click here for more details or to buy your copy.

Amusement park redevelopment plans unveiled [14/10/06]

Plans for the redevelopment of Rhyl's famous Ocean Beach Amusement Park have been put on display at Rhyl Town Hall. The scheme will replace the historic amusement park with apartments and an Asda supermarket, along with bars, cafes, restaurants, offices, leisure development and hotel. A planning application will be submitted to Denbighshire County Council this week. Ocean Beach Fun Fair opened in the 1930s and is home to Britain's only surviving circular water chute, the country's first steel coaster (Jet Stream) and a permanent Ghost Train. Click here to download the news item from the Rhyl Journal and here for an article on the park's history.

Tavistock Goose Fair celebrated in a new book [10/10/06]

The latest release from leading fairground author Guy Belshaw is Tavistock Goose Fair. This is Guy’s third fairground book, and is published following two years of research and  much time spent  sourcing elusive photos of fortune tellers, booth boxers and bygone shows, that once enlivened Goose Fair. In this book, Guy reveals some of the secrets of the fair's past. He also relates the background to the Rowland family, whose amusements have been prominent at Tavistock for over a century. From Tom Rowland, a stout but genial man, and his wife, 'One-eyed' Betsy, to the present generation, the family is known throughout the West Country. Click here for more details.

New fairground transport book released [8/10/06]

This work features a personal selection of the best examples of showmen's transport from Brian Steptoe's camera over the years since 1992. It covers a wide range of transport in actual use on the fairground, rather than items in preservation. Vintage Fairground Transport by Brian Steptoe is packed full of colour photographs and is a must for any fairground transport enthusiast. Click here for details.

We also stock Brian Steptoe's other titles, including: Vintage Funfairs, Jump On, Jump On and Roundabout People.

No listed status for Cyclone [3/10/06]

The Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has refused to list the Cyclone roller coaster at Pleasureland (Southport, UK) following a last-minute appeal. On the advice of English Heritage, DCMS denied listed building status to the ride last month; the appeal was an attempt by local campaigners to save the ride from almost certain demolition. Click here for a fuller report of the news and here for the English Heritage report.

Phone us! [1/10/06]

You can now telephone Joyland Books from anywhere in the UK for the price of a local call. Our new sales hotline is 0845 428 5749.

Amusement park giants die [1/10/06]

Two of Britain's most prominent showmen, both of whom made a successful transition into amusement parks, have died over the past few weeks. Pat Evans, owner of Wales's Coney Beach Amusement Park at Porthcawl, died on 24 September. Evans developed the site, formerly a Second World War army installation, from scratch over more than five decades, although it is currently threatened with closure. Legendary showman Billy Danter has also recently passed away. Over recent years, Danter operated his Hurricane Jets ride at son Henry's Symonds Yat Leisure Park well into his nineties.
Above: Coney Beach Amusement Park

Pennies by the Sea website launched [30/9/06]

Skelter Publishing has launched a brand new website devoted to the new book Pennies by the Sea: The Life and Times of Joyland Amusements, Bridlington by Nick Laister. The website includes information about the book and an interview with its author. It also includes exclusive deleted sections that didn't make it into the final book along with numerous deleted photographs. Plus you can get a sneak preview of several stunning photographs that did make it into the book. The book is released on 14 October 2006. The new website is at

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Demolition of Southport Cyclone commences [22/9/06]

Demolition of the 1937-built wooden roller coaster, the Cyclone at Pleasureland (Southport, UK) has commenced. Local campaigners applied to have the ride, which is the only pre-war traditional roller coaster (as opposed to 'scenic railway') surviving in the UK outside Blackpool, spot listed. English Heritage and DCMS have decided not to list the ride due to the amount of demolition work that has already taken place and because the station was rebuilt following a 1984 fire. Click here to discuss the news on our Forum.

Above: The 1937 Cyclone roller coaster at Pleasureland, Southport.

Click here for aerial shots of the ride.

Scenic Railway documentary to air on Channel 4 [13/9/06]

A brand new documentary about the threatened Scenic Railway roller coaster at Margate's Dreamland will air on Channel 4 this coming Monday, 18 September 2006. Part of the popular Seaside Secrets series, the programme is called 'The Ups and Downs of the Scenic' and tells the story of this historic ride. Presented by Tony Livesey, editor-in-chief and managing director of the Daily Sport and Sunday Sport newspapers, the programme is understood to include interviews with Dreamland operator George Webb and Save Dreamland Campaigner Nick Laister. The programme airs at 1.20pm.

Click here for the Save Dreamland Campaign website!

Joyland history book available to pre-order [10/9/06]

If ever a book could be described as 'long-awaited', this is the one. Pennies by the Sea: The Life and Times of Joyland Amusements, Bridlington by Nick Laister is the result of eight years' worth of research and is available to pre-order now.

Released on 14 October 2006 by Skelter Publishing, it is the first book to be released on the phenomenon of the seaside amusement arcade, based around the history of what was one of Britain’s largest – Joyland Amusements in the East Yorkshire seaside resort of Bridlington. It is a rags to riches tale of how a glove seller from Sheffield market turned a collection of buildings on Bridlington seafront into a palace of fun with slot machines, fairground rides and amazing sideshows. Click here for more details.

Southport Pleasureland Closes [5/9/06]

Southport's Pleasureland amusement park has announced that it has closed down, with immediate effect. The announcement was made to staff this afternoon at a special meeting; most of the staff have been made redundant. This closure comes little over two years after its owners, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, acquired the adjacent Southport Zoo in order to expand the park. To find out more about the history of Pleasureland, read the new book Pleasureland Memories. Click here for details.

Former Tussauds boss dies [21/8/06]

The man considered by many to be the architect of the current Tussauds Group has died. Michael Herbert CBE joined Tussauds in 1976 as CEO and, following the company's acquisition by Pearson in 1978, became its Chairman. Herbert is credited with the company moving into theme park development and ownership, initially with the redevelopment of Chessington Zoo into the famous World of Adventures in 1987, and later with the acquisition of Alton Towers in 1990. Herbert retired in 1994.

Fairground photographs in new book [19/8/06]

Following on from the success of Philip Bradley's Fairground Photographs and Notes, the Fairground Society has teamed up with New Era Publications to release a further volume, this time featuring the photographs of George Kilvington. George started taking photographs in April 1935 in his hometown of Huddersfield, at the prestigious Easter fair which had for many years been held on the Great Northern Street ground adjacent to the corporation tram sheds. Although 15 years old at the time, his photographs seem not to be just images of fairground equipment, but truly capture the atmosphere of the event. This book is a belated tribute in recognition of the outstanding visual record of a previously unacknowledged side of social history which George Kilvington captured for prosperity. Click here for details.

Pleasure Beach jobs to go [13/8/06]

The Blackpool Gazette claims that round 70 of Blackpool Pleasure Beach's 400 permanent staff will lose their jobs in a restructuring of the company, headed by managing director Amanda Thompson. The Pleasure Beach insists that no figure has been discussed, but confirmed that an independent consultant has been drafted in to look at how savings can be made. The Pleasure Beach also denied that the company was in financial difficulties, stating that the park is "enjoying a profitable summer". The Pleasure beach had 6 million visitors last year, down 200,000 from the previous year, and the park retained its position as the UK's most visited tourist attraction.

Ups and downs: The Pleasure Beach denies it is having financial difficulties.

Discuss this story in our Amusement Parks Forum

More DVD coaster rides 13/8/06]

Following hot on the heels of the successful roller coaster DVD, Ride It! comes Volume 2, out this week. This DVD features over 50 minutes of coaster thrills including many station-to station rides, unedited, no fancy effects or music, just pure non-stop coaster action!  Featured rides include Leap the Dips at Lakemont Park, Cyclone at Lakeside Amusement Park, Twister II at Six Flags Elitch Gardens, Raven at Holiday World, Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain and the threatened Scenic Railway at Dreamland, Margate. Click here for more information.

If you like front seat roller coaster action, don't miss our ever-popular, two volume DVD Front Seat Thrills and Front seat Thrills 2. And click here for even more coaster thrills.

Pleasureland visitors slump [10/8/06]

Visitors to Southport Pleasureland amusement park dropped by 76% last year after the park introduced an admission charge for the first time in its history. In 2004, the park attracted 2.1m visitors, but the £2 charge reduced visitors to 500,000.

A spokesperson for the park said that the reduced visitors was expected, and that this had enabled them to improve the appearance and management of the park. The figures were revealed in Visit Britain's annual tourist attractions survey.

Story of the lost ark [22/7/06]

From the writers of the new book Hancocks of the West (see news item below, dated 20/7/06) comes another fantastic new title. Kevin Scrivens and Stephen Smith, in association with Carters Steam Fair, bring you Carters Jungle Thriller: the Lost Ark.

This book includes a history of Ark rides and a more detailed history of the Ark owned and run by Carters Steam Fair. Click here for more information.

Also released: Jazz Out The Ark: Jumpin' Jazz from the 1930s (Carter's Steam Fair).

Tale of West Country fair: New Release [20/7/06]

From well-known publisher of fairground books, New Era Publications, comes this latest book from the pens of Kevin Scrivens and Stephen Smith. Hancocks of the West is the story of the famous fairground brothers, William and Charles Hancock, and their sister, Miss Sophie, who travelled the fairs of the West Country.

The book begins like a romantic novel, when a young woman fell in love with a travelling showman, but goes tragically wrong when the family, who built up the fairs and regattas of the West, lose their business through arson and fierce competition. Click here for more information.

Lavish, hardback Coney Island book available now [17/7/06]

Coney Island was the birthplace of the amusement park, the hot dog, and the roller coaster. Its history is one of breathtaking transformation and re-invention. Coney Island: The People's Playground by Michael Immerso is the first new history of Coney Island in almost half a century, tracing its evolution and cultural impact as an amusement centre from its earliest development as a seaside resort to the present day Mermaid Parade. Presented in a photo documentary format featuring more than 100 vintage photos, archival material, personal accounts, and contemporary sources, the book evokes the atmosphere of the resort as experienced by those who visited it during its heyday. Click here for more details on this lavish publication.

Hastings Pier closed for good? [16/7/06]

Following the collapse of some of the pier's supports, Hastings Borough Council has closed Hastings Pier on the grounds of public safety. All the Pier's shops, which are leased to separate tenants, have been closed. The Pier's owners, Ravensclaw Investments Inc, will have to foot the bill for the repairs. The pier was bought by the current owners in 2002, and has since been refurbished and marketed the 'Covent Garden by the Sea'. Click here for seaside books.

Memories of Drayton Manor in new book [14/7/06]

The history of one of Britain's oldest theme parks is told in a brand new book by Fred Bromwich. Drayton Manor: George and Vera Bryan's Memories of a Family Fun Park is a lavishly produced 88-page book telling the full story of this famous park from its opening in 1950 right through to the present day.

How did Drayton Manor Theme Park begin? And how did it turn into one of Britain's Top Five inland tourist attractions? And what of its future? It is a fascinating story - one that has been engineered by the ingenuity and enterprise of George Bryan OBE, who co-founded the highly successful business with his wife, Vera.

Click here for more information on the book.

Amusement arcades evening brings back memories [11/7/06]

An evening of amusement arcade memories as part of the Bridlington Arts Festival 2006 saw an unprecedented number of people visiting Bridlington Reference Library. Nick Laister, author of the forthcoming book Pennies by the Sea, gave a talk on the history of amusement arcades in the town, and displayed numerous photographs from his collection, many of which will appear in the book. The event was reported in this week's Bridlington Free Press newspaper. Click here for the article and here for more details on the forthcoming book.

Carter's Steam Fair on DVD [1/7/06]

A new DVD featuring Carter's Royal Berkshire Steam Fair has been released on the BCM label. The DVD of Carter's West Wycombe Fair 2006 features the opening ceremony and the rides in action, including the newly restored Ark (the DVD includes on-ride footage of the Ark). Also captured are static views of their superbly presented vintage fairground transport, plus the showmen's engines providing electricity for the fair, on this special occasion. The DVD is out now so click here for more information.

Also available from Joyland Books are the DVD of Carters at Croxley Green in 2005 and a series of books on the subject of the 'Jubilee' Steam Gallopers, Swings, Arcades and Slot Machines and showmen's living wagons ('A Palace on Wheels').

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