Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

The Victorian Rodeo Switchback, the oldest ride in the Fairground Heritage Trust's collection
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The Fairground Heritage Trust, formed in 1986, is a charity which is committed to saving, conserving and sharing historic fairground equipment. Our aim is to establish Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre as a remarkable and fascinating experience; a place to visit offering fun, enjoyment and learning for a broad range of audiences.

Venue Type:

Association or society, Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

2015 season runs from 14 – 22 February (Spring Half Term Week) and then 27 March through to 1 November.
Open 10:00am to 5:00pm (last entry 4:00pm)
We will be open 7 DAYS A WEEK in 2015.

Admission charges

Please check website before visiting.

Additional info

Book online via our website, and get a 20% discount off admission prices

The Trust owns a substantial collection of national importance, part of which is currently on show at Dingles Steam Village in Devon. We also loan objects to other museums and touring exhibitions when possible.In addition to our other collections, the Trust also has access to an extensive collection of ephemera and a large photographic archive.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Industry, Land Transport, Social History, Toys and Hobbies

Key artists and exhibits

  • Rodeo Switchback (built by Savages of Kings Lynn, rebuilt by Orton & Spooner)
  • ex-R Edwards Galloping Horses (built by Savages of Kings Lynn, Tidman centre engine, Verbeeck organ, carved work by Arthur Anderson, Savages, C J Spooner)
  • ex-R Edwards & Sons "Super Chariot Racer" Ark (built by Orton & Spooner)
  • ex-R Edwards & Sons Super Dodgems (built by Orton & Spooner, decor by Hall & Fowle)
  • ex-R Edwards & Sons Supersonic Skid (built by R J Lakin, decor by F G Fowle)
  • ex-R Edwards & Sons Brooklands Speedway (built by Orton & Spooner)
  • ex-Brett's Ghost Train (Hall & Fowle decor)
  • Joy Wheel (built by Savages of Kings Lynn)
  • Joe Ling's Moonrocket (built by R J Lakin & Co of Streatham)
  • Billy Wood's Boxing Show
  • Edwin Lawrence's Bioscope Show Wagon (built by Orton & Spooner of Burton on Trent)
  • Castles' Fish Spinner
  • Harrisons' Ben Hur Spinner (built by R J Lakin & Co of Streatham)
  • Panels from Hatwells' Gallopers (decor by Henry Whiting; purchased with assistance from the NACF and the V&A)
  • Ben Hur showfront (built by R J Lakin & Co of Streatham, decorated by Edwin Hall)
  • Racing car showfront from Crows' Dodgems (built by R J Lakin & Co of Streatham, decorated by Edwin Hall)
  • Carved animals and decorative panels by Andersons, Lines Bros, C J Spooner, Savages, etc.
  • Painted 19th Century showfront banners by Smiths, Sconce of Kings Lynn
  • Examples of decoration by Edwin Hall (R J Lakin & Co), Orton & Spooner, Sid Farmer, Duffields of Colchester, Hall & Fowle, Fred Fowle, Edward Percival, Paul Wright, Tate Decor and many more
  • Fairground Transport including Scammell Showtracs and an Orton & Spooner Living Wagon from the famous Westcountry firm of Anderton & Rowland; Scammell chain drive tractor and an Orton & Spooner Living Wagon from the Somerset firm of Charles Heal

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre
The Fairground Heritage Trust
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre
PL16 0AT


Fairground Heritage Trust website


Devon Museums Website entry


BBC Your Paintings website entry



Fairground Heritage Trust email



Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre information line

01566 783425

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.