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Golden Gallopers

The classic fairground ride, our set of Gallopers is a favourite with children and adults alike.

Great, old fashioned fun for any age family!

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The most popular of all fairground rides, the Gallopers roundabout is also known as a Merry-go-Round and on the Continent and in the USA as a Carousel (although these actually run in the opposite direction).

Our example is a 3-abreast Steam Gallopers, built around 1912 by Tidman of Norwich, with 24 horses, six cockerels and two chariots for those who don't relish the galloping motion. It is driven by a steam centre engine, also Tidman, and the revolving pillars, which we believe are the only ones still operating, are driven by a Tidman organ engine.

Many versions of these rides have been produced over the years with a variety of animals, including pigs and ostriches, but generally as a roundabout with galloping horses.

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23/10/16

2016 season has now ended

We had a fantastically busy Halloween Saturday evening to end the 2016 season, with many visitors dressed appropriately for the evening. The museum is now closed for winter maintenance and will reopen… read more

14/10/16

Shuttle to the Fair!

Hollycombe stages Fairground at Night on Saturday 15th October and Halloween Fairground at Night on Saturday 22nd October. Gates, grounds and cafe open both days at 6pm, with rides between 7pm and 10pm… read more