Fairground and Vintage Organ Weekend comes to Hollycombe
Hollycombe opens its doors on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July for one of the highlights of the year with the staging of its annual Fairground & Mechanical Organ Weekend.
Hollycombe opens its doors on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July for one of the highlights of the year with the staging of its annual Fairground & Mechanical Organ Weekend. Popular permanent attractions including the world’s first white-knuckle ride the ‘Razzle Dazzle’ and the world’s oldest Haunted House will be open, but will be joined by visiting rides, a wide selection of vintage fairground organs and exquisite fairground models.
Many of the exhibitors return again and again to Hollycombe, enjoying the atmosphere of the event and the camaraderie shown between exhibitors, organisers and visitors. ‘Our Fairground & Organ Weekend is a must for anyone who enjoys good old-fashioned entertainment,’ says Hollycombe Trustee Brian Gooding. ‘The many visiting rides and organs will be displayed in and around our traditional fairground to create a unique spectacle. The rides, models and displays appeal to all tastes – this is a true three-generation event, something that can be enjoyed by mums and dads, grandparents and grandchildren alike. We have a wide selection of organs attending from a small 14 note hand turned organ up to the big 89 key fairground organs. This year we have organs coming from as far afield as Shropshire, Doncaster and Cornwall to be with us, representing members of groups such as the Fairground Preservation Society, Mechanical Organ Owners Society and the British Organ Grinders Association. We will also be opening up our restoration works shed to display many of the models under cover. We have extended the number of models due to their popularity.’
Outside in the Fairground, the tunes from the vintage fairground organs will create a welcoming carnival atmosphere. With many of the organs dating back to the late 19th century, visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds that delighted our Victorian ancestors.
Brian notes: ‘Our exhibitors enjoy meeting our visitors and take great pleasure in seeing their excited faces. With steam, colour and music, there’s lots to see and do – make sure you bring a camera to record the spectacle!’
Visitors will also be able to enjoy Hollycombe’s other fairground rides including the famous Big Wheel and ride the Quarry Railway, whilst additional juvenile rides are planned added attractions. The weekend is great value as ticket holders will be able to return to Hollycombe on open days for a year and enjoy all the rides again, together with further planned events, including the Model Weekend on 1st-2nd September. Hollycombe has an extended summer opening season for 2018, opening from Tuesdays to Sundays between 31st July & 27th August (inc. Bank Holiday Monday).