When we were invited along to Carter’s Steam Fair at Maldon’s Promenade Park, I was instantly captivated by the history and creativity of it all. It’s a traditional vintage fair, with rides and stalls from the 1890s to 1960s and is a million times more fun and beautiful than more modern fairs I’ve been to in recent years. The pictures speak for themselves…
The atmosphere at Carter’s was just lovely – we got there fairly early to avoid the crowds and enjoyed spending some time wandering around, listening to the rock ‘n’ roll music that was playing and admiring the sign-writing and restoration of many of the rides. Erin did find the noise of the rides and music a bit overwhelming (she’s particularly sensitive to sound) but seemed to forget her troubles as she whizzed round on the Toy Town cars. Across the fair there were rides for all ages, from a small train ride that parents can go on with their little ones to waltzers and dodgems and even a ghost train. If I went back without children in tow, I would DEFINITELY be hopping aboard the Steam Yacht! The Swingboats are also particularly nostalgic for me, with many memories of childhood holidays at the caravan, so I’d love a go of these some time too.
Overall, we picked a scorcher of a day to visit Carter’s Steam Fair and will definitely be returning to Hook a Duck and enjoy the Steam Gallopers – a brilliant day for all the family.
*Ride passes and refreshments were provided in exchange for a review.