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Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is a 45,000 square foot indoor attraction that provides a unique opportunity to view our Fairground Heritage in a beautiful rural location. It is a facility unique in the UK, designed to capture the magic of a bygone age through exhibits, vintage engineering and stunning artwork displays - offering a great day out for all the family. We have working rides and vintage stalls to make your experience complete.

There is free parking on site, a cafeteria, and picnic tables should you prefer to bring your own refreshments.

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Facilities

  • Parking available

    Parking Available

  • Toilets On-Site

    Toilets On-Site

  • Wheelchair access

    Wheelchair Access

  • Cafe on-site

    Refreshments On-Site

  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

Our Next Event

South West Organ Festival

South West Organ Festival

When: 03 May 2014 to 05 May 2014
Where: Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

Visiting Fair, Street and Dance Organs, Models, Trade Stands.

Fantastic Weekend For Fairground/Concert Organs and all Old Tyme Funfair Fans.
Models, Trade Stands. All the fun of the Vintage Fairground. Normal admission charges apply. Vintage rides at small additional cost.
List of organs attending will be announced nearer the date

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Our Collections

Our unique collection includes ten major rides including the Victorian Rodeo Switchback (the only spinning top switchback still in existence), examples of 1930s Dodgems, Noah's Ark and Skid rides, and a 1940s Ghost Train (these rides and some other attractions are operational), other rides currently under restoration.

There are superb displays of Fairground Art, Transport and Memorabilia, and large array of vintage stalls and shows.

 

The Victorian Rodeo Switchback

Believed to be the oldest working powered Fairground Ride, the Rodeo Switchback. The spectacular carved wooden cars, featuring stars of the silent screen, and some bizarre animal characters, date from the 1920s.

The Victorian Rodeo Switchback

The 1930s Dodgem ride

Our 1930s Dodgems were the largest track to ever travel in the UK, and feature some stunning artwork by Hall & Fowle added in the early 1950s.

The 1930s Dodgem ride

The 1930s Skid ride

The 1930s skid ride has recently been returned to full working order, following an extensive restoration project. The stunning artwork, by artist F G Fowle, dates from the 1960s.

The 1930s Skid ride

The 1940s Ghost Train

Our 1940s Ghost Train is a rare survivor, and the subject of a recent restoration project. The artwork is original, and by the well-know firm of Hall & Fowle, acknowledged masters of this craft.

The 1940s Ghost Train

The 1960s Vintage Arcade

Our 1960s arcade is an original example from the period and features a large collection of vintage slot machines from the 1940s-1970s.

The 1960s Vintage Arcade
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Our Latest news

  • Ella Eyre plays secret gig at Dingles

    04 April 2014

    Brit-award-winning singer Ella Eyre played a unique and intimate secret gig in rural Devon...read more

  • Oldest Ride features at Fairground Heritage Centre

    25 April 2013

    Joining the exhibits at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre this season is a set of Overboa...read more

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Museum Videos

  • Some of the vintage rides in operation at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

Admission & Prices

2014 opening times at the Fairground Heritage Centre:

Thursday 20 March until Monday 3 November.
Wednesdays - Mondays inclusive (closed Tuesdays).
Open all week during school holidays.
10:00 until 5:00. Last entry 4:00.

Free Parking and entry to our café and gift shop.

Admission prices for 2014
Adults £8 Child/Senior £6. Child under 3 years old free.
Family saver ticket £25 for two adults and up to four children.

NEW! Book online at least one day in advance and save 20% off our normal admission prices - Visit our secure online booking page by clicking our icon below

Vintage rides at extra cost (subject to availability, fares typically £1.00, £1.50 per car for dodgems).

Coaches welcome by arrangement.

Free parking and entry to cafeteria and gift shop.

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

The Fairground Heritage Centre, Milford
Lifton, DEVON PL16 0AT