The fair at Gloucester Park opened on Saturday and we went along to see what it was like and how it had changed in the light of Covid-19.
I headed there for the 2pm opening and even though the park was quiet, there was a buzz of anticipation in the air as the attractions began whirring into motion.
Lots of children were wandering through the outdoor space in groups and gazing at the various scramblers, Tilt-A-Whirls and stalls dotted around the outdoor arena.
Noteworthy attractions included the drop tower and the swing ride that loom high in the sky.
Far too rich for my sensibilities – I could feel my heart pounding as I imagined my anxiety of the ride shooting me through the air.
In front of every ride there was hand sanitiser available, plus there were various workers walking around in facemasks.
One of the organisers, William Wilson, 44, said: “There are lots of differences: sanitation; social distancing; the cleanliness on the rides themselves, they have all been coated with Zoono which is a surface sanitiser.
“I feel safer here than I do in my own home to be honest with you!”
Mr Wilson said it’s a family business and he is the fourth generation of fair organisers, he is the son of director of operations Emily Wilson.
Mr Wilson added that fair workers only had to wear face masks on a voluntary basis.
Dodgems worker Gerald Watton, who was wearing a face mask, said: “It is hot but I’m wearing it for my protection and everyone else’s protection. I wear it wherever I go.”
Mr Watton added that he was excited to see everyone on the rides
With concerns still looming over a second outbreak, fellow worker Martin Coles said about the fair going ahead: “It’s got to be done, hasn’t it? People still have to make money at the end of the day.”
With that sentiment in mind, I decided to venture in to the fun fair.
It was getting busier and customers were beginning to go on the rides.
I decided to board Freddy’s Revenge, similar to a Tilt-A-Whirl which spins the spins the occupants around in a carriage.
I felt like a grade-A plonker boarding the ride which was taken up by children. About a third of the carriages were in use.
It cost £1.50 and I was left to my own devices when getting in to the carriage, I had to put the bar down myself which required a couple of slams.
It began by propelling me backwards and then forwards.
Fairly basic but it has been so long since I have been on any type of amusement ride that I did enjoy myself. Although I felt slightly sick and dizzy by the end of it.
I regained my composure and headed over to the ball toss where one has to knock down a set of cups to win a prize.
It was £3 for three attempts and £5 for six, and I stood back and watched as others took part.
A young girl picked up a light fluffy ball and threw it at the heavier metal cups. The first throw was was way off.
Although the second attempt wasn’t too bad, she hit the cups but the ball bounced off them. On her third attempt she managed to knock one down.
Her next three attempts failed abysmally but she wandered away with her father happily.
I decided to visit Monkey World next, I was really intrigued to see what was inside.
It looked like a child-friendly haunted house type of attraction where you enter and walk through a series of obstacles.
Again, I felt very silly as an adult going in to this attraction – but I thought, in for a penny, in for a pound – it cost £1.50.
Once I got to the top, four floors up, I got to look at the stunning view of the fair from the fair above. The sight of all the attractions was quite heart-warming.
I went down the slide with some difficulty, I had to push myself down as it just wasn’t slippy enough. It was a disappointing experience –if I was a child, I reckon that it would have been even more anticlimactic.
As I was exiting the fairground, I watched as teenagers and adults rode the dodgems.
There were some parents with their children who seemed to be having lots of fun.
The fair is back over the next two weekends.
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