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posted July 21st 2019

If you are looking for some family fun, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Carter’s Steam Fair. We recently went for a family visit when they came to Hemel Hempstead for a few days. Here we share with you our experience…

‘We decided to go to the fair early on the Saturday evening. We knew there was Fireworks planned for later in the evening so thought it would end off a great trip and it didn’t disappoint – they were fantastic!

When we arrived at the fair we were pleasantly surprised with how many rides there were. We were a group of mixed ages and the fair really did have something for all ages. From the little cars, train ride and airplanes for the little ones to dogdgems for the whole family and then the ghost train, waltzer and steam boat for the older ones, we were well catered for. There was also some good old side stalls and a few different places to grab a bite to eat.

We headed straight for the rides and we have to say the waltzer, which was called the ‘Whirl Around Twist’ was a firm favourite with the older ones. We were thrown about as it got faster and faster and the lovely man running the ride asked us all to shout out if we wanted to go faster – of course we did. Ten year old Jack was a bit apprehensive before he went on but to say he loved it was an understatement. He went back on a few times! Look at his smile…

A visit to the fair wouldn’t be complete without a go on the dodgems and it was just as much fun as I remember when I was younger. We had two in a car and the kids loved chasing each other around seeing if they could ‘bump’ each other. The adults controlled the pedal and we let the children steer (I am not sure that was a sensible decision but they loved it).

We stopped for a break and all enjoyed a variety of snacks, from doughnuts to sausage and chips, we all found something we liked. My fairground favourite has always been and still is, candy floss. It just wouldn’t be the same without it!

With our tummies full we decided to take it a bit easier and did some of the smaller rides and also enjoyed some of the side stalls. The coconut shy and cork shooting range showed us who the competitive ones were whilst the little ones were quite happy with the soft toys they won on Hook-a-Duck.

We then headed back to some of the bigger rides whilst the little ones settled down to watch the fireworks on the green. The older ones loved being on the rides whilst watching the fireworks which was just a lovely way to end the evening.

I didn’t know what to expect of the fair, they can often be loud and quite brash but there was most definitely a charm to this steam fair. The artwork on the rides, the real steam engine that powered the boats and the lovely lighting as the evening came in, really did make this a magical family experience. We will definitely be going back next time they are in town – we just hope we don’t have to wait too long.’

To see if the steam fair will be visiting a town near you, take a look at their website by clicking here.

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