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ABOUT THE DINGLES FAIRGROUND HERITAGE CENTRE

The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is home to the National Fairground Collection and the Fairground Heritage Trust. It is a facility unique in the UK. There are superb displays of Fairground Art and Memorabilia, and large array of vintage rides, stalls and shows. Our vintage fairground rides operate at special events and at some other times – please check before visiting. Additional charges may apply. There will be special themed events throughout the season, in addition to which we are open from April to October, every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Come along and pay us a visit – it’s a great day out for all the family.

The Fairground Heritage Centre houses a number of working fairground rides

The Rodeo Switchback was originally built in 1880.

The museum boasts stunning displays of artwork

The museum boasts stunning displays of artwork

Some of the banners on display are things of beauty

Many old showland families are represented at the museum.

Come and see how show people lived and travelled

Experience the thrill of steam power on the fairground

Experience the thrill of steam power on the road

Also on show is more modern fairground transport

And let's not forget the music that once made for such a great atmosphere

Stay tuned with the Compton Theatre Organ

There's no need to fear what's on show

Some of the things you'll see will make you smile

A lot of what's on offer you don't see anymore, like this old boxing show

And where else in the country will you see craftsmanship like this?

You could be riding one of these little beautys

Or how about riding in one of these?

But you are not likely to be riding one of these

Many of the displays are restoration work in progress

The Fairground Heritage Centre is all about a great day out!

What’s on Offer?

 Nestling in the West Devon Countryside, the Fairground Heritage Centre offers over 45,000 square feet of indoor displays and provides a unique opportunity to view our Fairground and Industrial Heritage in a beautiful rural location. Working and static fairground exhibits, industrial and road steam engines, vintage vehicles, roadsigns, and assorted vintage machinery offer a fun and informative day out for all the family.

  • Less than a mile off the main A30 dual carriageway west of Okehampton, with excellent access for coaches.
  • Free parking.
  • Free entry to the cafeteria that is open all day for coffee, lunches and cream teas. The cafeteria also contains our gift shop and toilet facilities.
  • Children’s play area.
  • Picnic area.

Vintage fairground rides operate at special events and at some other times – please check before visiting. Additional charges may apply.