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Ansar Youth Project

Roe Green Family Funfair 2022 “A huge thank you to @irvin.funfairs for giving the young people in AYP an amazing experience. We had so much fun and cannot wait to come again! For more information about the Ansar Youth Project in Wembley visit

Albion at Hampton Court Funfair

“From Garry Stewart”  Albion was made 1944 but never used and when the army released this in 1967 George Irvin’s purchased this and used it to around 1978. To all the people who don’t know, and the few that do. In August 2021 I sold my beloved Albion. I wasn’t actively looking to sell the […]

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Blue Peter Celebrates The Showman’s Guild of Great Britain Centenary 1989

Great event at Kings Cross

Sometimes we are fortunate enough to take part in some wonderful festivals, and one such was in the concourse of the new Kings Cross Station in the very heart of London. We can only praise the imagination and courage of the team from Network Rail who put this together and thank all those technical staff […]

Standon Calling Festival 2021

Standoners! Where do we begin… What a groundbreaking and thoroughly joyous 3.5 days of music, comedy and family entertainment we had! The thrill and excitement of being back in the field after two years apart, of being together with you and the memorable sets from all artists involved will be unforgettable. Thanks to an incredible […]

Fair at Fort Nelson

Hi George,   I just wanted to email as promised to say a massive thank you to everyone that was involved with the fair at Fort Nelson. It was a huge hit with the visitors, and there were several comments from visitors about how nice the staff were 😊   The event worked well, something […]

Amersham Charter Funfair 2021

Some photos from the opening day at Amersham Charter Funfair 2021. Great to see this community coming together through this difficult time.  

World Fun Fair Month

World Fun Fair month is a month of celebrating the past, raising awareness for the present and protecting the future of all Fairgrounds and Fun Fairs internationally. Please support your local Fun Fair! #future4fairgrounds

Helter Skelter at Silverstone 2021

Silverstone 2021

Radio Jackie Prize Winner Announced

Congratulations to Jane Sweeney and her family on being one of the prize winners of a day of fun at Hampton Court Funfair! “Dear Jan Just thought I would drop you an email to thank Radio Jackie for a great day out at George Irvin’s fair at Hampton Court, which I won the competition last […]

COVID-19 safety measures in place complies with new Government Guidance

At Irvin Leisure your safety is our no.1 priority which is why we have made significant changes to our setup and protocols, this is the new standard with all our fairs moving forward to give you confidence and reassurance while supporting our NHS.  

Cultural Fairs Exciting News

via GIPHY Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings joy to everyone.  The UK leads the world in the creative industries and we can all feel pride in that. Now, in these challenging times, it’s our turn to show our support for culture.  With an unprecedented investment through the Culture Recovery Fund, the government  is […]

Eco Friendly Posters

As one of the major Funfair companies in the UK we understand our recycling obligations. Our posters are now completely eco friendly, printed on recyclable material using water based inks.    

Speedway History

Hi George, hope you are all well. I read something on facebook a short while ago about your speedway and the size of the centre island. I have some of Philip Bradley’s notes, he lived in Epsom and recorded London fairs from the mid 30’s, and is usually reliable. He says your grandad George had […]

Photoshoot at Clapham Common

Despite Clapham Common being cancelled we had the very unique opportunity of working with some great professionals who wanted to use our setting for their work. Photo credit Instagram: stoyanovjones    

Clapham Common Festive Funfair Cancelled

Due to a rise in Coronavirus cases in Lambeth, we’ve had to cancel the Festive Funfair we were scheduled to run at Clapham Common from 18th December until 31st December.   Though we’ve run COVID-19 Secure Funfairs this year, Irvin Leisure along with the local authority & Public Health England have had to cancel to limit […]

Lee Valley Festive Funfair Cancelled

Due to a rise in Coronavirus cases in Waltham Forest, we’ve had to cancel the Festive Funfair we were scheduled to run at Lee Valley Ice Rink Centre from 12th December until 3rd Jan.   Though we’ve run COVID-19 Secure Funfairs this year, the local authority asked us to cancel as part of their plans to […]

Festive Funfairs confirmed after lockdown!

Two of our favourite Funfairs are back from 12th December 2020 running right through to January. Plan your trip with your family and loved ones this festive period. All our fairs are suitable for adults and children and COVID-19 secure while also complying with tier 2 & 3 COVID-19 regulations.

Supporting A Crystal Palace Christmas

We are pleased to be supporting A Crystal Palace Christmas! Please get involved by making a donation if you can afford to so everyone in the community can share in the happiness and joy of A Crystal Palace Christmas. Visit #crystalpalacefestival #crystalpalacechristmas #crystalpalace

Disabled Friendly

All of George Irvin’s Funfairs are disabled friendly and you’re more than welcome to join us. When you arrive you will be greeted by friendly staff to assist you if you require it.

New rides at Lee Valley Funfair

New rides are now operating at our Lee Valley Funfair. Open to the public from 7th Aug – 31st Aug (Fri-Mon) only. E20 3AD Parking available at the Hockey Centre. Register at  

Part of our Heritage

  Our past Victorian Funfairs part our our heritage Funfairs over the last 200 years, steeped in history.

Happy Halloween at Clapham Common

Thank you to everyone who participated in this years Fright Night competition. Below are some of our favourite images. Winner will be announced privately & the runners up will be emailed FREE tokens for the upcoming Xmas Funfair!  

Create a TikTok and win £100!

For all you TiKToK lovers out there, create a TikTok video at Clapham Common and tag us on TikTok at Irvin.funfairs for your chance to win £100! Winner announced Monday 2nd November 2020. Good luck!

TiKToK in style

David Walliams Travelling Showmen’s heritage

Lovely to see David Walliam’s Travelling Showmen’s heritage on Who do you think you are? You can watch it on the BBC iPlayer  

Putting the fun in fair

Putting the fun in fair @irvin.funfairs Impressed by the ride hygiene, socially distanced attractions and speedy contactless payments. Well worth a half term visit if you’re in the capital Photo Credit IG: Lucy Brookes

Outside Bars

We need to make Restaurants, Pubs, Bars and the rest of the Hospitality industry aware who are finding it hard to trade under the new COVID-19 restrictions that we can help keep trading. Normally we have over 25 sets of Dodgems operating with many of you at Xmas Parties, unfortunately we have none of this business […]

London Xmas Funfair

Our new London Xmas Funfair is just around the corner.  Sat 5th Dec 2020 – Sun 3rd Jan 2021 More details to follow.

Clapham Common Funfair Extended!

  NEW DATES ADDED! Clapham Common – SW4 9AP. Extended dates: Sat 17th Oct – Sun 1st Nov (CLOSED 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd) EVERYDAY 50% OFF ride tokens for NHS workers and HALF PRICE tokens on weekdays! Every night is fright night so come along in your best costume and email a picture to […]

COVID safe at Clapham Common

Just some of our transport today at the Clapham Common Funfair operating now until the 12th Oct, so come along in groups of no more than six and enjoy yourselves.

Summer fun at the Fair

stylegrimoires: Instagram “It felt so good to escape the doom and gloom & experience some good old fashioned summer fun on yesterdays date night at the funfair. I don’t know if its because of current times but everyone was radiating pure joy in the experience, I could feel it pulsating off strangers & echoing off […]

Have confidence at our fairs

Why have confidence at Irvin Leisure fairs? As well as social distancing measures, significant changes to our setup, protocols & hand sanitiser stations, we also use Zoono Surface Sanitiser which significantly reduces the spread of harmful bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. It’s innovative technology can last for up to 30 days on treated surfaces and […]

Astro Slides

Astro slides now available for hire  

Henry and Pride of London the new additions to the fleet

Henry and Pride of London is the newest two additions to our fleet.    

Black Lives & other Communities Matter

Silverstone Classic 30th July – 1st Aug 2021

Irvin Leisure are pleased to be apart of Silverstone Classic from 30th July until 1st Aug 2021. The packed weekend of the Silverstone Classic provides spectacular classic motor racing on the world famous full Grand Prix Circuit, impressive track parades, infield displays from over 120 car clubs featuring more than 10,000 classic cars, plus interactive […]

“What a Party”

“What a Party” This was in Olympia Exhibition Hall on Fri 22 Dec 1967 as I was there with Dad who supplied the Funfair. On the day of the event unfortunately there was a bus strike so very few members of the public actually turned up to the event. But it turned into a massive […]

Picnicking at the Paxton Corner

Sunday Afternoon Picnicking at the Paxton Corner in Crystal Palace Park with thanks to the George Irvin Funfair Folk for maintaining its white appearance each the Annual Funfair attends. John Greatrex at Crystal Palace Heritage.  

No.1 Hit Song Filmed at a Funfair

“Lola’s Theme”  –  the debut hit of  British House Duo the Shapeshifters (Simon Marlin and Swedish producer Max Reich, from Gothenburg) went straight into the UK charts at number one on its release on 12 July 2004… The video was shot at George Irvin’s Funfair at Clapham Common, featuring his arcade,  David Irvin’s Hellraiser Waltzer […]

Supporting our NHS

Irvin Leisure’s staff are always looking for ways to help during this Pandemic and one member taking the initiative is our Graphic Designer Shane Clark who has signed up to the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme to help in the fight against the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Over 750,000 people have already joined up to the initiative, […]

Leicestershire Cricket Club Fireworks Display

We were very happy to work with Leicestershire Cricket Club for their annual Fireworks Display and look forward to working with them in the future. A few images from the event .

A nostalgic spin around the history of the Funfair

From candy floss to dodgems – buckle up for a rollercoaster ride through the history of the fair.

Staying safe during Coronavirus

A message on Coronavirus

New Tokens Booths

  Our new Token Booths are ready to go!

Winter Wonderland 2019

A few pictures from the opening day of Winter Wonderland 2019 – open now 10am-10pm until 5th Jan 2020.

Fright Night Competition 2019 Winner

A huge congratulations to Riley as the winner of this years Fright Night Competition on his impersonation of Pennywise! Thanks to all that participated and good luck next year.

Fright Night Competition

Thank you to everyone who participated and good luck next year. 

Armistice Day

Armistice Day   As in the First World War many showmen enlisted in the forces including the President of the Guild Charles Thurston who joined the RAF and became Flight Lieutenant and Jimmy Chipperfield who became a fighter pilot. In the History of the Showmen’s Guild, 1939 –1948, Thomas Murphy estimates that over 1,000 showpeople […]

Peaky Blinders Festival

  The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival was a blinder of a street party – full of Peakys! We had the pleasure of supplying a stage carousel and we’re looking forward to next year!

Silverstone Classic Announced

Irvin Leisure are pleased to be apart of Silverstone Classic 2020. The packed weekend of the Silverstone Classic provides spectacular classic motor racing on the world famous full Grand Prix Circuit, impressive track parades, infield displays from over 120 car clubs featuring more than 10,000 classic cars, plus interactive driving activities and dynamic demonstrations. There’s […]

£500 donation to the Mayor of Kingston

During the Kingston Ultimate Funfair £500 was raised through wristband profits and this has been donated to the Mayor of Kingston’s Charitable Trust (which in 2019/20 is supporting 2 local charities: KCIL and Oxygen. It is our continued commitment to support Local Councils and their charities wherever possible.

Helter Skelter at Norwich Cathedral

Before the day is out, I must pay tribute to a colleague in the entertainment business and Showman George Irvin –  for working with The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick –  in producing this wonderfully uplifting publicity message for all concerned and the public generally –  at Norwich Cathedral for the last […]

Helter Skelter at Norwich Cathedral

George Irvin and his company Irvin leisure were very proud to be invited to install a Helter Skelter at Norwich Cathedral recently, this Helter Skelter has such a rich history as our great grandfather James Irvin started this business in the the 1800’s.   We have operated seven of these helter-skelter‘s since the 1900’s so […]

Irvin Leisure supports St. John’s Hospice

Irvin Leisure was proud to be apart of such a great occasion and helping with raising money for St. Johns Hospice and looking forward to future events.

Money raised for Princess Alice Hospice

Fair’s fares for Hospice funds Hundreds of people were taken for a ride over the Easter break – and they even paid for the privilege. A special charity day at Hampton Court Green funfair raised a whopping £2,000 for Princess Alice Hospice – the profits from a rides discount wristband scheme. Funfair boss George Irvin, […]

Roller Skate Rinks

From Hire to Purchase we’ve got you covered With years of experience, trust us to supply and install the perfect roller rink for your chosen event Roller skating is an excellent way of combining fun and fitness. If you’re looking to get your guests socialising, communicating and exercising, it’s the perfect activity! Hiring a roller […]

Norwich Cathedral to feature fairground helter skelter

A full-size helter skelter is to be installed in Norwich Cathedral in August to give people a different view of the inside of the building. Read the full article

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum 2019 features a Traditional Carousel and new addition this year is our brand new Alpine Sweet Unit

Funds raised for Brent Council

Our Summer Fairs and events raised £1,000 for Brent Council and George Irvin presented a cheque to the Mayor, Cllr Arshad Mahmood, Thomas Cattermole, Head of Executive and Members Services and the Governance Team recently.    

Topshop Oxford Street

We had the privilege of working with Topshop Oxford Street this year installing our Dodgem & Waltzer cars in their shop for 1 week.   

Fright Night Winner 2018

Congratulations to Renad Ahmedali the Winner of our Funfair Fright Night 2018 Competition. Thank you to all who took part and good luck next year!   ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

Fright Nights 2018

  A reminder that every night is fright night at our Crystal Palace and Roundwood Park Funfairs, £500 prize for the best costume. Email your image taken at the Funfair along with your name, address & telephone number to GOOD LUCK!

Funds raised at Queensbury Park Ultimate Funfair for Mayor’s Charities

This year we had the great opportunity to work with Harrow Council and Mayor, Cllr Kareema Marikar at the Queensbury Park Family Funfair and raised £500 for the Mayor’s chosen charities, Firm Foundation & The Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. We look forward to working with Harrow Council and Mayor, Cllr Kareema Marikar in the future.

Kidbrooke Village Summer Fete

Hi Everyone,   We would just like to thank you all for coming to the Kidbrooke Village Summer Fete and making it such a success. The event was attended by hundreds of local residents who had a fantastic day which was all down to you! We look forward to having you at the event next […]

St Johns Hospice Easter Fayre raises more than £45,000

We always take part in the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth annual fetes and festivals that raise much needed funds for this magnificent establishment. That is why we were delighted to read the press release below, celebrating their success at the recent event staged on March 21st and 22nd 2015. Thousands enjoyed fun […]

Ecology v Economy? Not at Irvin Leisure

The great environmental campaigner Kermit the Frog once mused in song “It’s not easy being green” and how appropriate that was for him, fighting off the rather amorous advances of Miss Piggy, but for Irvin Leisure it is possible. We are often asked about progress on our ground breaking, though not literally we insist, Environmental […]

A part of our history rediscovered.

In the 50s and 60s, the Irvin Family owned and operated a fantastic and popular Brooklands Speedway track, and below you can learn all about these rides. A similar ride to the hugely successful Dodgem, the Brooklands Speedway track (sometimes called a Rally Track) was introduced in the late 1930s – aspiring to the famous […]

A fascinating history of our Antique Austin Car Ride

AUSTIN J 40 It was in 1943 that Parliament passed an act that recognised that many miners were been struck down with what the miners called “The Dust” (pneumoconiosis’s). The Government decided to encourage employers to give ex-miners employment. Leonard Lord had taken this to heart and decided that those (in this case South Wales […]

Another family photo

Another one from the family archives. Right to left as you look at this photo, taken in Poplar Road in Ashford at the family home from around 1960, are George and his brothers and sister, John, David and Lillian Irvin. The car on which they sit was George’s grandfather’s new Vauxhall Cresta, he first in […]

A poetical tribute to our family history, circa 1950.

Henley Regatta   (Anonymous….any help to trace the author would be appreciated.) Regatta time comes once a yearThe Traylen-Irvin crowd are hereWith fair so large,, well that we know,The two combine to do the show. Trailers, lorries, diesels tooCaravans of every hueAn old red lorry with starry bonnetWith “Thrills galore” all painted on it. The Irvin […]

We shall remember them!

As you will know, the First World War started 100 years ago and this is a time when we all look back and think of those brave soldiers who went to war to help create our future. Millions from many countries did not return and their sacrifice, and that of their families, is something we […]

Irvin Leisure on the curriculum.

  We love to hear from schools who are undertaking projects related to funfairs as they are such an important part of leisure and have been for hundreds of years. We know that a lot of young people are doing projects for GCSE as many of them email us and ask for information which we […]

We have found an old friend.

  From time to time I wonder if anyone ever reads our website, and then we hear from people who have indeed done so and found something out that excites them! One such occasion was when we heard from Australia about Mary Ann Wright who is shown on the Irvin Family history stories on this […]

Friends from the fairground world

From time to time George Irvin has a break from bringing you great value family entertainment, and here he is with some fairground friends relaxing in a health spa (or is it a bar? Didn’t quite catch what he said) Memories of a great night out.

More Irvin Family History Information.

Wanted to share with you some correspondence between Steve Smith who is Editor of the Fairground Society and our friend Malcolm Gill:   Hi Steve I delved into your details of James Irvin and his four sons James, George, Henry and William. Here’s what I have. James Abraham Irvin married Elizabeth Young 27 Sep 1842 […]

Did anyone notice it has rained lately?

You may not have noticed but over the past few weeks there has been a drop of rain or two, so we thought we could show you some images from fairs around the country. When we think we have had a bad time recently, we just look at these from Newcastle!

Proud to be at Pride House

Great news of a brave step by Lambeth Council who have given a licence for the Pride House Festival, to be staged on Clapham Common for the period of the summer Olympics. Pride House is a celebration of the LGBT communities in London, and there will be wide mix of music, entertainment and our superb […]

Fighting Fit and Boxing Clever

Another branch of the family that now lead towards George Irvin is the Stewart family whose life in fairgrounds dates back to the 1930s. In fact the Stewarts were boxers with a tradition of professional boxing and running boxing booths in fairs dating back to the Great War of 1914 to 1918. Perhaps the most […]

Some more tales from the Irvin Family History

We have just come across some press cuttings related to the Irvin family history and links to the past and wanted to share them with our loyal reader. First of all, the next George Irvin is a direct descendant of Frank Wilson, described in the press upon his sad death (fortunately not from a hungry […]

More Irvin Family News

  Over the past week alone we have heard from members of the Irvin family who have come across our website and tracked us down. We are always delighted to learn more from people who read these articles (and it is nice to know that someone, somewhere, actually is!) so this is what they sent. […]

We learn news about an old family friend

    Very recently George Irvin was overseeing the arrival of his popular family fair in Bow, and met Hannah who has since sent us fascinating news about her much loved Grandfather. Here is her email below, a wonderful story and thank you for sharing this with us. My Name is Hannah, we met on […]

Stay Open for Business

So here we are in August in Britain with headlines blazing as wildly as the fires that blighted our cities over the past few days. How depressing did I find it walking down London’s High Streets yesterday afternoon to see shops closed and shuttered and to find all football matches cancelled across the city.

Another update on the Irvin Family History

Now here is the latest news! A very good friend of ours, Raymond Foster, has sent the following email to us: Following on from our telephone conversation here is the Family Tree so far: William Irvin born 1803 in Mitcham, Surrey married Martha born 1806 in Hackney, Middlesex. They had the following children all of […]

Update on Irvin Family History

More on the history of the Irvin Family

Farewell to our friend Chris Talbot

A sad tribute to a good friend and colleague who we lost in April 2009

Forthcoming Book Includes Irvin Engines

In February 2009 a new book, being written by Kay Townsend, will be published giving the important story of Showmen's Engines during the war, and our readers are invited to contribute.

Larks in the Park

Our summer contribution to the first class work undertaken by the Friends of Mile End Park in East London.

Shepherds Bush Festival is great success – see what the Council said!

Below is the story from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham story on our Shepherds Bush Green Festival.

Historic Hendon Pageant on June 14th and 15th 2008

Irvin Leisure is delighted to have been invited to bring an Edwardian Period Fair to be part of the historic Hendon Air Pageant at the RAF Museum on June 14th and 15th 2008.

I Was There When a Leisure Philosophy Was Born

An affectionate, if slightly tongue in cheek, tribute to the new Minister for London and the person who brought the Olympic Games to Britain from a long time friend.

Barham Park, our favourite place in London

Our favourite park in North London

A Great Time Had by all at London’s Fair

The ever popular London's Fair was held in Barham Park, Wembley for 2007/8 and here is a flavour of this fabulous festival

Why Irvin Leisure Fairs Are Safe

A brief article summarising the key safety policies followed by Irvin Leisure to ensure our guests not only have a great time but a safe time too!

Fairground Organ is Bridge from Past to New Carousel

A fascinating story of one man's talents in restoring a historic piece of fairground memorabilia.

A tribute to a great showman. George Irvin

Part of the Eulogy to George Irvin senior (George II), who sadly died in January 2007

GOSH! You know it makes Sense! Meet some of the charities we are proud to support

Some information on charities we support, including GOSH for Great Ormond Street Hospital, Sense, chosen charity of Councillor Dawn Somper the Mayor of Camden, who work with those who suffer from Deaf Blindness; plus details on others with whom we work throughout the year.

Irvin Leisure Celebrates Britain’s Multi Cultural Society

Irvin Leisure Celebrates Britain's Multi-Cultural Community as we report on some of the superb events in which we have been involved.

Carbon Neutral Policy Announced

In March 2007 Irvin Leisure became the first company in this industry to pledge to become Carbon Neutral