Latest Fun Fair Articles from Irvin Leisure
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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000npqt/who-do-you-think-you-are-series-17-2-david-walliams
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
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 […]
Our new London Xmas Funfair is just around the corner. Sat 5th Dec 2020 – Sun 3rd Jan 2021 More details to follow.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 www.irvinleisure.co.uk/track
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.
Astro slides now available for hire
Henry and Pride of London is the newest two additions to our fleet.
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” 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 […]
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.
“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 […]
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, […]
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 .
From candy floss to dodgems – buckle up for a rollercoaster ride through the history of the fair. https://www.bbc.co.uk/ideas/videos/a-nostalgic-spin-around-the-history-of-the-funfair/p087fpn9?playlist=leisure-and-pleasure
Our new Token Booths are ready to go!
A few pictures from the opening day of Winter Wonderland 2019 – open now 10am-10pm until 5th Jan 2020.
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.
Thank you to everyone who participated and good luck next year.
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-46030982
Natural History Museum 2019 features a Traditional Carousel and new addition this year is our brand new Alpine Sweet Unit
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.
We had the privilege of working with Topshop Oxford Street this year installing our Dodgem & Waltzer cars in their shop for 1 week.
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″]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org GOOD LUCK!
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
More on the history of the Irvin Family
A sad tribute to a good friend and colleague who we lost in April 2009
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.
Our summer contribution to the first class work undertaken by the Friends of Mile End Park in East London.
Below is the story from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham story on our Shepherds Bush Green Festival.
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.
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.
Our favourite park in North London
The ever popular London's Fair was held in Barham Park, Wembley for 2007/8 and here is a flavour of this fabulous festival
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!
A fascinating story of one man's talents in restoring a historic piece of fairground memorabilia.
Part of the Eulogy to George Irvin senior (George II), who sadly died in January 2007
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 Community as we report on some of the superb events in which we have been involved.
In March 2007 Irvin Leisure became the first company in this industry to pledge to become Carbon Neutral