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Latest Fun Fair News from Irvin Leisure

Fun Fair news from around the country.

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 COVID safety measure in place for Tiers 1,2 & 3

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.  

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, […]