Yes, just as the hand painted sign boards promise, we were here ...
...for both the Munchkin and his ancient parents!
Steady on, though...
Ah, what the heck!
Carter's Steam Fair is based in Buckinghamshire and always visits Dulwich Village for a couple of weekends at the start of June. The rest of the time, some other lucky places are home for the Fair and its not just the rides which are traditional. Many of the travelling folk live in these fabulous showman's wagons.
Each ride is hauled by its own vintage lorry (some of which do now have generators on the back to power those rides which are no longer steam powered).
However, several of the rides are still powered by true vintage steam engines which are around 100 years old. Yorky still powers the swing boats.
Oh, my favourite! I just love the Gallopers. The majority of the horses are the original wooden ones and all are beautifully hand painted and gilded. This is one of the rides I will actually go on. My stomach cannot cope with many of the others!
Whilst you ride up and down on your trusty steed, watching the rest of the fairground whizz by, you are delighted by the sounds of the original fairground organ which has survived from the late 19th Century.
Ah, someone else loves the Gallopers, too.
Above your head are these skillfully painted boards featuring centuries old monarchs of England. A chance to catch up on one's history?
With our feet firmly on the ground, it was time to change up a few pounds for some old pennies. Into the amusement arcade we go.
There's no chance of getting me on this one! However, I did enjoy watching the swing boats whizz back and forth, revealing the wonderful Union Jack underneath. Rule Britannia indeed!
Ready for some rock'n'roll? The boys were eager to dive onto the dodgems which is always great fun. Each car is named after a singing legend from the era and brilliant rock'n'roll music adds to the fun.
Phew! Need a little refreshment? Have you ever seen such a fabulous ice cream van? Not bad for a 55 year old?
Its history is marvellous. The steam fair saved it from near dereliction in a farmer's field.
Or perhaps you'd prefer some candy floss? (Better not tell the dentist!)
If you are ever lucky enough to have the Carter's Steam Fair set up close by, we cannot recommend a visit highly enough!