Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Lifton

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre overview

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is an indoor attraction devoted to the fairgrounds of yesteryear. Have a go on rides dating from the 1930s and try out the ghost train if you're brave enough. There are also lots of historical fairground exhibits to look around. Take an apple with you to try in the special apple peeling machine! The special fairground events are especially worth seeing. This ... museum used to feature steam engines but there are few on display now, the staff here still restore steam engines from around the world.
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Emily O
107 Reviews
7 Compliments

Enjoy the fair how it used to be

27 Aug 2012
Visited with: Infant, Child
Brilliant family fun and perfect for a rainy day, Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is tucked away in a Devon valley and you'd hardly know it was there. The museum is housed in two buildings. The first holds a range of fairground memorabilia from a bygone age with the chance to play on some old slot machines (2p a go! take some change with you) and sit on rides. It's fascinating to look around and may jog some memories for people old enough to remember a traditional fairground. There are some children's activities and interactive features here too. The second building is where all the fun is to be had: it's a traditional fairground all undercover. You can ride the dodgems, the ghost train and some rides dating from the 1930s. The super sonic slider still goes very fast 80 years on and our six year old loved it. There are also more old slot machines here and traditional stalls such as hooking the ducks and a coconut shy. We found the staff really friendly and helpful. The children loved it and we all had lots of fun - there's something to appeal to all ages here. There's a cafe and small gift shop, clean toilets and baby change and access is easy with a pushchair/wheelchair. Outside is a picnic area and play area. We spent three and a half hours here and you can return for free during the year.
95 Reviews
5 Compliments

dodgems and steam engines

30 Aug 2010
Visited with:
Perfect for a gently activity with grandparents in tow, this would pass maybe an hour or two, perhaps breaking up a long journey. It's signposted off the A30 between Exeter and Launceston, and it's £7 for adults and a fiver for children, but under-3s are free. Bring a picnic as there are benches and a nice area to sit outside the museum itself. There's also a cafe and the cakes looked divine. Train spotters paradise inside the museum, as you take in engine after engine - my son was open-mouthed most of the time. It didn't take too long to get around though, and then we had a few goes on the dodgems (lovely vintage ones, not just any old dodgems!) which was roughly £1 a go, and three goes was enough. Special events here are centered around weekends and include a carol concert at Christmas time. There's a small gift shop, here, too.