Carters Steam Fair to end touring this year

Carters Steam Fair

The vintage travelling Carters Steam Fair will tour for the last time in 2022, its owners have announced.

Founded by John and Anna Carter in 1977, the fair features classic fairground rides and generally tours southern England each year.

The fair’s current owners, Joby and Georgina Carter, announced that the attraction is now looking for a buyer and a permanent home.

A statement said that the decision had been made after “much consideration and research”.

“Having toured our unique range of vintage fairground rides and vehicles around the UK for the last 45 years, it is now time for a new chapter.

“We are looking for a permanent home and a new owner for the fair,” it added.

The Carters said the fair attracted 100,000 people last year, and that all of its assets were in “immaculate” condition.

“We are now facing the reality that the best future for the fair is for it to be re-homed on a permanent site and operated by someone else,” the Carters said.

A guide price of £2.5 million has been issued for the fair’s 13 rides and various game stalls.

The Carters said it was time to “pass the baton” and let someone else “continue the magic”.

Joby Carter said he intends to continue with traditional signwriting art, which he also teaches through educational classes.