‘No sensible offers’ for Carters Steam Fair

Carters Steam Fair

The owners of the vintage Carters Steam Fair have said that they are still looking for sensible offers for the attraction.

Back in April it was announced that the fair, which features ride designs from the 1890s to 1960s, was to end touring and also up for sale.

Last weekend, the Carter family brought the fair to its final tour stop, Reading’s Prospect Park, where from this Saturday it will run through to 30 October.

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

The fair’s current owners, Joby and Georgina Carter have been looking for a buyer and a permanent home for the attraction.

‘Hoping someone comes along’

A guide price of £2.5 million had been issued for the fair’s 13 rides and various game stalls, which is claimed to be the largest such collection in the world.

However, Joby told ITV News on Monday that no “sensible offer” had been received but believes that the fair would best be permanently sited and kept inside.

“We would happily run it ourselves if we thought that someone could help us find a location,” he said.

Carters Steam Fair
The fair has been running for 45 years

“We haven’t got the land and haven’t got the big shed. Is there someone out there who has an existing visitor attraction, who could add it to that place and give it a new lease of life?

“We’re hoping that someone will come along, be it a government body, a council, or a trust who believes it’s important and wants to carry it on.”

The Carters have previously said their tour has seen a “high footfall” this year since the retirement announcement back in the Spring.