A brand new funfair and food festival is coming to York this spring
Fun seekers and food lovers have another thing to look forward to as lockdown eases – a brand new event coming to York.
The York Spring Fair & Food Festival will bring together one of the largest vintage funfairs seen in the region, and a food festival showcasing artisan products from Yorkshire and beyond.
The festival will take place in the Clocktower Enclosure at York Racecourse from Friday 28 May to Sunday 6 June, which will coincide with the Spring bank holiday weekend and school half-term week.
The event is a collaboration between two York-based, family-owned companies: Coopers Marquees and Jamboree Entertainment.
The vintage funfair will showcase unique collection of restored vintage rides from the golden era of fairgrounds, including a 1936 Speedway, a rare Brooklands Dodgems from 1937, a 1930s Chair-o-Plane, as well as classic funfair favourites.
Co-producer James Cundall, CEO of Jamboree Entertainment said: “It’s exciting to be able to put together a vintage funfair on a scale that hasn’t been seen in York for decades.
“The rides are visually stunning with artwork going back almost 90 years. There will be rides and game stalls for all ages, so it’s a great opportunity to get out and have fun in a Covid 19-compliant environment.”
The food festival will be comprised of approximately 40 artisan food and drink producer stalls.
Co-producer Johnny Cooper, boss of Coopers Marquees, said “As we emerge from the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 lockdown we are thrilled to be staging one of the first events in Yorkshire that will place the very best Yorkshire products before an audience hungry for an exciting day out.”
The York Spring Fair & Food Festival will be open daily from 10.00am until 6.00pm. Organisers say the event will conform to all prevailing government guidelines regarding Covid-19.
Admission is £3 for adults, with children aged 12 and under free. This excludes rides and game stalls, which cost £3 per person.
From every admission ticket, £1 will be donated to Ryedale Special Families which supports families with disabled children and young people.
Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 30 March. Booking in advance is recommended as numbers will be restricted due to Covid regulations. If unsold, tickets can be purchased at the gate.
For more information and to book your tickets, please visit the The York Spring Fair & Food Festival website. Food or drink suppliers interested in taking a pitch at the event should email [email protected].