Here’s a GPS trace of the Blackheath Funfair fencing. It’s the first time I can remember them fencing the funfair off, and several people have tweeted asking whether this is legal. I have no idea, but I suspect that the police would view it as not worth the bother, even if it isn’t… Much like the council’s attitude towards Foxtons and their illegal lighting.
Anyway, at least you’ve got a record of the first encroachment. So that when the funfair decides to declare the Independent People’s Republic of Fairgroundia, you can say that you remember where it began.
GPS trail made using the Trails app.
News from the liminal zone
UPDATE: For photos and prices of the current fun fair, see Blackheath Fun Fair 2011
The funfair has been back on the heath all weekend. Lots of people coming to the blog, looking for the opening times. Today (Monday) it is open from 12noon until 10pm. Spooky photo by flickr user superba_ (would have posted this even spookier one, but it’s copyrighted unfortunately).
UPDATE: This is an old post – for info about the funfair at the end of August 2010, go here!
There’s a fun fair on the Heath! It’s only a small one, and they’re still setting up as I write this, but it looks like a nice manageable size, not like some of the massive sprawling fairs over on the Greenwich end of the Heath. Definitely aimed at younger kids, there’s a mini helter-skelter, a merry go round, lots of inflatables, a bungee trampoline, a big wheel, as well as dodgems (as used by non-specific Royalty, see photo below) and other arcade-type attractions along the back row of the fair for adults/older kids.
It’s open from 12-9pm today, and 2-8pm on Sunday.
Here’s a Google map showing a GPS trace around the perimeter, and a few rides nearby:
(PS: Thanks to Mrs Bugle for looking after the blog during my trip away!)
“The gigantic machines of cheap jouissance that towered in the heath’s vast expanse, swinging screaming youth back and forth”
A great set of photos here by Flickr user R.I.Pienaar
Another set from last year here.
And the quote from the previously mentioned nastybrutalistandshort article – although I’m not sure exactly what jouissance is, and neither is Firefox…
Flickr user Emma Webb has posted some fantastic pictures of various fairground rides on the heath.
The funfair (near the Greenwich end of the heath) finished on Monday (I think?), so if you fancied eating too much candy floss, and feeling a bit ill on the Waltzer, you’ll have to make do with the photos…
It certainly looks more impressive in the dark than it did in the drizzle.
Mrs Bugle is officially lethal with a shot gun… What are we going to do with a load of tacky toys from the fun fair?! Seven shots out of seven!