One of the eccentric Great War-era mounts
THE ELECTRIC SCENIC DOBBIES
A set of dobbies (pronounced 'doe-bees') is an early type of roundabout, where the mounts hang from the ceiling on poles rather than being fixed to a platform. It's one of the oldest forms of roundabout in Britain, and is a simple 'round-and-round' ride (it has no up and down movement). The eclectic mounts on our set include running cockerels, hungry-looking pigs, horses, motor vehicles, and curious Lord Kitchener centaurs!
Our Dobbies were made by Halstead, of Sowerby Bridge in Yorkshire, who were well known makers of juvenile (children's) rides towards the end of the 19th century. This set, which we bought in Ireland in the 1980s, dates from around 1910, and it features shields with scenic paintings of birds by Anna Carter.
Who can ride, and what does it cost?
The Dobbies is a children's ride, and is suitable for pre-school children and toddlers. It costs 4 tokens per person to ride. Prices may be subject to change.
Buy tokens in advance online, and get FREE RIDES!
|Hire the Dobbies
If you are interested in hiring the Dobbies, please click here for more information. The Dobbies takes about 2 hours to build up and measures approximately 14 feet in diameter. Please be aware that you will need a good level ground and clear enough access to get on to the site. It is hand-cranked but can be run on electricity.