THE SENSATIONAL GIANT OCTOPUS
The Giant Octopus was built in 1961 by Hayes Fabrication of Warwick (who also made the Skid and the Austin Cars); it's an English machine based on American 1935 Lusse design. As the name suggests, a number of arms swing round a central post, rising and falling as they go. On the end of each arm is a pod which can turn a stomach-churning 360º. Imagine how thrilling this must have been in 1935! Despite its age, still has the same effect now, even with today's world-weary teenagers.
Built originally for Tom Smith, who also owned the Skid, the Octopus had been kept in storage for much of its life due to a dispute. Because of this, it's believed to be the best surviving example in its original form – originally decorated by the famed fairground decorators Billy Hall and Fred Fowle, most of the paintwork is by Fowle, with some touch-ups and repaints by Bobby Ayres and Seth Carter.
Who can ride, and what does it cost?
The Giant Octopus is suitable for people over 1.1m tall and costs 5 tokens per person. Prices may be subject to change.
Buy tokens in advance online, and get FREE RIDES!
|Hire the Octopus
If you are interested in hiring the Octopus, please click here for more information. The Octopus takes about 5 hours to build up and measures approximately 60 feet in diameter. Please be aware that you will need a good level ground and clear enough access to get an articulated lorry on to the site (any gate must be minimum of 10 feet wide). It runs on electricity, which we can generate with one of our lorry-mounted sets if necessary.