TOYTOWN JUVENILE RIDE & THE CARS AND BIKES RIDE
'Toytown' is a rare platform ride made by Halstead of Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, in around 1930. Showmen used to adapt old style animal roundabouts to be more up-to-the-minute using pedal cars, and this ride had a number of them, but some of them had been replaced with modern fibreglass cars.
When John Carter bought it from Johnny Connolly in 1988, he placed an ad in the World's Fair asking for old pedal cars, and to his amazement he ended up with over 80 vintage cars. He began to restore the cars, giving them a thorough going-over and new paintwork.
John had so many rare pedal cars that he ended up using the pre-war cars on an adapted dobbie lot (an old style roundabout without a platform), also made by Halstead. Cars & Bikes, as it's known, is a bit smaller than Toytown, but is nevertheless a very popular ride that we hire out.
Who can ride, and what does it cost?
Toytown is suitable for preschool children up to the age of 5 or 6 and costs 4 tokens per person to ride. Prices may be subject to change.
Buy tokens in advance online, and get FREE RIDES!
|Hire the Toytown or Cars & Bikes
If you are interested in hiring Toytown, or the Cars & Bikes ride (which is very similar), please click here for more information. Toytown takes about 2 hours to build up and measures about 16 feet in diameter, and about 12 feet in height. Please be aware that you will need a good level ground and clear enough access to get a 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. The Cars & Bikes ride is similar in size and is often available as an alternative if Toytown is travelling with the fair.