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George Irvin’s Traveling Funfair in London

George Irvin's Traveling Funfair In London

I’m a terrible person. The Thursday morning I saw George Irvin’s funfair arrive at the park across from our flat, my stomach sank. If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s going to places where there are lots of children. Even worse, places where there are lots of children and sugar. This particular quirk doesn’t make me a terrible person, but wanting to keep my sweet, always-obedient-and-totally-deserving-of-a-day-at-the-fair daughter from seeing it and wanting to go kind of does. I resisted the urge to tell her that only people from England were allowed in (because she probably would have believed me and then I’d have felt even worse), and on the last day of the funfair, I sucked it up, took three Xanax, and we braved the crowds to ride some rides!

George Irvin's Traveling Funfair In London George Irvin's Traveling Funfair In London

George Irvin's Traveling Funfair In London

After we bought tickets, I immediately regretted telling Lex she could use them on whatever she wanted, because what does she want to do first? Ride the biggest, scariest, most dangerous-looking ride of them all. I don’t know about you, but I don’t find fair rides to be particularly trustworthy. Anything that large that arrives in pieces and is assembled in a matter of a couple hours just doesn’t strike me as safe, but I said yes anyway, against my better judgement. (I thought it was only dads that fell prey to their daughter’s puppy-dog eyes!)

So she got on the appropriately-named Tornado ride, and I was forced to watch helplessly from the ground as this mechanical beast flung her and its other victims through the air like rag-dolls. And then I had to do it again because she wanted to ride it twice. As if once weren’t enough to give me a permanent irregular heartbeat. Luckily, the rest of the rides were a bit more tame and I was able to concentrate more on avoiding children with sticky candy-floss hands than keeping my almost 12-year-old from plummeting to her untimely death on a fair ride.

George Irvin's Traveling Funfair In London George Irvin's Traveling Funfair In London

George Irvin's Traveling Funfair In London

Two hours later, I was just about to fake a headache and go home when the storm clouds started rolling in. Saved by the bell unpredictable English weather! I’ve never been so happy to be pelted with rain drops as we raced back to our flat. I will never enjoy events like this, but I’ve become all too aware in the past few months just how little time we have left with our “little” girl before she prefers her friends over her parents, so if what she wants to do is go to a funfair, then bring on the overpriced rides and goldfish games!

George Irvin’s Funfair: Website
Address: Various Locations In London

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  • George Irvin
    April 21, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Funfair rides are more thoroughly tested than amusement parks for the simple reason they are assembled each week and by doing this any defects would be found unlike in an amusement parks where they are less likely to be found as there rides are usually only stripped down once a year.
    But to be fair the safety records of most amusement parks are almost as good as our mobile funfair.

  • Sara Louise
    June 19, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Fun Fairs are the most un-trustworthy things ever! But for some strange reason, I love them to bits (minus the screaming children). And this is probably horrible for me to say, but I like you even more for coming up with the fib, “only English children are allowed”, even if you didn’t use it :P

  • Jo
    June 19, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    I love roller coasters! But tend to avoid the fairs cause I hate all the people. Just take me to an adventure park and I’ll hop on just about any ride (as long as it doesn’t spin round and round).

  • Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    June 5, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    This made me laugh. Children drive me cuckoo as well! But it was totally worth it for the beautiful and colorful photos worthy of a blog post! ;)

  • Mandy Southgate
    June 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Oh dear! I loved funfairs a child but have no tolerance for them as an adult. I must commend your bravery. My heart skipped a beat when my friend’s four-year-old son came speeding down the Helter Skelter at Winter Wonderland.

  • Jessica - Independent Travel Cats
    June 2, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    I used to like amusement park rides but can’t stomach them anymore, especially anything that goes upside down. At least your daughter looks like she had fun, even if you didn’t:)

  • rorybore
    June 2, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Fun!! So. Fun!! Oh my gosh, I would have been right there with your daughter. I love rides. but I do get the difference about seeing your own child up there! My son once did that gravity drop thing at age 6 because he was tall enough. My stomach dropped. he loved it. I am thinking I would never get my children out of those balls that are on the water. They’d do that All Day; rain or shine!

  • Katrin
    June 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Haha, I love this post. :) I don’t trust these rides either. I went to an amusement park two years ago and I was ready to die.

  • Stacie Stamper
    May 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    No portable rides for me, maybe stationary ones at a theme park but ones that they move from place to place, no thanks. You are a good Mama!

  • topchelseagirl
    May 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    This made me laugh. Wanting to tell her only English people can go – bad mother lol!! I don’t mind going up on something like a Ferris Wheel, but I don’t like being spun around or upside dowm.

  • Diana Bockus
    May 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    I’m not a fan of anything that goes upside down. Not.A.Fan. Water rides however, bring them on. Speaking of water – those balls with people in them. I’d totally do that! haha

  • Tammy Chrzan
    May 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    I am looking at this at work (I know I’m bad), but it’s the last couple of days at school and we are all totally goofing off… the kids are watching an “educational” movie :)… Anyway, I showed this to a collegue and she says that your photos are bright and gorgeous and she wants to know what camera you use, and I can’t for the life of me remember!
    As for the rides? No way sista! I’m a chicken… a huge chicken… my grown boys are lunatics and get on the huge roller coasters… not me. No way… I hold everyones stuff while they go on the rides :) Besides, I’m so cheap, I don’t go to carnivals, isn’t that bad? I just think they are a waste of money, so when the kids want to go, I tell them they have to ask dad! What a bad mom eh? But hey… I’m taking them to the Florida keys!! Have a wonderful weekend my friend !xx

  • Sammy @ Days Like This
    May 30, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    I’m with ya on not trusting fair rides! Although.. in saying that, I have never seen one actual break, so they’re fine haha