Our calendar of upcoming events.

Montpellier Gardens Summer Fun Fair

Danter’s Fun Fair will be visiting the beautiful Montpellier Gardens from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 July

“The Summer Fun Fair has been visting Montpellier Gardens for over 50 years. Making it Cheltenham’s oldest Fair”

Opening times

  • Thursday from 5 – 10:30 pm
  • Friday from       5 – 10:30 pm
  • Saturday from  12 noon – 10:30 pm
  • Sunday from     12 noon – 10 pm

Travelling to the Montpellier Gardens GL50 1UZ

By Bus

Montpellier Gardens is located on a number of main bus routes into Cheltenham. There are bus stops on the main road (A4015) oppresite the Rotunda at the main entrance to the gardens, and another on Montpellier Terrace.

Useful links: Stagecoach services and Local bus services

By Road

The gardens have two formal entrances on Montpellier Walk. The gardens are also accessible from Montpellier Spa Road and Montpellier Terrace. No car parking facilities are available within the gardens, but onstreet parking is available on the surrounding roads.

Cheltenham Park & Ride services information to the town centre here. Please note, these only run in the day time.


Dodgem circa 1970

Dodgem at Montpellier Gardens circa 1970



The Big Cheese Festival Caerphilly

Set in the shadows of one of Europe’s largest Castles the town of Caerphilly comes to life as people of all ages come to The Big Cheese®, an extravaganza of street entertainers, living history encampments, music, dance, traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours and much more 😉

“The Big Cheese is a ‘must see’ attraction for all visitors and 2017 marks its 20th anniversary. Portraying the history, heritage and culture of Caerphilly. Families from all over the country flocked to Caerphilly to experience this fun filled programme of activities and entertainment”

The Big Cheese weekend is a FREE event and over 80,000 people are expected in 2016. This great event is run by Caerphilly Council with the Fun Fair being run by Sayers Amusements.

The Danter family have the pleasure of attending this great event with a number of attractions. The Extreme Ride debuted here when new in 2010, being delivered straight from the factory. It is one of South Wales Permier Fairs now and as such, attracts the top attractions.

Opening times

  • Friday 28th 3pm-10pm – The Great Cheese Race (6.30pm start), music entertainment programme (6pm – 10pm), funfair (3pm – 10pm) and Firework display (10.00pm)
  • Sat 29th & Sun 3oth from 11am – The Big Cheese Entertainment programme includes: The Reenactment displays, musical entertainment, educational activities, two food halls, craft stalls, animal marquees, traditional funfair plus lots more.
  • Please see your Caerphilly Council web site for full details.

The Big Cheese 2016 video review


Social media links

Big Cheese site map


Lakefest 2017

“We consider you all to be royalty, so we invite you to join us for our sixth year of musical magic at Eastnor Castle, complete with lakes and simply stunning surroundings”

More information

Lakefest official web site


Link to Lakefest web site for tickets here




Pride Cymru Big Weekend

Cardiff’s Big Weekend is coming back😉 Organisers Pride Cymru and Sayers Amusements say:

“The Pride Big Weekend will be a mix of the usual Pride celebrations and the return of the much missed Big Weekend. Pride Cymru will host the three-day celebration in the heart of Cardiff over 2017’s August Bank Holiday weekend, 25-27”


Pride Cymru Parade

Returns to the streets of Cardiff in 2017 on Saturday 26 August.

“An immersive and visually spectacular annual celebration of equality and diversity achievements and community support”

2017’s Pride Cymru Parade will present homage to the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act in July 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. The theme of the parade this year will be ‘Icons and legends’ – be that of the LGBT community, the capital or even Wales.

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The Great Dorset Steam Fair

The Nation Heritage Show is being held over the Bank Holiday weekend this year from Thursday 24 to Monday 28 August 2017.

“If you’re looking for an excellent fun and action packed weekend for all the family, you’ll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair. The spectacle covers an enormous showground, at over 600 acre”


Video from 2016

The Danter family have the pleasure of attending this great event with a number of attractions, with our Extreme Ride making its debut this year.

Useful links


The Great Neath Fair

Run by the South Wales Showmans Guild.

“September once again sees Neath’s famous Fair, Wales’ largest and oldest chartered fair, open to the public. Neath comes alive during the five-day festival each year as thousands flock into the town to enjoy the atmosphere. As entry to the fair is totally free, anyone can come along and enjoy themselves at an event recognised as the fourth largest Chartered Street Trading Fair in the UK”


The Fair is made up of 3 main events:

Fun Fair

  • 12-16 September
  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday open from 6pm until 10pm
  • Friday from 4pm until 10pm
  • Saturday from noon until 10pm

Street Fair

Located in the main streets of Neath Town centre:

  • Wednesday 13th September to Saturday 16th September
  • Open from 9am until late.

Horse Fair

Situated at the Cattle Market on The Green:

  • Thursday 14th September 2016, from 8:300am until 2pm (one day only)

More information

  • Visit Neath & Port Talbot council web site for more information regarding parking, road closures ect

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Neath Fair



The 407th Tewkesbury Mop Fair

The famous Tewkesbury Mop Fair is held on the 9 and 10 October. The Fair dates falling on a Monday and Tuesday this year.

“Gloucestershires Biggest and Best Street Fair”

The Mop Fair is set up in Barton Street from the Cross to the junction of  Chance Street, Nelson Street through to Oldbury Road, East Street and the main nucleus of the Fair built up in Spring Gardens.


Fun Fair opening times

  • Monday 4pm until 11pm
  • Tuesday 4pm until 11pm

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How the Mop Fair got its name

Farm workers, labourers, servants and some craftsmen would work for their employer from October to October. At the end of the employment they would attend the Mop Fair dressed in their Sunday best clothes and carrying an item signifying their trade. A servant with no particular skills would carry a mop head – hence the phrase Mop Fair.
Employers would move amongst them discussing experience and terms, once agreement was reached the employer would give the employee a small token of money and the employee would remove the item signifying their trade and wear bright ribbons to indicate they had been hired. They would then spend the token amongst the stalls set-up at the fair which would be selling food and drink and offering games to play and riding attractions as they developed.
Michaelmas Day is celebrated on the 29th September but Mop Fairs were tied to the seasons and the harvest, not the calendar. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752 and 11 days dropped from that year events associated with the end of the harvest moved 11 days later to the 10th October. This date is known as “Old Michaelmas Day” and since 1752 has been the date Mop Fairs take place.


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Tewkesbury Fair Society

Formed in 1989, the Tewkesbury Fair Society aims to promote and preserve Tewkesbury Mop Fair. The largest street fair in Gloucestershire and one of the oldest fairs in the country with the earliest records so far dating the origins of the fair to the 12th century.

The Society have presented additional traditional attractions at the fair since its formation, be it fairground organs, dancers or showmen’s engines. The most famous and fondly remembered to date being the attendance of the late Jack Wharton’s “Supreme” in 1993. This was indeed the last notable appearance of the engine, reunited with the Deakin family’s equipment, the original owners of “The Finest Engine Built”, last seen together at the Mop fair in 1938.

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Highworth Mop Fair

The annual Mop Fair falls the week of Tuesday 17 until Friday 20 October this year.

“This historic Mop Fair has been held in the Market place since 1262”

Mop Fair Opening Times

  • Tuesday from 6pm
  • Wednesday from 6pm
  • Thursday from 6pm
  • Friday from 6pm