Two York-based companies have joined forces to create a brand-new event – the York Spring Fair & Food Festival – bringing together one of the largest vintage funfairs seen in North Yorkshire for many years, and a food festival which will showcase the very best artisan products from Yorkshire and beyond.


York Spring Fair & Food Festival will take place in the Clocktower Enclosure at York Racecourse from Friday 28th May to Sunday 6th June – over Spring Bank Holiday weekend and through school half term week.  The event will conform to all prevailing government guidelines regarding Covid-19.


The Vintage Funfair comprises a unique collection of restored vintage rides from the golden era of fairgrounds, including an exhilarating 1936 Speedway, a rare Brooklands Dodgems from 1937, a stunning 1930s Chair-o-Plane, as well as a beautiful Carousel, Twister, Lighthouse Helter-Skelter, Octopus and Big Wheel.  Plus there will be three exquisite children’s rides, including the oldest ride Hush Hush the Monorail train which dates from 1933, as well as five game stalls offering prizes every time.

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Co-producer James Cundall, CEO of Jamboree Entertainment said “It’s exciting to be able to put together a vintage funfair on a scale that hasn’t been seen in York for decades.  The rides are visually stunning with artwork going back almost 90 years.  There will be rides and game stalls for all ages, so it’s a great opportunity to get out and have fun in a Covid 19-compliant environment.”


The Food Festival will showcase approximately 40 artisan food and drink producer stalls and be one of the first times that the public can interact with local food and drink suppliers.


Co-producer Johnny Cooper, CEO of Coopers Marquees said “As we emerge from the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 lockdown we are thrilled to be staging one of the first events in Yorkshire that will place the very best Yorkshire products before an audience hungry for an exciting day out.”


Both Coopers Marquees and Jamboree Entertainment are York-based, family-owned companies.  The team at Jamboree Entertainment brings 25 years of experience in producing live entertainment worldwide, and closer to home produces the award-winning Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland ice rink and funfair, Sounds in the Grounds concerts and the Great Ryedale Maze at Sherburn.  Coopers Marquees was established in the 1990s and is now the 10th largest marquee company in the UK.  It enjoys a national reputation for excellence, supplying a range of structures to events large and small – including numerous food festivals.


The York Spring Fair & Food Festival will be open daily from 10.00am until 6.00pm.  An admission fee of £3 for adults will be charged, with children aged 12 and under free.  This excludes rides and game stalls, which cost £3 per person.  £1 of the admission fee will be donated to Ryedale Special Families, a local charity which supports families with disabled children and young people, for their New Building Fund.


Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 30th March through   Booking in advance is recommended as numbers will be restricted due to Covid regulations.  If unsold, tickets can be purchased at the gate.


Further information can be found at, and food or drink suppliers interested in taking a pitch at the event should email


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