The Scarborough Fair Collection, Scarborough

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The Scarborough Fair Collection is a museum of fairground mechanical organs and showman's engines, located in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, one of the largest collections of its type in Europe.Farmer turned entrepreneur Graham Atkinson is the owner of the Flower of May holiday park, in Lebberston, who wanted to both indulge his passion for fairgrounds and entertain his holiday park clients. Starting his collection in the late 1980s, the attraction was occasionally open to holiday park residents and enthusiasts until its formal opening in 2008.The collection spans vintage cars, miniature vehicles and model railways, but the three cores to the collection are: Steam engines: four showman's engines, including The Iron Maiden; a Foden steam wagon, and a Barrows and Co. portable engineFairground rides: including a (circa) 1893 gallopers ride and a 1928 'caterpillar' rideMechanical organs: including the 97-key 'Oktoberfest' Gavioli Concert organ, and the 101-key Hooghuys 'Condor' organ There are two theatre organs that feature during open days and weekly Wednesday afternoon tea dances from 13:00. Both instruments are "Mighty" Wurlitzers of 3 manuals and 8 ranks (of pipes) with specifications: Granada Theatre, Greenford: English Horn, Tuba, Diapason, Tibia Clausa, Saxophone, Gamba, Gamba Celeste and FluteGranada Theatre, Mansfield: Style 'D' Trumpet, Diapason, Tibia Clausa, Clarinet, Violin, Violin Celeste, Vox Humana and Flute
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  • During these troubled times it is not open, cannot wait for it to be, it is an amazing place to visit and seeing the iron Maiden is my highlight when there, hopefully you will re-open for next years.....  more »
  • We really enjoyed our trip here. Lots to see. Nice music from the organs. Every exhibit has a handy information board to tell you all about it.  more »
  • Wonderfully nostalgic. All the cars motorcycles etc were good to see. Fairground rides were beautiful. There were very few visitors on the day we visited and there were not many rides running. We had fun buying old pennies to play games. The room with the cafe had some beautiful organs. I could have stayed twice as long just to soak up the fairground atmosphere.
  • What A Hidden Gem. This really is a step back in time. Great fun for all the family. Lots of fun trying out the traditional fair rides. I've always wanted to ride on a traditional Carousel and it was fabulous. A great way to spend a few hours especially on a rainy day. Enjoyed a nice cuppa listening to the Wurlitzer.... Enjoyed the whole experience. Would definitely recommend.
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