|Its just sand, nothing else|
After the obligatory donkey rides and a walk on the newly refurbished pier (following a massive fire), we stumbled across Carter's Steam Fair which is visiting Weston at the moment. It was the highlight of the trip for all the family. The rides were beautiful, my personal favourite was a proper carousel which had been working for over 100 years; that one was steam powered but there was also a miniature hand-cranked one for the little kids, it must have been as beautifully maintained inside as it was outside because the operator hardly had to put in any effort to spin the kids round.
They had a good range of rides - a couple of big scary ones for the grown-ups (but not me) and lots that the kids really enjoyed. My children liked the car-driving ride best and we enjoyed watching them because we could appreciate just how beautiful the details were. I loved watching the swinging ships because we got a really good view of the steam engine running it. Each ride was about £1.50-£2, but they were very generous in the amount of time they ran for. I wasn't timing it, but whilst the kids were on the mini carousel 2 songs came and went on the jukebox.
The whole thing was like going back in time; they had a coconut shy and a test-your-strength machine, even the support vehicles like the ice cream van and caravans were from another era. I really don't understand how such a wonderful atmosphere of an old fashioned fair like this was somehow the pre-cursor to the noise of the amusement arcade on the pier.
Carter's Steam Fair are moving around all over the country; their diary dates are here. I urge you to have a look and see if they are going to be nearby.