All the fun of the Blackheath Fair

Blackheath Fun Fair setting up
UPDATE: For info on the 2011 Blakcheath Fun Fair, go here.
I was wondering why so many people were coming to my site Googling “Blackheath Funfair”, until Mrs Bugle pointed out that the fair is currently setting up on the Greenwich end of the heath.

Blackheath Fair Freak Out Ride

So I wandered up there in the pouring rain to take a look.  There’s a good reason it was called Bleak Heath – when the wind and the rain are buffeting you around, it really is quite barren up there.

Anyway, I got there in the end, and it was totally deserted. There’s something about funfairs – they seem like the last vestiges of something unsafe, ungoverned and risky left in our safe little lives – like a kind of in-between space locked somewhere between the 19th and 21st centuries…  Maybe a sort of “liminal zone”, with some similarities to how Kate Fox describes UK pubs in the brilliant book Watching The English

Although the pub is very much part of English culture, it also has its own “social micro-climate”.  Like all drinking places, it is in some respects ‘liminal zone’ an equivocal, marginal, borderline state, in which one finds a degree of “cultural remission” – a structured, temporary relaxation or suspension of normal social controls (also known as “legitimised deviance” or “time-out behaviour”).

Blackheath Fair Terminator Ride

What a lovely book… Anyway,  I eventually found someone to speak to, and asked them when the fairground will be opening.  The answer: “Tomorrow, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday”.  In other words, the fair on the heath will be open from Thursday 21st – Monday 25th August 2008.

Further reading:  The Phantom has a great piece about the Greenwich Fair here.  Fewer Dodgems and more tumbling.

If you are going to Blackheath Fair, for god’s sake, watch out for Spring Heeled Jack, particularly if you’re called Polly, and you’ve had one too many shandies…

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16 responses to “All the fun of the Blackheath Fair

  1. Pingback: Photos from the Blackheath Funfair « The Blackheath Bugle

  2. Anonymous

    When is blackheath fair this year?

  3. Katiee

    DOO Youu Sell Wrist Bandss Forr Thee Ridess Andd iFF Youu Dooo Haw Muchh Will Thayy bee Replyy Backk Thee Datee ?

    • Anonymous

      No they do not sell wrist bands eachride is from 1 to 2 pounds and every year the prices of each ride gets higher.

  4. Kim

    Is the fair on this weekend ?

  5. Kim, just glanced out the window. Yes, it’s on!

  6. shan man

    is the fair on tomorow ?

  7. booman

    Can someone please provide me with dates of when the fair is back in Blackheath. I promised my little niece and took her up there for them to be packing up. We were gutted. I MUST make this up to her. Please help? Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      the next fair up there will be the last week in may opens on the thursday for the bank holiday hope this helps,

  8. I went on Freak-out on Hamstead-Heath its really good. :D

  9. sammy

    i am going to this fair on my birthday. It’s only five days away.My mum suggested : “Why don’t we go to chinese”. I said no why don’t we go somewhere different this year like the fair at Blackheath

  10. stacey

    is the fairs up today as it is a bank hoilday

  11. jessica ajim

    is the fair on sunday and monday 28/08/11 and 29/08/11

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