Scarborough Fair Collection facts for kids
|Location||Lebberston, Scarborough, North Yorkshire|
|Type||fairground organs, mechanical organs and showman's engines|
|Public transit access||Scarborough railway station|
The museum was founded by local Farmer turned entrepreneur and owner of nearby holiday park), Graham Atkinson, 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 engine
- Fairground rides: including an 1893 gallopers ride, a 1928 rare caterpillar ride, 1933 'Noahs Ark', and waltzer
- Mechanical 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:
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