Battersea Fun Fair

As part of the much lauded 1951 ‘Festival of Britain’, parts of Battersea Park were transformed into the Battersea Pleasure Gardens. Battersea Fun Fair was a key part of this new look area.

Opened with the festival, the fun fair was only intended to operate for a year during the festival. However, it was so successful that it outlasted the festival by over two decades.

Tragedy struck on May 30th 1972, when the park’s signature ride, the Big Dipper crashed, killing five riders. The incident led to widespread reforms in the industry.

The amusement park closed forever on September 22nd 1974. 

� Did you know?

A ride on the Battersea Fun Fair Big Dipper cost 15p in 1972

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