British Amusement Park and Fun Fair Postcards from the 1960s

The seaside amusement parks were founded in the late 19th and early 20th century, but their origins can be traced back in Britain to the annual fairs that took place throughout the country and to the pleasure grounds that evolved during the 18th century. They were also influenced by the Amusement Parks in America such as Coney Island which opened in Brooklyn in the 1890s.

British Amusement Parks

Battersea Fun Fair E. Ludwig Hinde Studios

Barry Island Amusement Park

Historic England has written that many of the surviving seaside amusement parks, although founded in the late 19th and early 20th century, have origins that go back to the annual fairs that took place throughout the country and to the Pleasure Gardens that evolved during the 18th century. They were also influenced by the Amusement Parks in America such as Coney Island which opened in Brooklyn in the 1890s.

These postcards are all from the brilliant collection of Glen F on Flickr.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Postcard

Dreamland Amusment Park, Margate

British Amusement Parks postcard

Dreamland Amusment Park, Margate

Hayling Island Amusement Park

Coney Beach, Porthcawl

Ffrith Beach and Prestatyn Holiday Camp

South Shields Amusement Park

Amusement Park, Clacton

Spanish City & Fun Fair, Whitley Bay

Humberstone Fitties Holiday Park, Cleethorpes

Butlins Ayr 1970s – Amusement Park

Butlins Clacton – Amusement Park

Butlins Pwllheli – Amusement Park

British Amusement Parks postcard

Triang Minic Miniature Railway, Ocean Beach, Rhyl

Butlins Filey – The Fun Fair (postcard, late 1960s)

British Amusement Parks

Butlins Filey – Amusement Park

British Amusement Parks

Butlins Pwllheli – The Amusement Park

British Amusement Parks postcard

Butlins Filey – Amusement Park 1970s

Butlins Bognor Regis – Corner of the Amusement Park 1970s with Peter Pan Railway

Butlins Minehead – Amusement Park 1970s

Butlins Minehead – Funfair (1960s Postcard) Postmarked 1970

Butlins Minehead – Funfair 1970s

Butlins Pwllheli – Fun Fair 1960s

Butlins Skegness – Kiddies Funfair 1960s

Butlins Minehead – Funfair 1960s

British Amusement Parks postcard

Butlins Ayr – Funfair and Heads of Ayr

British Amusement Parks postcard

Butlins Pwllheli – Corner of the Fun Fair 1960s

British Amusement Parks postcard

Butlins Skegness – Peter Pan Railway & Vintage Cars

British Amusement Parks postcard

Drayton Manor Park

British Amusement Parks postcard

Drayton Manor postcard

Butlins Minehead – Fairground 1960s

Drayton Manor

Butlins Filey – Miniature Car Track 1960s

Butlins Minehead – Funfair 1970s & Peter Pan Railway

Butlins Bognor Regis – Funfair 1960s

Butlins Filey – Fun Fair and Gardens

Blackpool Pleasure Beach 1970s

British Amusement Parks postcard

Felixstowe – Children’s Amusements and Promenade

Postcards all courtesy of Glen F on Flickr.