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22 Mar 2010

Carters Steam Fair at Battersea Park

Carters Steam Fair travels around London and the South East, for seven months of the year. The other five months are spent in a frenzy of restoration, painting and repairing. Some of the family have even been known to wander into the shed on Christmas Day just to finish some work off!!!Carters is the result of John Carter's passion for collecting old and interesting items, discarded by the owners, as being too unfashionable or too derelict to preserve.

Over the last thirty years a whole funfair has been collected, complete with historic vehicles to transport it from site to site, with vintage living vans to complement the show. Jonathan Ross described us "as more like a film set than a travelling fair".

Rock 'n' roll dodgems, antique rides and amusements, vintage fair organs and slot arcades, steam gallopers and steam yachts. The fair has a friendly, family atmosphere with beautifully restored rides.

Until Sun Mar 28 Battersea Park, Queenstown Rd, London, SW11 4NJ

Ideal Home Show at Earls Court

New ideas for homes and the chance to check out the latest trends in technology and design. This year's special attraction is an edible chocolate garden installation, and there are talks and demos by interiors expert Linda Barker, gardener Monty Don, chef Phil Vickery and others. There is a women's section where female visitors can drink champagne and get pampered, as well as sections devoted to gadgets, shopping, home improvement, sustainable housing and growing your own food.

Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Rd, SW5 9TA