THE world's largest travelling vintage funfair has come to Reading for the Easter holidays.

Carters Steam Fair arrived at Prospect Park on Saturday (April 13) and will remain open to the public until April 22, with fairground rides and attractions from the 1890s-1960s which have been lovingly restored and repainted using traditional techniques.

It has been featured in Oscar-winning The Theory of Everything, Paddington 2, Call the Midwife, the Channel 5/Netflix series Fairground Attractions and various other pop music videos and shows.

The one-hour tours by fairground owner and renowned artist Joby Carter offer guests the chance to see the artwork up close and to hear about the history of the rides and the wider context of fairgrounds and British social history.

Guests are invited to bring a sketchbook and their camera to capture inspiration as they walk around the fair.

Joby is a leading expert in traditional signwriting techniques and he is passionate about preserving traditional skills in a digital age.

The tour is £5 per person and proceeds go to the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice.

Fairground owner Joby Carter said: "We are a family of artists and the fair is our canvas; we paint everything by hand using traditional methods keeping everything as you would have found it when new.

"We love being able to showcase these vintage attractions so the public can all enjoy them too."

Tours can be booked on the website at