How to enter our exclusive Belper Fair contest

Belper spring fair. Susie, Christopher and Jason Woodward.
Belper spring fair. Susie, Christopher and Jason Woodward.
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The fast-paced rotating Jump and Smile is the star attraction at this year’s Belper Fair, with thousands expected to enjoy the annual attraction when it returns to The Coppice car park next weekend.

And The Belper News is again giving away free ride passes to three lucky winners as part of our annual competition, thanks to the fair organisers.

The fun returns to Belper from Thursday, October 31, to Saturday, November 2. It is hoped that opening the rides on Hallowe’en might provide an extra boost to numbers.

To help more people take full advantage of the fun, our competition (details are below) will be running until the start of next week and entrants need to answer one simple question to be in with a chance of winning.

Organiser, Neil Calladine, said: “The Jump and Smile is a new ride for this year and is usually very popular with the children.

“The fair is opening on Hallowe’en - so the ghost train will be very apporpriate this year and it would be great if people wanted to come along in fancy-dress to join in the fun.”

Schools in Belper have once again been sent 2,000 free tickets which can be redeemed during the first hour of the fair on the Thursday.

Belper Mayor Deborah Biss will open the event at 6pm on October 31 when fireworks will be launched to get the event under way with a bang.

Another major attraction returning this year will be the ‘Stargate’ along with the ever popular dodgems, fair organiser John Proctor’s Waltzer plus the Cyclone, Roll Over Miami and Matterhorn.

Other attractions include the Ghost Train, presented by Belper man Spencer Hall, a helter-skelter, hook-a-duck, rifle range, Pedro the Clown and a selection of traditional foods.

Meanwhile, a series of extra events is being planned this year to tie in with the Discovery Days Festival.

On Saturday, November 2, a fairground art exhibition showcasing artists’ work and an exhibition of electronic working fairground models is taking place in No28 on Market Place from 11am to 4pm.

Art and memorabilia will be on display as well as works by a local artist painting fairground rides in the traditional way.

Modellers are also travelling from Leeds, Skegness, Boston, Oxford and Loughborough to attend.

A talk entitled 700 years of Belper Fair by Neil Calladine is scheduled for the same venue from 7pm to 9.30pm on Tuesday, October 29. Tickets are £2.

***To be in with a chance of winning free tickets to Belper Fair simply answer the following question: what is the name of the clown appearing at this year’s event?

Answers on a postcard to Belper News, 8 Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8ER or via email to Make sure you include your full details.

First prize is unlimited passes to the fair rides throughout this year’s event for you and a friend. Second place will receive passes for 20 free rides. And third place will get 10 free ride passes.

Closing date for entries is noon on Monday, October 28. Usual Belper News competition rules apply. The Editor’s decision is final