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Tooleys Victorian Children's Carousel Hire

Built in 1901, the hand-turned Childrens Carousel is a firm favourite from the Victorian days. The Carousel is a stunning addition to any event, especially perfect for children’s birthday parties!

The ride is available for hire countrywide, taking a footprint of 20ft diameter. Please notify us if your event has limited access so that arrangements can be made.

We purchased the ride in January 2017 from Frosts Garden Centre, through a mixture of luck and being in the right place at the right time. Since arriving at our workshop, the ride has been given a new lease of life with a clean, touch up and varnish. Following the independent inspections, we commissioned a new set of handrails for the perimeter of the ride and repainted the rounding boards with the ‘Tooley’ name to make this ride part of our ‘Tooley’ collection.

All of our equipment is ADIPS tested, hold public liability of 5 million and have been risk assessed (all available on request). Please get in touch if you would like to hire this ride for your event. We travel the majority of the country and are always willing to work with you to give you your desired package.


The Carousel's History


Halstead’s commenced business in the early 1880’s and continued to trade until 1933. They rapidly gained a reputation for the high standard of their products and were the market leader of the period for fine quality juvenile roundabouts. This example was new in 1901 to Mr Albert Taylor of the Nottingham area. Made originally with twelve horses and two cars, as it is today. It was converted to a platform toy ride in the 30’s and travelled with the Taylors for almost 70 years.

The late Richard Darby restored the ride in 1995 to an immaculate standard. The original horses and cars were not found but as much as possible was saved or used as pattern. One wooden horse was carved and twelve fibreglass copies were taken. Pete Tate was instructed to paint the ride and features some of his last gold leaf artwork. The pictures were painted by Mary-Anne and depict different farm animals.

Funfair Hire


We offer a stunning selection of the finest vintage fairground, available for year-round hire for any event throughout the UK.

Lighting & Prop Hire


Whether it’s our festoon lighting, or our bespoke painted fairground horses, our lighting and prop hire will add the finishing touch to any event.

Event Stall Hire


Guaranteed fun for everyone, our event stalls can be hired with our favourite traditional games, or we can tailor these to your specific event.

Fairground Ride Restoration


The restoration of unloved, vintage fairgrounds is our passion! Our experience in the amusement industry allows us to offer this as a bespoke service.

Ready to book?

Have an event coming up? or just want more information on what we offer?, then please contact us and we will do our best to help.

Contact Us

”I hired the swingboats for my wedding in June and they were fantastic! Our venue was out in the sticks, with a narrow gate and that was no problem”

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Sarah Storer

”We hired the children’s carousel for our daughter’s 3rd birthday party yesterday and the whole experience was amazing. Tom & his team worked so hard to get it up in our garden.”

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Saira Aspinall

”Again thank you so much for helping make Annabelle and Luke’s wedding so very special. What you did for us was just fantastic. You were always very helpful, professional,”

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Linda Farrar

”For the past 20 years, we have been running a traditional Christmas lights switch on event in our village involving merry go round, chestnuts,”

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Sharon Speed

”We hired the vintage swingboats for our event, the Chiltern Crafts & Design show. I could not have been more impressed with the service we received from start to finish.

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Louise Love

”You was absolutely amazing yesterday and made everybody’s day. It was lovely to meet such genuine and hard working men. Thank you i had the best fun ever with my daughter”

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Jodie Vessey

”We recently hired Tooleys Amusements for a fundraising carnival, amazing service and everyone loved the swing boats, trash can and high striker!

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Kizzy Lynch