Whatever your event, whether it’s private or public, indoors or out; we can supply anything from a single candyfloss stall to an entire funfair. We attend black-tie balls and charity fundraisers; fetes, village days and galas; corporate events and birthday celebrations; music festivals, bonfire nights, Christmas parties. In fact, countless happy customers have chosen us for their unique occasion.
We organise and attend many ‘open-to-the-public’ fairs too, including London’s biggest Bank Holiday fair. And as we’re established members of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain, you get the reassurance of knowing that all our equipment is rigorously tested and fully insured.
When you book us, you can be sure you’re in safe, professional, experienced hands.
A family business for over 170 years
The history of our family firm goes as far back as 1842: the year that Mr Joseph Mayne first presented his little ‘pony roundabout’ at Mile End Road, in London.
Entertaining the bustling community of the city’s East End with a single ride may have been a modest start. But Joe’s entrepreneurial venture proved the beginning of a business, and a way of life, we’re proud to continue to this day.
Over the subsequent years we’ve entertained people all over London (and far further afield) with a wide variety of amusements, games and rides.
As both steam, then electricity revolutionized our industry we kept pace; thrilling visitors with a set of classic Gallopers, chair-o-planes and a ‘Noah’s ark.’ And always mindful of the need to provide new experiences, Richard Mayne was one of the first showmen to operate a set of dodgems in the ‘30s. They certainly captured the public’s attention then. But who’d have thought that ‘bumper cars’ would prove just as popular now?
After the second world war, Londoners desperately needed some fun in their lives. So the fair that we opened in Bethnal Green, brought colour, music and some theatre back to an area hit hard during the blitz.
It was a moment when we were even more pleased to put smiles on faces.
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 was another milestone, both in itself and because it marked the inaugural year we attended Stoke Park in Guildford. We still open there. And every September, for two weeks you can visit us on the park’s south side. On November 5th you’ll always find us on the north side, where we provide a large funfair for the traditional Lions Club bonfire: one of the biggest events held in Surrey all year.
Always looking ahead
No family history would be complete without weddings. And in recent years, the marriage of Charles Mayne to Margaret Searle, in 1968, connected another renowned showman’s name to our own.
The Searle family were a progressive firm of operators with a reputation for presenting innovative rides, including an autodrome, speedway, paratrooper and the first-ever octopus to appear on the British fairground.
Even more recently, Charles and Margaret’s son Darren married Lara Print and daughter Louise wed John Gess (both well-known names in the amusements industry themselves). As well as adding two more branches to the family tree, Lara and John have brought extra skills to our business; enhancing our capabilities and adding to our range of equipment for hire.
Both couples now have children of their own. So we look forward to the future, as yet another generation takes us forward.