Pat Collins puts on free festival fun for Walsall

Live bands, wrestling, the pre-historic Pre Hee Men and cooking classes with a twist are lined up at this summer’s free Walsall Arboretum Carnival courtesy of Pat Collins Funfairs.

One of the most popular annual family fun events in the Black Country, the Pat Collins Funfair is hosting three days of fun, including its traditional funfair rides from July 15-17 at the towns beautiful Arboretum. 

Be prepared to take the kids back to pre-historic times with the crazy Pre Hee Men, watch some wrestling and meet some exotic spiders and creepy crawlies. Talented local touring artist Tess Radcliffe will be running unique workshops helping visitors create amazing iconic fairground art to take home.
The fair will have a main stage providing entertainment from DJ legend Ernie Cartwright's world’s first cookery and DJ show. Ernie will demonstrate low cost healthy cooking in 20 minutes including a DJ session of timeless easy listening classics. You can step on – or back to the 1990s on Saturday with party band The Brightsides who appear on stage again on Sunday playing hits from the 2000s.
Thrill-seekers are also being asked for their fairground fun memories to help fill an online archive and chart the history of funfairs. Elleray Harris marketing manager for Pat Collins Funfairs said:

“The name Pat Collins has been synonymous with the travelling fairground business for more than a century. There can be few other showmen whose names resonate so immediately with families right across the Midlands, Staffordshire and Cheshire.

“We are now on the hunt for people’s fairground memories and photos over the years to use on our website and are appealing for people to get in touch.”

You can send your memories and photos to and to find out more about the fascinating history of one the country’s oldest family travelling fun fairs, visit
You can find tickets and times for the carnival by clicking here.


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