Video: Hampstead Heath fairground – in the 1920s!


The final bank holiday of the year is approaching. So, flat caps at the ready, take a gander at this footage from folks having a ball nearly a century ago



It’s the last funfair of the season in East Heath car park this month. And so we couldn’t resist publishing this brilliant Pathé footage of thrill-seekers cavorting around in their leisure time nearly a hundred years ago.

Packed: holiday time on the Heath, 1920s style.
Packed: holiday time on the Heath, 1920s style.

Don’t miss some great shots of the attractions, including a whirling carousel, helter skelter and a “raspberry, pineapple and lemonade” stall (how artisan!), plus general views down the verdant hill and the happy-go-lucky throng coming and going. Oh, and straws hats, flat caps and trench coats galore.

Chuck in a bit of arty post-production including camera speed-changes (these guys have clearly been influenced by then zeitgeisty German expressionism), and it all adds up to a weird but memorable minutes’ viewing.

Oh and make sure you watch the surreal pony rides right at the end, too.

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Enjoyed that? Watch a video of a Kentish Town demo in the 1960s here

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