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    All the fun of the fair


    Reserved for Poacher’s 10–13-year-olds from 7pm, the fairground is located behind the Exo Centre (where the roller disco and 10-13 disco take place). Participants need to be wearing both their neckers and either their lanyard or wristband to get in. There was a big queue when Best of Fest visited, so make sure you come prepared!

    The fairground has a Ferris wheel, a helter-skelter, waltzers and dodgems. Hundreds of happy Guides and Scouts were already lined up to ride with their friends. “It’s crowded but it’s so fun!” says an Islington Guides (too busy to give her name), the group rode the helter-skelter together five times and were in line to go again. “It’s really worth it. I love it!”. “It’s amazing”, shouts a big group of Scouts who were also too excited to tell us where they were from, “We heart it!”.


    The fairground’s friendly staff members are always on hand to help. One such pink-jacketed staffer, Nicola, who has travelled all the way from Stirling in Scotland to visit Poacher, says “I’m loving it, seeing all these happy children having fun and mixing with lots of new people.”

    The fairground is also open to everyone in the afternoon.


    Amy Crombleholme

    Amy Crombleholme

    Hi, I’m Amy and I’m working on Best of Fest as a reporter this year. I studied journalism at university and I can’t wait to get the old creative juices flowing again telling tales of Poacher. I’m looking forward to hearing lots of fascinating stories and meeting lots of fascinating people. I live in Nottingham and am currently training to be a Ranger leader. My favourite colour is navy.