Hoppings


"The Hoppings is a major annual event in the North East and is the largest travelling fairground in Europe; showmen travel from all over the country to attend. The Town Moor Fair, which was founded in 1882, is held on a large open space, covering 28-30 acres. It all started in 1721, when the annual Northumberland horseracing meeting relocated to Newcastle’s Town Moor from Killingworth, some 10 miles away. After years of dispute regarding the races, it was relocated again and The North of England Temperance Festival Association held a two-day event on the Town Moor in 1882, attracting over 200,000 people...." (hoppingsfunfairs.com)

The Hoppings is an annual travelling funfair held on the Town Moor in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the last week in June. It is one of Europe's largest travelling funfairs. Its forerunner was The Blaydon Races, which was held in Blaydon.

Several origins have been suggested for the name, most of which relate to dancing. The word “hopping”, means a dance in Middle English (Old fairs included dancing). Another idea stems from the clothing which the travellers used to wear; that being of old, sack-like tops and pants. Clothing often became infested with fleas from the animals that travelled with the fair. People were often seen “jumping” or “hopping” about itching from the bites which they received. Or the name may derive from the Anglo-Saxon word “hoppen” meaning funfair.

The fair began as a Temperance Fair in 1882. It was scheduled to coincide with Race Week at Newcastle Racecourse, during which the Northumberland Plate was awarded.

The fair took place at Jesmond Dene from 1914–1918 and returned to the more spacious Town Moor, just north of the city centre, in 1919. There was no Festival on the Moor between 1920 and 1923, but it returned in June 1924, where it continued annually until 1946; a non-Showmen's Guild Fair was held that year but proved to be unpopular. The Guild showmen returned in 1947 and the Hoppings was a success with a record attendance.

The Hoppings inspired the song Katie Was There by Eric Boswell which was part of his 1983 musical Katie Mulholland, based on Catherine Cookson's novel, staged by Newcastle Playhouse.

In 2013 after a dispute between the Showmen's Guild and Newcastle City Council over pitch and rent terms, an alternate fairs were held at Nuns Moor Newcastle upon Tyne and Herrington Country Park, Sunderland. Newcastle council held an alternate event with “broader appeal” which included a funfair held on the Town Moor. The Hoppings returned to the Town Moor in 2014 after the dispute was resolved.

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Newcastle Hoppings, Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne 1964

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Mickey Mouse Juvenile Ride - Hoppings

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Swing ride - Hoppings

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Brooches at Hoppings

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Barbara Chadwick - Hoppings

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Moon Rocket - Hoppings

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Pinder's - Hoppings

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Gilbert Chadwick - Hoppings

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The hoppings, Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne, c1985

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The hoppings, Newcastle upon Tyne, 25th June 1985

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The hoppings, Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne, 27th June, 1974

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The hoppings, Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne, 27th June, 1974

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The hoppings

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Jack Powell - Hoppings

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Pinder's Big Zoo Circus - Hoppings

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Wonders of the East - Hoppings

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The Haunted Castle - Hoppings

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Drumming at the Circus - Hoppings

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Elisa Stewart - Hoppings

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Olga Rich - Hoppings

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Queuing for Rides at the Hoppings

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Hoppings Performance

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Hoppings Attractions

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The Chamber of Death - Hoppings

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Henry Wharton - Hoppings

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Lee Bennett - Hoppings

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I Guess Your Age - Hoppings

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Culine's Rodeo - Hoppings

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The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor, 1960

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Madame Smith Caravan at the Hoppings, 1986

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Ghostbuster ride at the Hoppings, 1986

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Rotor - Hoppings

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View of the Hoppings, 1990

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hoppigns with my dad
- The Hopping's is a treasured memorable place in the North East for me and my Dad because when I was little he used to take me there every year ...

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The Hoppings

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At the Hoppings

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Quiet time at the coconut stall

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Hoppings Fair at the Town Moor

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The Hoppings

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The Party's Over

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joan

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Hoppings2009 29

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Hoppings2009 28

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Hoppings2009 01

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Hoppings2009 02

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Sheriff on his horse at the Hoppings

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Aerial view of the Hoppings, 1964

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HOPPINGS TIME LINE
- PDF. "The following Time Line shows many of the main happenings at the Hoppings. It is organised into three areas: the fairground; the Fair Managers; and the Town Moor Fair ...

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Eating toffee apples at the Hoppings

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Enjoying the Hoppings

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Getting set-up for the Hoppings

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Town Moor - Hoppings

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