Our plan for the bank holiday was a train trip to Portsmouth for a little jaunt to Gunwharf Quay. There were two places I wanted to go. First up was a look in the Cath K outlet store to see if I could find anything to spend my birthday money on. Nope, nothing I fancied for me but I did purchase a Christmas present for my friend I so it wasn't a wasted visit. Then it was on to Clarks for school shoe shopping. This was more successful and completed in less than 10 minutes, phew.
Then the next part of our day out saw us boarding the ferry over to Gosport.
S enjoying the ride over the harbour which takes all of about 7 minutes or so.
Here is the reason for going to Gosport, Carter's Vintage Steam Fair were in town.
Clicking on this link will explain why you won't see a carousel at the fair. Interesting stuff.
Now I'm not hugely in to fairground rides normally but I wanted to go on so many of these. Only thing was G and S refused to go on with me. I had to beg S to go on and eventually she agreed to go on two of them and in the end she loved them as much as I did.
First up we went on the chairoplanes. I was grinning like an idiot the whole time I was on this, but I didn't care I felt so happy and carefree.
The other ride was the Whirl Around Twist, this went on for ages and we laughed so much.
Some of the rides we didn't go on were the steam yachts
The giant octopus
The Dive Bombers.
Everything was so brightly painted and seeing it all together and looking so vibrant couldn't help but feel happy.
How we resisted buying an ice cream from the cutest van ever I'll never know. Actually I do know as we were going to go and treat ourselves to a coffee and cake before we got the ferry back again, so another treat was beckoning.
Even the accommodation for the staff is vintage. Clicking on the link you can see more of what is on offer and they have a handful of dates left for this year before the end of the season and they spend the winter on maintainence.