The Hoppings is back for the first time since the pandemic and the first night really went with a swing! The travelling fair returns with all of the usual traditional and high-octane rides, sideshows, food and some new additions too. Lots of fun and excitement as the Hoppings is welcomed back to town.
“Haven’t been to the Hoppings for many years. Was good fun. Some adrenaline and greasy food in the mix…”
And Daniel adds:
“It’s hardly changed over the years. Went on one ride that I saw in footage from the hoppings in the fifties.”
How long has the Hoppings been going?
There is certainly plenty of nostalgia as well as excitement. Which is no surprise as the Hoppings has been a part of Newcastle culture since 1882 when it started as a Temperance Fair as an alternative to Race Week at Newcastle Racecourse. It has been going strong ever since.
The 1950s saw the introduction of the rotor as well as the popular children’s game of Hook the Duck, both attractions that are still around nowadays.
The Hoppings was opened by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Karen Robinson. She said:
“It’s so fantastic that The Hoppings has returned for the first time since 2019 and I’m delighted to be here today to officially open the 2022 Hoppings, now in its 140th year.” She added that the event is part of our local heritage and a tradition which changes little in our fast-moving world. “It just gets bigger and better,”
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