A care home in Cottingham brought in the carnival games, coconut shies and candy floss as it hosted its own version of Hull Fair.
Magnolia House, a residential care home for up to 94 people on Hull Road, usually takes residents out to the annual event, which is one of Europe’s largest travelling funfairs. This year, the fair has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions.
Carers at the home wanted to ensure residents didn’t miss out on the fun and spectacle, so made plans to host their own fair at the home, including hook a duck, tin can alley, a traditional sweet stall, and decorating the lounge to give it a carnival atmosphere.
The activities co-ordinator also located some videos from previous years showing the rides to play in the background as residents enjoy the fun.
The Magnolia House took place on 7 October to coincide with the dates on which Hull Fair would have taken place.
Sarah Carter, activities coordinator at Magnolia House, said: “It’s important to us that the residents feel part of the local community and get to enjoy fun and stimulating activities. Hull Fair is one of the highlights of our social calendar, and we were hugely disappointed that it has had to be cancelled this year.
“However, we came up with a plan to bring the fair to the residents and had a fantastic day of activities planned. Although no one actually went on the helter skelter or the waltzers, there were plenty of fairground-themed games and treats.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to Debbie’s Sweet Cabin, from which we purchased the traditional sweets for the residents. We know that the delicious sweeties are one of our residents’ favourite things about the fair and we’re glad they didn’t miss out.”
Marlene, 88, said: “I liked the fair day a lot, we got plenty little treat bags. I enjoyed the music in the background, it made it feel real! Once you hear the music you know you’re at Hull fair.”
Doreen, 86, said: “You always have fun and a laugh!”
Pam, 88, said: “I was pleased I won on the name the teddy.”