A funfair is set to return to Blackburn later month and organisers have promised a new ride.

Blackburn’s Easter Fair is set to return to Witton Country Park later this month, just in time for Easter and Eid.

This year there is a new ride, and free ride tickets will be given out on opening day.

With more than 50 rides and attractions, the Witton Park event has something for everyone.

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn Easter Fair in 2023 The Showmen’s GuildBlackburn Easter Fair in 2023 The Showmen’s Guild (Image: The Showmen’s Guild)New for 2024 is the Polar Express, a fast-paced toboggan ride that sees riders travel over two undulating “mountains”.

The ride is suitable for families, joining other rides including like the Waltzers, Twister, Joker and Tagada.

Thrill rides include the Freak Out, a giant swinging ‘claw’ that spins passengers up to 21 metres, into the sky.

Fighter, Superbowl and Miami are other thrilling rides that visitors can expect.

Family favourite rides, such as the runaway train, helter skelter, dodgems and fun house, will also be at the fair.

Lancashire Telegraph: 'Fighter' ride at Blackburn Easter Fair in 2023 'Fighter' ride at Blackburn Easter Fair in 2023 (Image: The Showmen’s Guild)

Farrar Shaw, who works for the Lancashire section of The Showmen’s Guild, which is organising the 15 day-long event in conjunction with Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “What people may not realise is that we’ve actually got more children rides and attractions than big [fun fairs].”

“That’s what makes the Easter Fair at Witton Park such a family-friendly affair and we’re can’t wait to put a smile or two on faces young and old.”

Some of those smaller offerings include inflatables, cups and saucers, helicopters, planes, toy ride, trampolines and much more. There will also be fairground food and games.

The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Councillor Parwaiz Akhtar, will be visiting on the first day to open the fair and hand out free ride tickets, and has also promised to return the following week for the Eid celebrations.

The Showmen’s Guild is planning to mark both this and the Easter holidays with a special promotion, details of which will be included on the event’s Facebook page official social media page, called ‘Blackburn Easter Fair’.

Once held in the town centre the fair was moved to Witton Park in the 1960s after a redevelopment of the Market Square.

Though now exclusively a pleasure fair, it used to have stalls selling pots and crockery.

Blackburn Easter Fair takes place at Witton Country Park, Preston Old Road, BB2 2TP, from Good Friday, March 29, until Sunday, April 14.

It will be  open daily from 12pm until 8.30pm. Admission is free at all times and prices start at £2.50 per ride.

Card/contactless payments are accepted on most attractions.