Thursford Collection – Thursford, England - Atlas Obscura

Thursford, England

Thursford Collection

A large collection of steam engines, organs, and fairground attractions. 

The Thursford Collection was established in the 1970s by a local businessman, George Cushing. Over the years, Cushing has established an impressive collection of various machinery, steam engines, steam organs, and fairground rides that are still in operation.

The attraction puts on regular shows and tours, but its main highlight is the Wurlitzer organ. This Wurlitzer is the fourth largest in Europe, and was obtained from the Odeon Cinema in Leeds, England.

What makes this collection worthwhile is its vast collection and family-friendly approach. Thursford also has two operating fairground rides: an 1896 Gallopers and a Venetian Gondola Switchback Ride.

Thursford is beloved for its annual Christmas Spectacular. Outside the attraction, there is also a free shopping village featuring a large Christmas shop, gift shops, and cafes. 

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