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Funfair Quiz Answers

Time to see how much you really knew!



Q. What was the first ever fairground ride?


A. Dodgems – 1920’s

The Pleasure Beach at Blackpool had a ‘Dodgem type’ machine in 1913 called the Witching Waves whereby motion was provided by a complex arrangement of tilting floor panels. The Dodgems are based on ideas expressed in a number of similar rides that all involved devices crashing into each other while under the control of “drivers”, or riders.



Q. What year was Candyfloss invented?


A. Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by the dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton. It was first introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World’s Fair as “Fairy Floss” with great success, selling 68,655 boxes at 25¢ per box (equivalent to $6 per box today).



Q. Who devised the first steam powered rides?


A. They were Invented in 1868 by Frederick Savage, an agricultural engineer from King’s Lynn, devised a method of driving rides by steam. His invention, a steam engine mounted in the center of the ride, transformed the fairground industry.



Q. What were rides fueled by before this discovery?


A. The first fairground rides began to appear in the eighteenth century, these were small and made of wood and propelled by gangs of boys.



Q. What were traditionally the main Funfair attractions before rides?


A. Sideshows:

In the 19th century, before the development of mechanical attractions, sideshows were the mainstay of most funfairs. Typical shows included menageries of wild animals, freak shows, wax works, boxing/wrestling challenges and theatrical shows.



Q. What year were Funfair’s first introduced in the UK?


A. The Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park was perhaps the first iconic event of this kind, but the Victorian age saw the growth of the Great Showman and the quality touring fairs and circuses.



Q. What is the oldest and most traditional fairground prize?


A. A goldfish in a bag



Q. What is the name of the world famous French Funfair Museum?


A. Musée des Arts Forains



Q. Why is it called a Helter Skelter?


A. The term “helter-skelter” was first recorded in the United Kingdom at Hull Fair in October 1905, taking its name from the much older adverb meaning “in confused, disorderly haste”.



Q. When was the first ever Funfair?


A. What is documented is that during the Middle Ages in Europe, there were chartered fairs. These were essentially trade shows that took place roughly between 1200 and 1400. They were gatherings of international traders and their wares, and subsequently included entertainers. It is likely that funfairs are the descendants of chartered fairs.



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Fun Fair Quiz

With all the fun fair frenzy we’ve been learning loads of fun fair facts, but how will you fare with our fun fair facts!? Any more f’s anyone?



1.   What was the first ever fairground ride?

Fairground rides



2.   What year was candy floss invented?




3.   Who first devised steam powered rides?

Steam powered fairground ride



4.   What were rides fueled by before this discovery?






5.   What were traditionally the main fun fair attractions before rides?




6.   What year were fun fairs first introduced in the UK?




7.   What is the oldest and most traditional fairground prize?




8.   What is the name of the world famous French fun fair Museum?




9.   Why is it called a Helter Skelter?




10.   When was the first ever Funfair?




All the answers will be revealed on Monday!


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The Joe Browns Blogger Fun Fair!

What better way to showcase our new Autumn Winter range to bloggers than a party! But not just any party, a fun fair party!




We scouted out an awesome venue, Bar Soho, in the (funnily enough) centre of bustling Soho with a quirky retro vibe and would you believe it – Waltzer chairs and a carousel horse!




It fitted us and our purpose perfectly. So after playing an intense game of ‘Fit everything in the car Jenga’, we sped off to London to meet with fashion and lifestyle bloggers eager to see what we had in store this season.


Bar Soho


This is the first time we’ve done a blogger event, so we’re not going to lie, we were pretty nervous of looking like really sad kids at a birthday party where none of your friends turn up. But our little faces lit up when over 70 bloggers were at one point queuing to see us and our favourite pieces we’d brought with us.


Fun Fair Event


To get everyone in the fun fair spirit we got people playing some old school games: Hook a Duck, ring toss and a mini grabber machine with some Joe Browns goodies inside.


Fun Fair Fun


All the bloggers were a brilliant bunch of guys and girls who straight away got involved with everything going on and were Tweeting and Instagramming their love for the new collection.




Here are some of their favourite pieces…


Joe Browns Blogger event

LK397A Freestyle Fleece Shawl £49.95 


Fun Fair

LD762A Out of this World Dress £79.95 



HA551A Glamorous Faux Fur Hat  £24.95



We then put on a strictly no pouting catwalk – which ended up being more of a dance floor than a catwalk to see the styles in full swing.


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Julie Dress £59.95 



catwalk 2

Super Sexy Senorita Dress £44.95


catwalk 3

Leather Burnout Biker Jacket £190




Inspiring Lace Dress £39.95


We want to say a huge thank you to our models, the guys at Bar Soho and to all the amazing bloggers who we loved meeting.

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Unusual Toffee Apple Recipes

We’ve got Fun Fair fever! And with treats in mind we thought we’d look for some creative Toffee Apple recipe’s you can try at home!



1. Chocolate-Covered Caramel Apples


chocolate caramel apples


Serves: 6

Estimated Time: 30 minutes




6 Granny Smith apples

6 popsicle sticks (some caramel brands include them in the bag, such as Brach)

2 Tbsp milk

1 1/4 oz packet of caramels, unwrapped

Chocolate (white, dark, or semi-sweet)

Mini M&Ms

Mini chocolate chips


Crushed Oreos




  • Remove the apple stems. Wash and dry the caramel apples, rubbing the surface well with a tea towel to remove any wax. Insert sticks into the top of the apple and freeze for an hour.
  • Microwave milk and caramels for 1 minute in a glass bowl. Stir the caramels and microwave for another minute. Stir well and dip the apples immediately, turning to coat. Use a knife and scrape the caramel from the bottom of the apples (this will prevent the apple from ending up in a pool of caramel). Immediately dip into nuts or mini chocolate chips .
  • If dipping in chocolate, put caramel apples on wax paper (buttered parchment works well, too) and stick in the fridge until the caramel has set, about 5 minutes.
  • Melt the chocolates in the microwave with a bit of vegetable oil.  Dip the apples, scraping the excess chocolate from the bottom of the apple. Immediately dip into more nuts or mini chocolate chips or push larger sweets onto the chocolate surface.
  • Store them in the fridge and enjoy!


Note – Should you have a boil over in the microwave, don’t clean it up – just let it cool and it peels right off the turntable inside the microwave and is much safer than trying to scrape out the sugar-lava. Hot caramel burns!



2 . Caramel Apple Nachos






30 large marshmallows

5 Tbsp butter

35 caramels

1 Tbsp water

4-5 apples, sliced

Toppings (peanuts, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, crushed candy bars, etc.)





  • Melt the marshmallows and butter in a saucepan over a low heat.
  • Stir periodically until completely melted and smooth.
  • Combine the caramels and water in a bowl and microwave until melted.
  • Microwave at 45 second intervals, stirring in between until the caramel is smooth.
  • Arrange the sliced apples on a plate and pour the caramel and marshmallow mixtures over them.  Add any additional toppings and serve immediately to friends that will love you forever!




3. Toffee Apple Tray Bake


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350g apples

A squeeze of lemon juice

350g self raising flour

2 tsp baking powder

350g light soft brown sugar

4 large eggs, beaten

225g unsalted butter, melted


For the toffee sauce:

100g unsalted butter

100g light soft brown sugar

1 tbsp lemon juice

A pinch of salt





  • Preheat the oven to 180C. If you are using a tin, line the tin with baking parchment.  If you are using a foil tray grease it well with a little of the melted butter.
  • Peel, core and thinly slice the apples (down to you whether or not to leave the skins on). Put them in the bowl with a good squeeze of lemon juice and mix to evenly coat the apple pieces.
  • Sift the flour into a large bowl and add baking powder, sugar and mix well. Mix in the beaten egg and the melted butter until it’s well combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the tin and arrange the apple slices in three or four rows on the top of the cake mixture. If you are using cooking apples, it is a good idea to sprinkle some caster sugar over the top.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until the cake is firm and a skewer comes out clean. It is worth checking with a skewer as sometimes the cake beneath the apples takes a bit longer to cook.
  • Start making your sauce when the cake is nearly ready to come out. Melt the sugar, butter and lemon juice in a pan and add a pinch of salt.  As it melts, whisk the sauce gently with a balloon whisk until the mixture is melted, thicker and smooth.  Leave to cool while you get the cake out of the oven.
  • Pour the sauce all over the top and smooth out with a spoon.






4. Caramel Apple Trifles




Makes 4 trifles



This is an American recipe so we’re dealing with cups – sorry!


Caramel Sauce*

1/2 cup sugar

3 tbsp salted butter, cubed, room temperature

1/4 cup heavy cream, room temperature

*You can replace the caramel sauce with a store-bought sauce, if preferred.


Cinnamon Apples

3 apples, diced

2 tsp lemon juice

1/8 tsp nutmeg

2 tsp cinnamon

6 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp butter


Cinnamon Whipped Cream

1 cups whipping cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup Cinnamon Granola (I used this one)





  • To make the caramel, add the sugar in an even layer to the bottom of a medium saucepan.
  • Heat sugar on medium-high and whisk until the sugar has melted, about 5 minutes. The sugar will lump together, but eventually melt.
  • Continue whisking until the temperature reaches 350 degrees or the sugar has turned an amber colour. It will reach 350 degrees very quickly after all the sugar has melted. Watch it very closely. It goes from nice caramel to burnt very quickly.
  • Remove caramel from heat and add butter. Whisk until melted and combined. Mixture might bubble a bit.
  • Add the heavy cream and whisk until incorporated.
  • Cool caramel to room temperature.
  • To make the apples, combine apples, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar in a medium pan and toss to coat.
  • Add butter and cook apples for about 15-20 minutes, or until at preferred softness.
  • Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  • To make cinnamon whipped cream, freeze a metal bowl and whisk attachment for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove bowl from freezer, add heavy whipping cream, and whip on high speed until it begins to thicken.
  • Add powdered sugar and cinnamon and whip until it you get stiff peaks.
  • Once everything is made and ready, build the trifles.
  • Pipe an even layer of whipped cream into the bottom of the cup or jar you are using.
  • Add about 2 tbsp granola in an even layer.
  • Drizzle caramel over granola.
  • Spoon apples over caramel.
  • Repeat layers 14-17, then drizzle more caramel over the tops of each trifle.
  • Store in the fridge for 2-3 hours, or until ready to serve.






5. DIY Mini Caramel Apples





Extra-large apples (approx. 3, to make 20 mini caramel apples)

Packet of Caramels

2 Tbsp milk

Lollipop sticks

A metal Tbsp coffee scoop

Wax paper & plates or a cooking tray





  • First, prepare a tray or some plates with wax paper on top.
  • Peel the apples, then scoop balls out of them with a metal coffee scoop.
  • Push a lollipop stick into the middle of each ball. Pat them dry with a paper towel and put them in the fridge or freezer while you make the caramel.
  • Unwrap the caramels and melt them in a pot over medium-low heat, with 2 Tbsp of milk. (You can buy bags of caramel bits too if you don’t want to go through the trouble of unwrapping them.)
  • Once the caramel is smooth and melted, remove it from heat and dip in the apple pops one by one, letting the excess caramel drip back off them into the pot.
  • Place the dipped apples back onto the tray or plate, and repeat.
  • Because peeled apples are a lot more slick and wet than apple skin, you might want to pat the apple pops dry with a paper towel one more time before you start dipping them, and you should put them back in the freezer right after dipping to let the caramel set. Otherwise, it will just slide off.
  • Leave them in the freezer for about 15 minutes, then transfer to the fridge for another 30 minutes or until the caramel is hardened.
  • Once the caramel is hard, take them out of the fridge and peel them off the wax paper. If you have a lot of caramel pooled around the bottom, you can cut it away with a knife.
  • You could also dip these in nuts, chocolate bits, crushed pretzels, or salt for fun variations.


Have you tried any weird or wonderful ways to add copious amounts of calories to one of your 5 a day?

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How to Create Your Own Fun Fair

With the recent launch of our Autumn/Winter Fun Fair inspired collection and schools shut for the summer, we thought it would be a great idea to bring you some ideas so you can host your own fair at home!

Get the kids involved, invite some friends, crack out the party food (and a couple of beers) and have a ball!


Hook a duck


What you will need:

  • A paddling pool or large bucket
  • Some floating bath ducks
  • Magnets or hooks
  • Wooden rods

This is dead simple! Just buy some floating ducks, attach either magnets or screw-in hooks to the tops of their heads and the same on the ends of the wooden rods. Put numbers or symbols on the underside of the ducks that correspond to a load of prizes and then just pop them in your pool or bucket and get hooking!


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Tin Can Game


What you will need:

  • Tin cans
  • Something to decorate them with
  • A bean bag or small ball

Another classic and even easier and cheaper than the ducks. All you need to do is save up some food cans (as many as you like) and decorate them with coloured paper, paint, stickers, glitter – a perfect job for the kids. When they’re all looking beautiful just stack them up and knock them down.


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Lucky dip


What you will need:

  • Some sort of container – either a box with holes in or an assortment of envelopes
  • An assortment of prizes or written challenges/dares

Less of a game and more of an excuse to open presents. Fill envelopes with various small prizes (toys, sweets, etc.) and then put them either in a decorated box with hand holes cut out of the top (for the true dipping experience) or just in an open box. For something a little different, why not fill all or some of the envelopes with written forfeits and fun challenges?


lucky dip



DIY Photo booth


What you will need:

  • A backdrop or frame
  • A stool/chair
  • Carnival themed props
  • A camera

Something both kids and adults can have hours of fun with is a photo booth! Set up a jazzy background or a cardboard frame, a stool and a camera, leave out some props and watch the magic happen.


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No fun fair would be complete without crazy decorations, so this is something you can really go to town with! A cheap, easy and ever-popular option is colourful bunting – either bought or made yourself out of patterned paper or fabric.




Or what about the humble paper chain?


paper chains



Will you be giving any of these a go? What’s your favourite fun-fair activity? Let us know!



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Behind the scenes of the fun fair

To capture all the fun of the fairground for our new exciting autumn winter collection our team headed north to the largest travelling fairground in Europe!


The masses of stalls, rides, games and treats, spread over a huge 28 acres in the aptly named town of Moor Fair in Newcastle, proved to be the perfect backdrop for our story of friends, laughter and fun.


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Our models spun till they were nearly sick on the Waltzers, danced their way through the mad house of fun, and laughed till they were almost crying at Adam falling over trying to get changed in a windy pop up tent.







To get a real feel of what our jam-packed day on shoot entailed, have a little watch of this…



We can’t wait to share with you all the awesome pictures we got from the shoot, which we hope you’ll agree really showcase the vibrant colours and beautiful classic feel of the collection.


Here are a few of our favourite pieces from the shoot:


Remarkable Cardigan £69.95
Live Love Laugh Dress £39.95
Marvellous Mix N Match Dress £49.95
3 In 1 Coat £74.95

LK385A LD808A


LD760A  LJ258A




Open Road T-Shirt £19.95
Have a Blast Coat £69.95
Individuals Blazer £89.95
Thunder Road Top £29.95


JA205A CT567A


We’d like to say a massive Thank You to the guys at The Hoppings Fun Fair for letting us descend on their fair and go on all the rides in exchange for a donation to charity.


If you had to pick a location for a Joe Browns photoshoot – anywhere in the world – where would you pick?

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How to Make Your Own Candy Floss

Everybody loves candy floss, kids and big kids alike.
We found this really cool recipe, so you can make it at home. It takes a bit of effort but it’s definitely worth it!




Serves: 6-8
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
Cost: Cheap as chips



800g granulated sugar

240ml corn syrup (there’s a brand called Karo you can get from Tesco)

240ml water

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp raspberry extract (or any flavour you like)

2 drops pink (or any colour) food colouring (optional)



You will also need:

A candy thermometer (Argos do a cheap one)

A ‘decapitated’ whisk*


*To make a decapitated whisk, snip the prongs at the end of a wire whisk with a wire cutter so you have straight metal branches



  1. Cover 8 cardboard paper-towel tubes with parchment. Set aside. With a damp pastry brush, wipe down the sides of the pan to prevent stray sugar crystals from forming
  2. In a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. Stir until the sugar is melted.
  3. Clip on a candy thermometer, stop stirring, and heat to 320°F (160°C). Pour the molten liquid into a shallow heatproof container. Add the extract and food colouring (if using) and stir well.
  4. Line your work table with parchment. Might be worth spreading parchment on the floor around the table to catch any stray bits of flying sugar.
  5. Dip your decapitated whisk into the sugar syrup and hold it over the pot to let the sugar drip back into container for a second. Holding the whisk a foot (30 cm) above the parchment, swing the whisk back and forth so that thin strands of sugar fall on the paper. Repeat this a few more times until you have a nice nest of spun sugar.


WARNING: Be really careful. This stuff is seriously hot!


  • If you’re still not getting the hang of it, there’s a quick tutorial to a similar method here


Let us know how you get on!

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The Fun Fair has arrived!

It’s finally here – The Joe Browns Fun Fair has arrived!!




We’re so excited about this season’s collection. It’s all about vivid colours, bright lights and exciting atmosphere mixed with the beautiful classical feel of vintage carousel rides.




We couldn’t think of a better backdrop to showcase our new autumn/winter styles to you, packed with enticingly colourful designs, vintage inspired detailing and of course – a massive helping of excitement!




Head buyer, Caroline, said: “A lavish historical theme is  woven throughout the collection with luxurious, elaborate designs and beautiful embroideries. Tapestry textiles, muted winter florals and rich embellishments provide a sophisticated vintage edge.”




Influences in our guy’s collection come from our favourite pastimes – the love of freedom bred from bikes, music and adventure in the great outdoors.




Menswear Buyer, Adele, said: “As well as catering for a rustic casual look, with a mix of browns, oranges and teal, we also have a more refined ‘distinguished gent’ theme woven throughout the collection. This favours classic tailored cuts, traditional tweed fabrics, crombies and pocket handkerchiefs.”




What are your thoughts on the new collection? We’d love to hear what you think!



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