Crazy contraptions set to ride again at the Blackburn BID’s street fair

Street Theatre Company Pif-Paf will be returning to the Blackburn BID’s Town Hall Street Fair on Saturday, 15 August with two special simulators designed to channel the imagination. 

Visitors can hop aboard the travelling machines and peep through the Submercycle’s portholes or periscope to take a closer look at what’s happening or ‘take to the skies’ in the Flycycle, which will located on Town Hall Street at intervals throughout the day.

The rides on the ‘past futurism’ cycles last for 10 minutes each and are suitable for people of all ages.

The Pif Paf experience was developed five years ago by Peter, who has an engineering background, and Eleanor Hooper, who comes from a grounding in theatre, visual arts and circus skills. Peter Gunson, said: “We can take two passengers on the simulators at a time and the story of our journey evolves as we go along – the only limits to the expedition being the imaginations of all involved. The unusual looking cycles also make an interesting spectacle for those in the crowds watching and following the success of our last visit to Blackburn we look forward to returning.”

The event, which builds upon the success of two previous fairs, is supported by the Blackburn BID and their partners, quality art and craft makers Hopeful and Glorious.

Manager of the Blackburn BID, Harriet Roberts, said: “We have plenty planned for the next Town Hall Street Fair including paper folding workshops by artist Kate Bufton, a mini-market with some of Blackburn Market’s traders and a number of art and craft stalls organised by our partners Hopeful and Glorious.”

Town Hall Street Fair runs from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm on Saturday, 15 August. For more information visit



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