Fairground worker

carnival worker

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What's it like?

You would help people have fun on a ride or attraction at a fair or theme park. You’d take payments, help customers on and off the ride and make sure it works safely.

You could be based in a permanent theme park or travelling fairground.

You would:

  • Operate and supervise rides, often as part of a team
  • Make announcements over a public address system
  • Carry out safety checks on the rides before the park opens
  • Make small repairs
  • Do general cleaning work

With a travelling fair, you would also be involved in dismantling rides and other attractions, loading equipment for transportation and putting up rides at the next site.

You would need to be aware of health and safety regulations. It would be important to carefully follow instructions and procedures to ensure the ride is safe.

You’d need to be able to keep calm and cope with emergencies.

Working conditions


If working on a long-term contract, you may live on site in a mobile home and travel round the country with the fair.


Most fairgrounds and carnivals are outside. If you were taking payments you may sit in a portable ticket office.


You would normally work around 37 to 40 hours a week, including weekends and evenings.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Positive attitude
  • Verbal communication
  • Cooperating
  • Respecting
  • Empathising
  • Resourceful
  • Working with numbers

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Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.


There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but most employers value a good general education.

Experience working in fairgrounds, theme parks or other leisure attractions in any role will be of value.

Most permanent fairground workers have family connections with the fairs.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Physical education
  • Modern languages
  • Practical technologies

You will also need

Many employers will prefer you to be 18 years old or over.

You might be able to start at 16 years old on smaller, children’s rides.

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show physical fitness, customer service skills and practical or technical skills such as engineering or construction.

An LGV driving licence may be useful if you are working in a travelling fair.