Burton's brand new art trail

Following on from the success of Burton Swans in 2020, we’re going bigger! This time, 30 sculptures of galloping horses, like the ones we know and love from funfair carousels, will make up a free, interactive sculpture trail for everyone to explore and enjoy around Burton upon Trent.

Everyone loves a merry-go-round, but the classic fairground carousel has a very special place in the history and heritage of Burton upon Trent. It was in our town that local craftsmen George Orton and Charles Spooner came together to design and produce some of the world’s best fairground rides and showmen’s caravans from the 1890s to the 1950s. They had an unrivalled reputation and their exceptional artistry and engineering work sits at the heart of fairground history.

Brought to you by Making Trails

The Big Burton Carousel is brought to you by Making Trails and East Staffordshire Borough Council and supported by a team of artists, businesses and local organisations.

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Get involved

We are looking for sponsors and artists to get involved

Sponsor a Horse

We are looking for businesses, community groups or individuals to sponsor our 30 horse sculptures.

Submit a Design

If you are an established or emerging artist, we’d love to receive your ideas for our carousel horse sculptures.

Supporting burton and district mind

Mind offers counselling and support for adults and young people. In Burton, Mind works with a number of local schools to help young people get the mental health support they need. The charity also runs support groups and offers relaxation and mindfulness classes.

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