Galloper Horse Sculpture Unveiling Event

On Saturday 13th May Maidenhead’s Waterside Quarter is hosted a family friendly event to unveil its highly anticipated traditional fairground horse sculpture, which completes the Maidenhead Memories Sculpture trail. Visitors enjoyed a range of free activities, including fairground games, face painting, and delicious treats such as candyfloss and popcorn. The completed sculpture trail was also available to explore, making it an enjoyable experience for all ages.

The new sculpture, known as a “galloper” horse is a full-size replica of a horse found on the Gallopers ride at Carters Steam Fair, which is a British variation of a carousel ride. The bronze sculpture, commissioned by the Shanly Group, has been painted using traditional fairground art techniques by heritage craft experts at Carters Steam Fair. The statue honours the success of the vintage funfair which travelled the UK for 45 years from their Maidenhead base.

The unveiling took place outside the third and final phase of apartments at Waterside Quarter and was unveiled by Joby Carter, alongside 7-year-old Rose Harris from Maidenhead whose chosen name has been painted onto the horse following her winning the Waterside Quarter fairground horse colouring competition.

The Event included a range of fun activities such as Hook a Duck, Cork Shooting, Tin Can Alley, Ball in a Bucket, and High Striker. There was also delicious range of food and drink to enjoy from Maidenhead’s best restaurants and bars, including Coppa Club, El Cerdo, Sauce & Flour, and many more!

Whilst there attendees journeyed through the history of Maidenhead with the sculpture trail designed by Gordan Young. As they explored the trail, they were captivated by an array of beautiful sculptures and artwork that represent the pinnacle moments of Maidenhead’s achievements and celebrations. The sculpture trial begins at The Lion, dedicated to Sir Nicholas Winton and ends with the new arrival of the fairground horse sculpture. The trail is dedicated to the residents of Maidenhead, and visitors are encouraged to bring friends and family along to discover the town’s heritage and history together.

Positioned only 0.6 miles away from Maidenhead Train Station, Waterside Quarter is the perfect option for first-time buyers and commuters seeking the best of both worlds. With a range of sophisticated 1-to-2-bedroom apartments and breath-taking penthouses, this development has been successful in drawing ambitious buyers to Maidenhead as well as high quality businesses to fill the commercial spaces available.

Jessica Nicholls, Marketing Manager of Sorbon Estates said “We were delighted to see the community enjoy the unveiling event at Waterside Quarter on Saturday. The fairground horse sculpture celebrates 45 successful years vintage funfair, Carters Steam Fair, travelled the country. We are sure the series of sculptures will be incredibly popular, and we look forward to seeing people enjoying the trail.”