You, Me and Teddy

Parenting adventures and activities in and around Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Carrousels and the Place du Port

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The funfair came to town last week!

The rides come and set up a few times a year in the Place du Port right in the centre of town. This time it was for the two weeks of school holidays. What is great about this year is that E is now big enough to do everything. She is a very tall and sturdy 2 year old and she filled the height, weight and fearlessness criteria for all the ride owners.

The only way to find out the opening times is through word of mouth, reading the local press or by going to have a look in person. I must start getting the local paper again! I stopped as I really didn’t have time to read it when M arrived but now I think I might be able to manage the e-version.

We were really lucky with the weather during their stay and while it was a little chilly the sun was out.


Despite enjoying the more extreme rides like the drop (where they “bribed” all the kids who went on with a sweetie) or dodgems, I think E still prefers the simple Merry-go-rounds and car runs which she insisted taking Teddy on.

driving collage

I expect they will be back in August for the National Fête and I know they will definitely be back for the Fête de Vendanges in September when they arrive in force with the more extreme rides.

The Place du Port is also the site of the Knie Circus which will be coming to town this summer at the end of June with their Elephants! We like to go and see them take their baths in the lake but maybe this year E’s attention span will be just long enough so we can go and see a show.

While we might have to wait for some more adrenaline thrills there is always a go-cart track and a carrousel at Jeunes-Rives, just next door, throughout the summer. This is where E went on her first Carrousel alone at the age of 16 months – yes, she has always been very independent and thrill seeking.

I will have to keep an eye open for any more surprise funfair visits. I can’t wait till M can start enjoying the rides too this summer (and for more excuses to eat candy floss).

extreme trampolines


Author: youmeandteddy

I am a stay at home mum with 2 young children living in the French speaking part of Switzerland.

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