For Roses Pleasure Parks the running of fairground attractions is a long-standing tradition. Showmen and fairground owners have been in our families for generations, with the famous Billy Smart a great grandfather.
In addition to operating as a travelling funfair, we have for many years provided the fair for the Epsom Derby and at the race meetings at Brands Hatch. We have recently taken over the Mitcham Status Fair in London, which has been running since the 1800s.
No event is too large or too small. We can provide attractions, rides and catering – tailored to your requirements – for all occasions from Birthdays and Christmas parties to Carnivals, Festivals, Galas and Corporate Functions. A wonderful experience for all, young and old alike.
History of Roses Pleasure Parks
Although Roses Pleasure Parks have only been in the fairground business for 50 to 60 years the owners, Luisa and Perron Coupland, are both from showman families which stretch back generations.
On Luisa’s side her great-grandfather was Billy Smart, circus owner and fairground operator, and grandfather Joe Stevens who provided rides for the top London Fairs of the time. Billy’s daughter Peggy married Joe in 1942 and in the early 1950s Billy was becoming much more interested in the circus side of things and so began to transfer the funfair operation to Joe. By the mid-50s the fair officially became his – Stevens Fair.
In the late 1970s Peggy and Joe’s son, Perrin Stevens (a travelling showman), began to take a greater part in the running of Stevens Fair and was also building the Sizzler Twist amusement rides. Perrin is Luisa’s late father.
On Perron’s side his grandfathers were Jimmy Rogers, a well known travelling showman and lessee of the Bristol area, and Joel Coupland who travelled all over the UK providing catering stalls for fairgrounds.
Joels son Barron married Jimmy’s daughter Vicky in 1972. Barron continued the family tradition travelling the UK as a showman and became a lessee in the mid 1970s organising the fairground at one of the largest bonfire and firework displays in the west country at Ottery St Mary, and continued this at other carnivals and events,then he purchased Roses Pleasure Parks in 1998.
Barron and Vicky’s son is Perron Coupland who, along with his wife Luisa, took over Roses in 2010 and are following in their respective families’ footsteps by continuing to supply first class fairground entertainment all around the country.
In addition to a travelling funfair, they provide the fair for the Epsom Derby, at the race meetings at Brands Hatch and have recently taken over the Mitcham Status Fair in London which has been running since the 1800s.