Our History

Our history is our foundation. We are powered and driven by our past and the world inspires us to create a brighter business future.

Over the years, our family have put the building bricks into place guided by historical qualities. In turn, this has empowered our teams, creating who we are today and how we are going to develop in the future.

Timeline

1890

The Beginning

From humble beginnings, Henry Mellors Snr developed a timber business, and his first foray into events was to manufacture a wooden coconut shy and wooden swing boat ride.

1950

Development

Henry’s son, Henry Jnr, developed these attractions further by providing Bingo games, stalls and children’s rides.

1969

Third Generation

Henry Jnr’s son, James Henry Mellors, took over his father’s small fairground business and brought in larger rides such as mini jets.

1980

Expansion

James Henry invested in bringing the largest and most sophisticated rides to the UK and he pioneered the return of events to city centres resulting in rapid expansion.

1992

Fourth Generation

James Frederick and Edward James join their father, James Henry, in the Company, resulting in the fourth generation of this family enterprise.

1996

Continued Growth

We grew the family business as big as we could and became the biggest operator at the time but it was difficult to grow the Company within this niche.

2008

Observation Wheel in Nottingham

Observation Wheel in Nottingham

We diversified and bought a 60m tall Observation Wheel for Nottingham which became an iconic attraction in various big cities.

2009

Nottingham Transformed

Nottingham Transformed

Mellors Group created ‘The Beach’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’ in Nottingham.

2011

Royal Wedding Celebrations

Royal Wedding Celebrations

Mellors Group Events submitted a successful bid to bring its giant observation wheel to Hyde Park to celebrate the royal wedding.

2012

London Olympic Games

London Olympic Games

Mellors Group Events supplied attractions to Victoria Park and every official London Olympic venue within the M25. In doing so, it was our zip line that Boris Johnson was famously stuck on!

2012

Flying over London

Flying over London

We installed the Starflyer, the country’s tallest attraction, on the Southbank in front of the London Eye.

2013

Global Village Dubai

Global Village Dubai

After tendering against companies from around the world, Mellors Group was appointed by Global Village Dubai to operate their funfair. Over five years, we saw attendance of 4.5 million people, year one revenue growth of 70% followed by 15-20% each concurrent year.

2014

Flying Through Liverpool

Flying Through Liverpool

We introduced the Zip Wire to Liverpool.

2016

Fantasy Island Theme Park

Fantasy Island Theme Park

Mellors Group acquired Fantasy Island theme park situated in Ingoldmells, on the East Coast of Lincolnshire, which gave us a solid business base.

2017

Fantasy Island Upgrade

Fantasy Island Upgrade

We invested a massive £4.7 million into Fantasy Island refit with new attractions being added annually.

2017

Nottingham Winter Wonderland Expansion

Nottingham Winter Wonderland Expansion

Nottingham Winter Wonderland was bigger and better introducing a French style ski lodge and live entertainment every day.

2019

Five Year Saudi Arabia Deal

Five Year Saudi Arabia Deal

Mellors Group created biggest touring event in the world for the People of Saudi Arabia after winning a 5-year contract.

2019

Playa Day Club

Playa Day Club

Playa Day Club is introduced as a brand-new attraction to the people of Nottingham.

2019

Christmas comes to Newcastle

Christmas comes to Newcastle

We won a contract to provide Christmas entertainment in Newcastle and introduced Newcastle’s Christmas Markets.

2019

Vogue’s No.1

Vogue’s No.1

Nottingham Winter Wonderland voted No.1 Christmas Market by Vogue.

2020

Jeddah Water Park

Mellors Group will be operating an exclusive water park just north of Jeddah on a private island. The water park will feature 9 different attractions, including slides, giant wave pools and the largest activity assault course in the world; 50m x 50m in size!

2020

Pier Amusement Park

Design and installation of a Pier Amusement Park in Jeddah.

2020

UP

UP, a new family entertainment concept, will be open by Christmas.

2020

UK Government Taskforce

Edward Mellors announced as being involved in the UK’s Government Taskforce on a reopening strategy to save the British economy following the Covid-19 outbreak.

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