The Amusement Catering Equipment Society is a long established society for Showmen, Acts and suppliers to the events industry including mobile caterers. It deals with the welfare of its members and the operation of members' equipment. A.C.E.S is an alternative to the Showman's Guild. Gaining in popularity from day one, the Society has members from all over the UK operating fairground rides, shows, bouncy castles, juvenile rides, trampolines, catering units, circus proprietors and workshops, Punch & Judy shows, street performers, entertainers - in fact anything in the amusement business.

A.C.E.S exists for the mutual benefit of its members. When you join the Society you have the support of a committee who have worked in the amusement trade for many years. If you are already a member of The Showman’s Guild, SIRPS or any other Trade Body there is no problem with you joining A.C.E.S in addition.

As anyone who operates on showground's will know, as each year passes showmen are met by more and more legislation, including risk assessments, public liability insurances, ADIPS & PIPA tests, electrical tests, NDT tests, design reviews, PRS certificates and exemption certificates for Showmen’s lorries. Should you find you are having problems regarding any of these or others, A.C.E.S will do our best to help, calling upon the years of experiences of other members.

A.C.E.S only accepts members who operate in a safe and legal manner. Because of this councils and local authorities recognise A.C.E.S as an official trade body, assisting members in securing bookings on council land and obtaining winter quarters.

As a member you receive a quarterly Newsletter with updates on proposed legislation, news, features and articles. Click on 'The Showman' image on this page to view/download a bitesize version of the newsletter.
* Membership qualifies Showmen for a discounted Showman’s vehicle insurance with some brokers.
* Members with Shooting Galleries can apply for a Fire Arms Exemption Certificates.
* Get notification of safety alerts from the ADSC & HSE.
* Notification of any free to attend Safety & Health Awareness Days from the ADSC.
* Quarterly newsletters available in print or digital versions.
* Advice on education for Showman’s children.
* Custom printing of our Roadside Document for members to assist when stopped by VOSA etc.
* Advice on Showman’s transport and exemptions.
* A link on the ACES website to your own site (The ACES website has a high value ranking which will add value to a members own website).
Two members’ meetings are held every year, the A.G.M being in November. These meetings are usually held at Gaydon, in Warwickshire (junction 12 M40). There is a quality pub opposite the venue, where a good lunch may be enjoyed beforehand.

It costs just £30.00 a year to be part of this friendly and professional Society. If you need any further information, or would like to join, please contact the Membership Secretary Phil Pike on the details below.
t: 01245 328221 / e:

Amusement Devices Safety Council.
ACES is proud to sit on and be an active part of the Amusement Devices Safety Council. The council’s purpose is to promote and improve fairground and amusement park safety through rules and procedures relating to the inspection of amusement devices. The council has support and input from the HSE. ACES expects its members to positively contribute to safety in our industry, primarily the safety of the public. Please see the following links for information.
A.C.E.S. membership pack
Click here to view a bitesize A.C.E.S members newsletter - 'The Showman'
Amusement Device Safety Council and Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme logos
How can I join?
Click here to download an A.C.E.S membership for new applicants form pdf

Click here to download an A.C.E.S junior membership form pdf
What more can we say....Don’t delay, join today!