October 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm
Scheduled for February 10 -19 in 2012, during the time that Showzam comes to Blackpool, a wave of colours, sounds and sights assail the promenade. Showzam Blackpool is the annual circus magic and cabaret entertainment festival. Performances are on offer at the Blackpool Tower, The Winter Gardens, the piers, the Pleasure Beach Resort and the Seafront. The highlight of the program is the annual Carnival Ball, which is of course, fancy dress. This year’s theme is burlesque, and is sure to bring out the creative and naughty alike. The fancy dress extends to the streets for the duration of the festival, with street performers on every corner. The Showzam Blackpool festival is designed to showcase the craft of pleasure industry entertainment, carnival magic and circus activities. There is something for everyone, and it is great fun for all the family. History Blackpool’s tourism agency, visitBlackpool, co-ordinates the festival, which brings together the talented theatrical community in all its forms in an event designed to showcase the best of their talents. Held each year on February half term, there are many fun activities for children and the not-so-young to enjoy and do. The show attracted over 25,000 visitors last year, with many parents feeding back to the organisers their appreciation of the free entry and free activities that were on offer. Originally, Showzam Blackpool was a cultural project, Admission all Classes, that was so successful the organisers decided to expand the brief. Now in its 5th year, Showzam aims to show the world that Blackpool is the entertainment capital of the UK, and is a heavyweight contender for international recognition too. The buzz around the festival is huge, as performers and artists come together to provide unique acts, interactive things to do with the crowds, and also cater for tourists visiting from all around the globe. Visitors have described their experience of Showzam Blackpool as ‘mesmerising’; ‘out of this world’, with the Pleasure Beach backstage costume tours proving so popular in 2010, staff had to run three times as many tours to keep the queue moving. An experience not to be found anywhere in the world, the fun and lively entertainment of Showzam Blackpool is something not to be missed if you are visiting in February half term time.