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Slightly Fat Features' show, Variety By The Sea, is back for a second year at Showzam. I went to the show last year, which I loved and saw twice (my Mum also liked it) and so I was expecting them to bring some new Slightly Fat Features to the show which, hopefully, would be as good as last years. Although they were missing a cast member, they still brought comedy, music and mayhem to the show (Presenter of the show, Goronywy Thom also used those 3 words to explain the show) and my friend, Phebe and I were laughing the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at VisitBlackpool Blog
North pier was the venue for the first Showzam Fringe event of the festival and if Steve Faulkner’s Monday Night Magic was anything to go by, Showzam 2012 will be the best yet. The Merrie England Bar on the North Pier was standing room only as the news spread that Steve and his impressive roster of performers were in town, and at £8 a ticket, this two hour event had to be one of the best value for money shows you are likely to see anywhere this year. The Merrie England buzzed with excitement and anticipation as the audience hurried... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at VisitBlackpool Blog
Showzam Central is the main hub of the festival located in The Olympia at the Winter Gardens. As we stepped foot into Showzam Central, which holds all the secrets to Showzam, it was like we stepped into The World of The Circus. There were different shows, such as The Monster Show, The Headless-Lady show, Van Buren’s Temple of Illusions and also the performances by The Bikini Beach Band and much more. The Monster Show stood out for us in particular. Goosebumps arose on our arms as soon as we stepped behind the dark curtain. As the 2 main characters, Helga... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at VisitBlackpool Blog
A visit to Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs at Blackpool Grand Theatre Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
When you think of teenage musicals based in American high schools in the 50’s , Grease will probably be in the top 5. Anyone over the age of 25 will have grown up with the familiar songs and stylings of John Travlota and Olivia Newton Johns classic which is rolled out onto our TV screens every Christmas, a film that teaches us that leather jackets and menacing slicked back hair is no match for a big song and dance number. The stage musical rolled into the Opera House last night for a week long stint, with all the familiar songs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
Take a stroll where every step brings a new giggle as Blackpool welcomes a brand new floor covering with a difference. Our brand new Comedy Carpet sits in the shadow of the world famous Tower – and it’s one of the largest pieces of public art ever commissioned in the UK. There’s nothing like the British sense of humour, and a visit to the Carpet is a bit like a trip to the Hollywood Walk of Fame; but immortalising and celebrating the jokes, songs and comedy catchphrases of Britain’s most well loved comedians and writers. It’s been called the horizontal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
Emma and Sandy from our Tourist Information Centre joined Alice on her adverture through the Blackpool Winter Gardens. We arrived at the Winter Gardens wondering what to expect. There was a group of 35 people (the maximum number they can take) both Adults and children all wondering the same I expect. We were greeted by a lady who took us up the snow filled staircase with Alice themed objects along the way, it felt like a real Winter Wonderland. We entered the Spanish Hall where there were various memorabilia of Alice through Picture Frames. The White Rabbit appeared who was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
A visit to Blackpool's new Blackpool Tower Dungeon Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
Last night I took my seat at the opening night of the 2011 production of Hot Ice, Aura. Always a favourite Hot Ice has been a big part of Blackpool’s rich and varied entertainment for over 70 years and it’s skill and splendour keeps me returning year after year. This year is no exception, with some big numbers involving more skaters than it should be possible to fit onto that piece of ice, taking their turn in wowing the crowd with graceful yet daring feats. 30 skaters in total take part in this year’s production and some familiar faces including... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
You know the season is kicking into gear when The Blackpool Tower Circus gets underway and this year is no exception, so last night a few of us headed towards the iconic Blackpool Tower for the launch of the 2011 show entitled 'The Best of Blackpool' which celebrates 20 years of Producer & Director Laci Endresz Senior at The Blackpool Tower Circus. With ringmaster Harvey Seager introducing the acts and occasionally keeping the wonderful Mooky the Clown in-line, off we went on a 2 hour voyage of acrobatics, juggling, breath-holding and giggles. These days Mooky the Clown really doesn't need... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
A visit to Blackpool's new Madame Tussauds exhibition Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
And you can't do anything elese after a visit to the Grand Theatre Killer rabbits, flying cows, Finnish fish slapping and coconuts for horses, yes the pure sillines of Monty Python took to the stage of the Blackpool Grand Theatre in the guise of Spamalot. Lovingly ‘ripped off’ from the 1070’s film Monty Python and the Holy Grail we went on a fast paced search for the Grail where the team were met by French Soldiers casting their insults and The Knights Who Say Ni demanding a shrubbery. The whole show was peppered with dancing knights, showgirls, some of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
Blackpool recent played host to the hugely successful 2011 International Fitness Showcase (IFS) at the Winter Gardens. The IFS convention, which is dedicated to the UK’s health and fitness industry, attracted over 6,000 delegates. At the end of March, over three hectic days, they took part in 300 different aerobics, step, spinning, dance, weights and other popular fitness classes which were delivered by over 70 instructors drawn from across Europe. The 2011 event was the first time that every part of the newly restored Winter Gardens complex were utilised. The Floral Hall hosted a range of exhibition stands, the Baronial... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
The first Buca di Beppo opened its doors in 1993 in the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building. They now have 87 restaurants across America, and have recently partnered with Village Hotels and are opening new restaurants across the UK. The latest and biggest to open so far is at the De Vere Village Heron’s Reach in Blackpool, so of course the visitBlackpool team just had to give it a try for their latest night out. After a quick drink overlooking the golf course at the Village’s new pub The Victory we made our way to the restaurant which has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
Thriller was a great show; the music reflected all the key stages in Michael Jackson’s career from being a young seven year old and performing with the Jackson 5, then along came Ben from 1972. Each major album was covered and the show included hits from Michaels Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), History (1995), Invincible (2001) and of course the amazing Thriller album from 1982 that’s rumoured to have sold over 100m copies. The cast were excellent - four lead singers, working really well together as well as great interaction with the dancers and the live band. Throughout the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
SOAP, a show originating from Berlin and centring around seven bath tubs, has to be the highlight of Showzam. It’s the only show around that can take Opera, Burlesque, Cabaret, Circus and Comedy and combine them all within a bathroom. The night showcased a breathtaking calibre of talent, with the individual acts enough to carry their own shows, yet instead we were treated to a night bursting with variety and soaking its audience along the way! Markus Pabst, SOAP’S founder, has an incredible imagination, with every minor detail of the show perfectly crafted to provide great family entertainment. Marie-Andrée Lemaire... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
Today I visited Mooky's circus at the Tower. What a sensation! From triple sommersaults to two person Tightrope walking. The tension of the room was unbearable! My favourite and, i'm sure, the favourite of most people was a man on the American Big Wheel who performed tricks such as skipping, blinfolded at least 20ft above the audience! The show was fantastic and I really can't wait until tommorow's variety by the sea on Central Pier. Mooky & Mr Booo's International Circus Carnival at The Blackpool Tower Circus daily until 27 February. For further information visit the website at: Jake... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
Today I visited Blackpool Showzam Central at the Winter Gardens. Amazing is all I can say. If you like weird and wonderful variety, you'll love this. From a Mummy to a Half-Lady, the fun and fascination never stops. The favourite of most people was Mr. Diabolo A.K.A. 'The man who feels no pain' who stormed the show eating fire and hammering a nail into his nostril! Later our fearless reporter Leo Walker interviewed him and found out more. I can't wait until tommorow's circus show at the tower and I hope you can join me there! Showzam Central is open... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
Blackpool’s Merrie England Bar last night played host to Showzam’s second fringe event. Madame Galina & Her Only Friend, an act loaded with sexual innuendos and camp performances, ensured that Blackpool’s February Festival continued in true cabaret style. Madame Galina is a Russian ballet dancer created and performed by variety star Iestyn Edwards. Prancing around in a Tutu and Tiara, in front of a small crowd gathered around candle-lit tables, Galina teased that there was nothing classy about the night’s host town: ‘…My Grandma bought it for me from Poundland, otherwise known as Blackpool.’ Whilst pointing her toes and pirouetting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
It’s fresh, it’s funky, it’s fabulous, it’s…..Blackpool? Seriously. Anyone who hasn’t paid a trip to the beach in the North West recently should go and take a fresh look at Blackpool – where regeneration a go-go has seen the resort turn around its fortunes. And nothing epitomises the changes more than the annual Showzam! festival. Now in its fourth year, and part of February Festival, this is what new Blackpool is all about – it’s sassy, it’s classy and it takes everything that made our parents and grandparents fall in love with, and in Blackpool, and pulls it high-kicking and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at VisitBlackpool Blog
The Broken Hearts are Nisha and Amber who were predominantly DJ’s – both live and on radio. Well-known for their distinctive brand of spectacular DJ-ing, the Broken Hearts have played some of the most exclusive venues in the UK, as well as shows throughout New York, Paris, Moscow and Milan. Their eclectic sets have been described by The Independent as "a Hollywood musical on hallucinogenics”, and they have played for brands such as Selfridges, Topshop, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Pernod Ricard. They have presented shows on Diesel Radio and QRadio, where their weekly music and culture show was described... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at VisitBlackpool Blog
visitBlackpool caught up with Iestyn Edwards, the man behind Madame Galina, to find out what’s new in his life. There is never a dull moment with Iestyn as He and his alter ego Madame Galina stun audiences around the world with his diverse and incredibly entertaining stage shows. Iestyn Edwards, the man behind the world renowned Madame Galina, is once again about to sing privately for Royalty, next week! Prince Andrew will be added to the long list of Royalty who have had private performances, in fact, Iestyn has now performed for the whole family with the exception of Prince... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at VisitBlackpool Blog
Born performer, Marawa Ibrahim has been exciting audiences from Australia to America since 2004 as versatile show girl specialising in trapeze t and hoola-hooping. Marawa is returning to Showzam in 2011 and so we caught up with her to talk about her year so far… How would you define what you do? I'm a professional hoola-hooper. You've had some adventures in the last 12 months, which would be the best memory? Oh, too many! I had a gig in Portugal this year, which was super crazy with The Broken Hearts (the two loveliest DJs in the world and performing at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2010 at VisitBlackpool Blog
Many shows encourage audience participation, but there is only one show where it is absolutely required. Yes the Rocky Horror Show made a welcome return to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre last night and I was lucky enough to be there (although not in costume!) Brad and Janet set off on their journey into the night getting mixed up in the strange goings on at Frank ‘N’ Furter’s house with the usual mix of aliens, newly created Rocky and the ever present Transvestites all rolled up with the legendary songs and that famous dance routine that brought the audience to their feet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at VisitBlackpool Blog
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