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On with the Show!

Construction on Blackpool's first museum of fun and entertainment starts

From left to right; Michael Conlon; Chairman of Conlon Construction Ltd, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen; Chairman of Blackpool Museum Trust, Alan Cavill; Director of Communications and Regeneration for Blackpool Council and Marcus Walker; Director at Coolsilk Property and Investment Ltd.
From left to right; Michael Conlon; Chairman of Conlon Construction Ltd, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen; Chairman of Blackpool Museum Trust, Alan Cavill; Director of Communications and Regeneration for Blackpool Council and Marcus Walker; Director at Coolsilk Property and Investment Ltd.

The past year has been an extremely difficult one for UK businesses, with the arts industry in particular facing some of the biggest setbacks in its long-standing history. Despite that, Showtown, located in the heart of Blackpool, is thrilled to announce that the lease has now been signed between Blackpool Council and Coolsilk Property & Investment Ltd, and construction has started.

Coolsilk’s co-owner Peter Swann said: “We are delighted that the Museum will be developed alongside our Sands Venue Resort Hotel – Blackpool’s first 5-star hotel when it opens next year. Our resort will create 91 luxury rooms and penthouses, restaurants, spa, conference space, existing themed Wild West Diner and soon to open cocktail bar. We can now look forward to hosting this exciting new Museum and look forward to working with the council to attract even more visitors into the resort”.

The Blackpool attraction has been working with Lancashire based construction firm, Conlon, who are laying the groundwork for the museum. Work commenced at the beginning of September and the construction team have hit the ground running, with a planned opening date of April 2023.

The museum will allow visitors to get up close with the entertainers who put Blackpool on the map – the comedians, dancers, acrobats, performers and larger-than-life characters who turned a seaside resort into the home of show business.

Darren Lee, Commercial Director at Conlon Construction said: “Blackpool is known all over the world for its history of entertainment and Showtown is shaping up to be the latest world-famous attraction located in the seaside town.

“It’s a pleasure to work with Showtown and we’re all excited to see the finished result.”

Read the full press release here >