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Photograph of a range of bright, colourful posters from Blackpool Tower Circus

Things to discover

The Greatest Showtown

People love Blackpool because Blackpool loves fun and entertainment. They come here to relax on the beach, watch a show or dance the night away. Blackpool is famous for its influence and importance in magic, circus, shows and dance. Not forgetting the famous Illuminations and the Tower!

Showtown will showcase all of this and more. Celebrating the performers that have entertained Blackpool crowds for hundreds of years. So have a look around and explore.

Beside the Seaside

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside! When we open, Showtown’s seaside gallery will show you Blackpool beach like you have never seen it before.

How's Tricks?

Do you believe in magic? When we open Showtown’s magic gallery, you’ll find conjurers, escapologists, illusionists and tricksters.

Roll Up! Roll Up!

Jugglers and tumblers and clowns, oh my! When we open our circus gallery you’ll find out why Blackpool and circus go hand in hand.

It's Showtime!

Lights down, curtain up! Blackpool has is all. When we open, meet the comedians, ventriloquists, musicians and more in the It’s Showtime! gallery.

It's Better with the Lights on

Who turned on The Lights? When we open Showtown’s Lights gallery, you’ll find out what it takes to turn on the greatest free light show on Earth.

Everybody Dance Now

Let’s dance! When we open, Showtown’s dance gallery will celebrate ballroom and social dancing, big bands and Northern Soul.

Heritage Blackpool

Heritage Assistants, Tom and Hayley sat at the History Centre desk smiling.

Showtown's sister service, Heritage Blackpool, care for the town's historic collections.

They look after the:

- Blackpool Council archive
- Blackpool Illuminations archive
- Cyril Critchlow Collection
- historic electoral registers
- local newspaper archive
- Tower Company Archive

Are you looking to learn more about Blackpool’s history? Maybe you want to look into your family tree? You can visit the History Centre to find the space, support and information to help you.

You can find the History Centre on the first floor of Blackpool Central Library.

Want to get in touch? Call them on 01253 478090 or email historycentre@blackpool.gov.uk

For more information on Heritage Blackpool and the collections, take a look at their website.