Showzam! ready to bring streets to life

Entertainment from last year's Showzam!
Entertainment from last year's Showzam!
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Blackpool’s Showzam! festival is back this Saturday marking 10 years of circus style outdoor entertainment.

The free street theatre programme takes place between February 11 and 14, with Showzam! Central based inside the Winter Gardens and performances around the town centre on Bank Hey Street, Birley Street, Victoria Street and Church Street.

Organised by VisitBlackpool and Blackpool BID (business improvement district), the aim is to boost tourism during the February half-term as well as provide activities for residents.

VisitEngland has named Showzam! as number one on its unmissable events list for 2017.

The theme is based on the popular sideshows of Victorian times with acts including jugglers and acrobats.

This year’s line-up includes Spikey Will, aka Danger Man, and his bed of nails, escapologist Rob Roy Collins and hula hoop expert Polly Hoops from London’s Covent Garden.

Also on the bill is Pete Anderson whose signature trick is climbing an unsupported 10ft ladder wearing only a kilt, and dancer Felicity Footloose.

Coun Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We’ve got some amazing free and interactive street theatre performing during this year’s Showzam!

“It’s not to be missed and loved by all ages. I would advise you to take some time to come and see these marvellous and talented performers here in Blackpool.”

For the full programme go to www.visitblackpool.com/showzam