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Blackpool in the Spotlight: The Magic of Jon Gresham's Sideshows

Type:Historical

Liberty's Hotel, 1 Cocker Square, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1RX

Tel: 01253 4786 24

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Blackpool in the Spotlight: The Magic of Jon Gresham's Sideshows

Join Showtown for this talk about showman, Jon Gresham.

Jon Gresham built a sideshow empire throughout the UK, mainly at seaside resorts and back end fairs presenting his live illusion shows from 1955 to 1969.  Similar shows featured on Blackpool's famous Golden Mile tempting visitors to spend their sixpences on attractions that disappeared as part of our popular culture by the early 1970's. 

Jon Marshall has researched, restored and presented many of Jon Gresham's creations and this illustrated talk will vividly bring to life the strange and exotic sideshows of a bygone era.

Just come along, no need to book.

*BSL interpreted performance.

 

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Thursday, 18th April 2024 - Thursday, 18th April 2024

Thursday, 2nd May 2024 - Thursday, 2nd May 2024

Saturday, 25th May 2024 - Saturday, 25th May 2024

Thursday, 6th June 2024 - Thursday, 6th June 2024

Thursday, 4th July 2024 - Thursday, 4th July 2024

Thursday, 1st August 2024 - Thursday, 1st August 2024

Thursday, 5th September 2024 - Thursday, 5th September 2024

Talks at Showtown Blackpool​​​​​​​Fascinating talks take place throughout the year.  
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Showtots: baby and toddler sessions at Showtown BlackpoolHave fun playing, creating and exploring together.
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Saturday, 25th May 2024 - Saturday, 25th May 2024

Wednesday, 24th July 2024 - Wednesday, 28th August 2024

Saturday, 3rd August 2024 - Saturday, 3rd August 2024

Family Workshops at Showtown BlackpoolA programme of fun workshops for the whole family. 
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Saturday, 15th June 2024 - Saturday, 15th June 2024

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Masterclass: Blackpool Letters: Typography Masterclass at Showtown BlackpoolJoin artist Lisa Wigham for a walking tour of Blackpool to discover the town's unique signage and typography.  ​​Then have a go yourself.
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Showtown ToursA schedule of tours to uncover the fascinating history, culture and sites of Blackpool.  
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  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018

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