250 years of circus

It’s London, Easter Monday, 1768. Showman Philip Astley and his wife Patty, a trick rider, draw out a ring and fill it with astonishing acts.Read more

The Beautiful North

In April 2016, towns and cities across the North East, North West and Yorkshire were invited to bid to put on a ‘Great Exhibition of the North’, which will celebrate the best of art, culture and design across the northern regions. Sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the exhibition will run for two months and help investment and tourism in the region. From nine strong proposals, four areas have been shortlisted: Blackpool, Bradford, Sheffield and Newcastle-Gateshead. HereRead more

6 Places that Inspired Alice in Wonderland

The surreal world of Wonderland has captured the imagination of little and big kids everywhere since Alice’s adventures were first published in 1865. The range of country-wide events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the book are as eclectic and imaginative as Wonderland itself, from walking tours and Mad Hatter’s tea parties to interactive performances where the audience take on Alice’s journey and become part of the story.Read more

Blackpool – ‘The Great Roaring Spangled Beast’

I am often asked why are we writing a book on Blackpool. Is English Heritage now recording the history of Strictly Come Dancing or the escapades of stag and hen nights? Well, in a sense yes! That is a part of the long colourful history of Britain’s favourite seaside resort, a history of entertaining its customers for over 200 years. We wanted to celebrate this rich heritage and ensure it is appreciated today just as millions have enjoyed it overRead more