Welcome to Seaside Follies
the national resource & archive for pierrot troupes and concert parties.

This website is a national resource for all information relating to pierrot troupes, concert parties and minstrel troupes of the British seaside. It uses the archive, research work and practice of Tony Lidington (AKA Uncle Tacko!) as the principal resource, as well as a range of other archives and collections.

  • Here you can find-out about the history of pierrot troupes, as well as archives of particular troupes, individuals and resorts.
  • There are academic articles, exhibitions, broadcasts and research projects about the subject, giving a wide overview of the developments in seaside entertainments over the last 200 years.
  • There are sections on contemporary community and research projects and in particular ‘The Pierrotters’ – the last fully-professional seaside pierrot troupe which performed continuously from 1983 until 2010.

Dr Tony Lidington has been researching the subject for over 35 years and this is the first time that this material has ever been collated and digitised for open access.


Book The New Follies

The New Follies are a new, professional, acoustic seaside pierrot troupe.
The only professional seaside Pierrot troupe performing in Britain today!

Dr Tony Lidington Graduation

Book an Illustrated Talk

Dr Tony Lidington (Uncle Tacko!) is the country’s leading authority on the history of seaside Pierrot troupes & concert parties. Tony regularly presents illustrated talks and workshops


Book the Exhibition

Currently there are 3 available exhibitions: 1. ‘The History of Seaside Entertainment’ 2. ‘From Agincourt to Afghanistan’ 3. ‘The Seaside Mutoscope’

Happy Valley Entertainers 1924
Happy Valley Entertainers 1924

Archives in use:
Dr. Tony Lidington
Max Tyler
John Pertwee
Michael Rouse
Alan Upton
Clacton & District Local History Society
Llandudno Museum Services
University of Exeter archives, special collections

If you have archives, photos, oral history stories then use this form to contact us; we’d love to hear from you!

Visit the Archives

In the Summer of 2018,  ‘The New Follies’ & the youth group ‘The Jollies’ performed on Llandudno seafront,  Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September 2018.

Seaside Follies can run a project like this at your seaside resort!

See the photos & read all about it here

Available to book now for the Summer Season!

The Imaginarium, the mighty Dom-Tink!, the Tinglary, Uncle Tacko’s Flea Circus, The Raree Man PeepshowUncle Tacko! & Captain Ginger.
Illustrated Public Talks – Seaside Entertainment, Pantomime, Pre-Cinema, Victorian and Edwardian Entertainments.
Workshops – Puppetry, Street Theatre and Slapstick

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1 month ago

SOME JOLLY SUMMER NEWS!I am delighted to announce that Prom-Prom has been awarded an Arts Council England project grant for our nationally-recognised traineeship programme - 'The Sunshine Follies'.All the information you need is below and I urge you all to share these details with any locally-based, emerging young artists (aged 17-25) whom you think might be interested.This is a great opportunity to learn and practice outdoor seaside performance and self-employment skills, as well as having heaps of fun (and hard work) during the summer - whilst getting paid professionally!The recruitment deadline is quite short, so try to get the word out as soon as you can. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Nephew Spike Bones performing in Dawlish Strand Centre on Saturday - another delighted audience with his new Punch & Judy show… ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

It's Bank Holiday weekend! Today (Saturday) you can see Nephew Spike Bones' Punch & Judy show at the Strand Centre, Dawlish between 12 & 4PM, then at 6PM, I shall be reading stories from the Victorian Fairground at the same venue. On Sunday (26th), we shall be a Coombe Village Show with the try-your -strength machine and Captain Ginger - it's a family event in a lovely field on the banks of the Teign River; then on Monday, we are delighted to be at the Shoalstone Pool Event in Brixham with Nephew Spike's Punch & Judy and our ever-popular seaside games. It's great to have such beautiful local gigs and we are delighted to support our local communities... Come on down! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Prom-Prom are delighted to announce that we have regular summer season bookings in both Dawlish (Tuesdays) and Exeter Quayside (Fridays) throughout the school holidays! In addition to these, we shall be posting a complete list of our summer gigs and all our other news in the near future. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Spikes’ slot will be 3.30, but best to get a place by 3.15 at the latest… see you here! ... See MoreSee Less
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