Barking, Booths and Bottlers

The 1920s and 30s were a Golden Age of seaside holidays when hordes of trippers visited Sussex resorts in search of sea, sun and fun.

Entertainment was on hand not only from star names topping the variety bills at local theatres and Concert Halls but also from a host of talented performers whose makeshift stages were outdoors on the Prom or even on the beach itself.

Barking, Booths and Bottlers celebrates these seafront entertainers and the novelties they provided. The Concert Parties with their soubrettes and light comedians, the Pierrots with banjo and song; the Punch and Judy Professors, Living Marionettists, Sand Scratchers, Childrens’ Corner Clowns and many more. All a part of countless holiday memories between one world war and the next.