Set up in 1977, the North West Film Archive preserves moving images made in or about Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria and offers a variety of access services to users in the public, academic and commercial sectors.
This film is part of Free
Playing Cricket on Blackpool Beach
Sand between your toes, and the thwack of leather on willow, make for a traditional British beach scene.
Amateur film 1935 1 mins Silent
From the collection of:
Cricket on the beach is an informal affair - just roll up your sleeves and remove your tie, though you can go in to bat wearing your best frock. Surrounded by holidaymakers and donkeys, these cheerful visitors to Blackpool enjoy a great British sport at the great Lancashire resort. Though the batting is wild, everyone is having a good time, and there is still the Pleasure Beach to explore...
Troon Cricket Club
Sport 1977 3 mins Location: Camborne
Troon CC compete in the National Village Championship
Soldiers Play Cricket near Guildford
Amateur film 1935 2 mins Silent Location: Stoughton
Kenneth Lockwood's 1930 film shows men of the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment enjoying a game of cricket at Stoughton Barracks near Guildford
Kent V Australia Cricket 1934 Kent V Derbyshire Cricket Purkiss Family Film No.15
Amateur film 1934 14 mins Silent
Lovely sport and leisure compilation of Purkiss family home movies, featuring cycling, swimming and top level cricket.
Caerleon Cricket Club
Home movie 1937 4 mins Silent Location: Caerleon/Caerllion
Caerleon Cricket Club’s players enjoy the sport in the seasonal sunshine.
Birchington, August 1932 Purkiss Family Film No.4
Amateur film 1932 11 mins Silent Location: Birchington
Amateur film of tennis and cricket in a Kentish family garden, plus cricket at Canterbury's St Lawrence Ground.
Isleham at the Haig National Village Cricket Championship Final
News 1975 5 mins Location: Isleham
In true British sporting tradition, at Lord’s Cricket Ground, Fenland underdogs Isleham are out-bowled - and a streaker invades the pitch.
First Film of Blackpool
Non-Fiction 1899 3 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
Blackpool Tower is hard to miss in this local version of a 'phantom ride'
Windsor Safari Park and a visit to Blackpool
Amateur film 1971 5 mins Silent Location: Windsor
Join the Lee family as they tour Windsor Safari Park and its famous Dolphinarium in this film from 1971. Then follow them to Blackpool Beach for pony trekking and donkey rides.
Promotional 1973 1 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
Hold on tight! We're off, riding the wooden rollercoaster at Blackpool's Pleasure Beach.
The Lancashire Way
Advert 1948 4 mins Location: Nelson
A tribute to Lancashire, land of industry, leisure, sublime landscape - and laundry detergent
Easter Holiday Scenes
Non-Fiction 1929 8 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
It’s Easter and men, women and children all over England enjoy a day out, be it on the beach, at the races or at the zoo
Hendon of the North
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
Blackpool goes plane crazy
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
Liberty Foundations Commercial
Advert 1956 2 mins Location: Market Harborough
Liberté, égalité and fraternité in corsets, girdles and bras.
Local Trader's Gazette
Advert 1930 9 mins Silent Location: East Sussex
This amazing discovery shows how cinema advertising used to look in Bygone Britain - a truly nostalgic gem of a film for lovers of Britain's past
About the archive
Know this place?
Do you recognise a place, building or location in this film?
Help us populate the Britain on Film map by spotting and plotting the street or location you know. This is a BFI project and anyone can help.
Go to our Britain on Film crowdsourcing site and contribute to our mapping mission – to identify locations within our archive films.Add a location