There’s a great variety of shows, events and entertainment for all the family at the venue at the heart of the town centre. Read on to find out what’s on next at Blackpool Winter Gardens.
The Blackpool Job Fair
5 June from 10am to 1pm
Free to attend with no registration required.
The Jobs Fair is a great way to speak with potential employers face-to-face. You can register with employers for jobs, collect info on employers, ask them questions, apply for jobs, or even have a mini interview on the day.
It is a good idea to bring up to date copies of your CV with you as between 22-34 companies will be recruiting on the day.
8 June at 7.30pm
The Drifters are back on the road in the UK performing their classic hits from the last six decades.
The legendary group have been inducted into the Rock & Roll of fame, performed for the President of the United States and listed among the greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Don’t miss their brand-new tour performing all the classic hits such as ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’, ‘You’re ‘More Than A Number,’ ‘Come on Over to My Place’, ‘Up On The Roof,’ ‘Under the Boardwalk’, ‘Kissin In The Back Row’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Down On The Beach,’ ‘Hello Happiness’ and many, many more!
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Miss Dance and Dance Master of Great Britain
Sunday 9 June from 12 noon
This is the final of the prestigious International Dance Teachers Association competition to award the titles of Miss Dance and Dance Master of Great Britain 2019.
On 9 June 2019, competitors dancing in this final will have qualified by winning their regional heat. There will be over 70 dancers performing on the day.
This is an opportunity for these young hopefuls to show their potential professional skills. Many past winners and finalists have made their mark in professional theatre assisted by the opportunity that this competition has given them.
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Monday 10 June at 7pm
Courteeners have announced two special warm up shows ahead of their massive sold out show at Manchester’s Heaton Park (June 15th). The band will play the legendary Blackpool Empress Ballroom (June 10th) and Leeds O2 Academy (June 11th). The Coral and Inhaler will be special guests at both shows.
All 50,000 tickets for Courteeners Heaton Park show sold out in less than three hours when they went on sale in November last year. Support on the day comes from James, DMAs and Pale Waves. The band will also make a number of headline festival appearances this summer at Kendal Calling, Tramlines and Edinburgh Summer Sessions.
Blackpool International Soul Festival 4
14 – 16 June
A stunning once in a lifetime line-up of world-renowned artists are set to perform at the North West’s biggest International Soul Festival from 14-16 June 2019.
Over the three days the Festival will see an array of exclusive American Northern and Modern Soul legends take to the stage in the stunning surroundings of Blackpool Winter Gardens.
Performing their most popular and most in-demand sixties and seventies songs will be Motown’s legendary Brenda Holloway which will also be a nod to that world-famous label’s 60th birthday in 2019. From Philadelphia there’s Eddie Holman, sounding better than ever and he is joined on the Empress Ballroom stage by Ronnie McNeir, a brilliant writer and vocalist from Detroit who also appears regularly as one of the Four Tops. From Memphis, we welcome one of the greatest deep soul singers of all-time, Randy Brown whose latest appearance in the North West is both long overdue and highly anticipated. Rounding off this amazing ‘Northern Soul and Motown All-Star Revue’ is Philip Mitchell, such a richly talented writer, musician and vocalist. To complete one of the most impressive line-ups anywhere next summer is the legendary writer and producer, H B Barnum who will be presenting a Q+A session in The Opera House. Amongst H. B.’s best known classics are Earl Wright’s instrumental sensation, ‘Thumb A Ride’ and Judy Street’s Wigan Casino anthem, ‘What’.
Winter Gardens Tours
19 June, 8 July, 13 August, 19 September – tours at at 11am and 2pm
Our knowledgeable and experienced guides have many years’ experience at the venue and can offer a unique insight to the fascinating building.
These tours are one of the best ways to re-live the history of the venue and visit backstage areas not often open to the public. Tours will allow you to visit backstage of the Opera House and a chance to tread the boards so many famous faces have walked on before. The grandeur of the Empress Ballroom will be explored whilst the often-overlooked Spanish Suites will offer a unique insight into Blackpool’s largest entertainment venue*.
11.00am tours will introduce you to the fascinating history and beautiful architecture housed within the world-famous Winter Gardens Blackpool. These guided tours will give you the chance to explore and discover more about the extensive history the venue beholds after more than a century and will focus on the architecture and origins of the venue.
2.00pm tours will give you the chance to explore and learn the extensive history the building beholds after more than a century and will focus on the entertainment history of the building.
* Please note the Winter Gardens is a working building and we cannot guarantee access to all areas.
More information here – if you go please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!
Jane McDonald Live in Concert
21-22 June at 7.30pm
One of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, is back her phenomenal new live show. The BAFTA award-winning star of Cruising with Jane McDonald and Jane & Friends always delivers a stunning performance and along with her fantastic live band, guarantees to bring the audience to their feet with this evening of music and laughter! With a sell-out show at the Opera House Blackpool this year, book early to secure your seat for what promises to be another memorable evening.
Monday 24 June at 7pm
Much has changed since Tame Impala first emerged with an EP of dusty home recordings in 2008. By and large Kevin Parker’s approach to recording has not, though the sound coming out of his home studio though has vastly expanded, as has the number of people anticipating the fruits of his labour. Tame Impala’s third album is titled Currents, and on it Parker addresses a blindingly colourful panorama of transition in the most audacious, adventurous fashion he’s yet to capture on record.
Tame Impala are coming to Blackpool for ONE NIGHT ONLY! Don’t miss your chance to experience them live.
Rocky Horror Show
Monday 24 to Saturday 29 June 2019
Mon-Thurs at 8pm, Fri-Sat at 6 & 9pm
Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical returns to the UK as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having now been seen by over 30 million theatregoers.
Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids – Brad and his fiancée Janet.
When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter. It’s an adventure they’ll never forget…
Elvis Celebration 2019
Back and bigger than ever before, the 2019 Elvis Celebration in the World Famous Empress Ballroom.
The festival runs from Friday 28th June to Sunday 30th June 2019 starting at midday each day and ending daily with an after-show party, all events are included in the weekend price.
VIP tickets are priced at £105 – includes premium seating, souvenir lanyard and table service.
General seating priced at £75
Rock of Ages
2-6 July, shows at 7.30pm and 2.30pm
“ROCK OF AGES” is an LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true!
This hilarious musical comedy features the songs, including We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is, played loud and proud by an awesome live band.
WARNING: CONTAINS SERIOUS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL DEBAUCHERY!
Now a global smash with extensive runs in London’s West End, on Broadway and in Las Vegas, the show has also been made in to a star studded Hollywood movie.
Opera House Ghost Hunt
12 July at 9pm
Supernatural Events takes you on a ghost hunt of The Opera House on Friday 12 July. The present theatre is the third to have been built within the Winter Gardens; it opened on 14 July 1939 boasting the largest stage in the country. Will you be brave and go behind the velvet curtain of this amazing theatre in search of ghostly goings-on? On the night you will investigate the auditorium, the circle, above and below the stage and even the original projector room where the old projectionist is said to haunt!
The Ghost Hunt begins at 9pm and ends at 2am, are suitable for 18 year olds and above. Tickets are just £25 and must be booked in advance
14 July at 7pm
Following the continued success of the various Hits shows in the Opera House, Hits Yorkshire is back for 2019 and will give children the opportunity to experience performing in Opera House, on a professional stage that has been home to many of the world’s biggest stars throughout the years.
Rhod Gilbert, the Book of John
Friday 19 July at 8pm
It has been a while, but the multi-award-winning Welsh comedian is back, with a brand new live show. In a six-year break from stand-up, a lot has happened to Rhod. Almost all of it s**t. And just when he thought he’d hit rock bottom, he met a bloke…called John.
This show sees Rhod as funny as ever, but like never before. Raw, personal and brutally honest; no more lies, no more nonsense.
As seen on ‘Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience’, ‘’Would I Lie to You?’, ‘Taskmaster’, ‘Qi’, ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired’, ‘Live at The Apollo’, ‘Have I Got News for You?’, and much more…
Betfred World Matchplay Darts
20-28 July 2019
THE 2019 Betfred World Matchplay will take place from July 20-28 at Blackpool’s historic Winter Gardens.
The PDC’s second longest-running tournament, which was first staged in 1994, will see 32 players competing across nine days live on Sky Sports.
What’s Love Got to do with It
20 July at 7.30pm
What’s Love Got To Do With It? is the joyous new show celebrating the music of the incredible Tina Turner.
In this brand new touring theatre show, audiences can expect a night of high energy, feel-good rock-and-roll featuring Tina’s greatest hits performed by the amazing vocal talent of Elesha Paul Moses (Whitney – Queen Of The Night, The Voice, X Factor) supported by full ten piece live band.
In a breath-taking career spanning over 50 years, audiences can look forward to hearing stunning musical arrangements of Tina’s most-loved classic hits including; Private Dancer, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Proud Mary, River Deep, Nutbush City Limits, Simply The Best and many more.
This not-to-be missed musical experience is a stunning celebration of one of the greatest female singers of our time.
21 July at 7.30pm
Following the continued success of the various Hits shows in the Opera House, Hits Lancashire is back for 2019 and will give children the opportunity to experience performing in Opera House, on a professional stage that has been home to many of the world’s biggest stars throughout the years.
1-4 August 2019
Blackpool 1996 saw the very first HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN festival. Since then we’ve been to MORECAMBE had a name change to WASTED and taken our festival around the world to The Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, USA, Japan, Germany, Italy, Basque and Austria. There was always a danger of being just a retro festival with ever decreasing attendances so 2007 saw the launch of REBELLION. Taking our established Punk festival with all the bands we love and want to see year on year and combining it with the best of the new breed, widening the scope to include many sub genres and the ‘alternative’ scene in general, we’re proud to have an event that we feel has a true festival spirit. We’ve added Punk Art exhibitions, Acoustic Stages, Poetry, Vintage Clothing, Tattooists, Healing workshops and much more. The Rebellion Introducing Stage has been a real success giving new bands, and new-to-us bands a platform and some are invited back the following year to play on one of the bigger stages.
At our heart we’re still a Punk festival and we’re lucky that we’re still 100% Independent and a true D.I.Y. family run event.
Daily and weekend tickets available to purchase at the box office.
17 August at 7.30pm
It’s been 32 years since Scottish twins Craig & Charlie Reid aka The Proclaimers emerged. Since then, their enduring appeal across generations has carved a niche for themselves where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide as the emotional honesty, political fire, wit and sing-along raucousness of their songs and their extensive touring has enlightened and entertained fans throughout the World.
They have even inspired a musical, the play and film ‘Sunshine on Leith’. The musical had its fourth UK run from April to June last year, with its biggest production to date by West Yorkshire Playhouse. 2018 also marked the 30th anniversary since the release of the Sunshine On Leith album and in August saw The Proclaimers add to their magnificent songbook with the release of their 11th studio album ‘Angry Cyclist’.
King of Pop
18 August at 7.30pm
King Of Pop is led by the world’s number one Michael Jackson tribute artist ‘Navi’ which alone sets this show above the rest.
Navi is the only tribute artist ever to be chosen by Michael Jackson himself. Due to his incredible resemblance to the star, Navi was hired as Michael’s official body double / decoy. He also received a standing ovation from Michael Jackson himself after he was hired to perform his tribute at one of the stars lavish birthday parties.
Navi was also recently chosen by Hollywood to portray Michael Jackson in a new, major movie about the star’s life titled “Searching for Neverland”.
Don’t miss this incredible production which features all of Jackson’s greatest hits such as Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Black or White, Man In The Mirror and the ‘Jackson Five’ classics. All performed by Navi with the backing of his incredible live band, dancers and special effects in a show suitable for the whole family.
Motown the Musical
Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31 August 2019
With music and lyrics from the Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Charles Randolph-Wright’s production features a live orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine and tells the story behind the classic hits.
With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown the Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.
Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show
30 & 31 August, shows at 11am, 2 and 5pm
Based on the classic children’s book series by David McKee, that celebrate its 30th Birthday in 2019, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show, is a celebration of individuality and the power of laughter!
Elephants, as everyone knows, are big, have trunks, and are grey. But Elmer is a patchwork of brilliant colours! His fun-loving and cheerful personality keeps everyone in a playful mood, until the day he gets tired of being different and tries to blend in with the herd.
Elmer The Patchwork Elephant Show, features a menagerie of 21 loveable puppets, tells the tale of an elephant that stands out – both with his patchwork-coloured skin and his sense of humour – but ultimately realizing that his friends have always valued his unique characteristics.
Empress Ballroom & Pavillion Ghost Hunt
30 August at 9pm
On Friday 30 August there are two locations within the Winter Gardens to investigate; the Empress Ballroom and The Pavilion Theatre. The ballroom opened during the summer of 1896 and was one of the largest in the world. During the Great War, the entire Winter Gardens site was thrown open to the naval and military forces stationed nearby; could that be why many of seen uniformed men wandering through the great room? Who is the boy seen sitting next to the steps leading up to the balcony? Perhaps you will find out. You will also visit
The Pavilion Theatre where whispering voices and strange laughter have been heard and you may even see the lady who is said to watch over the theatre from one of its boxes!
The Ghost Hunt begins at 9pm and ends at 2am, are suitable for 18 year olds and above. Tickets are just £25 and must be booked in advance
The Clone Roses
31 August at 4pm
The Clone Roses to recreate iconic Stone Roses – Blackpool concert! 30th Anniversary celebration to feature a host of tributes to Manchester music legends.
In August 1989, The Stone Roses finished a UK wide summer tour by playing the famous Empress Ballroom, Blackpool. This sold out 4,000 capacity show has since been described as the ultimate Stone Roses performance, marking the moment where both they and the Madchester scene had truly arrived.
To celebrate thirty years since this seminal concert, The Clone Roses the UK’s leading Stone Roses tribute will take to the stage of the Empress Ballroom on Saturday 31st August 2019 to recreate that 1989 show in its entirety.
This celebratory event will keep the Manchester music flame alive, by also featuring tributes to some of Manchester’s other iconic bands: Oas-is, The Smiths Ltd, Appy Mundays and The Courtbetweeners. ‘Mr Manchester’ himself Clint Boon will be spinning all the Madchester classics between the acts to keep the party going.
Dust off your bucket hats and flares, rewind your watches by thirty years because it’s time to party like its August 1989!
British Country Music Festival
Ward Thomas, Catherine McGrath and Sarah Darling will headline The British Country Music Festival, a new, annual event that will take place from the 13th to the 15th September 2019 at the Winter Gardens indoor entertainment complex in the centre of the UK’s number one seaside resort, Blackpool.
Produced by festival and theatre show specialists Fit The Bill, in association with The Blackpool Entertainment Company, the event will be unique in focusing primarily on the best of British Country and Americana artists, promoting the wealth of talent in the UK that is now making Nashville sit up and take notice.
Support artists include Laura Oakes, Megan O’Neill, The Adelaides, Worry Dolls, Blair Dunlop, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Danny McMahon and Jake Morrell. The festival will include performances on five stages in and around the Winter Gardens complex and it is anticipated that around 100 performers will participate in the event over the long weekend.
Aled Jones and Russell Watson
18 September at 7.30pm
Aled Jones and Russell Watson, two of the world’s greatest classical voices, take to the stage together for their first joint UK and Ireland tour throughout September and October.
Having moved in the same circles for nearly 20 years and since becoming firm friends; Aled approached Russell to collaborate for his next big project. The album features a wealth of well-loved hymns, arias, and popular songs – ranging from stunning arrangements of “Ave Maria” – to more modern classics such as “You Raise Me Up”.
Ian Tilley, who has worked with some of the biggest names in classical-crossover including Hayley Westenra, who has sold millions worldwide, platinum selling All Angels, The Choirboys and Libera, produced the record. Internationally renowned composer Sir Karl Jenkins wrote one of the tracks “Bright Horizons” especially for Aled and Russell.
FOOD, ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL LAUNCHES IN BLACKPOOL
FRIDAY 20 – SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2019
Featuring one night of Queen, celebrity chefs and a spectacular finale event with over 800 local performers, live band and West End stars!
The Winter Gardens is hosting a brand-new festival in Autumn 2019, combining food, arts and music. Expect a mouth-watering, arts inspiring, rock and roll weekend in the heart of Blackpool!
FAM Festival promises to be a fun packed, family friendly, hands on weekend to tantalise your taste buds, fire up your creativity, and bring you great live entertainment all in one huge indoor festival.
Featuring top celebrity chefs showcasing their talents during live cooking demonstrations, plus a diverse range of food offerings from across the world. Enjoy burgers, street food, and artisan cooking at its finest at the concession stalls throughout the FAM Festival weekend.
Try your hand at creating fine art with resident artists. Get involved in everything from graffiti style art, craft making, and even digital displays. There’s something for everyone at the FAM Festival weekend with workshops from partners at B&FC Creative Arts. Younger guests get the opportunity to build dinosaurs that soar above their heads, design pop badges and much more.
The rock show everyone’s talking about “One Night of Queen” headlines the Empress Ballroom on Saturday. A cast of over 800 local choir performers combine with a live band and West End stars, including Ben Forster, in a spectacular climax.
This is a co-production between the Winter Gardens Blackpool and Famous Events. The festival brings together partners from across resort including Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Blackpool & the Fylde College, and Twelve Event Management.
27 September at 7.30pm
Get ready for an unforgettable evening with a global superstar, as he puts the Boom Boom into your heart in the all new production, Fastlove – A tribute to George Michael.
This is a spellbinding experience you don’t want to miss. You’ll be getting up (to get down) to all your favourite songs: Careless Whisper, Freedom, Faith, Father Figure, One More Try, Outside, Jesus To A Child, Kissing A Fool, and many more.
Relive the passion, the flare, and the unique sensitivity of George Michael in this incredible concert sensation.
28 September at 6.30pm
After eight sell out UK tours, over half a million tickets sold, and countless television and live performances, Diversity have announced their landmark 10 Year Anniversary Tour UK tour, “Born Ready” for Autumn 2019.
2019 marks 10 years since Diversity took the nation by storm when they won the third series of Britain’s Got Talent, beating Susan Boyle in front of a television audience of over 20 million. Since then, thanks to the overwhelming support of their fans and the British public they continue to wow audiences around the world with their innovative live tours and performances.
‘Born Ready’ will not only celebrate this and look back at some of the iconic Diversity moments over the past 10 years. But it will also look forward to the future, at how Diversity continues to evolve and pass skills onto the next generation. Be prepared for dance, illusions, mind blowing stunts and inspiring stories that will hopefully leave people amazed!
Kinky Boots the Musical
1-12 October, shows at 7.30, 8.30 & 2.30pm
With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots takes you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the shoe factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola – a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
West End star Kayi Ushe will be putting on the boots to play Lola. He will be joined by Paula Lane as Lauren, best known for her role as Kylie Platt in Coronation Street, and Joel Harper-Jackson, who recently starred in the The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time UK tour, will be playing Charlie Price.
Inspired by true events, this joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit is the ‘Freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade ’ – The Hollywood News. It’s the ultimate fun night out for you and your loved ones, so book now and experience the energy, joy and laughter of this dazzling show.
Calendar Girls – The Musical
15-19 October, shows at 7.30 & 2.30pm
Calendar Girls – The Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth is the award-winning production based on the true story of the calendar girls – a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary. This marvellous musical comedy which received fantastic five-star reviews in London’s West End now comes to Blackpool Opera House.
The Award-Winning Musical Calendar Girls by Gary Barlow & Tim Firth. Staring Sarah Jane Buckley, Sue Devaney, Julia Hillas and Judy Hol.
The Times described Calendar Girls – The Musical as ‘pure gold’. Don’t miss your chance to see this glorious production straight from London’s West End.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Monday 21 – Sat 26 October 2019
Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Weds & Sat mats at 2.30pm
The iconic musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is coming to the Opera House Blackpool. With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including IT’S RAINING MEN, I WILL SURVIVE, I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE and FINALLY!
Based on the Oscar-winning film, PRISCILLA is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.
UK pop icon Will Young’s brand new single ‘All The Songs’, is the first track to be heard from his long awaited seventh album Lexicon, set for release on June 14. ‘All The Songs’ is released with a video directed by the legendary fashion photographer and director Rankin.
‘All The Songs’ is an upbeat, piano-led, dancefloor-tilted heartbreak anthem. The perfect introduction to an album built around the joy of pop music. “I always say that there’s no point in doing it if it’s not joyous. That’s been my motto: do it the way you want to do it.” A motto to live by…..
Will also confirms a huge 21 date UK tour, kicking off this October, culminating at Blackpool Opera House on Tuesday 29 October 2019.
Will Young has spent the last two decades at the forefront of pop after bursting onto the scene in 2002. His expansive career has culminated in four #1 and two #2 chart topping albums, two BRIT Awards and four UK number one singles.
A Green Revolution for the Winter Gardens
A new programme launched in January 2018 by the Winter Gardens Blackpool will see trees planted across Blackpool’s parks and public spaces as part of a drive to offset the venues carbon footprint.
With help from Radio Wave’s breakfast team, Scott and Hayley, the first tree, an oak, planted to launch the scheme sits proudly in Stanley Park.
The scheme which forms part of a wider community programme developed by the Blackpool Winter Gardens could see up to 20 trees donated each year.
The trees will be sited by the council’s community and environmental department and donated as part a drive to offset the print including posters, brochures and leaflets which are used by the venue in the promotion of its many events. The initiative forms part of a community and environmental programme aimed at ensuring the venue remains at the heart of the community.
The tree donation initiative forms part of a green revolution taking place at the Victorian venue which now includes the recycling of advertising banners into reusable shopping bags, and a phased withdrawal of single-use plastics. This is accompanied by significant investment in new and efficient systems at the venue.
There’s Something for Everyone at the Winter Gardens
This huge and magnificent building has 11 main separate spaces over two floors. The variety of events the Winter Gardens has to offer means there’s always something on offer for locals and visitors to the resort. Find out more about the history of the Winter Gardens.
The Opera House
New, upcoming bands have played in the Opera House including the like of Little Mix, along with old favourites such as Jane McDonald and Daniel O’Donnell who continue to return and some of the world’s best bands including Canada’s Arcade Fire – who selected the Winter Gardens as only one of three venues to play in the UK.
The Empress Ballroom
The magnificent Empress Ballroom is just as comfortable staging the World Dance Championships each year as it is hosting some of the world’s best rock and pop acts in concert.
Find out about this magnificent building with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Winter Gardens
The Winter Gardens is an incredible building with a long history. It first opened on 11 July 1878 and since then has grown and developed as an entertainment complex which mirrors the growth of the seaside town of Blackpool.
Right in the centre of the complex, in what is now the coffee shop, still stands the original building of the site around which the whole of the Winter Gardens has been built.
A Perfect Venue for your Event
The Winter Gardens offers a wide variety of venues for events ranging from small private business lunches to large scale conferences. You can also hold your wedding at the Winter Gardens. What could be better than a reception or banquet in the newly refurbished Derham Room? (pictured below).
The main rooms include the 2,900 capacity Opera House (the largest theatre stage outside London), the grand Empress Ballroom with a capacity of 3,250 people for concerts, and the 2,600 sq metre Olympia Exhibition Hall.
The Derham Room at the Winter Gardens, set for a banquet
The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens…
The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens, dine in style!
Illuminasia was the indoor Illuminations attraction inside the Winter Gardens. It was always designed to be a temporary attraction, and finally closed the doors on Sunday 29 October 2017. Illuminasia was dismantled to make space for who knows what….
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