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.
Winter Gardens Tours
13 August, 19 September, 28 October – 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!
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.
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!
The Nature of Why
7 September at 3 & 7.30pm
Playfully fusing contemporary dance with a cinematic live-score by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, The Nature of Why smashes the divide between musicians, dancers and the audience, in a performance bursting with passion and joyous intensity.
Taking inspiration from the unconventional curiosity of theoretical physicist Richard Feynman, The Nature of Why explores his search for meaning in the world around us. The stage itself becomes a site of discovery as constantly shifting action invites audiences to seek out their own unique encounters; resulting in an epic and immersive theatrical experience like no other.
“This isn’t a performance you simply see or hear. It’s one you feel”. (Bristol 24/7)
Commissioned by Unlimited and performed by an ensemble of musicians from The British Paraorchestra, The Nature of Why is choreographed by Caroline Bowditch, conducted by Charles Hazlewood, and directed by Caroline Bowditch and Charles Hazlewood. Produced by Paraorchestra and Friends.
Thursday 12 September at 7.30pm
Following a hugely acclaimed sold-out run of solo shows earlier this month; Stereophonics frontman and creative force – Kelly Jones has announced further dates to his Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day tour for September 2019
Heralded as one of the finest voices of his generation, Kelly Jones will give audiences a rare opportunity to see unique and intimate performances across an evening of storytelling and songcraft. Fans will be delighted to see and hear some of their favourite songs in a more stripped-back environment.
Hear a wide variety of music on the night, taken from the Stereophonics catalogue of ten albums and their 22+ years’ worth of music including some of the band’s rarely performed songs. Songs from Kelly’s 2007 solo album Only The Names Have Been Changed will also be sure to feature, as well as some brand new songs only recently written, all delivered alongside Kelly’s storytelling and tales from along the way.
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.
Mighty Wurlitzer Duo
Tuesday 17 September at 2pm
An afternoon of traditional Blackpool Entertainment!
Join us for a musical afternoon with the Opera House Wonder Wurlitzer
Alex Walters and Damon Willetts join forces to bring back happy memories of the traditional British Seaside!
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.
One Night of Queen
21 September at 7pm
In 2000, Gary Mullen won ITV’s “Stars In Their Eyes” Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received in the shows history. The record of 864,838 votes was more than twice that of the runner-up.
Gary began touring on his own and in 2002 formed a band ‘The Works’, to pay tribute to rock legends Queen. Since May 2002, ‘Gary Mullen and the Works’ have performed throughout the UK, USA, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand to sell-out audiences.
The outfit have also twice rocked the prestigious BBC Proms in the Park, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd of 40,000. One Night of Queen is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. This show will ROCK you!
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.
2 November at 7.30pm
Sixties Gold 2019 returns with an even stronger line-up of artists that, between them, scored over 50 chart-topping UK hits.
Hermans Hermits. One of the biggest selling bands of the 60’s. The band has chalked up 23 Hit Singles, 10 Hit Albums, appeared in 3 major movies and to date they have sold in excess of 75 Million records. Hits include: There’s A kind Of Hush, Silhouettes, Can’t You Hear My Heart Beat, Wonderful World, A Must to Avoid, and Many More.
Plus, The Merseybeats, The Marmalade, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders and Steve Ellis.
Re-live the magic of the 1960s with Five of the biggest chart acts of the decade. Get your tickets by calling the box office or book online.
Who Am I, Again? An Evening with Lenny Henry
3 November at 7.30pm
Join the legendary Sir Lenny Henry as he embarks on a brand new UK tour this autumn.
Lenny Henry is one of Britain’s best-known and celebrated comedians, with a career which began with cult stardom on children’s television to including writer, radio DJ, TV presenter, co-founder of Comic Relief and award-winning actor.
In the first half of the evening, Lenny will take the audience through a jam session of funny and sad memories and stories – from growing up in the Black Country, puberty, school, friendship, family secrets and unashamed racism. With his mother’s mantra of ‘H’integration’ echoing in his ears, Lenny will recount setting out on his rollercoaster ride of a career – but at every stage wondering: Am I good enough? Is this what they want?
In part two, Lenny will be interviewed by friend, broadcaster and author Jon Canter, for further insights into his life and career, followed by questions from the audience. Come and enjoy these honest and tender stories, told with a glorious sense of humour and help Lenny figure out ‘Who Am I Again?’
The World Famous Elvis Show
9 November at 7.30pm
Starring CHRIS CONNOR! Endorsed by The Telegraph – ‘The best Elvis tribute show in the World’ Starring and produced by world renowned Elvis performer CHRIS CONNOR. With his 12 piece live band ‘THE STEELS’, & backing vocals by ‘ The Sweet Harmonies’ . A magnificent 2 hour theatre production, recreating 2 popular Elvis Presley concerts.
Voted by the first ever world wide Elvis Presley fan poll as – The greatest Elvis Tribute in the World ! – awarded in Memphis.
Starring and produced by world renowned Elvis performer CHRIS CONNOR. With his 12 piece live band ‘THE STEELS’, & backing vocals by ‘ The Sweet Harmonies’. A magnificent 2 hour theatre production, recreating 2 popular Elvis Presley concerts.
This show respectively and authentically recreates ELVIS at his very best recreating 2 concerts! – selling out in all theatres. If you weren’t lucky enough to see Elvis live, you will walk away from this concert feeling that you have!
There is only ONE Elvis Presley, however fans all around the world are talking about CHRIS CONNOR who is remarkably so very close to Elvis in both looks and voice and mannerisms.
The Girl on the Train
19 – 23 November at 7.30pm
Rachel Watson longs for a different life.
Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated.
Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – and starring Samantha Womack, this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment.
Samantha Womack has starred extensively in television, film and theatre. She is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1’s EastEnders with leading roles in Mount Pleasant and Game On, and the hit films, The Kingsman series. Recent stage credits include Morticia in The Adam’s Family, South Pacific and Guys and Dolls. As well as his extensive career on the stage, Oliver Farnworth has starred in Hollyoaks and as Andy Carver in ITV’s Coronation Street.
13 – 29 December at various times. No show on 16 or 25 December
Horrible Histories proudly presents the terrific tale of Christmas in a special production of Horrible Christmas!
When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young boy to save the day – but can he save Christmas? From Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, join us on an hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII and St Nicholas as they all join forces to save the festive season!
It’s a celebration of Christmas in the most wonderful, funny and moving way you’ll ever see!
One Night Only Christmas Party
14 December – 7pm
Back by popular demand – One Night Only Christmas Party Night featuring the Midnight Soul Sisters
The night includes an arrival drink, 3 course meal, live entertainment and after show DJ for just £35.00 per person.
Contact Rebecca Thompson to book
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New Year’s Eve Family Party 2019
Tuesday 31 December – 7pm
Join us in the Empress Ballroom to celebrate 2019 and see in 2020 in style.
The annual New Year’s Eve Family party has become a tradition for many families.
- Childrens entertainer, DJ, Party games, Live Band, Bouncy Castle, Competition
- Reserved tables of 10 are available for £250 and include drinks, buffet and reserved seats.
- Book your tickets early as this is a sell out event.
The Blackpool NYE Soul Party 2019
Tuesday 31 December from 8pm – 2am
What a great way to bring in the 2020 with the Northern Soul & Motown Party!
Featuring DJ’s: Ginger Taylor, Richard Searling, Kev Roberts, Ozz, Chris Box, Pete Haigh, Jim Hargreaves & John Kane.
- 2 Rooms of Soul!
- In the Spanish Hall: Classic Northern Soul & Motown
- In the Renaissance: Disco & Modern Soul Anthems
Advance Tickets : £15.00 each or pay on the door £20* each
Or in person from The Winter Gardens Box Office: 97 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HW
*Please note: no admission without an advance ticket after 1am. Booking fees apply – This is an 18’s and over event
2020 AT BLACKPOOL WINTER GARDENS
We will Rock You
6-11 January 2020
THE MOST SPECTACULAR MUSICAL TO TOUR THE UK RETURNS! ‘ONE DREAM, ONE VISION, ONE SMASH HIT!’ ‘IT’S A KINDA MAGIC!’ ‘GUARANTEED TO BLOW YOU’RE MIND!’ The worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to the UK. The multi-million-pound show dazzles all the senses in breath-taking style. Guaranteed to blow your mind, this musical phenomenon is not to be missed!
Since 2002 over 16 million theatergoers in 19 countries have thrilled to this awe-inspiring production. With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the bands’ legendary live performances.
Includes 24 of Queen’s greatest hits:
Radio Ga Ga I Want To Break Free Somebody to Live Killer Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Don’t Stop Me Now Under Pressure Another One Bites The Dust We Are the Champions We Will Rock You
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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