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There's a great variety of shows, events and entertainment for all the family at Blackpool Winter Gardens. Read on to find out what's coming in the following months.
You can find more details for all of the events at the Winter Gardens in the Events Calendar at this link.
Coming to Blackpool Winter Gardens Mon 18 Sept 2017 - Sat 23 Sept 2017.
Opening night at 8pm, shows at 7.30pm, plus Weds and Sat matinees at 2.30pm
Full show details below - BUY TICKETS HERE
Tuesday 20 - Saturday 24 June at 7.30pm, plus Weds, Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm
DIRECT FROM ITS WEST END TRIUMPH Following its smash hit run at London’s Dominion Theatre, Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Webber’s EVITA is set to thrill audiences once again across the UK. Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictatorJuan Peron, EVITA follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.
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Wednesday 21 June at 7pm
Following five sold-out shows in Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Bournemouth on their ‘Super Tour’ across the UK this February, the Pet Shop Boys are delighted to announce that they will return to the UK again in June 2017 with two extra dates in Blackpool and Nottingham.
The Pet Shop Boys have recently collected the trophy for the Godlike Genius award at the VO5 NME Awards 2017. Previous Godlike Genius recipients include U2, Primal Scream, Blondie, The Cure and last year’s winners, Coldplay. NME’s editor-in-chief Mike Williams said: “For three decades, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have been pushing the boundaries of pop music, releasing a series of consistently excellent singles and albums and working to blur the boundaries between art, music and social commentary”.
For over 25 years the Pet Shop Boys have been regarded as innovators of the modern live music show, incorporating multimedia and theatrical elements into their productions, and they have worked with Derek Jarman, Zaha Hadid and Sam Taylor-Johnson.
The Super Tour will see Pet Shop Boys perform songs from their acclaimed new album ‘Super’, as well as classic PSB hits and album tracks from their entire career. The Super tour was staged by long-term Pet Shop Boys designer Es Devlin and choreographer Lynne Page and the live arrangements were created together with Stuart Price, who produced the Super album. When the show was premiered last summer in a sold-out season at the Royal Opera House in London, it was described by The Independent newspaper as “a vivid, laser-laden spectacular” while the Daily Telegraph raved that “the show encompasses high culture, club culture, theatre, cinema, political satire and a mind-bending laser show”.
Saturday 24 June, 12 August, 8 October from 12 noon
Premier Record and CD fairs makes a welcome return to The Winter Gardens this Easter after a six year absence. The creation of the Derham Lounge provided an ideal space to re-establish this once iconic fair that was first held in The Olympia in 2001. The resurgence of interest in vinyl has increased substantially over the last 12 months with all age groups, particularly students, becoming keen collectors and visiting record fairs, many for the first time. In 2016 the sales of vinyl records overtook that of digital downloads for the first time in the history of the music industry. Traders from all over the UK will be attending the first event which will be held on 17th April (B.H. Monday). All genres of music will be on sale and traders will be looking to buy any items the public have for sale as well as sell
Friday 30 June - 2 July
Elvis Fans across the globe get ready for an amazing festival honouring the life, music and fans of Elvis Presley.
On 30th June – 2nd July, 2017, the fifth annual Europe’s Tribute to Elvis festival will be held in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, at the world-famous Winter Gardens. This will be an event unlike any experienced before. The festival will feature many great Elvis-themed shows.
Friday’s “Long Live the King” is an incredible show to celebrate Elvis the man & his music. Saturday’s”Ultimate Elvis Trilogy” is a spectacular celebration of the 40th anniversary. Sunday’s “Spirit of the King,” is a wonderful showcase of Elvis’ gospel music. Elvis hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s will be performed by three of the world’s best Elvis Tribute Artists: We have winners of the Elvis Presley Enterprises “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest”. Cody Ray Slaughter, star of “Million Dollar Quartet” on Broadway, is the 2011 World Champion and the youngest man to hold the title. Dean Z 2013 Ultimate Elvis world champion. Multi Award Winning Ryan Pelton, star of the film “Identical” will be performing, Our festival Band all the way from the USA is the spectacular EAS Band, which this year features Brass section.
The festival includes Europe’s only official preliminary heat of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Twenty five tribute artists from all over the world will compete to be crowned Europe’s Tribute to Elvis Champion 2017 and pick up the largest cash prize in Europe. The winner will also qualify to enter the Elvis Presley Enterprise’s contest finals, which are held during Elvis Week in Memphis, August 2017. The contest will be judged by our celebrity panel consisting of Elvis’ friend and actor, Don Collier star of “Paradise Hawaiian Style” and over 200 films. Chris Christian songwriter, record producer and record label executive. Also, joining the panel is Elvis friend and tour producer Charles Stone and recording artist and Elvis’ friend Jimmy Velvet. In addition to judging the contest, our celebrity guests will be sharing memorable stories about Elvis Presley in our “Conversations on Elvis” series of on-stage interviews.
The full festival schedule, details of all showcase acts and box office are available on the official web site: https://elvisfestival.co.uk
Saturday 1 July at 7pm
The show is now in its 13th year and is staged to give children the opportunity to experience performing in live theatre, and on a professional stage that has been home to many of the world’s biggest stars throughout the years.
Here at the Opera House, Blackpool we want this experience to be as enjoyable as possible for all of those children involved.
Tuesday 4 July to Saturday 8, various times
It’s 1985. Hair is huge, greed is good and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart (Jon Robyns: Avenue Q, Legally Blonde) is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar a seriously bummed out Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Can sweet natured Julia, (Cassie Compton: X Factor) and her best friend Holly (Lucie Jones: X-Factor, Eurovision) lure Robbie out of the dumpster and back into the limelight? Or is he going to see her head off down the aisle with Wall Street bad boy Glenn (Ray Quinn: X Factor, Dancing On Ice)? Only Grandma Rosie (Ruth Madoc: Hi-De-Hi!, Little Britain) seems to be able to see that Robbie and Julia are the couple that are meant to be.
Don’t miss your chance to join the party of the year – with a musical that promises to get you up dancing faster than your Dad at a wedding, packed with songs which capture all the fun and energy of the Adam Sandler smash hit film.
Saturday 8 July at 7pm
Are you ready to Rock? For one night only Coast Town Events and Arran Paul proudly present a tribute to the best in rock music with three quality bands on Saturday 8th of July at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens with the Rock of Ages event including an after show party featuring a specialist Rock DJ until 2 am.
Limehouse Lizzy The best in classic rock from the closest thing to the original Thin Lizzy, just ask The Guardian “Limehouse Lizzy’s Wayne Ellis, an uncanny ringer for Phil Lynott… ” Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore. Delivering the classic hits of ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’, ‘Jailbreak’, ‘Rosalie’, ‘Whiskey In The Jar’ and many more – the boys are well and truly back!
Quo-Incidence Support is provided the UK’s premier Status Quo tribute band Quo-Incidence, delivering the unmistakable heads down, no nonsense boogie rock ‘n’ roll all the way from Somerset to the seaside of Blackpool-on-Sea. They’ll be no ‘Holding You Back’ as they get you ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’. Rupert Fabulous Opening the night and guaranteed to get the party started we have local favourites Rupert Fabulous, a band of legend, awe and splendour. This promises to be one hell of a gig to prove that Blackpool Rocks!!
Saturday 15 July at 6.45pm
Jack Arnfield returns home to Blackpool on the 15 July, after a handful of very impressive performances in front of the sky cameras. Jack has an opportunity for his local contingent to watch the action live and with a packed full supporting undercard the night is definitely not one to be missed.
Saturday 15 July at 7pm
The show is now in its 26th year and is staged to give children the opportunity to experience performing in live theatre, and on a professional stage that has been home to many of the world’s biggest stars throughout the years.
Saturday 22 July to Sunday 30 - various times
This year’s World Matchplay will be held from July 22-30, as 32 players compete across nine days live on Sky Sports in the prestigious championship.
The world’s top 16 players – headed by reigning champion Michael van Gerwen, 15-time World Matchplay champion Phil Taylor and 2007 winner James Wade – qualify by right alongside 16 qualifiers from the one-year ProTour Order of Merit.
The first round will take place across four sessions from July 22-24, with Saturday’s opening session followed by a double session on the Sunday and the final four games on Monday evening. The second round is played across Tuesday and Wednesday, with the quarter-finals on Thursday and Friday before the weekend sees Saturday’s semi-finals followed by Sunday’s final.
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July from 10am
Topstitch presents a weekend of crafts supplies, gifts and handmade goods, along with demonstrations from local artists including wool spinning from Fleetwood’s own Coastal Colours and Loom knitting from the Topstitch stand.
With free entry for all this event won’t disappoint with plenty for all ages and budgets
Friday 28 July at 7.30pm
This summer, No.1 and platinum selling artist Joe McElderry releases his long awaited new album SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES. The album includes iconic songs from stage and screen and will also feature Joe’s hotly anticipated new single, GLORIA, available this March.
To celebrate the release of his fifth studio album, Joe will embark on a national tour of spectacular one night concerts – THE GLORIA TOUR – performing tracks from the new album, along with some special guests… This not-to-be-missed concert will see Joe joined live on stage by X Factor’s Lloyd Daniels and Any Dream Will Do runners up Keith Jack and Ben James-Ellis, who have all, like Joe, featured in the musical phenomenon Joseph and the Technicolor® Dreamcoat.
Joe’s performances in the title role of Joseph have been met with Five Star reviews and standing ovations up and down the country, which led to a new soundtrack recording released in February 2017. Full of classic songs you’ll be singing along to as well as brand new tracks to fall in love with The Gloria Tour is sure to give you an unforgettable night!
Saturday 29 July at 7.30pm
Brought to you direct from the London Palladium, DES O’CONNOR joins JIMMY TARBUCK live on stage for this rare event! Two legends of television, show-business and of the Royal Variety Performance come together, accompanied by music and video to reminisce and entertain at The Opera House Blackpool for one night only.
Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 August, from 11am
Rebellion Festivals is the largest INDEPENDENT Punk / Alternative music festival in the world.
Over 4 days every August in Blackpool, the very best in Punk gather for the social event of the year. Many treat it as a main holiday and come every year so there is a very familiar feel to the weekend and it’s like one big family – all 4000 of us!
All forms of punk are represented with Anarcho bands playing alongside ’77 Punks groups on the same bill as Oi bands sharing the same stage as UK82 style bands who are appearing with Street Punk outfits next to the new breed of young punk bands coming through etc etc…..!
We also have an acoustic stage and an alternative stage BIZARRE BAZAAR which has comedy, burlesque dancing and a variety of other entertainment……..Oh yeah, and there is PUNK ROCK BINGO!
Saturday 19 August from 12 noon
With more than 100 different Gins with hundreds of tonic/garnish combinations to try out in search of your new favourite. Experts will be on hand to help guide you on the adventure and supper provided too! This is an event far too good to miss!
The ticket price includes a proper gin ‘fish bowl’ glass to take home and the wonderful Gin Jamboree Booklet. At the Jamboree ‘Token Cards’ can be purchased and stamped for each Gin & Tonic with half measure tasters are also available (similar format to a Beer Festival!) There will also be a bar for those who might prefer something other than Gin and a cocktail bar for those who want to mix it up!
Early Bird Tickets £15.00 (and include supper, the Gin Booklet and a Gin ‘fish bowl’ glass to take home!)
Tuesday 22 to Sunday 27 August, shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm
An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy returns to the UK starring Alexandra Burke* (The X Factor, The Bodyguard) Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, SISTER ACT is the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Enchanted), dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, SISTER ACT is the funniest and funkiest musical around.
SISTER ACT tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music.
Come and see the habits hit the road again and why this fabulous family friendly show has been seen by more than 6 million people worldwide. *At matinee performances the role of Deloris Van Cartier will be played by Joanna Francis.
Saturday 26 & Sun 27 August from 9.30am
For the first time in over half a century, a major Motorbike event will return to the Blackpool Winter Gardens, being officially opened by motorbiking legend Carl Fogarty
From 26th – 27th August 2017 motorbike enthusiasts from across the UK are set to take over Blackpool, as a 2-day festival featuring a range of major exhibitors, independent traders, live music and much more takes place at the Winter Gardens Blackpool.
Over the 2-day festival motorbike enthusiasts will have a chance to browse the latest bikes from major manufactures Including BMW, Harley Davidson, Honda and Ducati, plus many more whilst live demonstrations in bike maintenance including a build from scratch will be hosted by Myerscough College. Live Q&A’s with industry experts and stars including the most successful racer of all time Carl Fogarty will take place giving fans a unique and rare opportunity to be up close and personal with the motorcycle legend.
An exhibition of classic bikes will be on show throughout the Floral Hall In association with the Morecambe Bay Classic Bike Club featuring bikes throughout the ages, plus fans can take a range of rip roaring challenges in a modern simulation zone.
The bank holiday weekend festival will also be accompanied by live music from popular tribute the AC/DC Experience.
Mon 18 Sept 2017 - Sat 23 Sept 2017Opening night at 8pm, shows at 7.30pm, plus Weds and Sat matinees at 2.30pm
Hairspray the musical is set to take over the Blackpool Opera House from Mon 18 Sept 2017 - Sat 23 Sept 2017 and is fast becoming one of the bestselling musicals this year.
STAR CAST ANNOUNCEMENT
Directed by Paul Kerryson, Choreographed by Drew McOnie
AWARD-WINNING COMEDIAN NORMAN PACE TO STAR AS WILBUR TURNBLAD WITH MATT RIXON RETURNING AS EDNA, LAYTON WILLIAMS WILL PLAY THE ROLE OF SEAWEED ALONGSIDE MUSICAL THEATRE STAR BRENDA EDWARDS AS MOTORMOUTH MAYBELLE.
Norman Pace (ITV1’s The Hale and Pace Show) will play Wilbur Turnblad in the major UK tour of the smash hit musical Hairspray, opening at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff this summer. He will be joined by Matt Rixon (The Ladykillers, Around the World in 80 Days) reprising his role as Edna Turnblad, musical theatre star Brenda Edwards (Chicago, We Will Rock You, The X Factor) returning as Motormouth Maybelle and Layton Williams (Bad Education, Rent) now starring as Seaweed. Gina Murray (Chicago and Full Monty) joins the cast as Velma Von Tussle with Jon Tsouras (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Crazy for You) once again playing Corny Collins; Edward Chitticks (On the Town, Mamma Mia) as Link Larkin; Aimee Moore as Amber Von Tussle; Annalise Liard-Bailey as Penny Pingleton and Monifa James as Little Inez. Rebecca Mendoza will make her professional debut as Tracy Turnblad.
Full cast includes: Lauren Concannon, Melissa Nettleford and Emily-Mae Walker as The Dynamites, Shay Barclay, Ben Darcy, George Hinson, Jordan Laviniere, Graham MacDuff, Lindsay McAllister, Tracey Penn and Freya Rowley.
Featuring the iconic music and lyrics by Academy Award, Tony and Emmy winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, this big, bold and beautiful production is choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie with direction from Paul Kerryson. This 37 week tour of the much loved musical based on the 1988 film follows the phenomenally successful 2016 UK tour which played to packed out houses and received public and critical acclaim across the country in 2015/16.
It’s Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.
Hairspray is a musical based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Divine and Ricki Lake by cult filmmaker John Waters. With music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray originally opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 2002 and subsequently won eight Tony Awards. The production opened in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007 and won four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Proving to be an international success, Hairspray has also opened in South Africa, Japan, South Korea, China and Dubai. Following the musical’s phenomenal success on stage, a film of the musical was released in 2007 which starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Marsden.
Tuesday 3 to Saturday 7 October, shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm
WILL YOUNG and Louise REDKNAPP lead the cast in Rufus Norris' acclaimed production of Kander and Ebb's Musical Masterpiece
Internationally renowned singer/songwriter, Will Young, reprises his Olivier Award-nominated performance as the enigmatic Emcee alongside musician and presenter Louise Redknapp, who makes her stage debut as Sally Bowles in Rufus Norris’ multi-award winning production of CABARET.
Cabaret will embark on a UK tour this autumn, visiting the Opera House Blackpool from Tuesday 3 until Saturday 7 October 2017.
Ever since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, WILL YOUNG has been one of the UK’s most popular and successful music artists. He holds the record for the fastest selling debut single in British chart history, and has enjoyed a phenomenal career in music with 4 number 1 albums, as well as acting alongside Dame Judi Dench in the film Mrs Henderson Presents. Will made his West End debut in Cabaret and will be reprising his award winning performance.
LOUISE REDKNAPP rose to fame as a member of the girl group Eternal. She left the band to carve out a successful solo career achieving an impressive twelve Top 20 singles, including the hits Naked and Stuck in the Middle and selling over 5 million records with 5 albums. Since then she has rarely left our television screens and most recently wowed the nation with her dancing skills finishing ‘runner up’ in the 2016 series of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.
CABARET features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre including ‘Money Makes The World Go Round’, ‘Two Ladies’ ‘Maybe This Time’ and of course ‘Cabaret’. The production turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a sassy, sizzling haven of decadence, and at its dark heart is the legendary and notorious Emcee, who performs nightly at the infamous Kit Kat Klub.
Since its Broadway premiere in 1966 and the famous movie version with Liza Minnelli and Oscar winner Joel Grey, CABARET has won a staggering number of stage and screen awards including 8 Oscar’s, 7 BAFTA’s and 13 Tony’s. Norris’ production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs and has picked up 2 Olivier Awards.
Rufus Norris is Director of the National Theatre and a multi-award winning theatre and opera director. For the National Theatre, he has directed The Threepenny Opera, wonder.land, Everyman, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Amen Corner, Table, London Road (Critics Circle Award), Death and the King's Horseman, Market Boy. Other theatre includes Vernon God Little (Young Vic), Les Liasons Dangerouses (Broadway – five Tony Award nominations), Festen (West End and Broadway) The Country Girl (Apollo) and Afore Night Came at the Young Vic (Evening Standard Award). Film credits include London Road and Broken.
Choreography is by the Olivier Award-winning Javier De Frutos. In 1990, he formed The Javier De Frutos Dance Company. His work includes The Hypochondriac Bird and Affliction of Loneliness. Recently he joined forces with Sadler’s Wells and The Pet Shop Boys to create a brand new dance work based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story, The Most Incredible Thing.
Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October, shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm
Britains Got Talent winning actor and dancer George Sampson completes the full cast of OUR HOUSE
A full house for OUR HOUSE has been announced, with street dancing sensation George Sampson confirmed to join the UK Tour of the Olivier Award-winning musical. Having won the second season of Britain's Got Talent with his interpretation of Singing in the Rain, George has gone on to star in major films (Street Dance 2 and Street Dance 3D) and regular roles in Emmerdale (ITV), Waterloo Road (BBC), and Mount Pleasant (Sky). Playing the role of local bad boy Reecey, George joins previously announced cast members Deena Payne (Kath Casey), Jason Kajdi (Joe Casey) and Sophie Matthew (Sarah).
On the night of his 16th birthday, Joe Casey takes the girl of his dreams, Sarah, out on their first date. In an effort to impress her with bravado, Joe breaks into a building site overlooking his home on Casey Street. When the police turn up, a split-second decision forces him to choose between himself and his heart as the story splits in two: one which sees Joe stay to face the music, and the other which sees him flee and leave Sarah to run from the police. As two very different paths unfold before him, the consequences of that choice will change his life forever.
The full cast includes:
George Sampson as ReeceyDeena Payne as Kath CaseyJason Kajdi as Joe CaseySophie Matthew as SarahCallum McArdle as DadBilly Roberts as EmmoWill Haswell as LewisEtisyai Philip as BillieJessica Niles as AngieBobby Windebank as Mr. Pressman/EnsembleMatthew Mcdonald as Callum/EnsembleAlex Tranter as On-stage swingMichael Nelson as On-stage swingFrances Dee as On-stage swingLottie Henshall as Ensemble
George Sampson found his passion for performing by busking on the streets of Manchester at the age of twelve. After being spotted as an exceptional talent and encouraged to audition for Britain's Got Talent, he rose to fame at the age of fourteen after winning the programme’s second series in 2008 with his interpretation of Singing in the Rain. Following the success of the show, he made his stage debut in the West End hip-hop musical Into the Hoods
George also starred as Eddie in the feature films Street Dance 3D and Street Dance 2, where he found his love for acting. He then went on to star in three series of the award-winning BBC drama Waterloo Road, playing bad boy Kyle Stack. Having discovered a talent for acting work, George began working on Mount Pleasant (Sky) playing the role of Gary, and also in Emmerdale (ITV) as troublemaker, Ryan.
OUR HOUSE was first staged at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End from October 2002 to August 2003 and won the 2003 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. This tour will be directed by Immersion Theatre’s James Tobias and choreographed by the resident choreographer of Matilda The Musical, Fabian Aloise.
Our House opens at the Opera House Blackpool on Monday 9 October until Saturday 14 October, tickets are now available from £15.00 online and the box office which is open daily (please mention you saw it here!)
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Blackpool Winter Gardens has won £50,000 funding from the Government to help restore the historic Pavilion Theatre.
The 137-year-old theatre was placed on the Theatre’s Trust’s ‘At Risk’ register in 2014 – an indication of the vital need for investment to protect the venue’s long-term future.
Communities Minister Brandon Lewis today announced the Pavilion Theatre – part of the world famous Grade II* Winter Gardens building – is among 77 projects across Great Britain to receive a share of £3 million coastal revival funding.
The £50,000 granted to Blackpool Winter Gardens will be used to restore the walls of the Pavilion Theatre which is the proposed location for the Blackpool Museum.
Created as a concert hall in 1878, the Pavilion was converted to a theatre in 1889. A major re-building took place in 1897, resulting in a splendidly opulent apsidal-ended music hall.
The beautiful plasterwork, designed by J M Boekbinder, was completed in 1904. In the 1920s it became a picture palace and by the 1950s was used for summer shows. Household names such as Morecambe & Wise and Tommy Cooper performed there.
Blackpool Council is currently formulating plans for a multi-million pound, interactive heritage museum – situated within the Pavilion – which will tell the story of how Blackpool became one of the world's biggest tourist resorts.
The announcement sees 77 national projects – ranging from theatres to piers and lidos to lighthouses – each receive coastal revival funding grants of up to £50,000 to kick-start restoration work.
Blackpool Winter Gardens is being celebrated for putting customers first as it is awarded WorldHost Recognised Business status.
The venue has become the latest organisation in the UK to gain national recognition for its commitment to customer service, after being awarded WorldHost Recognised Business status.
WorldHost is a world-class customer service training programme that has already been used to train almost 150,000 people in the UK, including tens of thousands of staff and volunteers for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The status is awarded to businesses that have trained 50% or more of their front line staff using any of the WorldHost training programmes and signed a commitment to delivering excellent customer service.
The Winter Gardens is one of the founding members of the Blackpool Tourism Academy, a consortium of key leisure attractions within the UK's premier seaside resort dedicated to boosting the skills of their workforce. With the assistance of funding from the Government's Employer Ownership Pilot, a range of training is being delivered to equip the workforce with skills which will not only enhance their personal abilities but also add value to the businesses in which they work.
On a dark November afternoon, the Winter Gardens threw open their doors with a warm welcome to industry guests, to showcase the best that this wonderful attraction has to offer, showing off the Empress Ballroom, the newly refurbished Derham Room laid out for a banquet, the Empress Grill with fabulous catering which really looked too good to eat. Come take a look at what we saw...
The magnificent Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens Blackpool, getting ready for a ball!
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!
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 will always be something to offer locals and visitors to the resort, especially with Mamma Mia! reviving the summer season long show in 2014.
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.
Throughout the summer of 2014, the West End smah hit Mamma Mia! played a summer season here in Blackpool at the Winter Gardens.
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.
Illuminasia is a unique walk-through attraction that blends the tradition of Chinese lantern craft with modern technology to create an incredible larger than life experience.
Giants Under the Sea at Illuminasia, Winter Gardens, Blackpool
You'll be amazed at the sheer scale and vibrancy of the exhibits and enjoy the surprises round every corner.... immersive and interactive - it's perfect for families, yet captivating for any age. Plus, it's all indoors - an attraction that the weather can't spoil!
In 2014, Illuminasia welcomed 110,000 visitors through the doors, and they have optioned their two additional years taking the attraction to 2017.
BUY TICKETS TO ILLUMINASIA HERE
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.
You can find out more about the History of the Winter Gardens here
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.
More than 90 years after its original inception the world renowned Blackpool Dance Festival launched its first overseas event which saw it expand into China.
Working in partnership with International Special Attractions (ISA) the Blackpool Dance Festival will promote and be responsible for a brand new festival almost 6,000 miles away in Shanghai.
The event’s global expansion is part of an on-going relationship with ISA, the creators and investors behind Illuminasia which opened in April 2014 at the Blackpool Winter Gardens. Illuminasia has attracted more than 100,000 visitors since opening and recently announced a three year extension in the resort.
Based in Shanghai, ISA will work with the team in Blackpool on the organisation, branding and management of the prestigious dance event which will be promoted under the name Blackpool Dance Festival (China).
The first ever overseas Blackpool Dance Festival was held at the Grand Stage, Shanghai, China from 19th – 23rd August 2016, with the annual May Festival continuing to take place at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool.
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