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What's On Next at Blackpool Winter Gardens

What's On Next at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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.


Twinkletoes Song and Dance Extravaganza

Wed 11 – Sat 14 April at 7pm, Sat matinee at 2pm

Twinkletoes Song and Dance Extravaganza at Blackpool Winter Gardens

The Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre, are very proud to present their showcase of Dance and musical theatre.

A Local dance school with a cast of over 300 students, presenting excerpts from 42nd Street, Trolls, Love Disney, Tales of Narnia and Hits of the 80’s along with may other spectacular showcasing numbers.

The production will be presented with the latest stage technology of professional standard.


Afternoon Tea

Sat/Sun 14/15 April, 12-3pm

Afternoon Tea at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Afternoon Tea served in the Empress Grill Room 12 noon – 4:00 pm

On all occasions the Afternoon Tea will be £11.00pp with a Prosecco included option at £16.00 pp.

Bookings will be taken between 12noon and 16.00hrs ( last booking 15.00hrs)

To book please phone 01253 629748 – and please say that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

Sheridan Smith in Concert

Tuesday 17 April 2018 at 7.30pm

Sheridan Smith in Concert at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Cuffe & Taylor By Arrangement Of Coda Presents…Sheridan In Concert

BAFTA and Olivier Award winning performer Sheridan Smith embarks on her debut UK tour, following the release of her brand new self-titled album, Sheridan. Previously starring in Funny Girl and Legally Blonde, Sheridan is no stranger to the Stage.

Touring some of the UK’s most prestigious theatres through April and May 2018; the tour will be coming to us on Tuesday 17th April 2018 .


Daniel O’Donnell

Wednesday 25 April at 7.30pm

Daniel O'Donnell at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Blackpool is famous for its illuminations, and international singing star Daniel O’Donnell will be adding to its highlights and its night life once again, when he returns to perform at the Blackpool Opera House on Wednesday 25th April next year with his new band and special guest Mary Duff.

He is the only artist to score at least one hit in the UK album charts every year since 1988, an unprecedented and unbroken 30 year span and in doing so he has outshone everyone from Michael Jackson and Madonna to U2 and the Rolling Stones. His latest album ‘Back Home Again’, released in March 2017, entered the UK Artist Albums Artist chart at No. 10.

Daniel has now reached the UK Artist Albums Chart with more than 37 albums and has now amassed THIRTY ONE Top 30 albums over the course of his career. Daniel has also achieved eight number one hits in the UK music video/dvd charts over that period.

He received an honorary MBE from Queen Elizabeth, appeared on Top of the Pops and had his life celebrated on ‘This Is Your Life’.
Daniel was a contestant in the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC TV. “It’s such a huge show, and while it took me out of my comfort zone, I had a lot of fun doing it,” he says.

He completed major tours in the USA, Australia, Canada and his native Ireland during the past few months and audiences were blown away by his new show, with a new band, featuring a mix of the best in Trad, Country, Easy Listening and some Rock ‘n’ Roll.
This December’s tour will also include a set of Christmas classics.

His concert in Blackpool’s Opera House on Wednesday April 25th should be a most memorable one.


Beth Hart

Thursday 26 April at 7.30pm

Beth Hart at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Having sold out her biggest UK concert at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall on Friday 4th May 2018, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Beth Hart and her band will embark on a 14-date UK & Irish tour in April and May 2018.


An Evening with Brant Nuttall – Piano Recital

Sunday 29 April at 7.30pm

An evening with Brant Nuttall at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Join us at the Winter Gardens on Sunday 29th April @ 7:30pm for an Evening with our Pianist, Brant Nuttall!


Scriabin: 6 preludes Op.13
Mendelssohn: Sonata in E Op.6
Beethoven: “Moonlight” Sonata

Schumann: Allegro Op.8
Debussy: Suite Bergamasque
Chopin: Berceuse Op. 57
Chopin: Scherzo in Bb minor Op.31

Tickets can be purchased from our Box office now!

Sarah Millican Control Enthusiast 2018 Tour

Weds 2 May at 7pm

Sarah Millican Blackpool Winter Gardens

Catch Sarah Millican at the Winter Gardens Blackpool on 2nd May 2018 as part of her Control Enthusiast Tour

Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see?

Do you arrange the nights out? Are you in charge of passports on holiday? Then so are you!

Whether you’re sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you’re told to, welcome. You’ll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit.

Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy.


Russell Brand Re:Birth

Thursday 10 May at 8pm

Russell Brand at Blackpool Winter Gardens

“How do we make sense of the madness of our lives once we become parents? What am I going to tell my daughter about conformity and responsibility? What happens if she grows up to be like me or, worse, date someone like me?”


Grumpy Old Women to the Rescue

Fri 11 May at 8pm

Grumpy Old Women at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Fed up with flogging their guts out and always having to be in charge, the Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukelele orchestra and novelty fudge- making.

But with the world in a bigger mess than ever before, is there anything that can tempt them off their backsides to unleash their superpowers and once more come to the rescue ?!

Join us for 90 mins of brand new ‘full-fat’, ‘batteries included’ comedy from the mistresses of grump.


Shrek the Musical

Tuesday 15 to Sunday 27 May 2018, shows at 7.30pm and 2.30pm

Shrek the Musical at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Shrek The Musical comes to the Winter Gardens Blackpool from Tuesday 15 May 2018 – Sunday 27 May 2018.

Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!

Cast includes Steffan Harri as ‘Shrek’,’ Marcus Ayton as ‘Donkey’ and Samuel Holmes as ‘Lord Farquaad’. Nigel harman returns as director for the hit production.


May Blackpool Dance Festival

20-24 May

May Blackpool Dance Festival

The Festival began in 1920 in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, you can find out more by visiting our History section.

Covering a period of nine days this is by far the largest of all the five Blackpool Festivals. The Festival covers Ballroom and Latin American dancing, incorporating the British Open Championships for Adult Amateur and Professional couples, plus Formation Teams. 2005 saw the introduction of two new events, the British Rising Star Amateur Ballroom and Latin Competitions.

Two Invitation events took place this year, the Professional Team Match on the Saturday and the Exhibition Competition on the Friday evening, created a vast amount of interest and crowd appeal. 2017 was the event’s 92nd year and there were 61 countries represented. A total number of 2,970 entries in the 13 events, 2 Ballroom Formation Teams and 8 Latin Formation Teams.


Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends – the Musical

Tuesday 29 May to Saturday 2 June 2018, shows at 7.30pm and 2.30pm

Fat Friends at Blackpool Winter Gardens

The hit TV show Fat Friends from award-winning national treasure Kay Mellor (creator of Girlfriends, Love, Lies & Records, Band of Gold, The Syndicate and In The Club) has burst onto the stage in a brand new musical, with original music by Nick Lloyd Webber.

Join the infamous group of TV’s most loveable characters as they are put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super Slimmers by the lovelorn Lauren whilst Kelly fantasises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams.

Packed full of hope, humour, love and weight loss, this new stage show reunites our favourite foodie friends and sell-out audiences are loving it!

With an All-Star cast including West End favourite and winner of the BBC’s I’d Do Anything, Jodie Prenger, X Factor winner Sam Bailey, star of Emmerdale and Wicked Natalie Anderson, Coronation Street legend Kevin Kennedy and, making his stage debut, Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, Fat Friends The Musical is a feel-good night out for every body and is a HUGE hit!


Jane McDonald – the Anniversary Tour

Sat 9 June at 7.30pm

Jane McDonald at Blackpool Winter Gardens

One of the nation’s most loved entertainers came to our screens 20 years ago in the program ‘The Cruise’. Since then Jane has appeared as Grizabella in ‘Cats’ and stared in many TV shows such as ‘Loose Women’, ‘Star for a Night’ & ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’.

As a singer Jane has released platinum selling albums and toured with her own show, each year better than the last and this year is no exception. A phenomenal singer with her stunning band and knock out production will bring audiences to their feet on this evening of music & laughter. Not to be missed!


The Blackpool International Soul Festival 3

Fri 15 – Sun 17 June from 12pm

The Blackpool International Soul Festival 3 at Winter Gardens

The 3rd Blackpool International Soul Festival is now confirmed to take place at the Winter Gardens , Blackpool over the weekend of Friday – Sunday June 15th -17th, 2018.


It’s BIG breaking news from The Blackpool International Soul Festival team! We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to add to the bill, legendary Motown singer / producer / songwriter LAMONT DOZIER !

This will be Lamont’s ONLY North West appearance on his debut UK tour . The show will take place on Sunday evening in the Opera House within the Winter Gardens , Blackpool and in addition to performing live , there will be the opportunity to hear about Lamont’s amazing career and the stories behind the songs in a special “Audience with Lamont Dozier ” following the performance. Additionally Lamont will have his latest album available for sale at the Festival and is looking forward to meeting so many of his fans at this unique event .

The UK’s Best Northern and Modern Soul DJ line ups will be announced shortly. 3-day tickets priced at only £60 (plus a booking fee ) are available now. A SIX ROOM extravaganza!


Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Tuesday 19 June to Saturday 23 June 2018, shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm

Beautiful - the Carole King Musical at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Beautiful – the Carol King Musical – is heading to Blackpool’s Opera House from Monday 18th June – Saturday 23rd June 2018.

Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Mike Bosner in association with Michael Harrison are delighted to announce the national tour of the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning show.

Bronté Barbé will play ‘Carole King’ in the UK and Ireland tour of the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award-winning BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. Bronté will be joined by Kane Oliver Parry as King’s husband and song-writing partner ‘Gerry Goffin’, Amy Ellen Richardson as song-writer ‘Cynthia Weil’, Matthew Gonsalves as song-writer ‘Barry Mann’, Carol Royle as King’s mother ‘Genie Klein’ and Adam Howden as music publisher and producer ‘Donnie Kirshner’. At certain performances, ‘Carole King’ will be played by Leigh Lothian.

Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.

BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman, Take Good Care of my Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might As Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, Locomotion. The show also includes the Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann hit songs You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, On Broadway and We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.


Prosecco Festival

Fri 29 from 6.30pm and Sat 30 June from 12.30pm

Prosecco Festival at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Prosecco & Fizz!
Needless to say this event is an absolute must for fans of the fizz! Located within the festival hall will be stations offering more than 40 types of Prosecco, Spumante, Cava’s, Brut, Pink Fizz and even Prosecco cocktails. And for those non-fizz fans we will have a bottled lager area too. Drinks are purchased via our token system.

Italian street food
A Prosecco festival wouldn’t be complete without an array of Italian streetfoods which can be purchased at the festival, designed to compliment our array of fizz. Think gorgeous calzone and homemade meatballs….

Live music & entertainment
Taking to the main stage during each session will be an assortment of amazing live acts and singers – including laid back jazz right through to a dance floor filling live band during the evening sessions – so don’t forget those dancing shoes!

VIP Seating
Along with our standard tickets, we have a limited number of VIP packages available, which will give you access to our exclusive VIP seating area, antipasti nibbles and some extra drinks too! (not available in all locations).


Blackpool Elvis Celebration 2018

3 day event, Fri 29 – Sun 1 July

Blackpool Elvis Celebration 2018 at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Following on from the success of 2017’s event, the Elvis celebration returns as a 3-day festival to celebrate the King.

American Elvis tribute artist Dean Z has been announced to head the all-star line-up featuring the very best ETA’s, traders and much more.

The festival runs from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July 2018 starting at midday each day and ending daily with an after-show party, all events are included in the weekend price.

To purchase tickets, please call 01253 629608 – and please say that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

General seating priced at £65

Swing with Laughter

Fri 29 June at 7.30pm

Swing with Laughter at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Variety is back with a capital V as legendary British Entertainers Jimmy Tarbuck OBE and Kenny Lynch OBE, swap their golf clubs for a unique night of comedy and music in the company of talented friends.

Jimmy who is recognised worldwide as one of the masters of light entertainment, will take audiences back to the golden days of entertainment, when families would gather around the television to watch him host Sunday Night at The London Palladium, Live From Her Majesty’s and Tarby & Friends. These classic shows featured the very best in song, dance and comedy, performed by some of the greatest performers in the world. Now in 2018 Swing With Laughter recreates those magical shows and adds a modern flavour for audiences of today, who are enjoying the current revival in variety.


Titanic – the Musical

Monday 9 to Saturday 14 July 2018, shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm

Titanic the Musical at Blackpool Winter Gardens

July welcomes the harrowing retelling of real life stories from the world’s most legendary ship in Titanic the Musical. In the final hour of 14th April 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic and infamous disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.

Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s stunning musical focuses on their hopes and aspirations. Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the newly-enfranchised Second Class dream of achieving the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the millionaire Barons of the First Class dream of their mastery lasting forever.

Opening at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton in April 2018, in the same city and same month in which the RMS Titanic set sail, the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning production will head to Blackpool from Monday 9th to Saturday 14th July 2018.


Summer Holiday – The Musical

Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 July 2018, shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm

A brand new production of the feel-good musical featuring Cliff Richard’s classic hits will tour the UK in 2018/19 – and it’s heading to Blackpool for one week only! Tickets on sale from 10am on 1 December 2017.

Summer Holiday the Musical at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Based on the iconic 1960’s film starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows this brand-new stage musical includes all of the number one hits from the movie, plus some additional Cliff Richard classics. The famous red double-decker bus with make its stop at the Opera House Blackpool from Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 July 2018.

Summer Holiday tells the story of Don and his fellow London Transport mechanics as they journey together in a red double-decker bus through Paris, the Alps, Italy and Greece. Along the way they pick up a girl singing group and a young American pop star who is on the run from her domineering mother!

A spokesperson for the Winter Gardens Blackpool comments ‘Summer Holiday is another fantastic addition to our 2018 line-up, joining an already exciting season of shows including Shrek, Fat Friends and many more’

This hit – filled musical features many of 1960’s biggest songs including In the Country, Summer Holiday, Travellin’ Light, Bachelor Boy, Move It, Living Doll, The Young Ones and On the Beach.


The Play that Goes Wrong

Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 August 2018, shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm

The Play that Goes Wrong - at Blackpool Winter Gardens

The Olivier Award Winning, West End Smash Hit Comedy ‘The Play that Goes Wrong’ is coming to the Opera House at Blackpool Winter Gardens, from Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 August 2018.

Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields , The Play That Goes Wrong is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring. The play introduces The ‘Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s’ murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does, as the accident prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.


Fame – The Musical

Monday 13 August – Saturday 18 August 2018 at 7.30pm and Weds/Sat matinee at 2.30pm

Set to tour the UK in a stunning new 30th Anniversary tour heading to the Opera House Blackpool

Fame the Musical at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash hit sensation following the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life.

This bittersweet but uplifting triumph of a show explores the issues that confront many young people today: prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance. Fame the Musical has seen seven West End runs since opening on Broadway in 1988 and continues to be one of the best loved musicals across the world.

Fame will be presented by Selladoor Worldwide, producers of Footloose, Avenue Q , Little Shop of Horrors and Flashdance – The Musical, with Adam Paulden & Dan Looney. With casting to be announced, Fame will be directed and choregraphed by Nick Winston with design by Morgan Large

David Hutchinson Executive Creative Director of Selladoor says ‘This new tour for 2018 celebrates the 30 years since the premiere of the Broadway production and will very much have its roots in the style and nostalgia of the original musical. Selladoor are dedicated to bringing large scale theatre to as broad an audience as possible across the UK and internationally, and we’re delighted to add another classic musical to our ever-growing portfolio’

Featuring the Oscar-winning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers, musicians and rappers as they transform from star struck pupils to superstars. Fame The Musical will indeed live forever.


Madagascar – a Musical Adventure

Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 September 2018 at 7pm

Madagascar at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.

Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”




Wizard of Oz the Musical at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Following the smash hit show Peter Pan at Blackpool Opera House this year, 2018 will see audiences following the yellow brick road to spend an unforgettable Christmas with Dorothy and her friends in the merry old land of Oz.

The musical adventure The Wizard of Oz is on sale now with performances running from Friday 7th December to Sunday 30 December 2018.

After a tornado whisks away a young Kansas farm girl, Dorothy, to the magical land of OZ, she starts her quest to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who has the power to send her home. Along the way she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin man and a Cowardly Lion who help her on her journey.  But will she be defeated by the Wicked Witch of the West? You’ll have to come along to find out.

This highly acclaimed adaptation from The Royal Shakespeare Company is produced by the award-winning Selladoor Family, leading producer of mid and large-scale family productions including The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat, James and the Giant Peach, Guess How Much I Love You and The Broons.

A stunning musical featuring the timeless and instantly recognisable classics We’re Off To See The Wizard, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead!, The Merry Old Land Of Oz and Over The Rainbow, prepare for a magical adventure for the whole family with live music, lavish sets, spectacular costumes and a sensational cast to be announced.


Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals UK Tour 2019

Wednesday 15 May 2019 – Tickets go on sale Thursday 15 February 2018 at 10am

Strictly Come Dancing Professionals Tour 2019 at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals is returning to venues across the country from May 2019 for a 35 date UK tour. Heading to the Opera House Blackpool on 15 May 2019. Tickets for this dance spectacular will go on general sale on Thursday 15th February at 10am.

Direct from BBC One’s award-winning prime time TV show Strictly Come Dancing, this glamorous production will bring together some of our much-loved Strictly Professional dancers as they take to the stage to dazzle with their dance prowess.

Audiences will enjoy the incredible talent of these world-class dancers as they perform exquisitely choreographed Ballroom and Latin routines with all the sequins, sparkle and stunning production values we have come to know and love!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals as it returns for a Strictly limited engagement!

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals takes place across the Winter Gardens Blackpool on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

Buy your tickets for the 2.30pm performance here  – including links to pre-sale tickets

Buy your tickets for the 7.30pm performance here  – including links to pre-sale tickets

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.

Scott and Hayley plant tree for Winter Gardens

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 tress which will be sited by the council’s community and environmental department will be 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.

Michael Williams, Managing Director of the Winter Gardens Blackpool comments;

“Although consumer habits continue to evolve traditional printed media remains an integral part of ensuring the venue and its events are a success. Whilst ordered responsibly to minimise waste, the new scheme allows us to offset its use and make a positive impact to both the community and environment.”

“A lot of work has gone into a number of schemes from education to community and environment to give new vigour in ensuring the Winter Gardens remains at the forefront of the community, ensuring every opportunity is granted to as many individuals as possible to achieve, experience and succeed because of our business.”

Along with the new environmental policy, a range of schemes have been developed with an enhanced community focus including an education programme with SellADoor, producers of Peter Pan, Flashdance and more. The programme gives students access to the world of entertainment and what’s involved from set and costume design through to sales and marketing, the scheme is set to be expanded in 2018.

To find out more about the Winter Gardens Blackpool and its work in the community visit

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.

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.

The Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens

Heritage Tours

Find out about this magnificent building with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Winter Gardens

Heritage Tour of Blackpool 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

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).

Derham Room at the Winter Gardens

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 Derham Room at the Winter Gardens, set for a banquet

The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens
The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens…

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.

Illuminasia at Blackpool Winter Gardens

It was always designed to be a temporary attraction, and it finally closed the doors on Sunday 29 October to be dismantled to make space for who knows what….

More about Illuminasia, and how it was built, here

Illuminasia at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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