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What's On at Blackpool Winter Gardens Some brilliant shows coming up at Blackpool Winter Gardens - from Elvis to Dirty Dancing, Comedy to Punk - there's something for everyone.

 

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What's on at the 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.

You can find more details for all of the events at the Winter Gardens in the Events Calendar at this link.

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May Dance Festival

Thurs 25 May - Friday 2 June

May Dance Festival at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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.

Three Invitation events took place this year, the Professional Team Match on the Saturday, the Exhibition Competition and the American Smooth showdance on the Thursday evening, created a vast amount of interest and crowd appeal. 2015 was the event’s 90th year and there were 60 countries represented. A total number of 2,903 entries in the 12 events, 2 Ballroom Formation Teams and 10 Latin Formation Teams.

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The Next Step Live on Stage

Friday 2 June at 7pm

The Next Step Live on Stage at Blackpool Winter Gardens

For fans of dance and also of the hit TV show, The Next Step “Live on Stage” is a brand new live show that celebrates dance in a concert-like setting. After performing in 8 countries in front of over 200,000 fans with the “Wild Rhythm” tour in 2016, Jordan Clark and Trevor Tordjman have choreographed this brand new live show, again featuring the most popular and most talented cast members of the hit TV show “The Next Step”. Joining Jordan and Trevor are Brittany Raymond (Riley), Isaiah Peck (Henry), Briar Nolet (Richelle), Myles Erlick (Noah), Victoria Baldesarra (Michelle) along with season 4 newcomers Shelby Bain (Amy) and Alexandra Chaves (Piper). Audiences will love the high-energy group numbers that showcase the group’s flawless timing, eye-popping acrobatics and overall mastery of dance. New to the “Live on Stage” show are dance routines connected to the plotlines of the TV show, new duet and trio combinations and, thanks to modern technology, there might just be a few special guest appearances too!

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Peter Kay Q&A

Sunday 4 June at 7pm

Peter Kay Q&A at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Following two sold out shows last December, one of Britain’s best loved comedians Peter Kay has announced another very special live Q&A at Blackpool Opera House this June in aid of the Polly Haydock Appeal and her continuing Cancer Treatment Fund.

Mum of three Polly Haydock from Westhoughton, Bolton was diagnosed with cancer at the end of 2015 and, after receiving heart breaking news that her cancer had reached Stage 4 last July, Polly set about the daunting task of raising over four hundred thousand pounds to receive expert treatment in Germany. The treatment, which is unavailable in the UK, could not only prolong her life but may also help cure the disease. Polly and her family, including her three children, have been raising money for the specialist treatment via Go Fund Me and the response has been overwhelming.

At this brand new Q&A in aid of Polly’s Fund, the award winning comedian will discuss his phenomenal career in comedy plus will be showing some exclusive clips and outtakes from his acclaimed shows.

The audience will discover insights into Peter Kay’s numerous successful award winning series including the BAFTA award winning Car Share, Phoenix Nights, Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere, That Peter Kay Thing, Britain’s Got The Pop Factor featuring Kay’s female alter ego Geraldine, as well as his latest stand-up tours, the latter of which holds the Guinness Book of Records as the most successful stand-up comedy tour in the world. Plus, he will be chatting about his surprising career in the music world and success as an author with three best-selling books.

All profits from Peter Kay – A Very Special Live Q&A will go towards the Polly Haydock Appeal, Polly Haydock’s My Children Need Their Mummy Cancer Treatment Fund.

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Jane McDonald

Saturday 10 June at 7.30pm

Jane McDonald at Blackpool Winter Gardens

One of the nation’s most loved entertainers is back by popular demand continuing to tour with her best show to date. A must see event of 2017.As part of the tour Jane is making a welcome return to the Blackpool Opera House on the 10th June 2017.

“Making Memories” is a fantastic production packed full of phenomenal songs and arrangements featuring Jane’s exceptional musicians and singers. Jane will be performing “Memory” after receiving 5 star reviews for her performance as Grizabella in Cats the musical.

With amazing new medleys, old fan favourites and some exciting additions you’re guaranteed to be on your feet time after time. Get ready to make some memories and see Jane McDonald’s best show yet!

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Dancing with Dementia

Wednesday 14 June at 11am

Dancing with Dementia at Blackpool Winter Gardens

This year’s dancing with dementia event will take place on Wednesday 14 June at The Winter Gardens Blackpool.

The day will include latin and ballroom professional displays, a choir, dancing, Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, a free raffle, information on dementia services plus much more.

The event costs just £10 per person including a delicious Afternoon Tea

To book call 01253 476363

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The Magic of the Opera Featuring Lesley Garrett

Thursday 15 June at 7.30pm

Opera Featuring Lesley Garrett at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Popular Opera Singer Lesley Garrett will star in ‘Magic of the Opera’ at Blackpool Opera House on Thursday 15th June.

The show, which features the English National Philharmonic Orchestra and principal singers from the Royal Opera House and English National Opera, is presented by newly formed Nottingham Theatre Production Company – UK Theatre Bureau. The Orchestra will be conducted by Ben Crick and the singers will include John Cunningham (Baritone), Hannah Mason (Mezzo Soprano) and Lee Bradley (Tenor).

‘Magic of the Opera’ is a show for all the family and will feature all the best bits from all the popular Operas, including many that that everybody knows but probably don’t realise are Opera. Whether they’re a lover of Grand Opera or a lover of grand songs performed to the highest possible level, everyone will enjoy an evening of magical music. The show will contain favourites including the Toreador song from Carmen, Mozart’s Marriage Of Figaro, Time To Say Goodbye, Verdi’s Anvil Chorus, the Pearl Fishers duet, Ave Maria and, of course, Nessun Dorma.

This will be an experience to remember for those who’ve already been to one of the great Opera Houses of the World, for anyone whose experience of Opera is limited to what they’ve heard on a television advert and for everyone in between.

Lesley Garrett is one of Britain’s best loved singers, well known for her Operatic, Musical Theatre and Television appearances.

We all feel very lucky that Lesley is part of Magic Of The Opera.

BUY TICKETS HERE

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Blackpool International Soul Festival

Friday 16 - Sat 18 June

Blackpool International Soul Festival at Blackpool Winter Gardens

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

We have now reached the maximum capacity in the concert arena, the £50.00 tickets are now completely sold out!

HOWEVER we now have a LIMITED allocation of NO CONCERT/DANCE ONLY tickets, which allow you to still attend and enjoy the 3 day event, but with no access to the EMPRESS BALLROOM until AFTER the concert ends on Friday and Saturday night. With FIVE other rooms open throughout there’s plenty going on and lots of places to dance !

These NO CONCERT/DANCE ONLY are STRICTLY limited at £40.00 plus the usual booking fee.

BUY TICKETS HERE

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Evita

Tuesday 20 - Saturday 24 June at 7.30pm, plus Weds, Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm

Evita Blackpool Winter Gardens

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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Pet Shop Boys

Wednesday 21 June at 7pm

Pet Shop Boys Blackpool Winter Gardens

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”.

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Record Fair

Saturday 24 June, 12 August, 8 October from 12 noon

Record Fair at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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

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Europe's Tribute to Elvis Presley

Friday 30 June - 2 July

Europe's Tribute to Elvis at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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

BUY TICKETS HERE

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Hits Reloaded

Saturday 1 July at 7pm

Hits reloaded at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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.

BUY TICKETS HERE

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The Wedding Singer

Tuesday 4 July to Saturday 8, various times

The Wedding Singer at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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.

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Rock of Ages

Saturday 8 July at 7pm

Rock of Ages at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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!!

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Boxing

Saturday 15 July at 6.45pm

Boxing at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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.

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Lancashire Hits

Saturday 15 July at 7pm

Lancashire Hits at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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.

Here at the Opera House, Blackpool we want this experience to be as enjoyable as possible for all of those children involved.

BUY TICKETS HERE

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BetVictor PDC World Matchplay Darts

Saturday 22 July to Sunday 30 - various times

BetVictor PDC World Matchplay Darts at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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.

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Topstitch Craft Fair

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July from 10am

Topstitch Craft Fair at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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

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Joe McElderry the Gloria Tour

Friday 28 July at 7.30pm

Joe McElderry the Gloria Tour at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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!

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Des O'Connor and Jimmy Tarbuck - LIVE

Saturday 29 July at 7.30pm

Des O'Connor and Jimmy Tarbuck - LIVE at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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.

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Rebellion

Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 August, from 11am

Rebellion at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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!

BUY TICKETS HERE

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Blackpool Gin Jamboree

Saturday 19 August from 12 noon

Blackpool Gin Jamboree at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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!)

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Sister Act

Tuesday 22 to Sunday 27 August, shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm

Sister Act at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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.

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Winter Gardens Wins Share of £3m Restoration Funding

Blackpool Winter Gardens has won £50,000 funding from the Government to help restore the historic Pavilion Theatre.

Pavilion Theatre inside Blackpool Winter Gardens

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.

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Winter Gardens Awarded WorldHost Business Status

Blackpool Winter Gardens is being celebrated for putting customers first as it is awarded WorldHost Recognised Business status.

Michael Williams Winter Gardens Blackpool

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.

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Look Inside the Winter Gardens...

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...

Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens Blackpool
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 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!

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Something for Everyone at the Winter Gardens

This huge and magnificent building has 11 main separate spaces over two floors.

The Winter Gardens Blackpool

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.

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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. 

See Mamma Mia! at the Winter Gardens Blackpool

Throughout the summer of 2014, the West End smah hit Mamma Mia! played a summer season here in Blackpool at the Winter Gardens.

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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

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Illuminasia

The Land of the Giants at Illuminasia, Winter Gardens, Blackpool

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.

The Land of the Giants at Illuminasia, Winter Gardens, Blackpool
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

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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

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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. 

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Blackpool Dance Festival Announces International Expansion

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.

Blackpool Dance Festival

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).

Blackpool Dance Festival

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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