This beautiful, Victorian building is open to the public most days of the week. Unless there’s a closed event taking place inside. Why don’t you pop inside Blackpool Winter Gardens and take a look around the Floral Hall and public spaces?
Meet Morecambe and Wise in the Church Street entrance. Marvel at the dome and arched glass ceiling. Pop into the Mazzei Cafe or Victoria Bar for refreshments. If you want to see even more, pre-book a venue tour!
Or book your tickets for one of the amazing shows…
Look Inside the Winter Gardens
Covid played havoc with everything, but the Winter Gardens has been fabulous again, since reopening in May 2021. We went for a look behind the scenes a few days before re-opening, to see how preparations were going –
Visit popular Mazzei Café – packages including Afternoon tea are available to pre-book on the venue’s website. The Old Victoria Bar, formally Gillow’s, features live entertainment throughout the day. Enjoy a wide selection of drinks and classic pub food.
The Box Office counter service at Church Street is where you can book in person. It’s open daily from 11am – 3pm.
Afternoon Tea at the Mazzei Cafe
Soak in the surroundings of the stunning Winter Gardens Blackpool whilst enjoying Afternoon Tea in the Mazzei Café. A perfect gift, or indulgent experience for yourself, our Afternoon teas including sandwiches, cream scones with clotted cream and jam plus a selection of cakes. Upgrades are available to include a glass of fizz with your afternoon tea. Available to pre-book daily from 11am.
Book now for 2022, tours at 11am on Thursdays 6 Oct, 10 Nov
Join a fascinating tour of the Winter Gardens Blackpool. The knowledgeable guides have many years’ experience at the venue and will give you a unique insight to the fascinating building and the many events its hosted. These tours are one of the best ways to re-live the history of the venue and visit backstage areas not often open to the public.
Visit backstage of the Opera House and get a chance to tread the boards so many famous faces have walked on before. The grandeur of the Empress Ballroom will be explored. And the refurbished Spanish Suites offer a unique insight into Blackpool’s largest entertainment venue.
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Venue Tour admission price includes a tea or coffee in the Mazzei Cafe following the tour. Options are available to upgrade to include a traditional Afternoon Tea or with Fizz in the stunning Mazzei Cafe after your tour. Please note the Winter Gardens is a working building and access cannot be guaranteed to all areas.
2022 AT BLACKPOOL WINTER GARDENS
Wurlitzer Organ Concert – Weds 5 Oct & Thurs 8 Dec at 2pm
Join us at the Blackpool Opera House for an afternoon of musical entertainment from the magnificent Wurlitzer.
Fastlove – Thurs 6 Oct at 8pm
Direct from London’s West End, this is the world’s favourite George Michael Celebration!
Few shows have reached the dizzy heights of Fastlove, now touring in 18 countries, selling over 250,000 tickets worldwide. Join us for one very special night as we celebrate the late great George Michael.
The talented cast will recreate for you, a night like no other! The brand new Everything she wants tour 2021/22!
War Horse The Concert With Michael Morpurgo – Fri 7 Oct at 7.30pm
War Horse is one of Michael Morpurgo’s most beloved books and this year it celebrates 40th anniversary. First published in 1982, War Horse has gone on to be a bestselling novel that has been adapted for the stage, in an award winning production by the National Theatre, and for the screen in a Steven Spielberg film.
Half Man Half Biscuit – Fri 7 Oct at 7.30pm
If Half Man Half Biscuit did not exist, it would be imperative to invent them. Since their formation nearly 30 years ago, their presence has been a necessity. In essence the vehicle for the observations, ramblings and creations of front-man Nigel Blackwell, they are a counterblast to the processes of modern life. Throughout changing times they have spanned the decades, released 13 full-length albums and dropped a thousand-and-one pop culture references; from BBC Radio’s Charles Nove to former England cricketer Fred Titmus.
Coffee And Cake With Milly Johnson – Sat 8 Oct at 2pm
Join Sunday Times bestseller Milly Johnson for an intimate event with Coffee & Cake to celebrate the release of her 20th novel, Together, Again.
A story about truths uncovered and lies exposed, Together, Again is a heart-warming novel about family, sibling bonds, reconnection, new beginnings and love.
The Rest Is Politics Live!- Sat 8 October at 8pm
Word Fest present a very special appearance of Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell for a live edition of ‘The Rest is Politics’.
Two men who’ve been at the heart of the political world – former Downing Street Director of Communications and Strategy Alastair Campbell and cabinet minister Rory Stewart – join forces from across the political divide. The Rest Is Politics lifts the lid on the secrets of Westminster, offering an insider’s view on politics at home and abroad, while bringing back the lost art of disagreeing agreeably.
Seasiders Podcast Live! – Sat 8 Oct at 8pm
Join the Seasiders Podcast LIVE show special with guest panellist, Gary Taylor-Fletcher to talk all things Tangerine, past, present and future. Anecdotes and Timisms guaranteed in this independent Blackpool FC fans podcast. Covering match previews, reviews, news, features and player interviews in audio and video shows.
Sir Lenny Henry Children’s Book Signing – Sun 9 October at 3pm
Sir Lenny Henry will be available to sign copies and meet young fans of his two children’s novels The Boy With Wings and The Book Of Legends. Bring your own copies of the books or purchase on-site for a once in a lifetime chance to meet Sir Lenny Henry in person.
This is a FREE event, you do not require a ticket. Sir Lenny Henry will sign copies of his children’s novels, which can be purchased from the venue if they are not already owned.
An Audience With Paul O’Grady – Sun 9 October at 4pm
Join beloved comedian and bestselling author Paul O’Grady for an intimate event as he introduces his hilarious, action-packed children’s adventure series, Eddie Albert and the Amazing Animal Gang.
Unbeknownst to anyone, Eddie Albert can speak to animals – including his pet dog Butch, his hamster and his two-pet goldfish (who claim they were once pirates). It’s a technicolour cinematic adventure series packed full of friendship, animals, action… and always, of course, a wicked sense of humour.
Tickets include a signed copy of the latest in the Eddie Albert and the Amazing Animal Gang series The Curse of the Smugglers’ Treasure (RRP £12.99, HarperCollins Children’s Books)
An Audience with Sir Lenny Henry – Sun 9 October at 8pm
Rising to the Surface traces Lenny Henry’s career through the eighties and nineties, from a sixteen-year-old who won a talent competition to an adult forced to navigate his way through the seas of professional comedy, learning his craft through sheer graft and hard work.
We follow Lenny through a period of great creativity – prize-winning tv programmes, summer seasons across Britain, the starring role in a Hollywood film and stand-up gigs in New York. But with each rise there is a fall, the most traumatic being the death of his mother. But by the end of the book, Lenny has been able to rise through a sea of trouble and break out to the surface to accept the Golden Rose of Montreux for his work in television.
Tickets include a Meet & Greet with Sir Lenny Henry and a signed copy of his new book Rising to the Surface (RRP £20.00)
Boyzlife – Sun 9 October at 7.30pm
Boyzlife announce the ‘Old School’ headline tour across the UK, which will see the band perform new songs from their new original material studio album, ‘Old School’, and classic hits from Boyzone and Westlife.
The duo will be backed by a full live band and audiences can expect to hear their recent and first original single ‘The One’ – co-written by Brian and legendary songwriter Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Rufus Wainwright), with production by rising producer Jackson – who has honed his skills engineering and programming for the likes of Shawn Mendes and The Libertines. The hit maker duo will also perform many of their greatest hits, from a catalogue which includes a record breaking eighteen No.1 singles and nine No.1 albums – plus combined record sales of more than 30million.
An Audience With Anton Du Beke – Mon 10 October at 8pm
Join Sunday Times bestselling author Anton Du Beke for an exclusive intimate event as he discusses his stunning new Buckingham novel The Ballroom Blitz
Tickets include a Meet & Greet with Anton Du Beke and a signed copy of his new novel The Ballroom Blitz (RRP £18.99)
Blood Brothers – Tues 11 to Sat 15 Oct – 7.30pm plus matinees
Willy Russell’s legendary musical tells the captivating and moving tale of twins separated at birth, who grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences.
Few musicals have been received with such acclaim as the multi-award-winning BLOOD BROTHERS.
Former X Factor finalist Niki Evans returns to the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone, and starring along side her will be the touring circuit’s all-time favourite Mickey, Sean Jones, who will be returning to the role for what will be his final ever tour in BLOOD BROTHERS.
Horror Comic Con World – Sat 15 Oct from 10-5pm
A Halloween Comic Con Event with cars, displays and props from movies, horror heroes, free-play gaming zone. Comic Con World has been running since 2016, this will be its 6th Show!
Blackpool Sequence Dance Festival – Sat 15 to Tue 18 October
The Blackpool Sequence Dance Festival will now see its 72nd anniversary in 2022, in the impressive Empress Ballroom, Winter Gardens. The festival’s format has changed over the years and it now covers Classical, Modern and Latin Sequence Dancing.
The festival accommodates both Children and Adult competitions. The British Sequence Championships are held on all three evenings.
Sequence Dance Festival Tea Dance – Sun 16 & Tue 18 October at 2pm
Whether you’re an experienced dancer or a beginner, this is the perfect way to socialise and exercise with friends and family.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the stunning Empress Ballroom to the musical accompaniment provided by keyboard player Elizabeth Harrison.
X-Treme Magic – Mon 17 Oct at 7.30pm
The World’s Most Dangerous Magic Show!
Starring Richard Cadell (Master Illusionist), Richard Jones (Winner Of Britain’s Got Talent), John Archer (Penn & Teller Fool Us), Solange Kardinaly & Arkadio. X-treme Magic Will Deliver A Non-Stop Adrenaline Rush. A Spectacular Show Packed With Fire, Illusion & Death-Defying Stunts.
Will Young – Wed 19 Oct at 7.30pm
Will Young has spent the last two decades at the forefront of pop after bursting onto the scene in 2002 as the original winner of Pop Idol. His expansive career has culminated in four #1 and two #2 chart topping albums, two BRIT Awards, four UK number one singles and hits including ‘Leave Right Now’, ‘Evergreen’ and ‘Jealousy’. An acting career blossomed concurrently, with roles on stage and screen and presenting gigs on TV and radio, including regular cover for Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2. Will’s most recent album Crying On The Bathroom Floor hit #3 in the UK album chart this year and his new book To Be A Gay Man is available now via Penguin Books.
Whole Lotta Shakin’ – Fri 21 October at 7.30pm
Widely regarded as the definitive tribute to the UK’s biggest selling singles artiste of the 1980s – Whole Lotta Shakin’ is a nostalgic celebration, jam-packed with feel-good rock’n’roll!
Performing as Shakin’ Stevens, West End star Rebel Dean will guide you through a full audio-visual spectacular with his live band, including rare footage and images which tell the story of the rockin’ Welsh boy and his rise to chart-topping superstardom.
The show features unforgettable hits including GREEN DOOR, OH JULIE, YOU DRIVE ME DRIVE ME CRAZY, and THIS OLE HOUSE……as well as the classic songs which were covered by Shaky from artists such as Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens, and Elvis Presley.
World Famous Elvis Show Starring Chris Connor – Sat 22 Oct at 7.30pm
Voted by the first ever world wide Elvis Presley fan poll as – The greatest Elvis Tribute in the World ! – awarded in Memphis.
If you were not lucky enough to see Elvis live, you will walk away from this concert feeling that you have! Many Elvis fans are left emotionally moved when they leave the show.
This show is made by Elvis fans for Elvis fans. You seriously do not want to miss this electric show!”.
Dreamgirls 25 Oct – 5 Nov 2022
Sonia Friedman Productions first ever UK tour of hit musical Dreamgirls heads to the Opera House Blackpool. Featuring the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘Listen’ and ‘One Night Only’.
Meet The Dreams – Effie, Lorrell and Deena – three talented young singers in the turbulent 1960s, a revolutionary time in American music history. Join the three friends as they embark upon a musical rollercoaster ride through a world of fame, fortune and the ruthless realities of show business. Testing their friendships to the very limit.
With Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen and Music by Henry Krieger, with Additional Material by Willie Reale, the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls was Directed by Michael Bennett who Co-Choreographed the show with Michael Peters. The production opened in 1981 and subsequently won six Tony® Awards with the original cast recording winning two Grammy® Awards for Best Musical Album and Best Vocal Performance.
S2S X Retro X 90s Baby Present Halloween Fantasia!
29 October at 8pm
S2S x Retro x 90s Baby present Halloween Fantasia at Blackpool Winter Gardens! Dance Classics, 90s and Retro!
An Evening Of Dance With Philip Hurst, Sat 5 Nov at 7pm
We welcome you to attend the inaugural Autumn Dance at The Magnificent Winter Gardens Blackpool.
Philip promises an event that is an absolute must for all social dancers and fans of Strictly. Now in his 11th Year in Blackpool and with over 70 sold out events at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom and multiple shows with the stars of Strictly.
Featuring a demonstration by current world Ballroom Champions – Andrei Toader and Mia Linnek Holden. The dance includes:
- Dance Workshop
- Midnight Dancing (50/50 Ballroom and Latin / Sequence)
- Amazing Dance Demonstration
Wall Of Floyd – Sun 6 Nov at 7.30pm
LEADING PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE BAND PERFORMING LIVE AT WINTER GARDENS – BLACKPOOL
After what can only be described as a devastating 2020/21 for theatres, performers and audiences across the country, The Wall of Floyd team are now setting out for our 2022 Best of Pink Floyd Tour.
The 2022 tour will see the band touring the UK and overseas, returning to many past venues year on year, performing to followers new and old.
The Mersey Beatles – Fri 11 Nov at 7.30pm
Fans of The Beatles prepare to be wowed by the world’s favourite Liverpool-born tribute to the Fab Four.
Throughout two unforgettable hours, they take the audience on a fabulous ride through the ‘mop top’ hits of Beatlemania, the psychedelic creativity of Sgt Pepper to the melodic wonder and energy of the Fab Four’s later work.
An Audience With Dan Walker – Sat 12 Nov at 8pm
Join Dan Walker who is back, determined to keep shining a light on the kindness, compassion and selflessness which continue to characterise so many people and their actions right across the country.
Tickets include a Meet & Greet with Dan Walker and a signed copy of his new book Standing On The Shoulders of Giants (RRP £22.00)
TDCI World Performer Grand Final – Sun 13 Nov at 12.30pm
An amazing event to find the “WORLD PERFORMER” of 2022.
First Prize of £1000. Over £2000 in total prize money for the Winners!
Blackpool Schools Festival Of Dance – Weds 16 Nov at 6.30pm
This amazing event has been running now for more than twenty years. It celebrates the dancing talents of school children across Blackpool who just love to dance. There are performances from many of our High Schools, our Special Schools and our Primary Schools. For more than 20 years the performances have been exhilarating and the schools are champing at the bit to perform again.
What’s Love Got To Do With It? Thurs 17 Nov at 7.30pm
International sensation What’s Love Got To Do With It? is back with a brand new cast! The exciting live show celebrating the music of Tina Turner is getting back on the road with a huge tour across the UK.
Sixties Gold – Fri 18 Nov at 7.30pm
THE TREMELOES featuring CHESNEY HAWKES, HERMAN’S HERMITS, MARMALADE, SPENCER JAMES, LEAD SINGER OF THE SEARCHERS,GERRY’S PACEMAKERS, Plus Special Guest From the USA GARY PUCKETT
Winter World Cup Fan Zone – Sun 20 Nov to Sun 18 Dec
The Olympia Exhibition Hall in Winter Gardens Blackpool is being transformed into a 26,000 square foot World Cup Fanzone ready for supporters to enjoy the World Cup tournament absolutely free in the reimagined space.
The hall is being turned into a football fan’s dream with artificial turf laid throughout, a penalty area for VIP packages and a capacity of up to 1,000 over two floors. Entry to the venue will be free for standing room to watch the games, with a £10 charge available for a table reservation which will guarantee a seated prime spot in the venue in front of the 8m x 5m screen to watch the games. The £10 charge will also be redeemable against bar spend.
The Fanzone will be open for every one of the 64 games that make up the tournament and will feature backdrops, interactive games with pre-match entertainment and then a post-match party.
Strictly Ballroom The Musical – 21 to 26 Nov at 7.30pm plus matinees
Based on Baz Luhrmann’s award-winning worldwide film phenomenon, Strictly Ballroom: The Musical is heading out on a brand-new UK and Ireland tour starring Strictly Come Dancing favourite Kevin Clifton and BBC’s Eastenders’ Maisie Smith!
Paul Heaton And Jacqui Abbott – 28 Nov at 7.30pm
Paul Heaton + Jacqui Abbott announce UK tour with very special guest Billy Bragg.
King Of Pop – Weds 30 Nov at 7.30pm
King Of Pop is led by the world’s number one Michael Jackson tribute artist ‘Navi’ which alone sets this show above the rest.
Navi is the only tribute artist ever to be chosen by Michael Jackson himself. Due to his incredible resemblance to the star, Navi was hired as Michael’s official body double / decoy. He also received a standing ovation from Michael Jackson himself after he was hired to perform his tribute at one of the stars lavish birthday parties.
Thank You For The Music – 1 Dec at 7.30pm
This international smash-hit tribute show brings all ABBA’s number one hits to the stage in a production like no other. The hugely popular show, now in its 20th year, with a brand-new show for 2022 combines the unmistakable harmonies, colourful costumes, and dazzling performances by our all-star cast.
Join us for the party of the year, you can dance, you can jive, and have the time of your life as we bring you all the hits, including Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Mamma Mia, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, The Winner Takes It All and many many more!
The Rocket Man – 9 Dec at 7.30pm
Pack your bags, strap yourself in, zero out 8pm (Sometimes 7.30) for a night like no other as we celebrate Sir Elon John!
The Rocket Man is the world’s favourite celebration to a musical icon, playing to audiences all around the world. Join us as Jimmy and our amazing live band take you down the Yellow Brick Road with two hours of glorious Elton hits.
Collabro returns to the Opera House: 10 December 2022
The world’s most popular musical theatre vocal group have risen to international fame since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2014. And following a sell-out UK Tour, Collabro will bring their new Christmas is Here UK Tour to Blackpool Opera House before heading to Edinburgh, Birmingham and Bath.
Following the release of their much-loved Christmas album Christmas is Here, audiences can expect to hear breath taking renditions of a range of festive classics. From Winter Wonderland to All I Want for Christmas, along with Christmas hymns we all know and love including Silent Night and O Holy Night.
Tickets are a perfect gift – expect stunning vocals and beautiful arrangements of your best-loved festive classics. All wrapped up in an intimate evening of stories, fun, laughter, and some very special surprises.
One Night Only Christmas Party Night – 10 & 17 Dec
Party in style this festive season in the stunning Winter Gardens! Back by popular demand, the One Night Only Christmas Party at the Winter Gardens Blackpool is returning for 2022.
Enjoy an arrival drink of bubbly before taking your seats for a sumptuous 3-course Christmas Meal. The evening’s entertainment takes you on a magical journey with the incredible vocalists and entertainers, Midnight Soul Sisters. With an after-show DJ, it’s the perfect party for you, your colleagues and friends to celebrate Christmas in style! Email: email@example.com to book
Aljaz And Janette – A Christmas To Remember – Sun 11 Dec at 7.30pm
The best Christmas Song & Dance show in town! Shake your tinsel & polish your baubles, this is the Christmas show that everyone has been wanting. Two of our favourite Strictly stars with dancers, singers, lavish costumes and sets with all our favourite Christmas hits.
Elf The Musical – 15-18, 20 & 21, 24 & 26 Dec
Based on the hit movie starring Will Farrell, this spectacular heart-warming story follows the fortunes of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.
This festive treat features a fantastic flying sleigh, twenty feet high growing candy canes, a giant LED screen with Pixar style animated backgrounds, and amazing aerial stunts.
Christmas Indie Disco – 16 Dec at 8pm
Parka Monkeys are back with their biggest ‘Big Night Out’ yet. A Live indie disco with 2 huge sets of the biggest and best-loved indie and Britpop classics from Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Killers, The Courteeners, The Libertines, The Strokes, Blur, Pulp, James and so much more.
The Indie Christmas Big Night Out is hosted by Chris Hawkins (BBC 6 Music) who will guide you through the night and play even more of your favourite indie bangers between sets and into the early hours.
New Year’s Eve Northern Soul & Motown Party – 31 Dec at 7.30pm
One of the most eagerly-anticipated events on the Northern Soul calendar with full-houses every year… and it just got even bigger, with three fantastic venues in action!
In addition to the best of classic Northern Soul and Motown in the newly-refurbished Spanish Hall, we have now taken over the Pavilion as our home for Disco and Modern Soul classics, as well as the Old Vic bar to provide extra seating and increased bar service! With a DJ line-up guaranteed to keep those dancefloors packed all night, we always bring in the New Year in style!
2023 AT BLACKPOOL WINTER GARDENS
John Barrowman I am What I Am: 13 February at 7.30pm
John Barrowman is the epitome of showbusiness! He is a whirlwind of talent, the ultimate crossover artist; he can sing, dance, act, present and on occasion he judges. He has mapped out a very successful career on both sides of the Atlantic. ‘I Am What I Am – West End to Broadway ‘is a celebration of career highlights but also a magical journey through the very best of musical theatre.
Sweet Caroline – A Tribute To Neil Diamond – Sat 23 July at 7.30pm
What a beautiful Noise, it’s got a beautiful sound it’s got a beautiful beat! Get on board for one night only for that night out you have been dreaming of!
Celebrate the life and work of Neil Diamond with Sweet Caroline – The Ultimate tribute – starring renowned tribute artist Gary Ryan, as seen on ‘Stars in Their Eyes’!
There’s Something for Everyone at the Winter Gardens
This huge and magnificent building has 11 main separate spaces over two floors. The variety of events the Winter Gardens has to offer means there’s always something on offer for locals and visitors to the resort.
- Find out more about the history of the Winter Gardens.
The Opera House
New, upcoming bands have played in the Opera House including the like of Little Mix. Old favourites, such as Jane McDonald and Daniel O’Donnell continue to return. Some of the world’s best bands, including Canada’s Arcade Fire, who selected the Winter Gardens as only one of three venues to play in the UK.
The Empress Ballroom
The magnificent Empress Ballroom is just as comfortable staging the World Dance Championships each year as it is hosting some of the world’s best rock and pop acts in concert.
Find out about this magnificent building with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Winter Gardens
The Winter Gardens is an incredible building with a long history. It first opened on 11 July 1878 and since then has grown and developed as an entertainment complex which mirrors the growth of the seaside town of Blackpool.
In the centre of the complex, in what’s now the coffee shop, you can see the original building around which the whole of the Winter Gardens was built.
A Perfect Venue for your Event
The Winter Gardens offers a wide variety of venues for events ranging from small private business lunches to large scale conferences.
You can also hold your wedding at the Winter Gardens. What could be better than a reception or banquet in the recently refurbished Derham Room? (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.
Always designed to be temporary, the doors finally closed on Sunday 29 October 2017.
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