The Winter Gardens Popular Open Day returns later this month, giving the general public access all areas to the historic venue.  The Open Day will take place on Saturday 26 January from 11am until 4pm.

Doors open for the 2019 event at 11am to the wonderful sounds of the much-loved Wurlitzer Organ playing live in the Opera House, along with resident pianist, Brant Nuttall playing in the Mazzei Café. Throughout the venue displays and activities will be taking place, including displays of the original building plans and a chance to see one of the beautiful chandeliers from the Empress Ballroom up-close.

The Promenade Concert Orchestra will take centre stage in the Pavilion Theatre throughout the day whilst popular guitar duo Pineapple Jack take to the Gillow’s stage from 1pm – 3pm.

Throughout the day guests can explore every nook and cranny of the world-famous grade 2* listed building during this access all areas event: treading the Opera House boards and viewing rooms where stars and world leaders have gone before them.

The experienced team at the Winter Gardens will be on hand throughout the venue to answer questions about the illustrious building’s 140-year history.

The events offers the opportunity for guests to view the 3,000 capacity Empress Ballroom, which has played host to countless party conferences and politicians; and to marvel at areas such as the stunning Spanish Hall suite and discover more about its restoration from the people in charge of replacing the original glazed ceiling.

Get Involved
This year, the Winter Gardens are encouraging individuals with artefacts connected with the building to get involved on the Open Day.  From pictures to programmes, autographs or something else, the venue are encouraging people to get in touch to display their items.

If you have something and want to find out more email and a member of our team will get back to you to discuss further.

Kathy Smith, General Manager comments,
‘The Winter Gardens Open Day is a truly special day, that allows us to invite the public for a rare opportunity to explore the entire venue and see for themselves how truly extraordinary the venue is along with the work taking place to ensure it remains so for years to come.’

Last year’s open day welcomed thousands through the doors. This year’s takes place this Saturday 26th January 2019 from 11am – 4pm. A minimum donation of £1.40 is encouraged, with all money raised going towards the 140th fund and the continued restoration of the venue.

For more information about the open day, visit or call the Winter Gardens on 01253 625252.


Opera House & Winter Gardens
Opera House & Winter Gardens

One of the UK’s biggest theatres, the Winter Gardens Opera House, has seen a cast of thousands tread its boards since it first opened in 1939. With a 3,000 seat capacity, the splendour of the venue oozes sophistication and character.



  1. Steve
    We are very fortunate to have this wonderful complex, there can't be many like it left in the Country. Long may it continue.

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