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Opera House & Winter Gardens

Type:Theatre

Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HL

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Tel: 01253 625 252

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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 as it boasts unforgettable performances year after year.

The Winter Gardens venue which houses the Opera House, has entertained hoards of crowds in Blackpool in its collection of theatres, ballrooms, exhibition halls and public spaces. Since opening in 1878, the venue’s aspirations have continued to mirror the development of Blackpool as a friendly seaside resort and as the town grew in popularity throughout the century, the venue’s wide range of entertainment has developed with it.

Hollywood stars such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Bob Hope have all graced the Opera House stage, and more recently, the likes of Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Ronan Keating, Peter Kay and Will Young have performed to sell-out audiences here.

The Winter Gardens is open free to the public all year round and free displays can often be found in the stunning Floral Hall. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea at the Mazzei Café or a superb meal at the Empress Grill Room - the legendary Winter Gardens is a venue for everyone to enjoy.

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Charges per individual eventsFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Opera House & Winter Gardens (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00*

* The building and Mazzei Café are generally open daily from 10.30am – 4pm.
Opening hours for the Winter Gardens and its dining venues will be extended for shows and events. During events access to all or parts of the building may be restricted to ticket holders and officials only.


Other venues open for events only.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Events

Thursday, 22nd November 2018 - Sunday, 25th November 2018

Christmas Tree FestivalOne of the highlights of the year! The annual event showcases dozens of uniquely decorated trees presented by local organisations, charities and businesses. Visitors to the event can vote for their favourites to decide the winner of the 'Best Tree' prize and also enjoy loads of early festive fun...
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Friday, 7th December 2018 - Sunday, 30th December 2018

Wizard of OzThis Christmas, join Emmerdale's Kelvin Fletcher (Tin Man) and X-Factor Sensation Holly Tandy (Dorothy) down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City for an unforgettable adventure!
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Friday, 7th December 2018 - Sunday, 30th December 2018

Wizard of Oz: The MusicalFollowing 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 as the musical adventure The Wizard of Oz will have performances running...
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Tuesday, 11th December 2018 - Tuesday, 11th December 2018

Blackpool Music Service's Christmas FestivalBlackpool Music Service's Christmas Festival is back in the wonderful Empress Ballroom. Featuring talented Blackpool bands, ensembles and performers who have been particularly successful throughout 2018. With a massed choir of approximately 1000 children this promises to be an evening to remember...
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Friday, 14th December 2018 - Saturday, 15th December 2018

One Night Only - Christmas PartyParty in style in the world-famous Empress Ballroom this Christmas! Enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival before taking seats in the world-famous Empress Ballroom.
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Wednesday, 19th December 2018 - Monday, 24th December 2018

Santa's New SleighChristmas is fast approaching and Santa's Sleigh is nowhere to be found. Will Sprocket and Dibs be able to create a new sleigh in time or will Christmas be cancelled? Can you help them save the day? Only time will tell but with audience participation, sing-alongs and a present from Santa for every...
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Saturday, 22nd December 2018 - Saturday, 22nd December 2018

Hits at ChristmasFollowing the continued success of the various Hits shows in the Opera House, Hits at Christmas will give children the opportunity to experience performing in Empress Ballroom, on a professional stage that has been home to many of the world's biggest stars throughout the years.
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Monday, 31st December 2018 - Monday, 31st December 2018

New Year's Eve Family PartyJoin in the Empress Ballroom to celebrate 2018 and see in 2019 in style. The annual New Year's Eve Family party has become a tradition for many families.
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Saturday, 26th January 2019 - Saturday, 26th January 2019

Winter Gardens Open DayThe world-famous Winter Gardens will again throw open its doors for an exclusive access all areas event, allowing the public a rare chance to explore every nook and cranny of the Grade II* Listed building.
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Tuesday, 19th February 2019 - Tuesday, 19th February 2019

Peter Andre25 years since Peter Andre burst onto the Australian music scene, the internationally acclaimed, global media star is back with a 25-date tour of the UK in February and March 2019 visiting Blackpool Opera House on Tuesday 19 February 2019.
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Friday, 22nd February 2019 - Friday, 22nd February 2019

Soulful Night to RememberSoulful night to remember stars the original soul hitmakers Shalamar, The Delfonics, 2 x Grammy Winner Peabo Bryson, The Stylistics featuring Russell Tompkins Jnr, Regina Bell, Shanice, Fern Kinney and introducing Daisy Dance. This is the Soul Show of all Soul Shows!!
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Saturday, 23rd February 2019 - Saturday, 23rd February 2019

Collabro - Road to the Albert HallAfter the success of last year's huge sell-out theatre tour, Collabro will be back on the road next spring with a mammoth 51 dates across the UK.
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Saturday, 2nd March 2019 - Saturday, 2nd March 2019

An Evening with The Hairy BikersNational Treasures Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers have announced a huge nationwide tour for 2019 taking in over 36 dates between February and April. With their irresistible enthusiasm, An Evening With The Hairy Bikers will be an epic night of cooking and conversation.
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Tuesday, 5th March 2019 - Saturday, 9th March 2019

Greenday's American IdiotFollowing two critically acclaimed West End runs and a sell-out UK Tour, Green Day's explosive rock musical American Idiot returns to mark the show's 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award winning original album.
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Thursday, 14th March 2019 - Thursday, 14th March 2019

Brendan Cole Show ManThis exciting brand new production has it all. Join Brendan and his incredible cast of Dancers and Musicians in a night of spectacular performance. With a variety of music and dance genres, from Ballroom to Latin, Frank to Madonna... This show has it all!
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Friday, 22nd March 2019 - Sunday, 24th March 2019

The International Fitness Showcase 2019The 2019 International Fitness Showcase is the ultimate fitness experience for fitness instructors and enthusiasts. Experience three amazing days of dance, aerobics, step, combat, conditioning, lectures, workshops 7 mind/body sessions that will enthuse, motivate and excite you for the next 12...
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Saturday, 23rd March 2019 - Saturday, 23rd March 2019

Alfie BoeOn sale Friday 19 October 2018 at 10am One of the world's greatest classical singers Alfie Boe brings it back to the UK, announcing a 2019 tour in what is becoming another landmark year for the much loved tenor. Last month, Alfie revealed his return to the solo spotlight with the release of his...
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Friday, 5th April 2019 - Friday, 5th April 2019

Ant Middleton Mind Over MuscleAnt Middleton, best known as the Chief Instructor for Channel 4's hit shows, SAS : Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and Escape has announced a brand new fully immersive show for 2019, The Mind Over Muscle Tour.
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Saturday, 6th April 2019 - Saturday, 6th April 2019

A night with the starsJoin us on April 6 for a night with the stars. Starring Jim Davidson, Mick Miller, Freddie Parrot Face Davies, Jezz Conroy, Lynn Fox, Anita Harris, Meet the Folkers, The George Formby Society, Adam Lacey, Emilie Jasmine and The Chorley Pipe Band.
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Thursday, 11th April 2019 - Friday, 12th April 2019

The Amazing Adventures Of PinocchioBased on the fantastical children's book, this magical story leaps off the page and onto the stage in this high energy re-telling of Pinocchio's extraordinary adventures
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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019 - Saturday, 27th April 2019

Blood BrothersWritten by Willy Russell, the legendary BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
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Wednesday, 15th May 2019 - Wednesday, 15th May 2019

Strictly Come Dancing – The ProfessionalsDirect from BBC One's award-winning prime time TV show Strictly Come Dancing, this glamorous production will bring together some of their much-loved Strictly professional dancers as they take to the stage to dazzle with their dance prowess.
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Sunday, 19th May 2019 - Sunday, 19th May 2019

Elvis Tribute Artist World TourDirect from the USA, the world's biggest, best and most successful Elvis tribute show returns to the UK by popular demand. Starring America's finest together in one show – Shawn Klush and Dean Z.
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Tuesday, 28th May 2019 - Saturday, 1st June 2019

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatHaving enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright's "Amazing", "Superb", "Wonderful" and "Brilliant" production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT returns in May following a sell-out stint at the venue in 2016.
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Saturday, 8th June 2019 - Saturday, 8th June 2019

The DriftersThe Drifters are back on the road in the UK performing their classic hits from the last six decades. The legendary group have been inducted into the Rock & Roll of fame, performed for the President of the United States and listed among the greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
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Friday, 14th June 2019 - Sunday, 16th June 2019

Blackpool International Soul Festival 4A stunning once in a lifetime line-up of world-renowned artists are set to perform at the North West's biggest International Soul Festival from 16-18 June 2019. Over the three days the Festival will see an array of exclusive American Northern and Modern Soul legends take to the stage in the...
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Friday, 21st June 2019 - Saturday, 22nd June 2019

Jane McDonald Live in ConcertOne of the nation's best-loved entertainers, is back her phenomenal new live show. The BAFTA award-winning star of Cruising with Jane McDonald and Jane & Friends always delivers a stunning performance and along with her fantastic live band, guarantees to bring the audience to their feet with this...
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Monday, 24th June 2019 - Saturday, 29th June 2019

Rocky Horror ShowRichard O'Brien's legendary rock 'n' roll musical returns to the UK as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having now been seen by over 30 million theatregoers.
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Friday, 28th June 2019 - Sunday, 30th June 2019

Elvis Celebration 2019Back and bigger than ever before, the 2019 Elvis Celebration in the World Famous Empress Ballroom. The festival runs from Friday 28 June to Sunday 30 June 2019 starting at midday each day and ending daily with an after-show party, all events are included in the weekend price.
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Tuesday, 2nd July 2019 - Saturday, 6th July 2019

Rock of AgesThis hilarious musical comedy features the songs, including We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Here I Go Again, Can't Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is, played loud and proud by an awesome live band.
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Friday, 19th July 2019 - Friday, 19th July 2019

Rhod Gilbert - The Book of JohnIt has been a while, but the multi-award-winning Welsh comedian is back, with a brand new live show. In a six-year break from stand-up, a lot has happened to Rhod. Almost all of it s**t. And just when he thought he'd hit rock bottom, he met a bloke…called John.
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Saturday, 20th July 2019 - Saturday, 20th July 2019

What's Love Got To Do With ItWhat's Love Got To Do With It? is the joyous new show celebrating the music of the incredible Tina Turner.
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Tuesday, 6th August 2019 - Saturday, 10th August 2019

Little Miss SunshineThe Hoover family has more than a few troubles, but young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. When an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile into their rickety, yellow VW camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico...
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Tuesday, 27th August 2019 - Saturday, 31st August 2019

Motown The MusicalOn-sale 11am on 11 October 2018, The sensational hit West End musical is bringing its unique sound to Blackpool Opera House and is guaranteed to have you dancing down Church Street next August!
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Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 - Saturday, 14th September 2019

Doctor Dolittle The MusicalJoin the eccentric Doctor, his human companions and his exotic menagerie of animal friends on an extraordinary adventure to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail, that holds the secret of life and making the world a happier place. Based on the popular 1967 film with Rex Harrison, this stage version has...
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Wednesday, 18th September 2019 - Wednesday, 18th September 2019

Aled Jones & Russell WatsonOn November 9th 2018, Aled Jones and Russell Watson, two of the world's greatest classical voices, come together to release their debut album In Harmony, out via BMG. The pair will take to the stage together for their first joint UK and Ireland tour throughout September and October 2019.
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Monday, 30th September 2019 - Saturday, 12th October 2019

Kinky Boots The MusicalWith songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots takes you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.
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Monday, 21st October 2019 - Saturday, 26th October 2019

Priscilla Queen of the DesertBased on the Oscar-winning film, PRISCILLA is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.
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Friday, 1st November 2019 - Friday, 1st November 2019

Dr HookThis spectacular show is presented in an evening of not only great music, but one that also brings to audiences all the fun and humour that was synonymous with the name Dr. Hook.
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Awards

  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsConference/Meeting Venue Award Conference/Meeting Venue Award 2016
  • Sub-Regional AwardsCultural Venue/Organisation Award Cultural Venue/Organisation Award 2014
  • Sub-Regional AwardsBusiness Tourism Provider Award Business Tourism Provider Award 2017
  • Sub-Regional AwardsCulture & Heritage Award Culture & Heritage Award 2017
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Winner 2018 - Business Tourism Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Winner 2018 - Business Tourism Award 2018

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Specialist Features

  • Aim to Attract Conferences & Business meetings

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