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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 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
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

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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Thursday, 19th September 2019 - Thursday, 19th September 2019

Monday, 28th October 2019 - Monday, 28th October 2019

Winter Gardens ToursOur knowledgeable and experienced guides have many years’ experience at the venue and can offer a unique insight to the fascinating building.
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Saturday, 21st September 2019 - Sunday, 22nd September 2019

Food, Arts and Music FestivalFAM Festival will take place over three days, Friday-Sunday 20-22 September 2019 at the Winter Gardens Blackpool.
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Friday, 27th September 2019 - Friday, 27th September 2019

FastloveThe show is packed with crowd pleasing anthems. From the Wham classics of the new pop revival to the chart-topping success of the eighties album Faith. Plus the awesome tunes of the nineties and noughties, including the irresistible Flawless.
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Saturday, 28th September 2019 - Saturday, 28th September 2019

DiversityAfter eight sell out UK tours, over half a million tickets sold, and countless television and live performances, Diversity have announced their landmark 10 Year Anniversary Tour UK tour, "Born Ready" for Autumn 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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Tuesday, 15th October 2019 - Saturday, 19th October 2019

Calendar Girls The MusicalThe Times described Calendar Girls - The Musical as 'pure gold'. Don't miss your chance to see this glorious production straight from London's West End.
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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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Tuesday, 29th October 2019 - Tuesday, 29th October 2019

Will YoungStarting in Torquay and culminating at Blackpool's Opera House, and includes London's historic Eventim Apollo. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 29th March, but fans that pre-order the album from the Will Young Official Store will be able to access the tour ticket pre-sale from 9am on Wednesday…
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Saturday, 2nd November 2019 - Saturday, 2nd November 2019

Sixties GoldFrom their beginning in Manchester in 1964, Herman's Hermits has chalked up 23 Hit Singles, ten hit albums, appeared in three major movies and to date they have sold in excess of 75 Million records. This year is their 55th Anniversary tour.
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Sunday, 3rd November 2019 - Sunday, 3rd November 2019

Who Am I, Again? An Evening with Lenny HenryJoin the legendary Sir Lenny Henry as he embarks on a brand new UK tour this autumn. Lenny Henry is one of Britain's best-known and celebrated comedians, with a career which began with cult stardom on children's television to including writer, radio DJ, TV presenter, co-founder of Comic Relief and…
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Sunday, 3rd November 2019 - Sunday, 3rd November 2019

Who Am I, Again? An Evening with Lenny Henry 03 November 2019Join the legendary Sir Lenny Henry as he embarks on a brand new UK tour this autumn.
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Wednesday, 6th November 2019 - Wednesday, 6th November 2019

Jack Whitehall: Work In Progress + SupportCatch Jack Whitehall as he tries out new material for his upcoming arena tour. A great opportunity to catch Jack in a theatre near you. Show includes tour support. Jack is a Joy to watch on stage and a comedian who is firmly on the road to becoming a global megastar, this show is not to be missed.
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Saturday, 9th November 2019 - Saturday, 9th November 2019

The World Famous Elvis ShowThe World Famous Elvis Show - starring CHRIS CONNOR! Endorsed by The Telegraph - 'The best Elvis tribute show in the World' Starring and produced by world renowned Elvis performer CHRIS CONNOR. With his 12 piece live band 'THE STEELS', & backing vocals by ' The Sweet Harmonies' . A magnificent 2…
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Tuesday, 19th November 2019 - Saturday, 23rd November 2019

Girl On The TrainHer only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she's been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she…
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Saturday, 30th November 2019 - Saturday, 30th November 2019

Lancashire Hits at ChristmasDuncan Jump Presents: LANCASHIRE HITS AT CHRISTMAS! Following 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…
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Sunday, 1st December 2019 - Sunday, 1st December 2019

Yorkshire Hits at ChristmasDuncan Jump Presents: YORKSHIRE HITS AT CHRISTMAS! Following 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…
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Friday, 6th December 2019 - Friday, 6th December 2019

Opera House Ghost Hunt DecemberSupernatural Events takes you on a ghost hunt of The Opera House on Friday 12 July. The present theatre is the third to have been built within the Winter Gardens; it opened on 14 July 1939 boasting the largest stage in the country. Will you be brave and go behind the velvet curtain of this amazing…
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Friday, 13th December 2019 - Sunday, 29th December 2019

Horrible ChristmasWhen Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it's up to one young boy to save the day – but can he save Christmas? From Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, join us on an hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas in the company…
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Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

One Night Only Christmas Party NightBack by popular demand - One Night Only Christmas Party Night featuring the Midnight Soul Sisters The night includes an arrival drink, 3 course meal, live entertainment and after show DJ for just £35.00 per person.
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Tuesday, 31st December 2019 - Tuesday, 31st December 2019

New Year's Eve Family PartyJoin us in the Empress Ballroom to celebrate 2019 and see in 2020 in style. The annual New Year's Eve Family party has become a tradition for many families.
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Tuesday, 31st December 2019 - Wednesday, 1st January 2020

New Year's Eve Soul Party
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Monday, 6th January 2020 - Saturday, 11th January 2020

We Will Rock YouThe worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to the UK.
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Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 - Saturday, 7th March 2020

Curtains A Musical WhodunnitIt's murder putting on a new musical – literally! Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, has been murdered on stage on opening night! The entire cast and crew are suspects. Time to call in the local detective, Frank Cioffi, who just happens to be a huge musical…
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Thursday, 2nd April 2020 - Thursday, 2nd April 2020

WHITNEY – QUEEN OF THE NIGHTTaking audiences on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of nostalgic hits that include: I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I'm Every Woman, I Will Always Love You, My Love Is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, How Will I Know, Million Dollar…
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Friday, 15th May 2020 - Friday, 15th May 2020

Trixie MattelTrixie Mattel is not only a major pop culture figure but a stand up comedian and musician with talents that defy classification. Trixie's coming to the UK on tour with an exciting electro-folk reinvention. Expect to feel that you've landed in a PeeWee Herman video, with some surf rock and a love…
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Friday, 23rd October 2020 - Friday, 23rd October 2020

CollabroCOLLABRO – Michael Auger, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J Redgave - are the world's most successful musical theatre group. Having met for their first rehearsal in a pub at London Bridge in 2014, they auditioned for Britain's Got Talent a month later and received a full standing ovation…
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Friday, 20th November 2020 - Friday, 20th November 2020

Jimmy Carr: Terribly FunnyJimmy's brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they're just jokes - they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo.…
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Friday, 27th November 2020 - Friday, 27th November 2020

King Of PopKing 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…
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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

Directions

Facilities

Establishment Features

  • Conference Facilities

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special Group Rates
  • Switch accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Specialist Features

  • Aim to Attract Conferences & Business meetings

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