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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

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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Thursday, 1st August 2019 - Sunday, 4th August 2019

Rebellion Festival 2019The Rebellion Introducing Stage has been a real success giving new bands, and new-to-us bands a platform and some are invited back the following year to play on one of the bigger stages. At our heart we're still a Punk festival and we're lucky that we're still 100% Independent and a true D.I.Y.…
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Tuesday, 13th August 2019 - Tuesday, 13th August 2019

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, 17th August 2019 - Saturday, 17th August 2019

The ProclaimersIt has been 32 years since Scottish twins Craig & Charlie Reid aka The Proclaimers emerged. Since then, their enduring appeal across generations has carved a niche for themselves where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide as the emotional honesty, political fire, wit and sing-along raucousness of…
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Sunday, 18th August 2019 - Sunday, 18th August 2019

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.
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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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Saturday, 31st August 2019 - Saturday, 31st August 2019

The Clone RosesIn August 1989, The Stone Roses finished a UK wide summer tour by playing the famous Empress Ballroom, Blackpool. This sold out 4,000 capacity show has since been described as the ultimate Stone Roses performance, marking the moment where both they and the Madchester scene had truly arrived. To…
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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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Saturday, 7th September 2019 - Saturday, 7th September 2019

The British ParaorchestraThe world’s only large-scale ensemble of professional disabled musicians, who have played alongside Coldplay and at the closing ceremony at the 2012 Paralympics, are bringing their latest piece, The Nature of Why to the North West for the first time.
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Friday, 13th September 2019 - Sunday, 15th September 2019

The British Country Music FestivalProduced by Fylde coast based, urban festival specialists Fit The Bill, in association with The Blackpool Entertainment Company, the festival will focus primarily on British Country and Americana artists to promote the wealth of talent in the UK and the impact they are having on the international…
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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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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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