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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

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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 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
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, 3rd September 2020 - Wednesday, 30th September 2020

Pineapple JackPineapple Jack, the popular music duo are back for the 2020 Illumination season! Packing Gillow's for more than 20-years, the guy's return with fantastic live music & comedy from lunchtime every Tuesday - Sunday throughout September.
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Saturday, 19th September 2020 - Sunday, 13th December 2020

Fearsome Craftsmen - a touring exhibition from the JORVIK Group of attractions.Vikings made ordinary things to serve their everyday needs but they decorated them with designs which reveal the true spirit of the Viking Age. This exhibition allows you to discover how these Fearsome Craftsmen working over 1,000 years ago turned simple materials into complex objects.
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Saturday, 26th September 2020 - Saturday, 26th September 2020

Sunday, 27th September 2020 - Sunday, 27th September 2020

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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Sunday, 27th September 2020 - Sunday, 27th September 2020

Black Panther
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Friday, 9th October 2020 - Friday, 9th October 2020

The Hairy BikersThe Hairy Biker's tour offers an epic night of cooking and conversation. The audience is a huge part of our show, so no night is the same!
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Thursday, 22nd October 2020 - Saturday, 24th October 2020

Steve Steinman's Anything For Love – The Meat Loaf StoryThe highly acclaimed Steve Steinman brings you his brand-new production featuring over 25 of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman's greatest hits, with special guest star Lorraine Crosby, the female lead vocalist on Meat Loaf's Grammy Award winning song and No 1 hit the world over "I Would Do Anything For…
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Thursday, 29th October 2020 - Saturday, 31st October 2020

Steve Steinman's Vampires Rock – Ghost TrainFrom the producers of Anything For Love – The Meat Loaf Story comes the classic rock musical sensation that's been rocking the nation for 19 years
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Tuesday, 17th November 2020 - Tuesday, 17th November 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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Thursday, 19th November 2020 - Thursday, 19th November 2020

Karen & Kevin CliftonAn evening with Kevin & Joanne CliftonDue to scheduling, this will be the only chance to catch the successful brother and sister duo on tour together. Join Kevin and Joanne for a lovely evening of song, dance and dancing memories!
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Thursday, 19th November 2020 - Thursday, 19th November 2020

An evening with Kevin & Joanne Clifton
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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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Saturday, 21st November 2020 - Saturday, 21st November 2020

The Mersey BeatlesThe Mersey Beatles have been rocking sold-out shows around the globe since 1999 with their truly authentic and widely acclaimed celebration of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
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Tuesday, 1st December 2020 - Tuesday, 1st December 2020

Deacon Blue - Cities Of Love UK Tour2020 is a big one for Deacon Blue. They have announced a new album CITY OF LOVE which sees the multi-million selling band deliver eleven brilliant new tracks tethered by a singular belief - that even in the corners of a town or a life where no light falls, hope can prevail. Supported by a huge…
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Tuesday, 1st December 2020 - Thursday, 31st December 2020

Afternoon TeaFestive Afternoon TeaFestive Afternoon Tea in the Winter Gardens – the perfect way to kick back and relax after the Christmas shopping!
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Saturday, 12th December 2020 - Saturday, 12th December 2020

Sunday, 13th December 2020 - Sunday, 13th December 2020

Saturday, 19th December 2020 - Saturday, 19th December 2020

Sunday, 20th December 2020 - Sunday, 20th December 2020

Christmas Lunch at Winter GardensChristmas Lunch at the Winter GardensYou can enjoy a delicious two course or 3 course Christmas lunch in our Empress Grill
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Thursday, 31st December 2020 - Thursday, 31st December 2020

New Year's Eve Northern Soul & Motown PartyWhat a great way to bring in the 2021 with DJ's; Ginger Taylor, Richard Searling, Kev Roberts, Ozz, Chris Box, Pete Haigh, Jim Hargreaves & John Kane! 2 Rooms of Soul!
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Monday, 11th January 2021 - Monday, 11th January 2021

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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Saturday, 6th February 2021 - Saturday, 6th February 2021

Autumn Masquerade BallAutumn Masquerade BallThe inaugural Autumn Masquerade Ball is in aid of the Len Johnrose Trust and the MND Association. Expect a drinks reception followed by a 3 course meal.
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Saturday, 6th February 2021 - Saturday, 6th February 2021

Queen ExtravaganzaQueen ExtravaganzaThe official Queen tribute band produced by Roger Taylor and Brian May, returns to the UK in 2021, following sell out shows across the globe.
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Tuesday, 16th February 2021 - Tuesday, 16th February 2021

Jason Donovan - Even More Good ReasonsJason Donovan came into our lives in the late 80s as Scott Robinson in the hit Australian series, 'Neighbours'. Throughout 1988/89 he had several hits and his album 'Ten Good Reasons' was the best-selling album of 1989. His hits included 'Too Many Broken Hearts', 'Especially For You' (with Kylie…
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Monday, 1st March 2021 - Saturday, 6th March 2021

FootlooseFootlooseBased on the 1980s screen sensation which took the world by storm, Footloose sizzles with spirit, fun and the best in UK musical talent.
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Sunday, 7th March 2021 - Sunday, 7th March 2021

Friends The Musical ParodyFriends – The Musical ParodyThis is a hilarious good-hearted romp through our favourite moments from the hit TV show in an uncensored, hilarious, fast-paced, music-filled production.
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Tuesday, 30th March 2021 - Tuesday, 30th March 2021

Michael KiwanukaMichael KiwanukaMichael is incredibly excited to announce his show date here in Blackpool in the Empress Ballroom on the 14th November 2020.
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Tuesday, 30th March 2021 - Saturday, 10th April 2021

MAMMA MIA!Join us at MAMMA MIA! and enjoy the ultimate feel-good factor at the world's sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical in Blackpool from Tuesday 30 March 2021 for 2 weeks only!
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Saturday, 17th April 2021 - Saturday, 17th April 2021

Paul SmithA lot has changed for Paul Smith in recent years. Join him for his 3rd and largest ever tour of the U.K and Ireland as he once again mixes sharp, hilarious stories from his life with his trademark off the cuff wit.
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Friday, 23rd April 2021 - Friday, 23rd April 2021

DiversityDiversity ConnectedAfter nine sell out UK tours and countless television and live performances Diversity have announced one of their biggest UK tours to date
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Thursday, 6th May 2021 - Thursday, 6th May 2021

Burn The FloorBurn The FloorKEVIN CLIFTON is back with the BURN THE FLOOR cast in 2020…and this time Kevin will be joined by his sister JOANNE CLIFTON!
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Thursday, 6th May 2021 - Friday, 7th May 2021

FoalsRecent weeks have seen Foals: Yannis Philippakis (vocals/guitar), Jimmy Smith (guitar), Jack Bevan (drums) and Edwin Congreave (keys) maintain a busy run of activity. They've previewed the new album with three tracks, 'Into The Surf', 'The Runner' and 'Black Bull', which resulted in debut plays…
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Friday, 7th May 2021 - Friday, 7th May 2021

Oti Mabuse - I Am HereStrictly Come Dancing and The Greatest Dancer reigning champion OTI MABUSE is creating a show like no other in 2021. Prepare for a night of electrifying choreography as Oti is joined by some of the world's greatest dancers and the West End's finest singers and musicians.
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Thursday, 20th May 2021 - Thursday, 20th May 2021

Rumours Of Fleetwood MacRumours Of Fleetwood MacRumours of Fleetwood Mac – Live In Concert 2020
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Tuesday, 1st June 2021 - Tuesday, 1st June 2021

Strictly Come Dancing - The Professionals UK TourFollowing the incredible success of Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals 2019 UK Tour, dance fans will be delighted to hear that this year some of their favourite Pros will again don their dancing shoes and return to the road in a sparkling brand new 34-date UK tour. The Strictly Come Dancing…
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Saturday, 5th June 2021 - Saturday, 5th June 2021

Adam Kay: This Is Going To HurtAward-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this "electrifying" (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music.
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Monday, 14th June 2021 - Wednesday, 16th June 2021

Mrs Brown's Boys D'LiveMrs Brown's Boys D'LiveThe Award-Winning BRENDAN O'CARROLL and Mrs. Brown's Boys have announced their live return to theatres.
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Friday, 18th June 2021 - Sunday, 20th June 2021

Blackpool International Soul Festival 5Blackpool International Soul Festival 2021The rescheduled date, when we will come back bigger and stronger than ever, is now confirmed as June 18th-20th, 2021.
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Tuesday, 22nd June 2021 - Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

Brian WilsonBrian Wilson's Good Vibrations, Greatest Hits TourBrian Wilson returns to the UK with Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin! Wilson will deliver his greatest hits and fan favourites from his career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist. Wilson has been universally hailed as a writer of one of the greatest American songbooks, Pet Sounds, which has…
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Thursday, 1st July 2021 - Thursday, 1st July 2021

ANTON & GIOVANNI - Him & MeStrictly Come Dancing professionals ANTON DU BEKE and GIOVANNI PERNICE join forces in 2021 for their first ever tour together - HIM & ME!
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Friday, 2nd July 2021 - Sunday, 4th July 2021

Elvis Celebration 2021The Winter Gardens Blackpool presents ELVIS CELEBRATION 2020! Elvis tribute artists, traders and much more!
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Friday, 16th July 2021 - Saturday, 17th July 2021

Jane McDonald Live in ConcertThe 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 evening of music and laughter!
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Tuesday, 20th July 2021 - Saturday, 31st July 2021

DreamgirlsDreamgirlsLet your soul sing with the dazzling multi-award winning DREAMGIRLS at the Opera House Blackpool in 2020!
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Friday, 30th July 2021 - Sunday, 1st August 2021

Dancing in Empress Ballroom from World Dance MastersWorld Dance Masters 2021World Dance Masters returns to the Winter Gardens Blackpool from the 30th July to 1st August 2021, with over 1200 competitors flying in from 25 countries around the world.
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Thursday, 5th August 2021 - Sunday, 8th August 2021

Rebellion 2021This is a 4-day ticket for Rebellion Festival Blackpool 2021. You must exchange this ticket at the festival wristband exchange point for a wristband which will give you entry to the festival from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th August 2021.
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Thursday, 5th August 2021 - Sunday, 8th August 2021

Rebellion Festival PosterRebellion Festival 2021Tickets for the greatest festival on earth are now available for 2021, the 25th anniversary of Rebellion.
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Friday, 3rd September 2021 - Sunday, 5th September 2021

The British Country Music FestivalThe British Country Music FestivalFollowing a successful launch in 2019, The British Country Music Festival will be back on the 4th, 5th and 6th September 2020.
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Saturday, 11th September 2021 - Saturday, 11th September 2021

Billy OceanFollowing his sold-out tour earlier this year British Soul icon Billy Ocean has announced a huge UK headline tour for Autumn 2020. Billy will be performing the best of his greatest hits and songs from his upcoming new studio album 'One World' which is due for release in Spring 2020.
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Tuesday, 14th September 2021 - Tuesday, 14th September 2021

The SpecialsFollowing the release of their eighth studio album Encore last year to critical acclaim, the band comprised of Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter, hit the road again. Influential, important and exhilarating live, they are a band embedded in this country's DNA.
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Monday, 27th September 2021 - Monday, 27th September 2021

Michael BoltonMichael BoltonMultiple Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist Michael Bolton will return to the UK in 2020 for the Love Songs Greatest Hits tour including a date in Blackpool.
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Friday, 8th October 2021 - Friday, 8th October 2021

Karl Benson (left), with Nigel Blackwell at the Robin 2, Bilston, February 2018Half Man Half BiscuitIf 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.
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Wednesday, 13th October 2021 - Wednesday, 13th October 2021

Jason ManfordJason Manford Like Me TourIt's been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn't changed a bit.
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Thursday, 14th October 2021 - Thursday, 14th October 2021

What's Love Got To Do With ItBrought to you by the award-winning producers behind the hugely successful Whitney - Queen Of The Night, What's Love Got To Do With It is the ultimate tribute concert to one of the most iconic and loved musical artists of our generation. In this brand new touring theatre show, audiences can expect…
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Saturday, 16th October 2021 - Saturday, 16th October 2021

World Famous Elvis Show Starring Chris ConnorVoted by the first ever world wide Elvis Presley fan poll as - The greatest Elvis Tribute in the World ! - awarded in Memphis.
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Sunday, 17th October 2021 - Sunday, 17th October 2021

Cliff RichardCliff Richard: The Great 80 TourThe 2020 UK tour supported by Live Nation kicks off on the 23rd September in Gateshead Sage with dates scheduled throughout the UK, including Winter Gardens Blackpool on 27th September 2020!
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Thursday, 21st October 2021 - Thursday, 21st October 2021

Daniel O'DonnellDaniel O'DonnellDaniel O'Donnell has continued to push out the boundaries of his career both on stage and TV in 2019 and looks to do the same in 2020.
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Tuesday, 2nd November 2021 - Tuesday, 2nd November 2021

Level 42 2019 proved to be another very busy year for Level 42 with the guys playing 20 festivals from Quebec to Russia, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, and the UK, so the band could be forgiven for wanting to take things a little easier after 39 years in the saddle.
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Wednesday, 3rd November 2021 - Wednesday, 3rd November 2021

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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Saturday, 6th November 2021 - Saturday, 6th November 2021

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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Saturday, 13th November 2021 - Saturday, 13th November 2021

Sixties GoldSixties GoldThe famous singles to the timeless albums tracks, this show will create the ultimate feel-good factor
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Friday, 19th November 2021 - Friday, 19th November 2021

Ant MiddletonAnt Middleton Mind Over Muscle TourAnt Middleton, best known for Channel 4's hit shows, SAS: Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and Escape has announced a brand new fully immersive show for 2020.
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Sunday, 12th December 2021 - Sunday, 2nd January 2022

CinderellaYou shall go to the ball next Christmas! Pantomime returns to the Winter Gardens for the first time in over 60 years.
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Saturday, 23rd April 2022 - Saturday, 23rd April 2022

Totally TinaFrom Nutbush to Wembley Stadium with The Queen of Rock'n'Roll. Come shake a tail feather with the UK's favourite Tina Turner spectacular. . . aka Justine Riddoch and her talented cast. When Tina burst onto the scene, she won the hearts of music fans from the outset, creating a fearsome reputation…
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Monday, 20th June 2022 - Saturday, 25th June 2022

The CommitmentsThe CommitmentsThe Commitments musical has been adapted from the novel by Booker prize winning author Roddy Doyle himself and is directed by Caroline Jay Ranger.
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Monday, 27th June 2022 - Saturday, 2nd July 2022

Strictly Ballroom the MusicalStrictly Ballroom the MusicalStrictly Ballroom the Musical, based on the award-winning world-wide film phenomenon, is heading out to tour the UK and Ireland, starring Kevin Clifton!
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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
  • Sub-Regional AwardsEngland We're Good To Go England We're Good To Go 2020

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  • Delta accepted
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  • In town/city centre

Specialist Features

  • Aim to Attract Conferences & Business meetings

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