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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

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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Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Saturday, 7th December 2019

Christmas Afternoon Tea on the Opera House Stage A brand-new experience, allowing you the opportunity to take Afternoon Tea on the UK's biggest stage, graced by the 20th centuries biggest stars including Frank Sinatra, Charlie Chaplin, Peter Kay, One Direction, HRH Queen Elizabeth and so many more.
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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, 28th January 2020 - Tuesday, 28th January 2020

Empress Ballroom Afternoon ExtravaganzaWe are proud to present TWO events on the 'new' Empress Ballroom Mighty Wurlitzer! BBC Organist Nigel Ogden entertains with an afternoon of music! 14.00 An evening of Ballroom and Sequence Dancing to Cameron Lloyd, David Lobban and Alec Walters! 19:30 The rare opportunity to see this instrument…
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Tuesday, 18th February 2020 - Saturday, 22nd February 2020

The Sound Of MusicOne of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in a magnificent production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart. Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp's 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish new staging of The Sound Of Music tells the true story of the…
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Saturday, 29th February 2020 - Saturday, 29th February 2020

Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights 19th AnniversaryHard to believe but it's almost 19 years since the Phoenix Club first opened its doors, and to celebrate that very special anniversary, both series of Peter Kay's classic comedy Phoenix Nights are being shown on the big screen for the very first time.
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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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Monday, 9th March 2020 - Monday, 9th March 2020

Elvis Costello and The ImpostersElvis Costello and The Imposters will bring their new show to the UK for their first tour of the decade in February and March 2020, including a visit to the Opera House Blackpool.
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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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Saturday, 4th April 2020 - Saturday, 4th April 2020

ChicagoCHICAGO is based on a play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins that's actually about 'real criminals' and crimes that she reported on. The musical is a Broadway and West End smash hit and winner of the ACADEMY award for the movie version. In the 1920s, Chicago became infamous for a string of…
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Friday, 10th April 2020 - Friday, 10th April 2020

Rumours Of Fleetwood MacRumours of Fleetwood Mac – Live In Concert 2020
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Friday, 17th April 2020 - Friday, 17th April 2020

Rumours Of Fleetwood MacRumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world's finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2020 with a brand new show celebrating the very best of Fleetwood Mac, including a very special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac's legendary Peter Green era.
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Wednesday, 6th May 2020 - Thursday, 7th May 2020

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, 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, 19th June 2020 - Friday, 19th June 2020

All Star 60's ShowBringing You Some Of The Greatest Hits of The Sixties, In One Great Show: RELIVE THE SWINGING SIXTIES WITH THIS UNFORGETTABLE SHOW WHICH WILL HAVE YOU ROCKING IN YOUR SEATS
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Tuesday, 11th August 2020 - Saturday, 15th August 2020

Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed! The MusicalDennis and Gnasher Unleashed: The Musical based on the legendary comic characters and the No. 1 animated CBBC series, tells the story of the mischievous twosome and their best friends the Dinmakers; Rubi, JJ and Pieface. Their mission is to save Beanotown from the grips of the evil W Corps!
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Monday, 31st August 2020 - Saturday, 5th September 2020

Grease The MusicalThe world's best-loved musical is back! Grittier and more glamorous than ever before! After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations…
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Sunday, 27th September 2020 - Sunday, 27th September 2020

Cliff 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, 8th October 2020 - Thursday, 8th October 2020

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, 19th October 2020 - Monday, 19th October 2020

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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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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Saturday, 21st November 2020 - Saturday, 21st November 2020

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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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

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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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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
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