There’s a great variety of shows, events and entertainment for all the family at the venue at the heart of the town centre. Read on to find out what’s on next at Blackpool Winter Gardens.
Extra Screening Added – Peter Kay Phoenix Nights 19th Anniversary
Sat 29th February 2020
Series 1 & 2 plus exclusive recorded cast interviews. Matinee ONLY Doors: 12.00pm. Screenings Start: 1.00pm PROMPT
Hard 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.
Following the previous announcement screenings last month an extra date has been announced at Blackpool Opera House on Saturday 29th February. Additionally, extra seats have been added London’s Eventim Apollo due to demand.
All net profits are in aid of Cancer Research UK and all the screenings will include exclusively recorded cast interviews.
So why not come on down to the Phoenix Club one last time to see Brian Potter, Jerry ‘the saint’ St Clair, Les Alanos, Max & Paddy and all the gang.
In fact, why not go a step further and dress up as one of your favourite characters, although wheelchair spaces will be limited.
Caro Evans, director of partnerships at Cancer Research UK said “We are so grateful to Peter for arranging these unique screenings of such an iconic TV series to raise money. The money that is raised from the events will fund vital research to beat cancer.”
Winter Gardens Tours
28 October – tours at at 11am and 2pm
Our knowledgeable and experienced guides have many years’ experience at the venue and can offer a unique insight to the fascinating building.
These tours are one of the best ways to re-live the history of the venue and visit backstage areas not often open to the public. Tours will allow you to visit backstage of the Opera House and a chance to tread the boards so many famous faces have walked on before. The grandeur of the Empress Ballroom will be explored whilst the often-overlooked Spanish Suites will offer a unique insight into Blackpool’s largest entertainment venue*.
11.00am tours will introduce you to the fascinating history and beautiful architecture housed within the world-famous Winter Gardens Blackpool. These guided tours will give you the chance to explore and discover more about the extensive history the venue beholds after more than a century and will focus on the architecture and origins of the venue.
2.00pm tours will give you the chance to explore and learn the extensive history the building beholds after more than a century and will focus on the entertainment history of the building.
* Please note the Winter Gardens is a working building and we cannot guarantee access to all areas.
More information here – if you go please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!
Kinky Boots the Musical
1-12 October, shows at 7.30, 8.30 & 2.30pm
With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots takes you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the shoe factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola – a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.
West End star Kayi Ushe will be putting on the boots to play Lola. He will be joined by Paula Lane as Lauren, best known for her role as Kylie Platt in Coronation Street, and Joel Harper-Jackson, who recently starred in the The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time UK tour, will be playing Charlie Price.
Inspired by true events, this joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit is the ‘Freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade ’ – The Hollywood News. It’s the ultimate fun night out for you and your loved ones, so book now and experience the energy, joy and laughter of this dazzling show.
Calendar Girls – The Musical
15-19 October, shows at 7.30 & 2.30pm
Calendar Girls – The Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth is the award-winning production based on the true story of the calendar girls – a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary. This marvellous musical comedy which received fantastic five-star reviews in London’s West End now comes to Blackpool Opera House.
The Award-Winning Musical Calendar Girls by Gary Barlow & Tim Firth. Staring Sarah Jane Buckley, Sue Devaney, Julia Hillas and Judy Hol.
The 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.
The LondonCats Cat Extravaganza is touring the UK and their next stop is Blackpool. The felines will be in town with a mission to stage, reward, and celebrate our purr-fect companions.
The event is associated with T ICA (The International Cat Association), which sanctions hundreds of cats shows annually across the globe and in 104 countries. T ICA currently recognises 71 breeds of cats and is the largest registry of pedigree and household pet cats in the world.
Amongst the different breeds of our cat show, there will be some of your favourites such as the Bengal, British Short Hair, Maine Coon, and Sphynx all under one roof competing for the ultimate prize of Best Kitten, Best Cat, Best Alter, and Best Household Pet.
Also joining these cats are the more exotic breeds such as the Lykoi (better known as the Werewolf cat) and Marguerites (an African Sand Cat cross). The show will bring together not just the UK cat community, but cats from around the world. As well as welcoming T ICA judges from around Europe and across the pond.
A purr-fect event for the whole family, there will be plenty of opportunities to pet and cuddle these furry friends. You can learn more about these intelligent animals and what makes cat’s fantastic companions by observing one of the six judging rings.
For those who want to give something back to their beloved feline companions, there will be plenty of paw-some ways to spoil them with treats and gifts from our vendors, including Bengal Cat World, Katzenworld, Tender Paws, and Animal Cancer Trust.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Monday 21 – Sat 26 October 2019
Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Weds & Sat mats at 2.30pm
The iconic musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is coming to the Opera House Blackpool. With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including IT’S RAINING MEN, I WILL SURVIVE, I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE and FINALLY!
Based 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.
UK pop icon Will Young’s brand new single ‘All The Songs’, is the first track to be heard from his long awaited seventh album Lexicon, set for release on June 14. ‘All The Songs’ is released with a video directed by the legendary fashion photographer and director Rankin.
‘All The Songs’ is an upbeat, piano-led, dancefloor-tilted heartbreak anthem. The perfect introduction to an album built around the joy of pop music. “I always say that there’s no point in doing it if it’s not joyous. That’s been my motto: do it the way you want to do it.” A motto to live by…..
Will also confirms a huge 21 date UK tour, kicking off this October, culminating at Blackpool Opera House on Tuesday 29 October 2019.
Will Young has spent the last two decades at the forefront of pop after bursting onto the scene in 2002. His expansive career has culminated in four #1 and two #2 chart topping albums, two BRIT Awards and four UK number one singles.
All Souls Fundraising Ball
31 October at 6.30pm
A night full of entertainment including singing, dancing, Rock n Roll, global grooves, side-shows, poetry and a 3-course meal.
You are invited to dress up fancy in our Day of the Dead/Dead Celebrity theme (there will be prizes for best-dressed) and to take part in auctions and activities. We encourage you to arrive early so you don’t miss out on any of the fun! Doors open at 6.30pm.
In buying a ticket you are helping to support a range of creative projects in Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre designed to enrich the lives of local residents and to make lasting positive changes for the future.
2 November at 7.30pm
Sixties Gold 2019 returns with an even stronger line-up of artists that, between them, scored over 50 chart-topping UK hits.
Hermans Hermits. One of the biggest selling bands of the 60’s. The band has chalked up 23 Hit Singles, 10 Hit Albums, appeared in 3 major movies and to date they have sold in excess of 75 Million records. Hits include: There’s A kind Of Hush, Silhouettes, Can’t You Hear My Heart Beat, Wonderful World, A Must to Avoid, and Many More.
Plus, The Merseybeats, The Marmalade, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders and Steve Ellis.
Re-live the magic of the 1960s with Five of the biggest chart acts of the decade. Get your tickets by calling the box office or book online.
Who Am I, Again? An Evening with Lenny Henry
3 November at 7.30pm
Join 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 award-winning actor.
In the first half of the evening, Lenny will take the audience through a jam session of funny and sad memories and stories – from growing up in the Black Country, puberty, school, friendship, family secrets and unashamed racism. With his mother’s mantra of ‘H’integration’ echoing in his ears, Lenny will recount setting out on his rollercoaster ride of a career – but at every stage wondering: Am I good enough? Is this what they want?
In part two, Lenny will be interviewed by friend, broadcaster and author Jon Canter, for further insights into his life and career, followed by questions from the audience. Come and enjoy these honest and tender stories, told with a glorious sense of humour and help Lenny figure out ‘Who Am I Again?’
Jack Whitehall: Work in Progress
Weds 6 November at 7.30pm
Catch 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.
His television credits include: Decline & Fall (BBC), Fresh Meat (Channel 4), and Bad Education (BBC), Backchat, A League Of Their Own (which received a BAFTA Award in 2014 for ‘Best Comedy Entertainment Program’ and was nominated in the same category in 2013), Stand Up For The Week, and Live At The Apollo. In addition, Jack also filmed Training Days for Google in 2018, where he travelled the world to interview international football stars – the series was released in the lead up to the 2018 World Cup on his own YouTube channel.
The World Famous Elvis Show
9 November at 7.30pm
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 hour theatre production, recreating 2 popular Elvis Presley concerts.
Voted by the first ever world wide Elvis Presley fan poll as – The greatest Elvis Tribute in the World ! – awarded in Memphis.
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 hour theatre production, recreating 2 popular Elvis Presley concerts.
This show respectively and authentically recreates ELVIS at his very best recreating 2 concerts! – selling out in all theatres. If you weren’t lucky enough to see Elvis live, you will walk away from this concert feeling that you have!
There is only ONE Elvis Presley, however fans all around the world are talking about CHRIS CONNOR who is remarkably so very close to Elvis in both looks and voice and mannerisms.
The Girl on the Train
19 – 23 November at 7.30pm
Rachel Watson longs for a different life.
Her 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 will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated.
Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – and starring Samantha Womack, this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment.
Samantha Womack has starred extensively in television, film and theatre. She is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1’s EastEnders with leading roles in Mount Pleasant and Game On, and the hit films, The Kingsman series. Recent stage credits include Morticia in The Adam’s Family, South Pacific and Guys and Dolls. As well as his extensive career on the stage, Oliver Farnworth has starred in Hollyoaks and as Andy Carver in ITV’s Coronation Street.
All Around the World
25 November at 6.30pm
Wyre & Fylde Schools Sports Partnership, in association with the Winter Gardens Blackpool, are once again hosting this amazing charity and community event, celebrating Dance in schools across the Fylde Coast.
The event, now in its 11th Year, is in aid of the Winter Gardens Trust Charity. The Winter Gardens is a vital asset to our local community, where thousands of children use the famous Opera House for performing arts, musical theatre and educational visits. Your child together with their school will have the opportunity to tread the boards and perform on one of Europe’s largest stage, where thousands of famous people have performed before.
The event is about children, for children, and not only does the event help to boost their confidence and self-esteem, it also brings our community together to celebrate Dance in Schools. Children who are performing are requested to remain with their schools until the end of the performance.
13 – 29 December at various times. No show on 16 or 25 December
Horrible Histories proudly presents the terrific tale of Christmas in a special production of Horrible Christmas!
When 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 of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII and St Nicholas as they all join forces to save the festive season!
It’s a celebration of Christmas in the most wonderful, funny and moving way you’ll ever see!
Lancashire Hits at Christmas
Sunday 30 November at 7pm
Duncan 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 biggest stars throughout the years.
One Night Only Christmas Party
14 December – 7pm
Back 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.
Contact Rebecca Thompson to book
P. 01253 629658 | E. email@example.com – Please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!
New Year’s Eve Family Party 2019
Tuesday 31 December – 7pm
Join 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.
- Childrens entertainer, DJ, Party games, Live Band, Bouncy Castle, Competition
- Reserved tables of 10 are available for £250 and include drinks, buffet and reserved seats.
- Book your tickets early as this is a sell out event.
The Blackpool NYE Soul Party 2019
Tuesday 31 December from 8pm – 2am
What a great way to bring in the 2020 with the Northern Soul & Motown Party!
Featuring DJ’s: Ginger Taylor, Richard Searling, Kev Roberts, Ozz, Chris Box, Pete Haigh, Jim Hargreaves & John Kane.
- 2 Rooms of Soul!
- In the Spanish Hall: Classic Northern Soul & Motown
- In the Renaissance: Disco & Modern Soul Anthems
Advance Tickets : £15.00 each or pay on the door £20* each
Or in person from The Winter Gardens Box Office: 97 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HW
*Please note: no admission without an advance ticket after 1am. Booking fees apply – This is an 18’s and over event
2020 AT BLACKPOOL WINTER GARDENS
We will Rock You
6-11 January 2020
THE MOST SPECTACULAR MUSICAL TO TOUR THE UK RETURNS! ‘ONE DREAM, ONE VISION, ONE SMASH HIT!’ ‘IT’S A KINDA MAGIC!’ ‘GUARANTEED TO BLOW YOUR MIND!’ The worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to the UK. The multi-million-pound show dazzles all the senses in breath-taking style. Guaranteed to blow your mind, this musical phenomenon is not to be missed!
Since 2002 over 16 million theatergoers in 19 countries have thrilled to this awe-inspiring production. With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the bands’ legendary live performances.
Includes 24 of Queen’s greatest hits:
Radio Ga Ga I Want To Break Free Somebody to Live Killer Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Don’t Stop Me Now Under Pressure Another One Bites The Dust We Are the Champions We Will Rock You
Sunday 8 February at 10am
Vape-X will take place at Blackpool Winter Gardens on Saturday 8th February 2020 from 10am-6pm. Over 200 of the very best hand picked juice and hardware brands will descend on the palatial surroundings of the Empress Ballroom, ready to meet thousands of Vape enthusiasts, business owners and social media influencers, and help grow our community in the north-west.
Visitor’s will come from all corners of the globe and use the event as a meeting point to catch up with like-minded people, benefit from the widest range of products, try out new liquids and equipment, whilst having an amazing time.
- Entertainment throughout the day with a full stage line-up and walk-about acts to keep you busy whilst browsing the many stands.
- ‘flying start’ area with the aim of supporting new-to-market brands that need exposure and want to obtain feedback on their products and branding.
- over a dozen awards available on the day for brand owners and consumers including Miss Vape-X, Best Reviewer, Best Exhibition Stand, Best Tasting Juice, Best Hardware and many more.
The Sound of Music
18 – 22 February 2020
One 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 world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII.
The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, and of course, the title song – ‘The Sound of Music’.
Curtains, a Musical Whodunnit
3-7 March 2020
It’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 theatre fan. With a nose for crime and an ear for music, Frank has his work cut out trying to find the killer whilst giving the show a lifeline.
Starring Jason Manford (The Producers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys and Dolls), Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Aduba and Carly Stenson (Les Miserables, Legally Blonde, Shrek, Spamalot and Hollyoaks), this hilarious whodunnit is packed full of catchy songs, unforgettable characters and plot twists galore! From creators of Cabaret and Chicago, this Tony award-winning backstage murder mystery musical will have audiences laughing and guessing right to the final curtain.
David Walliams Billionaire Boy
11-15 March, various times
From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie comes this amazing new production of David Walliams’ best-selling story!
Joe Spud is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country! He has his own sports car, two crocodiles as pets and £100,000 a week pocket money! But what Joe doesn’t have is a friend. So he decides to leave his posh school and start at the local comp. But things don’t go as planned for Joe and life becomes a roller-coaster as he tries find what money can’t buy..
Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals 2020 UK Tour
Thursday 14 May at 7.30pm
Following the incredible success of Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals 2019 UK Tour, dance fans will be delighted to hear that next 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. Beginning in Salford on 7 May 2020, the multi award-winning dancers will waltz their way across the UK, before finishing up in Edinburgh on 4 June.
The Strictly Come Dancing Professionals UK Tour returned to constant standing ovations and great critical acclaim this year, with the Mail on Sunday awarding the show five stars, exclaiming “this is a smasher of a show and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more”. The Daily Express awarded the show four stars, labelling it “breathtaking”.
Don’t miss these amazing professionals as they bring the world’s finest moves to a venue near you, in what promises to be a Strictly fab-u-lous occasion.
Jane McDonald Live in Concert – SELLING FAST
26-27 June at 7.30pm
One 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 evening of music and laughter! With a sell-out show at the Opera House Blackpool this year, book early to secure your seat for what promises to be another memorable evening.
There’s Something for Everyone at the Winter Gardens
This huge and magnificent building has 11 main separate spaces over two floors. The variety of events the Winter Gardens has to offer means there’s always something on offer for locals and visitors to the resort. Find out more about the history of the Winter Gardens.
The Opera House
New, upcoming bands have played in the Opera House including the like of Little Mix, along with old favourites such as Jane McDonald and Daniel O’Donnell who continue to return and some of the world’s best bands including Canada’s Arcade Fire – who selected the Winter Gardens as only one of three venues to play in the UK.
The Empress Ballroom
The magnificent Empress Ballroom is just as comfortable staging the World Dance Championships each year as it is hosting some of the world’s best rock and pop acts in concert.
Find out about this magnificent building with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Winter Gardens
The Winter Gardens is an incredible building with a long history. It first opened on 11 July 1878 and since then has grown and developed as an entertainment complex which mirrors the growth of the seaside town of Blackpool.
Right in the centre of the complex, in what is now the coffee shop, still stands the original building of the site around which the whole of the Winter Gardens has been built.
A Perfect Venue for your Event
The Winter Gardens offers a wide variety of venues for events ranging from small private business lunches to large scale conferences. You can also hold your wedding at the Winter Gardens. What could be better than a reception or banquet in the newly refurbished Derham Room? (pictured below).
The main rooms include the 2,900 capacity Opera House (the largest theatre stage outside London), the grand Empress Ballroom with a capacity of 3,250 people for concerts, and the 2,600 sq metre Olympia Exhibition Hall.
The Derham Room at the Winter Gardens, set for a banquet
The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens…
The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens, dine in style!
Illuminasia was the indoor Illuminations attraction inside the Winter Gardens. It was always designed to be a temporary attraction, and finally closed the doors on Sunday 29 October 2017. Illuminasia was dismantled to make space for who knows what….
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