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What's On Next at Blackpool Winter Gardens

What's On Next at Blackpool Winter Gardens

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.

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What’s on Next at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Blackpool Elvis Celebration 2018

3 day event, Fri 29 – Sun 1 July

Blackpool Elvis Celebration 2018 at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Following on from the success of 2017’s event, the Elvis celebration returns as a 3-day festival to celebrate the King.

American Elvis tribute artist Dean Z has been announced to head the all-star line-up featuring the very best ETA’s, traders and much more.

The festival runs from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July 2018 starting at midday each day and ending daily with an after-show party, all events are included in the weekend price.

To purchase tickets, please call 01253 629608 – and please say that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast! General seating priced at £65

Au Revoir 2018

Tuesday 3 July at 7pm

Au Revoir 2018 at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Au Revoir 2018 at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Welcome to ‘Au Revoir Review 2018’. This event is organised by Blackpool Music Service, the nationally recognised lead organisation for Blackpool Music Education Hub which is supported by the DfE, Arts Council and Youth Music.

Au Revoir Review is a wonderful opportunity for all Year 6 children to showcase their talents and achievements – an ideal way to celebrate the end of their time at our primary schools. This links in with the ‘Blackpool Passport’ as such this event gives every primary school child the opportunity to perform on a professional stage.

The basic principal is for Year 6 children from Blackpool Primary Schools to put together a 12 minute performance themed around ‘celebration’ and ‘moving on’. This could include music, song, dance and/or drama. It is another opportunity to celebrate Year 6 achievements. A fabulous musical evening filled with talent, fun and something our Year 6’s will always remember.

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140th Gala Dinner

Friday 6 July at 7pm

140th Gala Dinner at Blackpool Winter Gardens
140th Gala Dinner at Blackpool Winter Gardens

This summer the Winter Gardens Blackpool celebrates 140 years since it’s official opening in July 1878. Since opening the Winter Gardens has welcomed millions of visitors including stars from stage and screen, political leaders and everything in between.

Join us for the 140th Gala dinner in the world famous Empress Ballroom including a 4-course meal, live entertainment and silent auction on Friday 06 July 2018.

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Yorkshire Hits 17

Saturday 7 July at 7pm

Yorkshire Hits 17 at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Yorkshire Hits 17 at Blackpool Winter Gardens

The show is now in its 17th year and is staged to give children the opportunity to experience performing in live theatre, and on a professional stage that has been home to many of the world’s biggest stars throughout the years.

Here at the Opera House, Blackpool we want this experience to be as enjoyable as possible for all of those children involved.

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Rock Pool – Tribute Show

Saturday 7 July at 7.30pm

Rock Pool Tribute Show at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Rock Pool Tribute Show at Blackpool Winter Gardens

The third annual specialist Rock event from Coast Town Events Limited is, once again, being held within the Arena at the Blackpool Winter Gardens complex providing the best live in tribute entertainment.

Headlining we have Fleetwood Bac, rated by ‘The Times’ as one of the UK’s top 5 touring tribute shows. They have spent decades perfecting the classic Rumours era sound, look and mystical on-stage chemistry between the band; all portrayed with passion, energy and respect. Rave reviews also include ‘The Stage’ plus endorsements from several of the leading Fleetwood Mac fan sites and the official Stevie Nicks website. Having performed over 800 shows from across the UK to as far afield as St. Tropez, The Cayman Islands, Monte Carlo and Dubai – you are in for a real treat!

WhitesnakeUK play tribute to the very best of David Coverdale’s multi-platinum selling band, Whitesnake. From the early classic Moody/Marsden line up to the present-day US incarnation, faithfully reproducing timeless classics such as ‘Fool For Your Loving’ ‘Is This Love’ & ‘Here I Go Again’. Formed in 2005 they have performed extensively throughout the UK and beyond, gaining a reputation as ‘THE’ Whitesnake tribute. The band concentrate purely on reproducing the classic sound of Whitesnake. For a 100% live experience that will leave you shouting for more, WhitesnakeUK are sure to deliver!

Opening the show are one of the UK’s premier Eagles tribute acts, covering Eagles material from the early days to the latest album, top Eagles Tribute Band Motel California accurately reproduce the glorious vocal harmonies and complex guitar parts associated with these classic songs.

If you love your Rock music, this is one event that you don’t want to miss. Three top-quality tributes to some of the biggest bands of the 1970s and beyond.

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Titanic – the Musical

Monday 9 to Saturday 14 July 2018, shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm

Titanic the Musical at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Titanic the Musical at Blackpool Winter Gardens

July welcomes the harrowing retelling of real life stories from the world’s most legendary ship in Titanic the Musical. In the final hour of 14th April 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic and infamous disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, women and children lost their lives.

Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s stunning musical focuses on their hopes and aspirations. Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the newly-enfranchised Second Class dream of achieving the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the millionaire Barons of the First Class dream of their mastery lasting forever.

Opening at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton in April 2018, in the same city and same month in which the RMS Titanic set sail, the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning production will head to Blackpool from Monday 9th to Saturday 14th July 2018.

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140th Anniversary Exhibition

Mon 9-Sun 29 July
Free of charge, 11am – 3pm daily in the Derham Lounge.

140th anniversary exhibition at Blackpool Winter Gardens
140th anniversary exhibition at Blackpool Winter Gardens

The Winter Gardens Blackpool first opened to the public on 11 July 1878, with a lavish ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of London and Mayors and Mayoresses from 68 towns throughout the country.

This Summer the iconic venue will celebrate its 140th anniversary and to celebrate a series of events are set to be held across a yearlong celebration.

The 140th Anniversary Exhibition taking place from Monday 9th – Sunday 29th July, will celebrate the venue’s illustrious entertainment history, with past posters, programmes and artefacts, and will feature a photographic history of the building.

Free of charge, the event will take place from 11am – 3pm daily in the Derham Lounge.

Afternoon Tea

Sat 14 and Sun 15 July

Afternoon Tea at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Afternoon Tea at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Afternoon Tea served in the Empress Grill Room from 12 noon – 4:00 pm ( last booking 15.00hrs)

On all occasions the Afternoon Tea will be £11.00pp with a Prosecco included option at £16.00 pp.

To book please call 01253 629748 – and please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

Winter Gardens Guided Tours

Monday 16 July at 12pm

Winter Gardens Guided Tours

Take a guided tour of this stunning, grade ll* listed building. The knowledgeable and experienced tour guides will introduce you to the fascinating history and beautiful architecture of the Winter Gardens. The tours will allow you to visit backstage of the Opera House and a chance to tread the boards, so many famous faces have previously walked on, visit the backstage dressing rooms, and get up-close to the historic Wurlitzer theatre organ. 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. These guided tours will give you the chance to explore and learn of the extensive history the building beholds after more than a century.

The tour of the building will take approximately 90 minutes and includes a tea or coffee in the Mazzei Cafe when the tour has concluded.

Tours cost £10pp, to book please email carla@wgbpl.co.uk *Please note, the Winter Gardens is a working venue and we cannot guarantee access to all areas.

To book please email carla@wgbpl.co.ukplease mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast! 

Kevin & Karen Dance – the Live Tour 2018

Friday 20 July at 7.30pm

Kevin & Karen Dance - the Live Tour 2018 at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Kevin & Karen Dance – the Live Tour 2018 at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Following their sell-out debut tour last year, Kevin and Karen Clifton are back with a brand new show. Featuring music that has inspired them to dance – Roxanne, Smooth Criminal, Respect, Jail House Rock and many more…

It’s a hip-swinging journey with heart-pounding choreography filled with Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango and Paso Doble. Backed by a supporting cast of sensational dancers, vocalists and a live 12-piece show band, expect edge-of-your-seat routines that are sassy, sharp and sultry – packing more than a hint of Latino vibe.

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BetVictor World Matchplay Darts

Sat 21 to Sun 29 July

BetVictor World Matchplay Darts at Blackpool Winter Gardens
BetVictor World Matchplay Darts at Blackpool Winter Gardens

The highlight of the summer’s darting action will see 32 players competing in the prestigious BetVictor World Matchplay from July 21-29 at Blackpool’s famous Winter Gardens.

This year’s BetVictor World Matchplay will see players competing for the first time for The Phil Taylor Trophy, named in honour of 16-time champion Phil Taylor, the legendary 2017 winner who has now retired.

The first round will be split across the opening three days, with evening sessions on Saturday July 21 and Monday July 23 sandwiching a double session on Sunday July 22.

The second round is split across Tuesday July 24 and Wednesday July 25, with the quarter-finals being held on Thursday July 26 and Friday July 27.

The semi-finals will then take place on Saturday July 28, with the tournament culminating in the final on Sunday July 29.

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Summer Holiday – The Musical

Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 July 2018, shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm

A brand new production of the feel-good musical featuring Cliff Richard’s classic hits will tour the UK in 2018/19 – and it’s heading to Blackpool for one week only! Tickets on sale from 10am on 1 December 2017.

Summer Holiday the Musical at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Based on the iconic 1960’s film starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows this brand-new stage musical includes all of the number one hits from the movie, plus some additional Cliff Richard classics. The famous red double-decker bus with make its stop at the Opera House Blackpool from Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 July 2018.

Summer Holiday tells the story of Don and his fellow London Transport mechanics as they journey together in a red double-decker bus through Paris, the Alps, Italy and Greece. Along the way they pick up a girl singing group and a young American pop star who is on the run from her domineering mother!

A spokesperson for the Winter Gardens Blackpool comments ‘Summer Holiday is another fantastic addition to our 2018 line-up, joining an already exciting season of shows including Shrek, Fat Friends and many more’

This hit – filled musical features many of 1960’s biggest songs including In the Country, Summer Holiday, Travellin’ Light, Bachelor Boy, Move It, Living Doll, The Young Ones and On the Beach.

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Fastlove – a Tribute to George Michael

Sunday 29 July at 7.30pm

Direct from London’s West End, the UK’s biggest George Michael tribute show. Now featuring George Michael’s solo saxophonist Ed Barker.

Get ready for an unforgettable evening celebrating a global superstar, as he puts the Boom Boom into your heart in the all new production, Fastlove – A tribute to George Michael.

This is a spellbinding experience you don’t want to miss. You’ll be getting up (to get down) to all your favourite songs: Careless Whisper, Freedom, Faith, Father Figure, Outside, Jesus To A Child, and many more.

Relive the passion, the flare, and the unique sensitivity of George Michael in this incredible concert sensation.

*Disclaimer: This show is not affiliated with or endorsed by George Michael or his estate.

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Rebellion Festival 2018

Thursday 2 to Sun 5 August

Rebellion Festival 2018 at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Rebellion Festival 2018 at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Rebellion Festivals is the largest INDEPENDENT Punk / Alternative music festival in the world.

Over 4 days every August in Blackpool, the very best in Punk gather for the social event of the year. Many treat it as a main holiday and come every year so there is a very familiar feel to the weekend and it’s like one big family – all 4000 of us!

Our line-up is booked over the course of the entire year. As we get nearer to the festival bands are put into days, then a few weeks before, we announce the stages / times. Check out the LINE UP page to see the current confirmed bands.

More about Rebellion Festival here

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The Play that Goes Wrong

Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 August 2018, shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm

The Play that Goes Wrong at Blackpool Winter Gardens
The Play that Goes Wrong at Blackpool Winter Gardens

The Olivier Award Winning, West End Smash Hit Comedy ‘The Play that Goes Wrong’ is coming to the Opera House at Blackpool Winter Gardens, from Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 August 2018.

Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields , The Play That Goes Wrong is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton inspired slapstick delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring. The play introduces The ‘Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s’ murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does, as the accident prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.

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World Dance Masters 2018

Fri 10 to Mon 13 August

World Dance Masters 2018 at Blackpool Winter Gardens
World Dance Masters 2018 at Blackpool Winter Gardens

It’s back. The World Dance Masters Line Dance Championships – one of the most highly anticipated championship events in the calendar year.

With amazing, high-quality competition, judged by world-class professionals, this is the event you have worked all year to get to.

Remember: to compete at this event in the World Dance Masters contest you will need to have qualified. Different rules apply to different countries and divisions. Please read our short rule booklet. If you still need assistance, please email us.

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The Gin and Rum Festival

Fri 10 and Sat 11 August

The Gin and Rum Festival at Blackpool Winter Gardens
The Gin and Rum Festival at Blackpool Winter Gardens

The UK’s first Gin and Rum Festival tour is coming to Blackpool!

Get ready to be spoilt for choice with over 60 different Gins and 60 different Rums all easily found in one of the exclusive themed bars on display.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

– Super fast check in
– Experienced hospitality staff
– Free satchel bag including your very own copa glass
– 7 themed bars
– Gin and Rum Bible
– Talks and master classes from the best Gin and Rum producers
– Live Entertainment
– Succulent street food

10th: August: 6pm-11pm (Evening Session)
11th August: 12pm-5pm (Afternoon Session) 6pm-11pm (Evening Session)

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Fame – The Musical

Monday 13 August – Saturday 18 August 2018 at 7.30pm and Weds/Sat matinee at 2.30pm

Set to tour the UK in a stunning new 30th Anniversary tour heading to the Opera House Blackpool

Fame the Musical at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash hit sensation following the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life.

This bittersweet but uplifting triumph of a show explores the issues that confront many young people today: prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance. Fame the Musical has seen seven West End runs since opening on Broadway in 1988 and continues to be one of the best loved musicals across the world.

Fame will be presented by Selladoor Worldwide, producers of Footloose, Avenue Q , Little Shop of Horrors and Flashdance – The Musical, with Adam Paulden & Dan Looney. With casting to be announced, Fame will be directed and choregraphed by Nick Winston with design by Morgan Large

David Hutchinson Executive Creative Director of Selladoor says ‘This new tour for 2018 celebrates the 30 years since the premiere of the Broadway production and will very much have its roots in the style and nostalgia of the original musical. Selladoor are dedicated to bringing large scale theatre to as broad an audience as possible across the UK and internationally, and we’re delighted to add another classic musical to our ever-growing portfolio’

Featuring the Oscar-winning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers, musicians and rappers as they transform from star struck pupils to superstars. Fame The Musical will indeed live forever.

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Winter Gardens Guided Tours

Friday 17 August at 11am

Winter Gardens Guided Tours

Take a guided tour of this stunning, grade ll* listed building. The knowledgeable and experienced tour guides will introduce you to the fascinating history and beautiful architecture of the Winter Gardens. The tours will allow you to visit backstage of the Opera House and a chance to tread the boards, so many famous faces have previously walked on, visit the backstage dressing rooms, and get up-close to the historic Wurlitzer theatre organ. 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. These guided tours will give you the chance to explore and learn of the extensive history the building beholds after more than a century.

The tour of the building will take approximately 90 minutes and includes a tea or coffee in the Mazzei Cafe when the tour has concluded.

Tours cost £10pp, to book please email carla@wgbpl.co.uk *Please note, the Winter Gardens is a working venue and we cannot guarantee access to all areas.

To book please email carla@wgbpl.co.ukplease mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast! 

Afternoon Tea

Sat 18 and Sun 19 August

Afternoon Tea at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Afternoon Tea at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Afternoon Tea served in the Empress Grill Room from 12 noon – 4:00 pm ( last booking 15.00hrs)

On all occasions the Afternoon Tea will be £11.00pp with a Prosecco included option at £16.00 pp.

To book please call 01253 629748 – and please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

Out on the Floor – Manchester Camerata Orchestra

Saturday 25 August 1t 7pm

Out on the Floor - Manchester Camerata Orchestra at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Out on the Floor – Manchester Camerata Orchestra at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Following the sold-out debut event earlier this year, the orchestral Northern Soul and Motown music event is back and is stomping its way to theatres later this year. The innovative Manchester Camerata and renowned composer Joe Duddell will perform the very best of Northern Soul and Motown at Blackpool Opera House on 25 August.

Out on the Floor features the big beat ballad and legendary all-nighter finisher, Long After Tonight is Over by Jimmy Radcliffe; Do I Love You by Frank Wilson, which originally pressed in 1965 and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, one of the most important records ever released by Motown.

Joe Duddell said: “The more I delve into the Northern Soul catalogue the more I think we have a duty to get these songs back out there with an orchestra as originally recorded. Uncovering the fantastic musicianship behind some of the original arrangements has been a privilege. At times I’ve stayed as faithful as possible to the originals, but I’ve also looked at certain songs from a fresh perspective.”

Glastonbury openers, UK Ensemble of the Year (RPS Music Awards 2017) and ‘Probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’ (The Times) – Manchester Camerata redefine what an orchestra can do. Famous for innovation, the orchestra pops up in all sorts of places, from concert halls to care homes, and collaborates with a spectrum of artists, from classical superstar Martha Argerich to iconic band, New Order and now stepping into the world of the much beloved Motown and Northern Soul.

Bob Riley, CEO Manchester Camerata said: “Camerata is all about the sound and energy of an orchestra in live performance, whatever the music we are playing. Joe is one of the best in the business and so to collaborate with him to find that instantly recognisable and distinctive Motown and Northern Soul sound will be a real treat.”

Once again, original Northern Soul DJ’s Richard Searling and Colin Curtis from The Wigan Casino and Manchester’s Twisted Wheel will DJ in the reception before the show and in the interval at The Bridgewater Hall. Richard Searling will also be DJ’ing at London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire which will have both seated and standing areas encouraging audiences to dance and share in the joy of this legendary musical experience.

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Great North West Motorbike Festival 2018

Sat 25 and Sun 26 August

Great North West Motorbike Festival 2018 at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Great North West Motorbike Festival 2018 at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Great North West Motorbike Festival 2018 at Blackpool Winter Gardens. Following the success of the 2017 event the Festival will return to Blackpool this August for another 2-day event.

From Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th August 2018 motorbike enthusiasts from across the UK are set to take over Blackpool, as a 2-day festival featuring a range of major exhibitors, independent traders, live music and much more takes place at the Winter Gardens Blackpool.

Over the 2-day festival motorbike enthusiasts will have a chance to browse the latest bikes from major manufacturers and once again explore bikes throughout the ages in a bigger and better heritage zone.

2018 will see new additions including a Blue Light Display celebrating the work of the emergency services. A Custom Culture Arena featuring a range of custom bikes and the popular kids zone returns allowing even the youngest petrol heads an opportunity to ride on 2 wheels.

The biggest addition for 2018 will see Olympia transformed into The Ghost Bikes Stunt Arena featuring amazing feats on two wheels from one of the worlds best stunt teams.

Tickets are available for just £10 adults, £3 Juniors and free for under 12’s, weekend passes are also available.

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Wurlitzer Organ Concert

Sunday 9 September at 2pm

Wurlitzer Organ Concert at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Wurlitzer Organ Concert at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Please join us for our 10th Anniversary concert this September to celebrate 10 years since we began to look after the Wurlitzer and present concerts and the wonderful Opera House.

We are pleased to have Howard Beaumont back with us for his second appearance for us at the console of the original 1939 Wurlitzer on SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER at 2.00pm. Doors Open at 1.30pm.

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Madagascar – a Musical Adventure

Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 September 2018 at 7pm

Madagascar at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.

Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”

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Coast Town

Saturday 15 September from 12pm

Coast Town at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Coast Town at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Coast Town Events Limited in association with Shadow Management and ArranPaul are very proud to present the fifth annual Coast Town event at Blackpool’s magnificent Arena within the Winter Gardens. Twelve hours of skankin’ rhythms – a one day event running from noon until midnight on Saturday 15th of September featuring a very careful selection of seven of the best SKA bands from across the UK and Europe all contributing to raising funds for the National Stroke Association.

For this year’s event we extend the international feel with Spanish sensations the Freeska Ensemble bringing in the big horns with Skatalite inspired cool Ska rhythms plus the welcome return of Bang the Skillet direct from Holland providing a heady mix of Ska, Reggae and Calypso that is guaranteed to get you moving.

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Afternoon Tea

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September from 12pm

Afternoon Tea at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Afternoon Tea at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Afternoon Tea served in the Empress Grill Room from 12 noon – 4:00 pm ( last booking 15.00hrs)

On all occasions the Afternoon Tea will be £11.00pp with a Prosecco included option at £16.00 pp.

To book please call 01253 629748 – and please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

Guided Tours

Monday 17 September at 11am

Winter Gardens Guided Tours

Take a guided tour of this stunning, grade ll* listed building. The knowledgeable and experienced tour guides will introduce you to the fascinating history and beautiful architecture of the Winter Gardens. The tours will allow you to visit backstage of the Opera House and a chance to tread the boards, so many famous faces have previously walked on, visit the backstage dressing rooms, and get up-close to the historic Wurlitzer theatre organ. 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. These guided tours will give you the chance to explore and learn of the extensive history the building beholds after more than a century.

The tour of the building will take approximately 90 minutes and includes a tea or coffee in the Mazzei Cafe when the tour has concluded.

Tours cost £10pp, to book please email carla@wgbpl.co.uk *Please note, the Winter Gardens is a working venue and we cannot guarantee access to all areas.

To book please email carla@wgbpl.co.ukplease mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast! 

Rip it Up the 60’s

Thursday 27 September at 7.30pm

Rip it Up the 60's at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Rip it Up the 60’s at Blackpool Winter Gardens

New show. New decade. New cast. It’s Rip it Up the 60s!

Starring Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith

Following the smash hit success of Rip It Up Dancing Through The 50s last year – which sold over 50,000 tickets and was acclaimed as the most exciting Strictly Come Dancing spin-off tour ever – Rip It Up brings the fabulous soundtrack of the 1960s to life in an explosion of song and dance!

Strictly Come Dancing champions Harry Judd and Louis Smith MBE and people’s champion Aston Merrygold will tour together as the ultimate boy band of dance, presenting everlasting hits from the decade that changed not just (y)our generation but the world; from Mersey Beat, Motown and Mod to West Coast and Woodstock.

Backed by the exceptional Rip It Up live band and a stunning supporting cast of singers and dancers, the Strictly champions will dance to songs from British legends such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, the Bee Gees, Small Faces and The Kinks, and American superstars such as The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Doors, and The Mamas & The Papas.

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Early Doors Live

Wednesday 3 October at 7.30pm

Early Doors at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Early Doors at Blackpool Winter Garden    

BRITAIN’S BEST LOVED PUB SITCOM IS BACK, LIVE ON STAGE, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!
BLACKPOOL SHOW ADDED DUE TO HUGE TICKET DEMAND

The Grapes Pub will reopen its doors for the UK tour, in a not-to-be-missed night of fun and laughter. Ken’s got love on his mind, but will barmaid, Tanya, ring the landlord’s bell? Old Tommy would play Cupid – if only he didn’t have IBS (Irritable Bugger’s Syndrome). Crime is on the rise but fear not, as local cops Phil and Nige are getting stuck in… to a couple of pints in the back room. After all, “Crime can’t crack itself.” All of this and much, much more when Early Doors returns.

Starring Craig Cash, Phil Mealey, John Henshaw, Susan Cookson, Joan Kempson, James Quinn, Lisa Millett, Judith Barker, Christine Bottomley with further casting to be announced.

To the regiment! Don’t just wish you were there – make sure of it!

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Lancashire Hits 27

Saturday 6 October at 7pm

The show is now in its 27th year and is staged to give children the opportunity to experience performing in live theatre, and on a professional stage that has been home to many of the world’s biggest stars throughout the years.

Here at the Opera House, Blackpool we want this experience to be as enjoyable as possible for all of those children involved.

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Hits Reloaded 14

Sunday 7 October at 7pm

The show is now in its 14th year and is staged to give children the opportunity to experience performing in live theatre, and on a professional stage that has been home to many of the world’s biggest stars throughout the years.

Here at the Opera House, Blackpool we want this experience to be as enjoyable as possible for all of those children involved.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE

Guided Tours

Wednesday 10 October at 11am

Winter Gardens Guided Tours

Take a guided tour of this stunning, grade ll* listed building. The knowledgeable and experienced tour guides will introduce you to the fascinating history and beautiful architecture of the Winter Gardens. The tours will allow you to visit backstage of the Opera House and a chance to tread the boards, so many famous faces have previously walked on, visit the backstage dressing rooms, and get up-close to the historic Wurlitzer theatre organ. 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. These guided tours will give you the chance to explore and learn of the extensive history the building beholds after more than a century.

The tour of the building will take approximately 90 minutes and includes a tea or coffee in the Mazzei Cafe when the tour has concluded.

Tours cost £10pp, to book please email carla@wgbpl.co.uk *Please note, the Winter Gardens is a working venue and we cannot guarantee access to all areas.

To book please email carla@wgbpl.co.ukplease mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast! 

Joanna Lumley, it’s all about me

Saturday 13 October at 7.30pm

The legendary Joanna Lumley will embark on her first ever live tour, IT’S ALL ABOUT ME, in autumn 2018. Joanna will take to the road for the 30-date tour on 6 October at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall and then perform at major theatres in Ireland and across the UK

Joanna will take audiences through her hilarious and interesting adventures from her incredible career spanning more than four decades, recounting some never heard before stories. She will also be joined on stage by friend and producer Clive Tulloh, who will put to Joanna questions from the audience that they’ve always wanted to ask, making the show a unique and hilarious night to remember.

On announcing It’s All About Me, Joanna said: “The thought of this tour next year, travelling across the British Isles and Ireland, has completely taken over my waking hours. It’s utterly thrilling to start planning the stories I can tell, and the rapture (and gratitude, to be fair) with which I shall greet the audiences. Nothing like this has come my way before, and I may have to be dragged off with a hook at the end of each show. Oh people! This is especially for you from me, with masses of love. I think it will be fabulous.”

Joanna Lumley icon, national treasure, activist, comedy actress and all-round top girl is barely off our TV screens and appears to have been a permanent fixture in our sitting rooms since she burst onto our screens as Purdey in the New Avengers in 1976. Now in a nationwide tour she will take us through the random journey that started in London in the swinging 60’s. Beginning as Jean Muir’s house model and muse, progressing to becoming a full-blown photographic model, featuring in knitting patterns, mini-skirts, toothpaste commercials and the occasional front cover.

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Supervet- Welcome to my World

Sunday 14 October at 7.30pm

Following the huge success of his Channel 4 show, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, The Supervet, is delighted to be bringing his first ever live stage show Welcome to My World to major arenas and theatres across the UK & Ireland next year.

This groundbreaking new show – a must for all animal lovers and fans of the TV show alike – will see Noel enlighten audiences with his incredible life story and explain how he became The Supervet we know and love.

When the show began on Channel 4, Noel wanted to tell a story about love, a story about hope, with incredible science in the background. He recognised the important bond humans have with animals, how they really are part of the family and how much families will do for them in return for the unconditional love which they give.

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Michael Bolton in Concert

Friday 19 October at 7pm

Grammy Award winning Michael Bolton will return to the UK for the first time in over two years to perform his greatest hits and a selection of classic songs.

Michael Bolton is the multiple award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 65 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and branded entertainment. He also remains committed to social cause, especially to his foundation The Michael Bolton Charities, now in its 25th year.

In recognition of his artistic achievements, Michael won 2 Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (nominated four times), 6 American Music Awards, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a songwriter, he has earned over 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million-Air awards, and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

To date, Michael has seen 9 studio albums rank in the Top Ten, with 9 #1 singles. His most recent album Songs of Cinema, a selection of iconic film soundtrack songs, was released alongside an original Netflix production Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special, which ranked among the network’s best comedies upon debut.

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Saturday Night Fever

Tuesday 30 October to Saturday 3 November, shows at 2.30 and 7.30pm

Saturday Night Fever will embark on a UK tour this summer, over 40 years since the classic film was released in cinemas, and 20 years since the show’s original London production.

Featuring the music of the Bee Gees (including “Stayin’ Alive” and “How Deep Is Your Love”) as well as a number of ’70s favourites, the piece tells the story of Tony Manero as he recklessly dances his way to success.

This new production will have new choreography and more music, with casting for the piece to be announced.

The musical is based on the film of the same name which was released in 1977 and featured John Travolta in the lead, who was later nominated for an Academy Award for his performance. The musical originally debuted at the London Palladium in 1998 with Adam Garcia in the lead where it was nominated for three Tony Awards, before running on Broadway in 2000. Most recently the show toured in 2014.

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THE WIZARD OF OZ THE MUSICAL

Holly’s to be Dorothy! In the Wizard of Oz at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Following the smash hit show Peter Pan at Blackpool Opera House this year, 2018 will see audiences following the yellow brick road to spend an unforgettable Christmas with Dorothy and her friends in the merry old land of Oz.

The musical adventure The Wizard of Oz is on sale now with performances running from Friday 7th December to Sunday 30 December 2018.

Wizard of Oz at Blackpool Winter Gardens
Wizard of Oz at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Blackpool Winter Gardens announce that X- Factor sensation Holly Tandy will stepping into Dorothy’s iconic ruby slippers in this year’s unforgettable adventure, The Wizard of Oz at Blackpool Opera House along with Radio Wave’s Scott Gallagher as the Cowardly Lion. Shows run from 07 Dec – 30 Dec.

In 2017 Holly’s strong performances as one of Sharon Osbourne’s girls got her all the way through to the Semi Finals of the X Factor. She was the youngest contestant on the show at just 15 and her performance of Alicia Keys If I Ain’t Got You at the auditions was the start of an incredible journey.  This will be Holly’s first musical theatre role and she tells us:

‘I’m over the moon, or should I say rainbow! To be taking my first stage role in such an iconic musical at such an iconic venue.  I can’t wait to get on stage!’

This highly-acclaimed adaptation from The Royal Shakespeare Company is produced by the award-winning Selladoor Family, (producers of Madagascar, Peter Pan, Seussical) and sees the return of Radio Wave favourite Scott Gallagher as the Cowardly Lion, back by popular demand following his celebrated performance in last years musical adventure at the Opera House –  Peter Pan. The Wizard of Oz features a timeless and instantly recognisable score, with classics such as We’re Off To See The Wizard, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead!, If I Only Had A Brain and Over The Rainbow.

When a tornado whisks away a young Kansas farm girl, Dorothy, and her dog, Toto, to the merry old land of Oz, they learn that the only way to get back home is to ask for help from a great and powerful Wizard. Whilst on their quest they stumble across a Scarecrow – who is need of a brain, a Tin Man – who so desperately wants a heart, and a Lion – who could really do with some courage. Together they begin a magical journey as they head off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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Green Day’s American Idiot

5-9 March 2019

American Idiot with Green Day at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Following two critically acclaimed and celebrated West End runs and a sell-out UK Tour, Green Day’s explosive Tony Award winning rock musical, American Idiot, returns to mark the show’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award winning album. The special anniversary tour opens at the Opera House Blackpool for one week only from 5 – 9 March 2019.

Winner of two Tony Awards and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show, which premiered in December 2009 at Berkeley Rep Theatre, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer.

This story of youthful disillusion and mistrust of society and government has never been more current; particularly with the modern parallels in the USA where school children have mobilised to form an impressive campaign for gun law reform.

The musical’s hit songs include “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”

American Idiot The Musical is directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with musical supervision by Richard Morris, sound by Chris Whybrow and lighting by Tim Deiling. The production is produced by Selladoor Worldwide and presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

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Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals UK Tour 2019

Wednesday 15 May 2019 – Tickets go on sale Thursday 15 February 2018 at 10am

Strictly Come Dancing Professionals Tour 2019 at Blackpool Winter Gardens

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals is returning to venues across the country from May 2019 for a 35 date UK tour. Heading to the Opera House Blackpool on 15 May 2019. Tickets for this dance spectacular will go on general sale on Thursday 15th February at 10am.

Direct from BBC One’s award-winning prime time TV show Strictly Come Dancing, this glamorous production will bring together some of our much-loved Strictly Professional dancers as they take to the stage to dazzle with their dance prowess.

Audiences will enjoy the incredible talent of these world-class dancers as they perform exquisitely choreographed Ballroom and Latin routines with all the sequins, sparkle and stunning production values we have come to know and love!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals as it returns for a Strictly limited engagement!

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals takes place across the Winter Gardens Blackpool on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

Buy your tickets for the 2.30pm performance here  – including links to pre-sale tickets

Buy your tickets for the 7.30pm performance here  – including links to pre-sale tickets

A Green Revolution for the Winter Gardens

A new programme launched in January 2018 by the Winter Gardens Blackpool will see trees planted across Blackpool’s parks and public spaces as part of a drive to offset the venues carbon footprint.

Scott and Hayley plant tree for Winter Gardens

With help from Radio Wave’s breakfast team, Scott and Hayley, the first tree, an oak, planted to launch the scheme sits proudly in Stanley Park.

The scheme which forms part of a wider community programme developed by the Blackpool Winter Gardens could see up to 20 trees donated each year.

The tress which will be sited by the council’s community and environmental department will be donated as part a drive to offset the print including posters, brochures and leaflets which are used by the venue in the promotion of its many events. The initiative forms part of a community and environmental programme aimed at ensuring the venue remains at the heart of the community.

The tree donation initiative forms part of a green revolution taking place at the Victorian venue which now includes the recycling of advertising banners into reusable shopping bags, and a phased withdrawal of single-use plastics. This is accompanied by significant investment in new and efficient systems at the venue.

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.

The Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens

Heritage Tours

Find out about this magnificent building with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Winter Gardens

Heritage Tour of Blackpool 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).

Derham Room at the Winter Gardens

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 Derham Room at the Winter Gardens, set for a banquet

The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens
The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens…

The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens
The Empress Grill at the Winter Gardens, dine in style!

Illuminasia…

Illuminasia was the indoor Illuminations attraction inside the Winter Gardens.

Illuminasia at Blackpool Winter Gardens

It was always designed to be a temporary attraction, and it finally closed the doors on Sunday 29 October 2017 to be dismantled to make space for who knows what….

More about Illuminasia, and how it was built, here

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