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Winter Gardens Open Day
Join us on Sunday 29th January as the Winter Gardens opens its doors to the public for an exclusive access all areas event.
The world famous Winter Gardens will again throw open its doors to an exclusive access all areas event, allowing the public a rare chance to explore the grade 2* listed building free of charge.
The public will get the chance to visit backstage of the Opera House and 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 grander of the Empress Ballroom will be free to explore whilst the often overlooked Spanish Suites will offer a unique insight into Blackpool’s largest entertainment venue. The open day will give the general public the chance to explore and learn of the extensive history the building beholds after more than a century.
In partnership with Blackpool Council and The Winter Gardens Trust, Blackpool Entertainment Centre is inviting visitors to come to the open day to share their memories of the Winter Gardens, a building which still boasts many of the original features from when it was built, due to the fantastic up-keep and preservation of each individual room.
Hosting a range of events from business lunches, exhibitions and conferences, the Winter Garden is home to a number of separate spaces on two floors, from the grandeur of The Empress Ballroom and Opera House to the unique Spanish Hall suite, visitors are invited to fully immerse themselves in the history and architecture of each and every room, and even being invited to step backstage of the Opera House and emerge from the stage door!
Blackpool’s Winter Gardens 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. The Winter Gardens has entertained hordes 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.
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.
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, Bob Dylan, Peter Kay and One Direction have performed to sell-out audiences here.
Entry will be free but donations can be made on the day to the Winter Gardens Trust.