Blackpool Winter Gardens


Blackpool Winter Gardens first opened in 1878 and was designed as an indoor entertainment venue. Today, Blackpool Winter Gardens is regarded as one of the most magnificent pieces of architecture in Blackpool along with Blackpool Tower and the Grand Theatre.

Blackpool Winter Gardens has several main components and is home to the largest theatre in the UK, the Opera House, the Empress Ballroom, as well as no less than 12 self-contained venues, including the Spanish Hall and the Baronial Hall, both ideal venues for banquets or weddings.

Every year since 1920, The Winter Gardens hosts Blackpool Dance Festival and has also been hosting the World Matchplay Darts Tournament since 1994.

Blackpool Winter Gardens - The Empress Ballroom

The Empress Ballroom has hosted everything from political party conferences to pop & rock concerts. The Beatles, Oasis, Radiohead and the White Stripes all played live at the Winter Gardens!

With its impressive barrel-vaulted ceiling and huge chandeliers, the Empress Ballroom has a capacity of over 3,000 people and is regarded as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Blackpool Winter Gardens - The Opera House

The Opera House is the largest theatre in the UK and can accommodate up to 3,000 visitors. Designed by Frank Matcham, the man behind the design of Blackpool Grand Theatre and Blackpool Tower, the Opera House hosts various theatrical performances, as well as a variety of shows and concerts every year.

Blackpool Winter Gardens - The Pavilion Theatre

Built in 1878, the Pavilion Theatre can host up to 600 seated guests and is located inside the Horseshoe, a semi-circular exhibition area in the Winter Gardens.

The Pavilion Theatre is not as well known as the Opera House, but is a perfect venue for conferences, meetings and smaller plays or shows.

Find the Perfect Venue

There is something for everyone at Blackpool Winter Gardens, be it business, leisure or pleasure. Whatever the kind or size of event, be it a small conference for 50, a major corporate event for thousands of people, an intimate wedding or a meeting, Blackpool Winter Gardens can provide you with a venue that will suit perfectly.

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