The Winter Gardens has developed a new socially distanced spring programme
Blackpool’s Winter Gardens is set to welcome visitors once more as preparations get underway to reopen its doors.
Plans have been revealed for the reopening, which has been confirmed to take place on Monday (May 17).
It means the public will be able to enjoy the iconic building once more, after months of lockdown restrictions which left the building closed since the November lockdown.
The Box Office and Mazzei Cafe are set to reopen on Monday, along with The Old Victoria Bar featuring live entertainment daily.
Bosses have also confirmed that live socially distanced events will return from May 30 including comedy, live music, family shows and more, while venue tours will return from June 1.
The Winter Gardens has developed a new socially distanced spring programme featuring a wide range of events including family favourites the Twirlywoo’s and Alice in Wonderland.
A range of live comedy events are set to be held from May 30, including Jongulers presenting Laugh Out Loud which will feature Shaun Williamson, Bobby Davro and Billy Pearce, followed in June by Britain’s Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay with his first live appearance since being crowned champion.
The Old Victoria Bar, formally Gillow’s, will feature live entertainment throughout the day and will offer a wide selection of drinks and classic pub food.
Over in the Mazzei Café, packages including afternoon tea are available to pre-book on the venue’s website.
Closed for more than 12-months, a Box Office counter service reopens from 11am on Monday, allowing customers to book in person. The box office will be open daily from 11am – 3pm.
Bosses have confirmed that there will be a return to capacity events in-line with the governments roadmap from June.
To mark this, there will be the return of Blackpool Rocks, Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals, Classic Northern Soul Night, Six The Musical and more.
Michael Williams, Managing Director, said: “It will be a huge relief to reopen the doors and welcome people back inside the Winter Gardens Blackpool, after a most challenging 12 months. Everyone at the venue has worked tirelessly to open at the earliest opportunity with a fantastic programme of live events.
“I believe that Blackpool is set for a bumper summer and we are ready to play an integral role in welcoming visitors safely from across the UK and play our part in the recovery of tourism in Blackpool.”
The Winter Gardens has been awarded the Visit England “We’re good to go” Industry Standard. This confirms that the Winter Gardens Blackpool meets the Government and Public Health Guidance on COVID-19 measures being in place to ensure a safe visit for guests.
The venue also has its own ‘Safe and Sound’ campaign in place which will see the introduction of a wide range of new policies to ensure the safety of its guests.
The new ‘Safe and Sound’ plans include the limiting of capacity with unoccupied seating between groups, temperature checks on arrival and contactless experiences amongst a range of new and enhanced policies.
Here is exactly what you can expect s the Winter Gardens reopens its doors:
The Mazzei Café will reopen on Monday, May 17 from 11am – 3pm.
Thereafter open daily excluding Monday and Fridays until June 21 when it will be open 7-days a week.
Afternoon Tea is available to pre order now.
Counter service from the Church Street box office returns from Monday, May 17.
Open 7-days from 11am until 3pm.
The Old Victoria Bar
The Old Victoria Bar will reopen on Saturday, May 22 from 11am featuring live entertainment throughout the day.
Thereafter open weekends until June 21 when it will be open 7-days a week.
Socially Distanced events
A wide range of Live socially distanced events return from May 30 including comedy, family shows and live music all adhering to all government guidelines including social distancing.
For further information, tickets and to make bookings or reservations visit www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk.