Friday 22nd - Monday 25th May 2020

As of 19th March this event is ON but a further decision will be made.

The Winter Gardens Film Festival returns! Watch out for a variety of classic musicals, comedy, horror, silent classics and contemporary films. We’re also offering a range of event cinema, workshops, talks, live music and performance - it’s going to be an action-packed weekend!


The festival will take place at the same time as Blackpool Dance Festival which has been held in the world-famous Empress Ballroom since 1920. To celebrate some of the programme will be dedicated to music and dance on film.

See below for some of the screenings and events confirmed so far and Visit the Winter Gardens Film Festival website for further information.

The Festival is presented by Aunty Social and the Winter Gardens Trust supported by the venue, Blackpool Council and partners. 

Ballroom Glitz: 100 years of Blackpool Dance Festival

Saturday 23 May 2020 - 1pm - 2pm


Rebecca Antrobus, Showtown’s Assistant Curator, will take you on a glorious waltz through time, right back to the creation of the oldest and most famous competitive dance event, the Blackpool Dance Festival. Using archive footage and exploring the stories of the people behind its creation and huge success, this talk will explain why Blackpool is so significant within the world of dance. So grab your favourite dance partner and get yourself down to the Winter Gardens.

Booking required. Tickets cost £3. 

SPECIAL OFFER ... Why not stay on for a film?


Get a ticket to the talk and see Hindle Wakes (1952) in the Art Deco Opera House from 2.15pm to 3.45pm for just £2 extra.


Look out for lots of glorious snapshots of Blackpool, including amazing scenes of wakes week dancing and socialising and in the Winter Gardens Empress Ballroom, Foyer Bar and Indian Lounge.


Please call 01253 478624 or email

Neil Brand presents Laurel and Hardy

6pm, Saturday 23rd May 2020

Tickets from £12.50


After the national success of his long-running show, Neil Brand presents Buster Keaton, the composer/writer/broadcaster/musician returns with an all-new show about the immortal comedy duo Laurel and Hardy.


From their earliest days on opposite sides of the Atlantic in Music Hall and on the stage to their individual comedy films before they were paired up by Hal Roach, and on to their silent masterpieces before the arrival of sound, Neil will tell the touching story of the world’s greatest comedy team, who could not have been two more different men!


Fully illustrated with stills, clips (both silent and sound) and Neil’s superlative piano accompaniment and culminating in two of the Boys’ best silent short films, this is a show that promises gales of laughter throughout, as well as getting under the skin of two warm, funny men who continue to make the world laugh when it needs it most.

Tickets available from 1st March 2020