Blackpool Grand Theatre

Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Day – Blackpool Grand

Do you have a passion for amazing architecture and fascinating theatrical history?


Have you always wanted a peek inside Blackpool’s hidden gem? Blackpool Grand Theatre will be throwing open its famous doors on Saturday 16 September as part of the national Heritage Open Day Blackpool project! Pop in anytime from 9:30am to 1pm on the day to roam the famous theatre tiers and experience the captivating wonders of the glorious Grade II* listed building, which was meticulously crafted in 1894 by flamboyant architect Frank Matcham (Please note – this is not a guided tour but is an incredible opportunity to step inside and look around!)


For those looking for a more in-depth look at the dazzling delights of this much-loved local treasure, The Grand will be offering FREE 30-minute guided tours at 9:45am, 10:45am and 11:45am on this special day with a Heritage Guide (normally £7.50!). This is a unique chance to delve into the rich history of one of the resort’s most iconic landmarks! Only 20 places are available for each guided tour so BOOK EARLY!


Bookings are required to reserve a space on the Heritage Guided Tours – CLICK HERE TO BOOK, or call 01253 290 190.


Heritage Open Day was established in the UK in 1994 to raise appreciation for our country’s rich and diverse cultural assets and highlight their need for care and protection. It has since grown into the country’s largest community heritage festival. The simple, yet compelling principle is to throw open the doors to historic monuments and buildings – in particular, those normally closed to the public.

Heritage Open Days are now held annually each September with over 5,500 separate events listed in 2021, all reflecting the rich and diverse cultural heritage of England and its communities. The festival is a wonderful chance for communities to come together to learn, explore and have fun by sharing the heritage jewels on their doorstep. For full details please visit:


A Grand Afternoon Tea

Gaze in wonder at Matcham’s Victorian masterpiece and revel in the stunning scenery in the theatre’s spectacular auditorium and more, then relax and discuss your intriguing findings over a delicious Afternoon Tea in our magnificent Dress Circle bar at 12:30pm with a glass of bubbly for just £16! (£11 with a pot of tea). Simply add this to your booking when booking one of our Heritage Guided Tours.


Heritage Open Day Blackpool - Tour 5
(C) Blackpool Grand Theatre | Photographer Sean Conboy


Heritage Open Day Blackpool

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to be given unrivalled access to this beautiful Frank Matcham Theatre on Heritage Open Day Blackpool.


Enjoy one of our Free Heritage Open Day Tours (30min), available on Saturday 17 September at 9:45am, 10:45am & 11:45am (Saving £7.50 on the usual theatre tour price! A maximum of 20 places are available on each tour). Grand Theatre Afternoon Tea in the Dress Circle bar on Saturday 17 September at 12:30pm is £11, or £16 with a glass of Prosecco. Please call the Box Office on 01253 290190 for bookings and further information.


Bookings are required to reserve a space on the Heritage Guided Tours. CLICK HERE TO BOOK, or call 01253 290 190.


Accessibility: Please note due to the history of the building, many parts of the tour are not accessible via wheelchair for people with mobility issues.


For General Admission, the Grand Theatre auditorium will be open from 9:30am to 1pm for non-guided visitors. Booking is not required to look around yourself.


Heritage Open Day Listing

General Admission ‘Heritage Open Day’ on Sat 17 Sep at 9:30am to 1pm

Theatre Heritage Tours (30min) on Sat 17 Sep at 9:45am, 10:45am & 11:45am
Grand Afternoon Tea on Sat 17 Sep at 12:30pm


Grand Theatre, 33 Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HT
Box Office 01253 290 190
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