The Blackpool Tower Ballroom

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom

'Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear'
Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis

Step into the sensationally stylish Blackpool Tower Ballroom and prepare to be lost in a world of elegant charm and refined beauty.

Dating back to 1894, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is world famous for its unique sprung dance floor and spectacular architecture and remains to this day a destination for dance fans from across the globe.

You can dance the day away to the sounds of the famous Wurlitzer organ amidst this stunning setting, or watch from the side lines as you enjoy a delicious afternoon tea. Whether you want to glide around the dance floor, relax at your table or spectate from up on the balconies, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is an experience you will never forget. You’ll be entranced by magic of The Ballroom and want to return time and time again, as so many of our regular guests already do.

Entry to The Blackpool Tower Ballroom balconies is charged at a fee of £2.95 per person

View a 360˚ Panorama

The Mighty Wurlizter

The Mighty Wurlizter

(click for large version)

Opening Times

Our opening times are below, along with which organist is playing.

April Opening Times

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom Organ Rota - April
Day Date Open Times 10am-11am 11am-12pm 12pm-1pm 1pm-2pm 2pm-3pm 3pm-4pm 4pm-5pm Evening
Wednesday 01/04/15 10am - 5pm BGM JB CH JB CH JB BGM  
Thursday 02/04/15 10am - 5pm BGM JB CH JB CH JB BGM  
Friday 03/04/15 10am - 5pm DL PK DL PK DL PK BGM  
Saturday 04/04/15 10am - 4pm CH PK CH PK CH PK    
Sunday 05/04/15 CLOSED  
Monday 06/04/15 10am - 5pm CH PK CH PK CH PK BGM  
Tuesday 07/04/15 10am - 5pm BGM DL MS DL MS DL MS  
Wednesday 08/04/15 10am - 5pm CH JB CH JB CH JB CH  
Thursday 09/04/15 10am - 5pm BGM MS MS DL DL DL DL  
Friday 10/04/15 10am - 5pm BGM DL MS DL MS DL BGM  
Saturday 11/04/15 10am - 3pm CH MS CH MS CH      
Sunday 12/04/15 10am - 5pm DL CH DL CH DL CH DL  
Monday 13/04/15 11am - 4pm   DL MS DL MS DL    
Tuesday 14/04/15 11am - 4pm   MS DL MS DL MS    
Wednesday 15/04/15 10am - 4pm CH DL CH DL CH DL    
Thursday 16/04/15 11am - 4pm   JB CH JB CH JB    
Friday 17/04/15 11am - 4pm   JB DL JB DL JB    
Saturday 18/04/15 10am - 5pm CH JB CH JB CH JB CH  
Sunday 19/04/15 10am - 5pm CH MS CH MS CH MS CH  
Monday 20/04/15 11am - 4pm   JB DL JB DL JB    
Tuesday 21/04/15 11am - 4pm   JB DL JB DL JB    
Wednesday 22/04/15 10am - 4pm CH JB CH JB CH JB    
Thursday 23/04/15 11am - 4pm   JB CH JB CH JB    
Friday 24/04/15 11am - 4pm   JB CH JB CH JB    
Saturday 25/04/15 10am - 5pm CH DL CH DL CH DL CH  
Sunday 26/04/15 10am - 5pm DL MS DL MS DL MS DL  
Monday 27/04/15 11am - 4pm   MS TBC MS TBC MS    
Tuesday 28/04/15 11am - 4pm   JB DL JB DL JB    
Wednesday 29/04/15 10am - 4pm DL MS DL MS DL MS    
Thursday 30/04/15 11am - 4pm   JB DL JB DL JB    

PK - Phil Kelsall | CH - Chris Hopkins | DL - David Lobban | JB - John Bowdler | BC - Barry Cottam | KG - Kevin Grunhill | BGM - Background Music

Due to the nature of our business the details on this rota can change at short notice

Please check our website for any late Ballroom closures or telephone 01253 622242.

May Opening Times

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom Organ Rota - May
Day Date Open Times 10am-10.30am 10.30am-11.30am 11.30am-12.30pm 12.30pm-1.30pm 1.30pm-2.30pm 2.30pm-3.30pm 3.30pm-4.30pm 4.30pm-5.30pm
Friday 01/05/15 CLOSED Northern Soul and Motown Weekender
Saturday 02/05/15 CLOSED Northern Soul and Motown Weekender
Sunday 03/05/15 CLOSED Northern Soul and Motown Weekender
Monday 04/05/15 CLOSED  
Tuesday 05/05/15 CLOSED  
Wednesday 06/05/15 CLOSED  
Thursday 07/05/15 CLOSED  
Friday 08/05/15 CLOSED  
Saturday 09/05/15 10am - 2pm CH (10am-11am) DL (11am-12pm) CH (12pm-1pm) DL (1pm-2pm)        
Sunday 10/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM DL CH DL CH DL CH BGM
Monday 11/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM MS DL MS DL MS DL BGM
Tuesday 12/05/15 10am - 2pm DL (10am-11am) MS (11am-12pm) DL (12pm-1pm) MS (1pm-2pm)        
Wednesday 13/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM CH JB CH JB CH JB BGM
Thursday 14/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM DL CH DL CH DL CH BGM
Friday 15/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM JB CH JB CH JB CH BGM
Saturday 16/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM CH DL CH DL CH DL BGM
Sunday 17/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM DL CH DL CH DL CH BGM
Monday 18/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM MS DL MS DL MS DL BGM
Tuesday 19/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM DL MS DL MS DL MS BGM
Wednesday 20/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM CH JB CH JB CH JB BGM
Thursday 21/05/15 CLOSED Extracare Event
Friday 22/05/15 CLOSED Dementia Dance
Saturday 23/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM CH PK CH PK CH PK BGM
Sunday 24/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM CH PK CH PK CH PK BGM
Monday 25/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM DL MS DL MS DL MS BGM
Tuesday 26/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM DL PK DL PK DL PK BGM
Wednesday 27/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM CH PK CH PK CH PK BGM
Thursday 28/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM CH JB CH JB CH JB BGM
Friday 29/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM JB DL JB DL JB DL BGM
Saturday 30/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM CH PK CH PK CH PK BGM
Sunday 31/05/15 10am - 5pm BGM CH DL CH DL CH DL BGM

PK - Phil Kelsall | CH - Chris Hopkins | DL - David Lobban | JB - John Bowdler | MS - Mark Speight | KG - Kevin Grunhill | BGM - Background Music

Due to the nature of our business the details on this rota can change at short notice

Please check our website for any late Ballroom closures or telephone 01253 622242.

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom hosts a number of private functions throughout the year, below are a list of dates and times where The Blackpool Tower Ballroom will not be open to the public:

April 2015's special events and operational notices

May 2015's special events and operational notices

June 2015's special events and operational notices

  • Monday 8th June - Closed - The Artscool Project
  • Sunday 21st June - Closed - Lancashire Graduate Ball
  • 22nd & 23rd June - Closed for maintenence

July 2015's specal events and operational notices

  • Sunday 5th July - Closed - MCIAP

August 2015's special events and operational notices

  • Saturday 1st August - Closed - Wedding
  • Friday 14th August - Closed - Wedding
  • Sunday 30th August - Closed - BDO Street Dance

September 2015's special events and operational notices

  • Friday 11th September - Closed - BIBAS
  • Saturday 12th September - Closed - The Blackpool Mecca Soul Reunion
  • Friday 18th September - Closed - Awards Dinner
  • Saturday 26th September - Closed - Trinity Hospice Ball

November 2015's special events and operational notices

  • Sunday 1st November - Closed - Cheerleading Event
  • 6th - 16th November - Closed - Private Event
  • 20th - 22nd November - Closed - Private Event
  • Monday 23rd November - Closed
  • Friday 27th November - Closed
  • Monday 30th November - Closed

December 2015's special events and operational notices

  • 3rd - 7th December - Closed - Disco Kids
  • Thursday 10th December - Closed - The Snowman
  • Friday 11th December - Closed
  • Monday 14th December - Closed
  • Friday 18th December - Closed
  • Friday 25th December - Closed
  • Thursday 31st December - Closed - New Year's Eve

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The Blackpool Tower Ballroom with Afternoon Tea

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Organists

Phil Kelsall MBE

Phil Kelsall

How did it all start for you at The Blackpool Tower: At eighteen I was recommended to play the Hammond Organ in The Blackpool Tower Circus, then I deputized for Ernest Broadbent, former Blackpool Tower Ballroom organist until he retired. The rest is history, as the saying goes!

What made you take up the Organ: As a boy I used to frequent The Blackpool Tower's Ballroom regularly. I remember watching legendary organist Reginald Dixon performing. The atmosphere was infectious and I must have imagined myself up there one day!

The Wurlitzer is celebrating 70 years this year. How does it compare to other organs you have played: I have played nearly every theatre organ in Britain but with the fine acoustics of The Blackpool Tower Ballroom the Wurlitzer makes a totally unique sound and in my opinion is one of the finest ever built by Wurlitzer.

What particular highlights stand out during your time at The Blackpool Tower: The most memorable has to be The Blackpool Tower's Centenary Celebrations in 1994. Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Ballroom and I was honoured to be introduced to them both.

How do you feel every time you rise up on the Wurlitzer in front of an audience in The Blackpool Tower Ballroom: I do sometimes think as I'm half way through the stage what a strange way of earning a living!

In June 2010 Phil was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for what was described as a "35 year love affair" with The Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Chris Hopkins

Chris Hopkins

Chris started playing the organ at The Blackpool Tower in 1995, since then he has developed his own unique style and has become a firm favourite with the dancers.

Over the years The Blackpool Tower Ballroom has had numerous electronic organs to compliment the Wurlitzer organ, more recently the Wersi Louvre, and the present model the Roland AT900, Chris has always been the first to embrace these vast technological instrument’s and manipulate there potential. Chris is equally at home on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

Over the years Chris has made numerous TV/ Radio appearance’s promoting The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, including Strictly Come Dancing and Britain’s FavouriteView.

In more recent years Chris was invited to play [the Organ] at his beloved Manchester United for their foundation.

When he is not at The Blackpool Tower he can be found wandering the Lake District, or the Scottish Highlands where he is a keen Landscape photographer. Chris is also a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor, and has helped many of the staff at The Blackpool Tower through there driving test.

John Bowdler

John Bowdler

Born and educated in Wigan, Lancashire, John began playing the Organ at the age of eight. He is currently in his 26th year as one of the team of resident Organists at The Blackpool Tower. John took up his position at the age of 16, straight from school.

In addition to his commitments at The Blackpool Tower, John travels the country extensively undertaking concerts for Organ Societies and playing for dances. He has made several appearances at the Organ festivals all over the country.
He also travels to the Isle of Man every year. John has been interviewed by various radio stations in the country. He has also made several T.V. appearances on Granada, BBC and Swiss Television. During 1997 John made his international debut in Amsterdam, completing a successful concert weekend.

To complement Johns live performances, he also has a series of recordings, made both at the world famous Wurlitzer Organ of The Blackpool Tower Ballroom and his own Technics GA-3 electronic Organ.

John was voted as “Organist of the year” for 1998 by 2 Organ Societies, Verwood Organ Society in Dorset and also Top Note Organ Society, Leyland. Horse racing fans may have noticed “John Bowdler Music”, a horse originally owned and named by Paul Dean, a turf accountant and keen dancer at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Paul also purchased another horse which he named “Bouncing Bowdler” which has enjoyed much success. Amongst the horses’ biggest achievements, are a marvellous run to finish in 2nd place in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, and was placed 2nd at Glorious Goodwood in the Queen Mother Molecomb Stakes. These provided memorable days out for everyone involved. But more recently Paul purchased a 2 year old horse named “Bowdlers Magic.”

David Lobban

David Lobban

2014 is David’s 19th season at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, 37th year as a professional musician and 51st year associated with the entertainment/hospitality/keyboard industries.

As a chorister with Jesus College Choir Cambridge, he became interested in the majesty of the classical organ. It was when his parents gave him a wind up gramophone with some 78rpm records, including one by Sidney Torch at the Regal Marble Arch Christie, David found an exciting musical prospect and sought out the cinema organs available.

The family bought a shop in Somerset, which enabled him to spend many hours at the Odeon in Weston-Super-Mare exploring the capabilities of the Compton organ there. A move to Gorleston (Near Great Yarmouth) meant David was involved with the installation of the Compton/Christie in the Palace Bingo Club. He was encouraged by the organs owner, Terry Hepworth, in both playing and organ building, which culminated in him taking an apprenticeship with Hill, Norman & Beard Organ Builders, the same firm who built Christie Organs in the golden age of cinema.

In 1977 David emigrated to Canada to become Associate Organist/Organ Technician in the Toronto Organ Grinder, a 500 cover restaurant featuring a 3/12 hybrid theatre organ. He has worked in Canada, the US, Malaysia, Taiwan, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Holland. As a musician, he has worked in pizza parlours, holiday centres, circuses (including The Blackpool Tower and Moscow State), pantomimes, old time music halls, musicals, showbands and dance orchestras.

He has been in-store artist with Wurlitzer, Hohner, Yamaha and Kawai. He taught organ in Canada, the UK and was Keyboard Specialist with Yamaha Canada.

David had his own live weekly broadcast in Edmonton Alberta for three years whilst Stadium Organist at Northlands Coliseum for the Edmonton Oilers National Hockey League Team, entertaining and channelling the rhythmic energies of the over 17,900 capacity crowds every home game of the 1982 – 1984 seasons.

Away from music, David was involved in running a cattery, breeding Champion Burmese cast. Whilst on circus in Malaysia he was involved in rearing Tiger cubs. He was manager of a holiday site in Manitoulin Island, Warehouse Logistics Manager in Alberta with a shoe wholesaler as well as running the retail outlet.

Wurlitzer Experience

A must for every organ enthusiast...

Follow in the footsteps of the legends Reginald Dixon and Phil Kelsall and discover the magic of the mighty Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer with a unique experience available to book today.
The Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer Experience offer a rare opportunity to fulfil a dream and gives a behind the scenes look at the history of this incredible instrument and the opportunity to play the Wurlitzer itself on the grand stage in the magnificent Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Package One - £275 (includes up to 3 guests)

  • Demonstration of the Wurlitzer by one of our resident organists
  • Ride up from the Organ pit, seated at the Wurlitzer
  • 1 hour playing time
  • Includes Tea/Coffee during the Organ experience

ADDITIONAL GUESTS £6.00pp

Package Two - £300 (includes up to 3 guests)

  • Demonstration of the Wurlitzer by one of our resident organists
  • Ride up from the Organ pit, seated at the Wurlitzer
  • 1 hour playing time
  • Includes Tea/Coffee during the Organ experience
  • Includes Afternoon Tea (sandwiches, cream scones with clotted cream and jam plus a choice of cake from the daily selection with a freshly brewed pot of tea or coffee)

ADDITIONAL GUESTS £11.50pp including Afternoon Tea

To book call 01253 622242 or email us by selecting Ballroom on our contact form.

Learn about and play this world-famous instrument.

Tea in the Ballroom

Enjoy Tea in Style at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Take a step back in time and experience The Blackpool Tower Ballroom in true style.

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is known and celebrated throughout the world for both its stunning architecture and fantastic dance floor.

And this year visitors to Blackpool can dance and relax in style as they enjoy Afternoon Tea in this historic icon.

Whether you want to be spun around by your partner or you just want to watch the world dance by, what better way to relax than by enjoying a sumptuous Afternoon Tea while listening to the sounds of The Blackpool Tower’s Wurtlitzer Organ.

Afternoon Tea includes sandwiches, cream scones with clotted cream and jam plus a choice of cake from the daily selection with a freshly brewed pot of tea or coffee

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Wanting to buying Afternoon Tea as a gift for someone special? We have gift vouchers available at £19.95 per person - these can be purchased directly from the Tea Bar in The Blackpool Tower Ballroom. For more formation please call 01253 629 233

Afternoon Tea

The Blackpool Tower Ballroom with Afternoon Tea

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Venue Hire

Venue Hire at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom

The beautiful Blackpool Tower Ballroom offers one of the UK's most unique and prestigious venues for a variety of events ranging from exhibitions, business lunches, conferences, weddings and bespoke entertainment offerings.

The Worlds-famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom is one of the true iconic venues of the 19th century with its beautifully decorated ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, stunning sprung dance floor and ornate balconies - there really is no other venue like it. From the BBC's prestigious Strictly Come Dancing to awards dinners, weddings and banquets, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom benefits from its unique positioning within The Blackpool Tower and central Blackpool location at the Tower Festival Headland on the new Promenade.

With direct onsite access to other Blackpool Tower venues including The Blackpool Tower Circus (1,300 in the round seating), Sea View terrace, Silver Landing and Lounge facilities, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom is equipped for all your event and conference needs.

Event capacities:

  • Banquet - 900
  • Dinner Dance/Reception - 800
  • Concert - 2,500
  • Theatre - 1,100

For further information please contact the conference & events team on 01253 622 242 (during office hours) or via e-mail to Blackpooltower.Eventenquiries@merlinentertainments.biz

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