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This is the page you’ll need to assist you with the planning of your visit to our 2020 Convention. Travel and transport, accommodation, places to eat and drink and more. Remember to check back regularly for updates!
Winter Gardens 2020
The Winter Gardens extension and Introduction of a new Convention Centre is ongoing and not scheduled for completion until late Spring 2020. The complexities of adding a new state of the art complex, to a Victorian Entertainment Complex has provided it’s fair share of challenges but is now well on it’s way to being finished. We look forward to it’s completion later in the year and it’s new rooms and facilities will be incorporated into the 2021 Convention.
Registration will be in the same place as in previous years – the foyer of the Winter Gardens, accessible from the main entrance in St Johns Square. The final layout of the Registration area is being completed but we can confirm the following:
From the main entrance there will be 2 queues, one for all pre registered attendees and one for on the day sales, VIP Gold Card Holders, Artistes and guests of BMC. All queues and areas will be clearly marked and signposted from the main entrance.
The revamped Registration area is being designed to speed up entry into the Convention for attendees, and reduce waiting to a minimum. Please note that enquiries and queries will be dealt with at the Registration desk, but at very busy times there maybe a short wait. We would ask that you bear with us when we are busy or, if possible, email us in advance and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can.
GROUP BOOKINGS: If you have booked as a group of 10 or more, we can arrange for the Group Organiser to collect all Registrations (all ID’s most be produced at the time of collection). Please note that this facility is for groups of 10 or more who made their original bookings together and we cannot collate individual bookings into groups. Group collection points will be arranged on an individual basis. To request a group registration collection, please email your request to: https://blackpoolmagicconvention.com/contact-us/
DEALERS: All dealer registrations will be handled by the Dealer Officer and his team, from the Dealers hall only – via the Adelaide St entrance and during set up – final details to Dealers will be advised by the Dealer Officer soon.
VIP GOLD CARDS, ARTISTES and GUESTS OF BMC:
Collection of your registrations will be at the BMC Hub, located within the top right hand corner of the Winter Gardens foyer.
DAY REGISTRATION PURCHASE:
For the first time, day registrations will be available to book online for a limited period from January 31st – February 9th. They will also be available for sale each day from the Registration desk and will grant access to Convention daytime events for the day purchased. Prices are £50 per adult per day and £30 per junior per day and include access to the Dealers Hall, daytime lectures and special events (excludes evening shows). If you pre book a day registration online, you will collect your accreditation from the pre booked desks with a valid photo ID.
REGISTRATION DESK OPENING TIMES:
Thursday 13th February 9am – 8pm
Friday 14th February 9am – 8.45pm
Saturday 15th February 9am – 8.45pm
Sunday 16th February 9am – 6pm
Collecting your Registration:
If you have pre booked your Gold Cards, day registrations and show tickets, you will be required to produce a photo ID at the Pre-Booked Registration desk. We will accept: Passport, Driving Licence, National ID card, Student ID Card. You may collect registrations on behalf of other providing you have the relevant ID and it matches the name of the person booked.
Full and final Information will be posted here, on our social media pages and also sent via email to all registrants in late January.
The Winter Gardens and Opera house are situated in Blackpool Town Centre
Blackpool North Train Station connects to all parts of the UK, essentially through Preston and with direct services to London. Visit National Rail Enquiries for service and ticket details – click here.
Virgin Trains run a limited, direct service from London Euston: please check National Rail Enquiries for service details – click here
Manchester Airport is the nearest international Airport to Blackpool. The Airport has its own Rail station with direct services into Blackpool and non direct services via Manchester Piccadilly and Preston. Please check National Rail Enquiries for service details are these vary throughout the year – click here
Liverpool Airport is around 90 minutes from Blackpool. If arriving into Liverpool, you will need to transfer from the Airport to Liverpool Lime St Rail station. From Lime Street station there are both direct and non direct services to Blackpool North Rail Station. Please check National Rail Enquiries for service details as these vary throughout the year – click here
TRANSPORT IN BLACKPOOL
Blackpool has an extensive Bus and Tram network, for details of timetables, prices and to buy tickets, download the Blackpool Transport App – click here
Coming later in 2019
food & drink
There is a wide and varied range of Food and Drink available within close proximity of the Winter Gardens. Details coming soon.
Car Parking is available in and around the Town Centre. For details of Blackpool Council Car Parks, please click here.