places to stay,
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This is the page you’ll need to assist you with the planning of your visit to our 2021 Convention. Travel and transport, accommodation, places to eat and drink and more. Remember to check back regularly for updates!
Winter Gardens 2021
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 2021 – Updated 25th January
This year we have reworked our Registration area and processes to speed up admission into the Convention. With this in mind please find below details of how to obtain your accreditation and gain entry.
For those expecting a Registration form to be sent, we no longer require these to be filled in – so you won’t be sent any paperwork to complete.
Gold Card Registrations, Day Registrations with Show Tickets and Day Registrations only:
Entry to the Registration Hub will be split into 2 queues from the Winter Gardens main entrance on Church St. All pre-registered guests (who booked online through our website), are required to use the left-hand side of the queue. Once inside, there will be a number of desks for collection of your accreditation, these will be split alphabetically, by first name (forename) and indicated in the signage above the desk.
At the desk, please show a photo ID:
National ID card
Works photo ID
Photocopies will be accepted.
VIP Gold Card holders, Artistes and Guests:
Please use the right-hand queue from the main entrance and once inside the foyer, make your way to the BMC desk which will also be clearly signposted.
At the desk, please show a photo ID (accepted forms of ID are listed above)
The right-hand side of the foyer will also be used for ‘on the day’ cash and card sales.
We want to get you into the Winter Gardens complex as quickly as we can, so that you can enjoy the wealth of events taking place at this year’s Convention, so ID’s at the ready – we’re looking forward to seeing you all.
These can be collected from the Registration desk at any time, please be aware that show ticket holders will only be admitted into the Winter Gardens complex 30 minutes before the start of the show.
The Dealer Officer will issue Accreditations and Gold Cards via the Dealers Hall during get-in. Please note that the Registration Desk will not issue any Dealer Accreditations.
Registration desk opening times:
Thursday 18th February 9am – 8pm
Friday 19th February 9am – 8.45pm
Saturday 20th February 9am – 8.45pm
Sunday 21th February 9am – 6pm
We look forward to welcoming you all to Blackpool, and wish you a fantastic weekend.
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
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.