The Grand Theatre was opened on July 23, 1894, by Thomas Sergenson, Blackpool's first successful theatrical manager.
Sergenson immediately dubbed the theatre 'Matcham's Masterpiece', a title that is even more merited now that there are few surviving examples of the work of Frank Matcham, the leading Victorian theatre architect.
The theatre took just nine months to build and cost Sergenson £20,000, part of which he had earned by operating two small rented theatres and from a circus that he staged for five summer seasons on the site of The Grand.
With his imposing new theatre, Sergenson surprised the resort with the quality of his stars and shows. The theatre opened with a performance of Hamlet by Wilson Burrett, a leading actor-manager who had often appeared in Blackpool. But a few weeks later, Sergenson brought a much bigger star to The Grand, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who also gave Hamlet as part of a repertoire of plays.
Please click here to see a list of forthcoming shows and plays
Grundy Art Gallery
The Grundy Art Gallery is one of the most delightful small galleries in the country. It was purpose-built in 1911, and its bright and airy galleries make it a haven of peace and tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of Blackpool. The Building houses a large collection which was started by the brothers, Cuthbert and John Grundy.
The brothers amassed a considerable collection of paintings during their lifetime and in 1903 requested that they be given to the people of Blackpool. This initial collection has grown over the years with the addition of various gifts, bequests and purchases.
Victorian oils and watercolours, contemporary prints, modern British paintings, oriental ivories, ceramics and photographs of old Blackpool are just a taste of what you will see when you step inside. Special exhibitions are a feature of the gallery which plays host to shows of both local and national significance. Please telephone 01253 478170 to find out details of current exhibitions
Monday-Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm. Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays. Admission Free
Freeport Shopping Village
At Fleetwood you'll discover a terrific range of designer products selling at up to 50% off High St prices.There's everything from big-name fashion brands to kitchenware and china.
What's more these great, low prices are not one-offs they're available every single day. With masses of free parking, a huge selection of inexpensive places to eat and superb play area for the kids, you'll feel totally liberated at Freeport. Come to Freeport and free yourself from High St prices.
There's free entry, free parking and easy access for the disabled. Open 7days a week from 10am, late nights Thursday & Friday until 8pm. Shopping with children has never been so easy and it's not just the kids who'll be entertained.
- Go Karts
- Settler Creek
- Butterfly World
- Cinema (opening 2000)
- Sharkee's Deep Sea Soft Play
Stanley Park is barely a mile from the promenade and town centre and yet offers the visitor 256 acres of tranquillity with pleasing gardens, sports facilities, model village and a 26 acre boating lake, partly enclosed by woodland and an abundance of wildlife.
Park facilities include Putting Greens, Bowling Greens (Flat and Crown), Netball, Table Tennis, Crazy Golf, Trampolines, Tennis Courts, Boating Lake, football, cricket and rugby pitches, floodlit all weather pitches and there is also a well equipped children's play park
T: 01253 290501
You receive a personal welcome on arrival. The hotel is spotless and clean. The service is spot on. And the breakfast that was the tops. We would visit the Canasta Hotel again. [View more comments]