The Winter Gardens is home to Europe’s second largest theatre (the Opera House) and is one of Blackpool’s most treasured historical buildings. It opened in 1878 and has seen the likes of Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey and a host of West End theatre productions over the years. I’ve been to several gigs (including The Arctic Monkeys and The Subways) there and I also had the fantastic job of photographing NALGAO’s three-day conference throughout the venue back in October 2008. Although the interior decor needs sprucing up and looking after, I personally think that it’s still one of the town’s better assets.
Walk along the promenade near Blackpool’s Central Pier and you’re likely to encounter a living statue, one of a number of street performers providing light entertainment for the tourists.
Blackpool is synonymous with providing popular entertainment for the masses, but I want to explore what is available on street level (there is more to the town’s ‘pleasure identity’ than The Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Tower).
This location around Central Pier is a popular hot spot for local street vendors, performers and beggars as there are usually many passers-by along the promenade.