The present Winter Gardens theatre was built in 1896 and was, with the exception of Blackpool, the largest variety theatre between Manchester and Glasgow. Over the years it has had a succession of owners but its high point was from 1953 onwards when the theatre became part of Moss Empires Ltd.
Amongst the artists who performed on the stage of the Winter Gardens were George Formby, Ken Dodd, Richard Tauber, Gracie Fields, the Crazy Gang, Wilson Kepple and Betty, and the Goons.
Opening times: Sundays (April-October) 1 – 4pm and Wednesday (all year) 1 – 4pm
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