Join Ghost Investigations as we explore the many darkened areas of this fantastic theatre. We will have the building to ourselves as we explore backstage, on stage, in the corridors and the seating areas in search of evidence to support the stories.
Previous reports include:
We will begin the evening with a full group guided tour of the location. Following this we will regroup to our base area where we will split up into 2-3 sub groups. We will each take different areas of the building on a rota basis.
For a start, The Winter Gardens is one of only a few surviving examples of its time. Retaining many of its stunning, original Victorian features, including a breath-taking mosaic tiled floor, and marble steps leading to a jaw-dropping auditorium, the venue is more than just a place to watch a show. A work of architectural art, it’s been in existence since the early days of music hall to wartime concert parties, right through to the golden era of variety. It’s hosted Hollywood stars, operas and today, some of the very best acts 2016 has to offer.
Once known as the Victoria Pavilion, it opened in 1897 and could seat over 2000 people. At that time it boasted a ballroom, a number of bars, a billiard hall and even an aquarium! Now, it stands just as proudly on the seafront, and while it closed for some years in the late seventies, the building, which was suffering structurally at the time, now pulls in visitors from around the county and further afield. It’s a prominent landmark with an illustrious past, and the building is one of just six per cent of listed properties of its kind. It’s something the Friends know all about, since establishing the volunteer group back in 1986, in response to the theatre falling into disuse.
The Friends had one aim: reopen the building that was once at the very heart of Morecambe’s exciting entertainment scene. Registering it as a charity in 1997, they put everything they had into raising the funds needed to purchase the building. Cleaning the venue and carrying out urgent repairs, they formed The Preservation Trust later (in 2006) in a bid to revive the venue’s listed status.
It worked, of course. The building may have a wintry-sounding name, but there’s plenty of life left in this old venue. So wrap up, bundle in and enjoy everything this prestigious Morecambe building has to offer. Lights, camera…action!
People have witnessed shadow figures in this area and have even felt being pushed.
Disembodied voices on and around the stage, poltergeist activity below the stage. People have also reported being pushed and grabbed here too, coinciding with rapid temperature drops. This will be a great spot for both group and lone vigils.
Dark Shadow Figure
There are reports of this sighting on the stage, up in the seating area and on the staircases. Who is it? What are it's intentions?
Auditorium Dressing Room
The ghost of a seamstress (and failed professional dancer) is rumoured to haunt this location.
In addition, there's also the bar area said to be haunted and a report of a spirit of a young boy seen running across the theatre from up in the gods.