Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Pic: Tony Hisgett, Flickr

BRICK Roadshow comes to Blackpool to help community groups revive much-loved entertainment venues

Community groups interested in saving historic theatres, cinemas and piers are being offered expert advice and vital support at a workshop organised by world-leading regeneration charity The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT).

PRT’s BRICK roadshow is coming to Blackpool to assist community groups and not-for-profit organisations from across England that are involved in heritage-led regeneration projects.

The focus of the workshop will be on entertainment venues in need of renewal, but much of the content will be of wider relevance to other kinds of regeneration projects.

It takes place on Wednesday 25 February from 10am to 4.30pm at the Renaissance Room, Winter Gardens, Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HL.

The BRICK education programme aims to equip community groups with the necessary skills and expertise to save and reuse the local buildings they love as well as build a better future for their communities.  

The three-year programme began in May last year and is visiting locations across the UK up to February 2017. 

This will be the ninth BRICK workshop following successful events in Glasgow, London and other locations.

Featuring presentations, interactive sessions and networking opportunities, key topics include:

  • Exploring the full range of potential uses for your building
  • Understanding and addressing conservation and architectural design issues
  • Maximising income opportunities and working with private sector partners
  • Using loans and/or social investment

Speakers include representatives of Blackpool Council, The Theatres Trust, Locality, The Key Fund, Complex Development Projects, Jericho Road Solutions, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust and more.

BRICK workshops help community groups gain the confidence to take on and deliver projects, and provide training in areas such as governance, business planning, securing private investment, preparing an activity plan and engaging with the wider community.

The Winter Gardens entertainment complex is also home to Blackpool’s Pavilion Theatre where PRT is currently leading a project on behalf of Blackpool Council to restore the derelict building and transform it into a new theatre and museum.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, who will be chairing and speaking at the workshop, said: “We are delighted to be holding our ninth BRICK workshop in Blackpool.

“Famous for its seafront illuminations, its ballroom, theatres and rich cultural heritage, I can’t think of a more appropriate place to be holding a workshop that focuses on the regeneration potential of entertainment venues.

“I would urge any community groups from the North West and beyond interested in a heritage regeneration project to attend to learn from experts, network with other similar organisations and be inspired to move their vision forward.”

The workshop can be booked at


BRICK Blackpool workshop