Designed by Architect James Green of Todmorden, Burnley Mechanics opened its doors in 1855 as a shining example of the Mechanics Movement. It aimed to provide better education and skills for the rapidly expanding workforce to meet the needs of a changing society during the industrial revolution. Local people flocked to the venue to enjoy classes in arts, science and technology and Burnley Mechanics became the focus of the town’s cultural activity.

As a result of changing social and economic patterns the original Mechanics Institute closed in 1959. In the early 1960’s the building was purchased by Burnley Council and Burnley Mechanics took on a new role as an entertainment venue, hosting famous performers, including a young singer called Tom Jones. For the next 18 years, the building had a variety of uses from concerts to ballroom to bingo club, finally closing for extensive refurbishment in 1979.

Burnley Mechanics was re-opened in 1986 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as the town’s premier entertainments venue and in the years that have followed the Mechanics have hosted some of the world’s finest talent from all realms of the performing arts including the highly acclaimed Burnley International Blues Festival which helps to ensure its international status as a unique and bustling venue.

Burnley Mechanics is a tribute to the people of Burnley, people who backed the rebirth when it was most needed and have supported the arts and entertainments so well throughout its history.

Burnley Mechanics Conservation Statement

Below is an online version of The Burnley Mechanics Conservation Statement; this is a Heritage Lottery funded research project that plots our 160 year history and explores our significance both architecturally as a Grade II* listed building and within the mechanics movement as a whole. The purpose of the plan is to help us conserve, enhance and investigate opportunities for the future but you’ll probably enjoy browsing through the old plans and photographs and learning a little more about our past.

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Our team are preparing for a busy week next week with 6 different shows coming up all within a week!
Keeping the whole family entertain we start the week off on Monday 2nd as we're joined by The Gruffalo Live, shortly followed by Lady Windermere's Fan on Wednesday and MAD ABOUT THE MUSICALS on Thursday. Getting ready for a busy weekend we welcome back Mister Maker & the Shapes LIVE on Saturday, whilst also opening our doors on Sunday for our FREE Family Storytelling Festival! Finishing the week off with a Masterclass with Neil White on Monday 9th October.
Tickets for all our shows can be booked either via the box office (01282 664400) or our website; bit.ly/2pVq2px
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Calling all Mini-Makers, IT'S COMPETITION TIME! We've got ONE meet & greet family ticket for Mister Maker Live on Saturday 7th October, 4pm. In true Mister Maker style, we want to see your best craft...

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Notorious for being Ridiculous, Jimeoin is internationally acclaimed as one of live comedy’s masters. His brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious stand-up has also made him the undisputed award-winning star of TV shows including ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’, ‘John Bishop Show’, CH4’s O2 Comedy Gala’ and the ‘Royal Variety Performance’.
Don’t miss Jimeoin’s knock-out performance - grab yourself a ring-side seat for an unforgettably hilarious evening of world-class stand-up with Ireland’s champion UFC ("Unbelievably Funny Comedian") - live!
Thursday 2nd November, 7:30pm
Tickets £17.50
Pre-show dining is available 2 hours prior, booking is essential.
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** NOW ON SALE **
Strictly Come Dancing professional, Giovanni Pernice, will be coming back to the Mechanics with his fantastic new show for 2018 - Born to Win - on Friday 11th May!
Giovanni will be joined by seven more world class professionals. The show is produced once more by Strictly Theatre Co. and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing's creative director Jason Gilkison.
Tickets £26 / £25 concessions / £45 VIP
Call the box office on 01282 664400 or visit burnleymechanics.co.uk
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Looking for an afternoon treat? Why not try our Afternoon Tea.
Afternoon Tea is available Monday - Friday until 1:30pm.
Choose between Simply Cream Tea, Classic Afternoon Tea or Prosecco Afternoon Tea - all served for 2 people.
Booking is essential as all our Afternoon Tea is freshly prepared. To make your reservation call 01282 664400
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