Apologies to all our customers but due to the current situation, we have had to make the difficult decision to close our leisure facilities as from 1.00pm Friday 20th March.  Please see Burnley Leisure statement for more information.

We are planning to open for food in the coming weeks. For more information about 1855 Kitchen & Bar re-opening please email

Operated by Burnley Leisure, Burnley Mechanics is a modern multi-purpose, fully accessible venue equipped with retractable / removable seating, state of the art lighting, excellent sound facilities, two bars, two performance venues, a Basement Studio, Bistro and meeting rooms.

This magnificent grade 2 listed venue was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1986 to present the very best in entertainment, special events and activities. Since that time the Mechanics has hosted some of the world’s finest talent from all realms of the performing arts including The Osmonds, Toploader, Patty Smith, Marillion, Buddy Guy, Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Alan Carr, Lee Nelson, Hull Truck Theatre, fabulous family shows and many more.

Recent refurbishment has seen this historic building enter a new era with the addition of a new performance space The Front Room’ where exciting new and emerging artists, comedy and niche performances more suitable to an intimate audience take place; an additional fully equipped Lounge bar; a Basement Studio and a Bistro.

The Lounge Bar, a modern, vibrant space with sumptuous leather sofas, low lighting and a warm, relaxed feel complete with a Steinway Grand Piano, a gallery display wall featuring work by talented local artists and the bar itself boasting Burnley’s largest Gin selection with 100 gins on offer. The Colin Sanderson Theatre Bar, exclusive to theatre patrons only, offers the ideal way to enhance your evening. Before you take your seats relax in the comfortable and friendly surroundings while you pre order your interval drinks to avoid the rush.

The 1855 Kitchen and Bar is available for a relaxed lunch and pre-theatre dining.

In addition Burnley Mechanics have an exclusive Basement Studio, currently home to fitness classes, rehearsals, craft sessions and more.

The Auditorium, The Front Room, Colin Sanderson’s Theatre Bar, The Lounge Bar, The Basement Studio and The Loft are all available for private hire, parties, events, meetings and seminars. Call 01282 477311 for more information.

Burnley Mechanics is a tribute to the people of Burnley who backed the rebirth and have supported the arts and entertainments so well throughout its history.

See what’s on in 2019…

or further details of What’s On on the Mechanics website

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