History

 

Welcome to the STCC

The North West’s premier conference, banqueting and entertainment venue, all under one roof.

The Southport Theatre & Convention Centre is one of the largest and most flexible multi purpose venues in Merseyside and has undergone a major £40 million investment programme. Incorporating the popular Southport Theatre, the beautiful Floral Hall and a variety of modern function rooms, this development also includes the stylish 4 star Ramada Plaza Hotel adjacent to our state of the art Conference and Exhibition Centre. The hotel has 133 bedrooms and enjoys a direct link with the Promenade Entrance, ideal for any guests who are staying in the hotel and are attending events at the venue.

We are confident that as you browse through this website, which has been specifically designed to highlight the versatility of the venue, you will find us to be the ideal location to host your event, whether it be a conference, exhibition, wedding or dinner dance. Whether you are organising an event for 60 guests or for 4000 delegates, we have facilities that can be tailored just for you.

Please call our dedicated Events Team or email us at southportsales@theambassadors.com to check our availability and discuss all your event requirements.

 

Refurbishment

The Floral Hall was built in the 1930s and the Southport Theatre was added in 1973. The venue has benefited from a superb refurbishment in 2007/2008 and since then much time and considerable effort has been spent building the business and event management team to the highest of standards.

The STCC is really the place to be. Consequently, we can now provide technical support, in-house catering and professional co-ordination all under one roof.

 

The Floral Hall & The Beatles.

A large Southport venue, situated on the Promenade. The Beatles first appeared here on 20 February 1962 on a bill advertised as a ‘Rock ‘n’ Trad Spectacular.’ Other artists on the bill were Gerry & the Pacemakers, Rory Storm & the Hurricanes and the Chris Hamilton Jazzmen. Their second appearance took place on 20 November 1962 when they appeared on two separate performances. Their third appearance at the venue was on 24 April 1963 and their final appearance took place on 15 October 1963.

Editor’s Note: Virginia and I attended a number of the Beatles gigs in Southport. The most memorable was the one which took place at the Floral Pavilion on Tuesday 15 October 1963, a few days after their sensational appearance at the London Palladium and the day after the Daily Mirror had coined the phrase ‘Beatlemania.’

We had gone along with our photographer Les Chadwick and found the backstage area crammed with pressmen and photographers. It seemed as if the entire British national press were there. Derek Taylor had been out explaining to them that the Beatles weren’t available at that moment and he spotted us. He came over and led us through the media throng into the dressing room and we were aware of all these representatives of the great national newspapers staring at us and asking among themselves who we were.