Tag: Amusements

Joyland on track for Eastercation success

Joyland, Eastercation, amusements, success, seaside, interview
Joyland is set to mark 70 years of trading with a special charity event, explains the park’s director Michael Cole, who reports that just a few weeks in to the 2019 season, trading is already off to a “strong start”. Great Yarmouth is set to benefit from the uncertainty surrounding Brexit according to a report which shows the town ranks...

Don’t forget your roots, says BNAE’s John Crompton

BNAE, amusements, operations, interview, John Crompton
The most iconic games in the UK leisure market can often trace roots back to the Great British seaside, a true testament to its continuing significance, comments John Crompton - UK and Ireland sales manager at BNAE. Coinslot: Both for yourself, and the wider scope of the industry, how important are coastal operations? John Crompton: “The coastal industry is majorly important...

Grand Pier Weston to turn mud into gold

Weston Grand Pier
This Monday saw Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier unveil plans for a new attraction which will celebrate and embrace - quite literally - the resort’s infamous mud. “Weston-spa-Mare” will be situated at the end of the pier and will be a beauty therapy facility which utilises the mud from the town’s panoramic bay as part of its treatment offering. The centre-piece of the...

New partnership paves way for multi-million-pound Pleasureland transformation

Pleasureland, transformation, amusements, sefton
The north-west coast amusement park, Pleasureland, is joining forces with its local council to enact plans that would see the site radically transformed over the next decade. Pleasureland owner Norman Wallis and Sefton Council have announced “exciting”plans for a multi-million pound transformation of the Southport amusement park. Both parties have signed a letter of intent that paves the way for them...

Coleman: Pusher development has been time well spent

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Unmistakable gameplay and additions such as ticket payout keep pushers central to operational planning comments Sam Coleman, sales executive at JNC. Add to that the broadest possible family appeal and it’s clear to see why the sector has remained so integral. Coinslot: Pushers have always been a mainstay of the amusements industry, but their rise in recent years has been phenomenal....

Cullen’s Amusements heading to Letterkenny

Cullens, Amusements, Letterkenny, donegal,
The Cullen’s Amusements funfair is heading to Letterkenny, county Donegal after a successful stint at Albert Basin, Newry. Heralded as Northern Ireland’s largest travelling funfair and built over more than 150 years of family ownership Cullen’s is a name synonymous with fun in the nation. Announcing the move on social media the operators said: “Today (18 March) is our last day...

ACOS 2019 stand bookings grow

ACOS, UK, Bookings, coin op, amusements
With stand bookings already well ahead of last year, ACOS 2019 is promising an outstanding product showcase for the UK’s amusements and coin-op sectors. The 2019 event will take place on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd October at its iconic Olympia London home. Anticipating another busy event, Organiser Karen Cooke explains, “ACOS is a highly targeted show, with a strong...

Lights up: Fleetwood’s Harbour Lights back in business

Harbour Lights, Fleetwood, business, amusements
The spark is back at Harbour Lights Amusements, with the long-time Fleetwood favourite scheduled to welcome back customers on Saturday. It seemed like it was all over - and in such tragic circumstances, as well: but in a very happy turn of events, Fleetwood’s legendary arcade Harbour Lights Amusement has announced that it will soon be back in business. The FEC...

Skegness Pier amusements receives VR boost

Skegness Pier, amusements, VR boost
Skegness Pier has announced it will launch the Hologate virtual reality game at its venue within the first quarter of this year. The multiplayer title, which allows players to fight robots, zombies and dragons, will be installed at the landmark pier as part of an amusement expansion. “This is the fastest growing Virtual Reality system in history and Hologate is the...

Mr P’s Bognor pushes back opening date

Mr P’s, amusements, Bognor, opening date
A last minute (and heartbreakingly tough) decision to cancel last weekend’s planned opening of its ambitious new AGC in Bognor Regis was driven by a raft of technical issues. Mr P’s Classic Amusements is racing ahead to set a new date soon. Have and Amelia Douglas of Mr P’s Classic Amusements were gutted this weekend when, at the very last moment,...

Leisure and amusements lead high street wish list in survey for Wakefield regeneration

Leisure, amusements, high street, survey, Wakefield, regeneration
Something doesn’t quite add up in the high street debate when it comes to leisure and amusements facilities and their role on the key thoroughfares in Britain’s town centres. Councillors, often ill-informed, tend not to like them; the nimby brigade is definitely no fan and the highly active anti-gambling community, small but exceedingly mouthy, seem to bully their way into...

Clacton Pier AGC doubles in size

Clacton Pier, AGC, doubles, size, amusements
Clacton Pier AGC is set to double in size and be rebranded as the Pier Casino following extensive investment in redevelopment of the venue. The gaming floor will receive more than 50 new machines, featuring the latest in amusement technology, as part of an enhancement programme which began in 2018. “Huge improvements have taken place at the Pier over the past...

Bandai Namco’s blockbuster Shazam plushes

Shazam
The Shazam range of plush prizes from Bandai Namco Amusement Europe looks set to be one of the highlights of this summer season with excitement already building for the associated film’s April release. Darrell Simmonds, EMEA sales mananger, prize division at Bandai Namco Amusement Europe Ltd, is tipping the company’s Shazam plush range to be one of this season’s biggest...

Merkur Gaming set for craicing Irish Gaming Show

Merkur Gaming, Irish Gaming Show,
Due to the overwhelming customer response last year, Merkur Gaming will be at the Irish Gaming Show in Dublin again in 2019. From 5-6 March, the international brand of adp Gauselmann GmbH will present its latest gaming systems and an exclusive selection of cabinets “made in Germany” at the Moran Red Cow Conference Centre. “Merkur Gaming has been active on the...

Great Yarmouth FEC hosts Hollywood action

Great Yarmouth, FEC, Hollywood, amusements
Scenes from upcoming wrestling film ‘Fighting with My Family’,as well as Beatles-inspired movie ‘Yesterday’, were filmed over the last two years in Great Yarmouth, with the former featuring the resort’s Caesar Palace. ‘Fighting with My Family’, which features wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, will use the FEC as the front of a wrestling venue in the movie,while down the road...

Southern Pavilion owners explain reasons for sale

Southern Pavilion, worthing, sale, amusements
The Southern Pavilion at the end of Worthing Pier has been put up for sale, with its owners looking for a “serious buyer” with passion and fresh ideas. Phil Duckett and Richard Bradley, who have ran the attraction for five years, are selling the leasehold to the pavilion after achieving all they set out to with the venue. “It’s just time...

Clacton Pier starts half term with a flyer

Clacton-Pier, half term
Clacton Pier’s 2019 season “got off to a flying start” last weekend, with warmer than usual temperatures combining with the beginning of half term to boost visitor numbers for the attraction. Along with busy rides and a bustling Seaquarium, the pier boasted a new ticket office for the season, and work continues on phase two of the Pier’s development to...

Tir Prince continues positive policy partnership

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Despite UK local authorities rarely appreciating the reality and benefit of the amusement industry, the collaboration between the Welsh Government and Tir Prince demonstrates just how beneficial an understanding authority can be. The park’s chief Adam Williams explains how. With local authority indifference a key area of concern for many seaside operators, a lack of year-round support can see some...

Redevelopment of Bangor Pier ahead of schedule

Bangor Pier, Redevelopment, politics, amusements
Despite Bangor City council reporting unforeseen and “challenging problems” in its refurbishment of the town’s landmark pier, Phase Three of rebuilding work is set to finish sooner than expected. The city of Bangor council has announced renovation work on the town’s famous Victorian pier could be completed ahead of schedule. Phase Three of the £1m repair project, which involves strengthening the...

Lights down: Stefani’s Harbour Lights closes shop

Harbour Lights, Stefani, Fleetwood, amusements
Fleetwood locals bemoan the “end of an era,” as the amusement legacy of the Stefani family announces a cessation in trading. An amusements arcade in north west England has announced that it has been forced to close - just weeks after the death of its founder Harbour Lights Amusements in Fleetwood was the legacy of amusements veteran Roger Stefani, who...

Industry shows its strength

EAG, london, industry, amusements
The new year has opened with a statement of intent; the amusements and coin-op industry is ready for the challenge. EAG 2019 displayed the best of British last week with a strong balance of tried and tested, new developments and ground-breaking adventures. It was a confident start for the industry to what is going to be...

Redemption leads the way for Electrocoin

Redemption, Electrocoin, eag, amusements
With a keen eye for what will appeal to both customers and players, Electrocoin brought a huge selection of top-testing redemption pieces to EAG this year, perfectly timed to serve the growing market. Redemption looks set to break new ground in the world of amusements was an opinion shared by many representatives at EAG this year. Manufacturer and distributor Electrocoin...

Mr P’s arcade “the critical mass” that Bognor needs

Mr P's Classic Amusements
After announcing a 2 March opening date on Christmas Day, Mr P’s Classic Amusements is set to become “the critical mass” that Bognor needs - at least according to the local Crazy Golf operator. This January Mr P’s operators Dave and Amelia Douglas have been focusing on the venues interior design, which will be followed by a month of choosing...

Project unveils game to help AGCs target B2 players

Project, Tony Boulton, interview, eag
Project has developed a new Roulette based B3 game which has been designed to help AGC operators win business on the high street when the FOBT stake is reduced to £2 in April. The company’s Super Roulette is being shown on stand 412 at this week’s EAG alongside a range that delivers choice and variety to machine players across the...

Low season no time to rest for operators

Lycetts, amusements, arcade
The winter means quieter times and, in some cases, closure for the UK’s amusement arcades - but owners are being urged to remain vigilant and not take a gamble with their business. Arcades up and down the country have shut up shop or are experiencing minimal footfall in the late winter months. This quieter period brings the opportunity for owners to...

BACTA’s moment in the limelight

BACTA, uk, amusements, industry
We all know how narrow a window of opportunity can be and, argues Chris Webster, BACTA must not miss the one currently presenting itself. In another and alternate parallel universe, away from the trials and tribulations of cobbling copy together for this worthy rag,I do a bit of acting. It’s a fickle whore of a business. I’ve been arrested for murder,...

Project cater for smaller budget player with development of £70 Cat C

Project Super Cherry
Project has adopted an unconventional approach to the Cat C genre following confirmation that it has completed development of a £70 jackpot machine in time for EAG. Set to be unveiled from stand 412, Project’s Cherry Bar is a simple, dedicated game featuring two win symbols, a free spins symbol and is housed in the company's specially developed high impact,...

TwoBit Circus: A new model in an arcade entertainment

Two Bit b&W
They say when America sneezes, the world catches a cold. The latest gaming initiative in Los Angeles serves as a good example. Just twelve weeks after its initial opening, Los Angeles’ ground-breaking TwoBit Circus has been inundated with customer traffic - with founder Brent Bushnell fixing his sights on national expansion, and a different way of bringing gaming to...

Hollywood Bowl counts ninth 2018 venue opening

Hollywood-Bowl, new opening
Bowling alley operator, Hollywood Bowl, has now opened its ninth new venue of 2018, continuing at pace on its impressive expansion roadmap. The latest venture has been a £250,000 rebranding of a former AMF Bowling centre in Wallgate, Wigan. Steve Burns, CEO, Hollywood Bowl Group, said: “Our rebranded Wigan centre has undergone an extensive six-week transformation, and we’re extremely happy with...

Bacta the future: Amusements industry not standing still when it comes to social responsibility

Bacta convention, fobt
While the FOBT stake reduction will undoubtedly be a major focus during John White’s keynote address at this year’s Bacta Convention, the association’s CEO will situate the controversy within the broader context of social responsibility and suggest there is still more work to be done. Social responsibility will be a key theme in John White’s keynote address at the 2018...

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