Sunday, January 23, 2022

Tag: entertainment

Bluewater submits plans for year-round funfair

Bluewater submits plans for year-round funfair
Bluewater has submitted proposals to Dartford Council to build a new all-year Centre Park on site, part of an ongoing investment in expanding its leisure and entertainment offering. All the fun of the fair is heading down to the south east of England.

New bowling alley and arcade for Barnsley

Barnsley Superbowl UK opening
Superbowl UK has officially opened its new Barnsley location, bringing 12-lanes of bowling, a SEGA Prize Zone amusement arcade, mini golf and Crazy Club Soft Play to the South Yorkshire town.

Lane7 confirms ambitious plans for Middlesbrough

Lane7 confirms plans for Middlesbrough
Lane7 has submitted ambitious proposals to Middlesbrough Council to convert the former TJ Hughes in Captain Cook Square into a two-storey bowling alley, go-kart track and arcade.

Luton Mayor opens new Gravity site

Gravity Luton opened by mayor
The mayor of Luton was on hand to open Gravity Active Entertainment’s latest venue, a 30,000 sq ft site located in The Galaxy Centre on the town’s Bridge Street.

“Record-breaking” H1 boosts Ten Entertainment

Ten Entertainment financials bowling
Ten Entertainment has reported “record-breaking” sales for the 17 weeks since reopening its venues, with a 22.5 percent growth in takings for the six weeks to 27 June, and a 42 percent increase during the following eleven weeks.

Comment: An industry stuck in the past as everyone else embraces the future / Banksy vandalism

Comment payments low stake gambling Banksy vandalism
Latest payments advances don’t apply to low stake gambling entertainment (again!) When will the industry be allowed to join the 21st century?

Full house! – Bongo’s Bingo returns to full capacity

Bongo's Bingo returns to full capacity
As the government’s Coronavirus restrictions officially ended on 19 July, Bongo’s Bingo marked the occasion with a special full-capacity live event at Content in Liverpool.

Entain all set to pilot multi-sports VR experience

Entain pilot multi sports VR experience
Entain has announced its intention to pilot a VR multi-sports entertainment experience. Building upon the operator’s partnership with Verizon Media, the VR “sports club” entertainment experience will be made available on the Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset.

Skegness Pier announces new Clip n’ Climb attraction

Skegness Pier Clip 'n Climb attraction
Skegness Pier has announced a new indoor climbing experience as part of its upgraded entertainment offer, with the new venture opening to the public on 17 May.

Spending spree is on the cards as UK household savings reach record high

UK household savings reach record high
The broadly-based hospitality, entertainment and leisure sectors can take some confidence in the latest data set produced by the Office for National Statistics which showed the household saving ratio rising sharply to a record high of 16.3 percent in 2020.

Virtual reality specialist Immotion Group unveils new share issue

Immotion Group announce new share agreement
Virtual Reality entertainment specialist Immotion Group has announced a new share agreement, as the company looks to recover from the effect of Coronavirus on the attractions industry.

Launch of Merkur UK underpins continued investment in the high street

Stefan Bruns Merkur branding
In keeping with the strategy adopted by other big international companies the launch of Merkur UK provides a joined-up presence for the pan-European brand.

New entertainment space approved for Butlin’s Skegness

Butlins Skegness approved for new entertainment space
East Lindsey District Council has granted Butlins approval to construct a temporary event venue at its Ingoldmells site in order to house socially-distanced entertainment.

UK’s first 4D VR venue planned for Birmingham

Kevin Blair Atmos VR Birmingham
Atmos VR has announced that the new location will be in the city’s Digbeth area and that there are eight similar projects planned for other parts of the UK after the company secured and additional £1m in investment.

New report reflects growing recruitment confidence

JobsOutlook recruitment report
Amid fears of a double dip recession and the impact of high unemployment on trading for the amusements, leisure and entertainment sectors, the latest JobsOutlook report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) represents some much needed succour for operators.

Ocean proves value of varied entertainment

Ocean Exmouth varied entertainment
The continued success of Ocean, Exmouth, has reiterated the importance of locally-focused family entertainment options at the seaside, with the East Devon..

Grand Pier looks to make a killing with live entertainment

Grand Pier Live Entertainment
The Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier will be hosting three murder mystery evenings throughout the remainder of the year, highlighting the site’s dedication to..

Bulldog pedigree is in the cash box as operators benefit from boost to the bottom line

Bulldog, gaming, RLMS, entertainment
RLMS Sales managing director, Tony Glanville, explains how Bulldog’s unique take on family entertainment is ensuring that players of all ages keep on coming back for more. Bulldog operates in an intensely competitive market, how has the range performed against rival products? Tony Glanville: The simple answer to that is incredibly well. The data we have, shows that Bulldog products outperform...

Clevedon Pier celebrates 150 years

Clevedon Pier celebrates entertainment bank holiday
Hosting a special weekend of entertainment, Clevedon Pier will celebrate 150 years since it first opened on May 27 bank holiday. A pier-branded beer, a new stage and awning, and a bid for £25,000-worth of lighting for the pagoda will also mark the anniversary. During the bank holiday weekend, there will be an exhibition of the pier’s history, giving visitors the...

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...

Mad about TwoBit Circus

TwoBit Circus, FEC
Who said innovation in amusements was dead? Chris Webster has seen the beautiful truth for himself - and it comes in the form of a circus. Last Thursday I saw the future of destination entertainment. Hyperbole this is not. TwoBit Circus is a self-professed “micro amusement arcade” which first opened its doors in Downtown LA’s Arts District in September. Housed in what...

Nick Hardy – Connecting with Generation ZZzzzz’d

2507-people-nick hardy touchtunes playdium
As policy makers and social commentators wrestle with the idiosyncrasies of the population group that follows the much talked about ‘Millennials’, Nick Hardy, TouchTunes, commercial director Europe, argues that every part of the leisure sector needs to up its game and think creatively if it is to make itself relevant.   Hardy explains: "The Managed Pub Conference, held in June, featured...

Plans to bring bounce to Cleethorpes unveiled

Coinslot - Bounce Revolution
Extreme Bounce Revolution, the leisure company, has unveiled plans for a multi-million pound family entertainment centre in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.   The company is currently requesting permission from North East Lincolnshire Council to build one of the UK’s “first air-supported dome structures”. Paul Johnson, Extreme’s operations director, explained the structure of the proposed building: “It’s effectively a big tent that is blown up...

Cashino Romford re-opens with a flourish

Coinslot - Cashino Romford reopens
Praesepe’s Cashino venue in Romford undertook a reopening party with a difference as customers were treated to 48-hours of Moulin Rouge themed fun and entertainment.   Praesepe, which operates 176 gaming centres across the country, has enjoyed significant success in Romford since it first opened some 40 years ago. As such the decision was made to refurbish the premises, and so offer...

Escape Rooms coming to Skegness Pier

Escape games skegness
In a bid to attract more adventurous customers, Skegness Pier will be launching escape rooms as its latest attraction, UK Piers Limited has announced.   An export of Asia, escape rooms offer a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles to make it through a maze of rooms. The pier’s rooms will see players given an...

TouchTunes and PlayNetwork complete merger

Ross Honey, President & CEO of TouchTunes, merger
The TouchTunes and PlayNetwork merger will see the combined company gain global scale and resources to accelerate innovation for music and branded entertainment media experiences.   TouchTunes and PlayNetwork have announced the completion of their previously disclosed merger to create the global market leader for music and branded entertainment media experiences. The merger joins two industry leaders and their complementary expertise to...

New entertainment venue continues Clacton Pier’s revival

Coinslot - Clacton pier armed services
The Ball family has made another major investment in Clacton Pier as the project to make it one of Essex’s most popular seaside attractions goes from strength to strength.   Billy and Elliot Ball’s investment in Clacton Pier has continued apace with the reopening of the attraction’s first building as an allnew entertainment venue. The brothers’ Clacton Pier Company has revived the...