Giant new bowling alley to open at Trafford Palazzo in Manchester this spring

King Pins, opening at Trafford Palazzo in the spring, is perfect for both a day out with the kids and a night out with friends.
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A new state-of-the-art bowling alley and games arcade is coming to the Trafford Palazzo this spring, complete with bar, dessert kiosk and karaoke booths.

King Pins will soon be opening their flagship entertainment centre in the massive 26,000 sq ft venue following a successful pop-up run there last October half-term. It will feature two UK firsts – a 26m-long digital screen that runs the length of the15-lane ten-pin bowling alley and the introduction of Duck Pin bowling, a quicker version of the classic game with shorter lanes.

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As well as ten-pin bowling and Duck Pin bowling, the arcade will offer shuffleboard, ice-free curling, air hockey, a RoboKeeper game, where players have to try and score against a robotic football goalie, karaoke booths, plus many more classic arcade games. There will be plenty of food and drink options on site, with two yet-to-be-announced Manchester vendors set to take up residence there, alongside King Pins’ own dessert kiosk Royal Treats, selling donuts, shakes and pick and mix, among other things

The new amusement arcade, situated next to Legoland Discovery Centre and Sea Life, will cater for both children in the daytime and adults in the evening, when the music is turned up and the lights are turned down. King Pins will also have a fully-stocked bar, featuring around 20 different beers, including ones by local Salford brewery Seven Brothers, and cocktails – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

King Pins is set to open at Trafford Palazzo this spring. Credit: King PinsKing Pins is set to open at Trafford Palazzo this spring. Credit: King Pins
King Pins is set to open at Trafford Palazzo this spring. Credit: King Pins

What do the owners say?

Matt Jones, chief executive of King Pins, said: “We’re looking forward to opening the crown jewels of bowling very soon. King Pins is a quality evolution of the rather outdated family bowling alleys. Guests will enjoy stunning-looking bowling lanes of course, but then there’s new interactive, fun games at every corner, fantastic local food operators serving up a tasty menu, plus a brilliant central bar and a great soundtrack.

“During the day, King Pins will be a place for the whole family to have fun, but by night the space will transform into an entertainment venue with music, drinks and bowling, perfect for adults looking for late night fun.”

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Mark Whittaker, an executive director at Peel L&P, which owns Trafford Palazzo, said: “It is great to see the modern, high-class fit out of King Pins progressing at Trafford Palazzo. The October pop-up was received extremely well, and we know the site is going to be very popular amongst our customers.

“Attracting a tenant as high calibre as King Pins is testament to the environment and experiences we are fostering within Trafford Palazzo and Trafford City.”