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DP Leisure opens sixth 360 Play FEC

31/10/2017 | No comments

Milton Keynes, UK, based family entertainment centre operator DP Leisure (DPL) has continued the roll out of its 360 Play family play centre brand with the opening of its sixth location, in Farnborough, Hampshire.

The company currently operates successful sites in Milton Keynes, Stevenage, Leicester, Basildon and Redditch and has continued the expansion of what is one of the UK’s leading family play centre brands by opening its newest venue within The Mead’s Shopping Centre in Farnborough.

Housed within a 20,000sq. ft. first floor unit, the new 360 Play venue follows the company’s highly successful entertainment formula with a wide range of activities for all young children, from toddlers up to the age of 12. Everything included is designed so that adults can also join in and engage with their children through play, ensuring the centre offers a true family day out.

As with the existing 360 Play sites, design and master planning of this latest project was carried out by DPL’s sister company, DP Associates (DPA), who also project managed the build. As with the Redditch centre, this latest 360 Play venture is a departure from the norm as far as the location is concerned, with all the other venues being sited on leisure parks or similar, rather than within a shopping centre. The site includes a range of retail stores and the addition of 360 Play brings a whole new offer to the town as a retail and leisure destination for families.

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Joyce’s Column: October

20/10/2017 | No comments

It is with great sadness that I am reporting the recent death of Westminster Automatics Steve Brown who passed away on 9th October aged 61 years, 32 of these years he spent in the industry. Steve had battled with cancer for over 2 years, despite this terrible illness Steve never had dampened spirits, he was always cheerful and looking forward to the future, which alas was not to be. The funeral took place at Upminster, Essex and was attended by his family and many friends and colleagues, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his wife Ruby, two children Rebecca and Chris, also to Trevor Longley Steve’s long time partner and friend at Westminster Automatics, you were all very lucky to have this wonderful man in your lives.

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iPlay Delivers its first analogue title: “Happy Go Lucky”

20/10/2017 | 1 comment

Craig Beer from new design house iPlay was upbeat about the first of many planned analogue titles at the recent ACOS show when Coin-op Community caught up with him.  “I am delighted to announce our first title already has had immense interest and positive feedback securing sales even before it was officially launched. The coming weeks will see a number of machines being sited across a diverse range of venues,” he said.

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ACOS 2017 Closes On A High Note

20/10/2017 | No comments

It is said that the cohesion and adaptability of any industry are only truly apparent during testing times. Last week the UK amusements and coin-op industries passed such a test with flying colours when a fire at Chelsea Football Club forced a last-minute change of venue upon The Autumn Coin-Op Show.

Organiser Karen Cooke explained, “We were extremely fortunate in securing space at Olympia London, located only two miles from Chelsea Football Club, and still viewed with affection by many in our industry. I have to say that a huge ‘thank you’ is due to the team at London Olympia. They really pulled out all of the stops; we actually signed the Tenancy Agreement on the Monday and met the scheduled opening time of 10.00 am on the Wednesday.

Karen Cooke continued, “Our exhibitors were amazing, they rallied round and were highly supportive; delivering what turned out to be a very good show.”

On the show floor, the mood was upbeat with several exhibitors reporting their best ever ACOS.

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Norman’s Photos from ACOS

18/10/2017 | No comments

Who knew coin-op games could be this interesting! View the entire Autumn Coi-Op Show (ACOS) Gallery up now at: http://photos.thepartyphotos.net/ACOS-2017/

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Commission Issues Guidelines On Maintenance and Repair of Gaming Machines

18/10/2017 | No comments

It is an offence to supply, install, adapt, maintain or repair a gaming machine (or part of a gaming machine) without the appropriate operating licence.

However, gambling businesses with a licence or appropriate permit (issued by a local licensing authority) may carry out certain tasks in relation to the gaming machine, under limited circumstances.

If you do not have an appropriate permit or licence, you cannot carry out these activities.  

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Sound Leisure Joins the ‘Time Travel’ Museum

11/10/2017 | No comments

Sound Leisure, the world renowned manufacturer of Classic Jukeboxes, has provided a number of its iconic machines to a new museum in the Czech Republic.

‘Terra Technica, Jukeboxes, Pinball’s and more’, (www.terratechnica.at) is described as a ‘time travel museum’ by its founder Ronnie Seunig. The museum is divided into era’s, from the late 19th century through to the current day.

The museum covers 8,500 sq meters and features machines and other relevant items from each period including bars and cars; such as a Model T Ford, the original Batmobile and the last car owned by Stan Laurel! The museum also covers a large section of the amusement industry as we know it today, with pinball machines, computers, early video games as well as hand-held video games. 

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Joyce: September Column

27/09/2017 | 3 comments

Royton-based Crane Payment Innovation recently presented a cheque to the British Red Cross for £4000 to assist the victims for the Manchester Arena bomb attack, the donation came from their parent company based in Philadelphia, USA and is from the Crane Foundation.  The donation will be used towards the We Love Manchester emergency fund.

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Bacta Bikers Superheroes Quest Takes Off

20/09/2017 | No comments

the Bacta bikers, are collecting donations once again for the association’s chosen charity, Rays of Sunshine.

This year the tour is in the UK and the team visited Newark, in Nottinghamshire, England, to visit two manufacturing companies, Blueprint – part of the Gauselmann Group – and Reflex. Despite the very wet weather, they were welcomed at the two companies and warmed up with drinks and pledges of donations.

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Simworx to supply three key attractions to brand new French theme park in 2018

19/09/2017 | No comments

UK-based dynamic media attractions specialist Simworx has announced that it is to provide three major attractions to a brand new park scheduled to open in France in 2018.

Parc Spirou, which is currently under construction at a site in the area of Beaulieu in Monteux, close to Avignon in southern France, will bring to life the well-known comic book character Spirou and his friends, popular for many years with young children as well as parents and grandparents.

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