It’s our 5th Anniversary!!

It seems hard to believe, but this year will be the 5th UK Pinball Party!! We have had some amazing times over the years so this year we have plans to make the UK’s premier pinball event the best ever!

The latest tables on show at the 2013 UK Pinball PartyThe latest tables on show at the 2013 UK Pinball Party

The last 12 months have been an amazing year for pinball with new games released by Stern Pinball and a whole range of other would-be pinball manufacturers, of all sizes, announcing their plans to release a wide variety of new machines. In 2013, the latest releases were shown at the UK Pinball Party and 2014 will follow this tradition.

Of course, the UK’s very own mainstream pinball manufacturer, Heighway Pinball, will be present with finished versions of their first game ‘Full Throttle’. There will also be exclusive announcements by the Heighway Pinball Team, followed by a Q&A session – hosted by Pinball News. Make sure you visit www.heighwaypinball.com or visit Heighway Pinball on Facebook, for all their latest news.

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This year we will have more than 110 pinball machines on offer, set on freeplay – from 1950s electromechanicals up to the latest, and most modern, solid state pinball machines. Members from the UK Pinball Group (click the name for more information) kindly bring along pinball machines from their own collections so everyone can play games they would never otherwise get to play.

SONY DSCThe UK Pinball Party is a unique pinball event with everything under the one roof – the show’s venue, the accommodation, the dinner evening, the food, the drink, the bar and most importantly the people that make our show such a huge success.

There will be pinball machines for sale, new and used pinball parts to buy, raffles, arcade video games to play and buy and much much more. Come back to the site regularly for all the latest news, sign up for the show’s newsletter by clicking the link above and follow UKPinballParty on Twitter and Facebook!

'Elvira' makes an appearance at the 2013 UK Pinball Party‘Elvira’ makes an appearance at the 2013 UK Pinball Party

Over the years, the UK’s showcase event grew from being a show with mainly national appeal to one that now has people travelling from all corners of the globe to attend. It has now become one of the top events on the global pinball calendar.

But don’t let that fool you into thinking that the show has lost its personal touch. The UK’s pinball community is famous for its passion for pinball, its technical expertise and most importantly, its friendliness. Visitors from overseas and new to the hobby have commented on the quality and variety of machines on offer, and just how friendly and welcoming our community is. It may be a cliché, but our community really does have a family feel to it.

0464This year’s event will again be held at the luxurious Puma Daventry Court Hotel, on 29th -31st  August 2014. Last year, our allocation for accommodation was fully booked four weeks before the event, so please book early to avoid disappointment

Every year we fly in a special guest for the weekend. In the first year it was legendary pinball designer Dennis Nordman. In 2011 it was new pinball manufacturer Jersey Jack Pinball’s CEO & founder Jersey Jack himself, talking about his company’s first game, The Wizard of Oz. In 2012, legendary pinball game designer Mark Ritchie was our guest of honour. For 2013, our special guest was George Gomez – legendary designer and Stern technical director. For 2014, the UK Pinball Party continues its tradition of bringing over the very best from the USA, by proudly announcing our guest of honour as pinball design legend Barry Oursler – designer of such legendary games as Solar Fire, Jungle Lord, Defender, Cyclone, Dirty Harry, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Jack*Bot and Junkyard!

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2014 UK Pinball Party Guest-of-Honour, Barry Oursler

2013 UK Pinball Party Guest-of-Honour, George Gomez, signing flyers

2013 UK Pinball Party Guest-of-Honour, George Gomez, signing flyers

The highlight of the weekend for many people is the luxurious gala dinner evening – this year on Saturday 30th August 2014 at 8.30pm in the hotel’s FUEL restaurant. This year, the format has changed to a sumptuous 3-course meal buffet – to help minimise any delays between courses. With awards, news from the UK pinballing world and an exclusive talk by our special guest for 2014, Barry Oursler, who will be talking about his career in pinball and the state of pinball today, this year’s dinner promises to be a truly memorable experience. Make sure you book your dinner place(s) early to avoid disappointment, as spaces are strictly limited.

Dinner 2013Are you a budding pinball wizard? Then enter one of the many tournaments on offer over the 3-day event. There’s the hugely popular UK Pinball Open – with prizes, trophies and World Pinball Player Ranking (WPPR) points on offer. There’s also the Classic Tournament, the Team Tournament, the Kids Tournament and the finals of the UK Pinball League! Make sure you sign up for our newsletter for news of when registrations for the UK Pinball Open will open, and then be sure to register early as the tournament is always over-subscribed!

So, put a note in your diary, book your tickets now and support the UK’s world-class pinball event. We’ll see you at the Daventry Court Hotel in August for another fantastic weekend of pinballing!!

Andrew Heighway
UK Pinball Party Organiser

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