Northern Lights Pinball is a non-profit, volunteer led group that was formed in 2011 from a small number of pinball enthusiasts and friends who came together to run a pinball show with a difference. Our shows are designed to appeal to a wide range of players – both seasoned pinball collectors and the general population who may never have played pinball before at all. From this simple objective we hope to create a new generation of pinball fans.
The Northern Lights Pinball Show is an annual event. First appearing as part of R3PLAY in Blackpool 2011 where we gathered nearly 50 machines the show has gone from strength to strength. In 2012 was relocated to Event City in Manchester where, as part of Play Expo Manchester, the show grew to be the largest pinball event in the UK with comfortably over 100 machines, and attracting over 30,000 visitors during the weekend of the show. In 2018 the show returned to Blackpool and then in 2019 back to Manchester.
2020 is the 10th Anniversary of Northern Lights Pinball and the show will again be held in Manchester at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Longbridge Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1SN.
Over the past 10 years Northern Lights Pinball has raised nearly £40,000 for charitable causes, including the Teenage Cancer Trust and more recently various local charities in Blackpool and Manchester.
As the popularity of the show has grown the continuation of this event would not be possible without the support we receive each year from pinball collectors and enthusiasts around the UK and beyond. The show also receives generous sponsorship from a wide range of pinball companies worldwide. Our thanks to everyone who helps and supports us.
Pictured from left to right: Chloe, Dave, Paul, David, Mark, Simon, Dan, Chris ‘Poibug’, Nigel.
Absent from photo: Darren Ball and Simon White