Northern Lights Pinball will be at Play Expo Blackpool…

We are thrilled to announce that Northern Lights Pinball will be at Play Expo in Blackpool on 23rd & 24th October 2021

It’s great to be back. Hope you can join us for some Pinball along with all the usual arcade and console action at Play Expo.

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10th Anniversary Show Announced

2020 Northern Lights Pinball Show confirmed. We are proud to announce that Northern Lights Pinball will be returning for our 10th Anniversary year co-hosting again with Play Expo Manchester!

This year’s show is returning with a whole new venue. The event will take place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of May. We are planning some special things for this landmark event. This could be our best show yet. Don’t miss it. Buy tickets using the links in the menu above, subscribe to our newsletter for a discount code or follow us on Facebook.

2019 Charity Donation

We’re very proud to announce our charity fundraising total from this year’s show and various other activities is a massive £3,596!

Huge thanks to all of our many friends that help make this possible. From the generous members of the pinball community that bring machines to the show, or offer help and support – to the equally generous sponsors who provide valuable items to help with fundraising. Every one of you is treasured and an important part of what we do.

Our charity partner this year is Mustard Tree, based in Manchester, who help tackle the causes and consequences of homelessness. Chris and David recently had the pleasure of meeting Jack at Mustard Tree to hand over the gratefully received donation (pictured).

Our work doesn’t stop here though. You’ll see the Northern Lights team at various upcoming pinball shows this year where we continue our efforts to promote pinball and raise money for good causes.

Hopefully then we’ll see you at the shows, and also look forward to welcoming you back to Manchester in 2020 for an even bigger and better event! Join our Facebook and Twitter feeds to meet up with our friendly pinball community and stay informed of all our upcoming events.

Games at the 2019 Show

Here’s a quick look at some of the games you can look forward to at this weekend’s show in Manchester! With it being Star Wars day on May the 4th (be with you!) we’re hoping to bring together a good selection of all the various Star Wars pinball machines ever made.

Beyond Star Wars there’s a great range here, from some beautifully restored electro-mechanical machines of the 1960’s and 70’s, through some of the all-time classics of the 80’s and 90’s, all the way up to some of the very latest releases this year.

Once again a massive thanks to our generous friends in the pinball community who bring these games together for your enjoyment, and to help us raise funds for charity.

As always, these games are liable to change. Even at this late stage we’re still expecting a few games more than are listed here!

See you at the weekend!

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2018 Show Announcement

The Northern Lights crew are delighted to announce that for the 2018 show we’re returning to where it all began – the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool!

The show will be held as part of Play Blackpool over the weekend of the 27th and 28th October 2018.

Many people have said how much they enjoyed the show when it was held in Blackpool so here, for one year only, is your chance to relive those days!

Although it will be a smaller show than last year’s in Manchester, we’re still expecting to have over 50 pinball machines available alongside 120 classic arcade cabinets and over 200 retro gaming systems. This will be the largest amount of retro gaming ever seen in the Norbreck venue and we hope many of you will continue to support us, both by coming along and by loaning games.

The slightly smaller scale of the show will allow the return of the UK Pinfest in August to take centre stage as the largest gathering of pinballs in the UK this year. It will also give the NLP crew the chance to take a bit of a breather after organising 10 consecutive shows!

More information, including news on our discounted ticket sales, to come in due course. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for further news!

Pinball at Christies Hospital

We’re enormously proud to announce that we’ve helped bring a new pinball machine into the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Christies Hospital in Manchester!

The Christies NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest hospitals in Europe that specialises in treatment for those suffering with cancer, helping around 40,000 patients a year. It was also the location of one of the very first Teenage Cancer Trust units, which delivers a nursing and support service for young people who are being treated in hospitals in the area.

We’d like to send a huge thanks to our friend Erd at The Pinball Mill, and everyone at Teenage Cancer Trust who has helped make this possible. We’re sure this new pinball machine will help bring some smiles to the young patients.


Thanks from us, to you

It’s a few weeks now since we wrapped up our last big event. There seems to be a tremendous amount of positive feedback from those that attended, and we’re also checking through the responses to our survey. (If you haven’t yet sent us your thoughts and suggestions, please consider completing our short survey)

There is of course a huge amount of work to bring an event like this together. Our most sincere thanks to…

ALL the many machine loaners, we literally could not do this without you. Your effort in preparing and generously donating machines is appreciated by thousands of people over the weekend, and we hope you share our enthusiasm that events like this introduce a new generation of people to the hobby.

Our sponsors who generously support the show with promotional prizes and items that help generate charity funding

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Pinball Heaven

Our tireless crew who dedicate their time, expertise, effort and more at their own expense to help us in various ways throughout the event. From machine repairs, setup/breakdown, transport and overseeing a dozen other things – your help is invaluable:
Andre ‘Onze’
Ian ‘Windoesnot’
Gary ‘Mooseman’
John ‘JMP’
Roger ‘RGV’
Simon Hook

An extra special thanks to Steve who once again raised a huge amount for our charity partner, the Teenage Cancer Trust, at his busy tombola stall. Our visitors may only see him for the weekend of the show, but the effort put in to organise for an event of this magnitude spans far beyond those two days. His team of helpers this year included: Jasmine, Nicola, Sandra, Gary, Jake, Lynn, Madison, Simon H & family and Thin

There will no doubt be others we have missed. Making a list like this always runs that risk – our sincere apologies, please get in touch

To all those that attended, joined in the fun or supported our charity fundraising efforts – a massive thank you, from all on the NLP team


Pictured left to right: Chloe, Dave, Paul, David, Mark, Simon L, Dan, Chris ‘Poibug’, Nigel.

Absent from photo: Darren and Simon W

An Unexpected Journey… to Sunderland

Last weekend we had the pleasure of meeting Geoff Lipinski, the grand prize winner in the charity raffle that was drawn at our last show. Geoff was over the moon with his prize, a brand new The Hobbit pinball machine from Jersey Jack Pinball, and couldn’t wait to get stuck into it.


We may be biased, but we think it’s an incredible machine. From the beautiful glossy side artwork, to the amazing light show and depth of gameplay.


Our thanks to Jersey Jack Pinball and Pinball Heaven for their help in making sure our prize winner is one of the first in the country to get their hands on this exciting new machine. Our sincere thanks also to all those who participated in the raffle, the proceeds of which were donated to our charity partner – Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust will once again be present at our next show – October 8th and 9th at Event City Manchester. Stop by and say hello

Scottish Pinball Association launched on Facebook

Great news for anyone interested in Pinball in Scotland. The Scottish Pinball Association are now on Facebook.

The Scottish Pinball Association was started by a small group of pinball enthusiasts at the end of 2015. They have restarted running pinball competitions as part of the UK Pinball League and have so far run three events. Anyone interested in more information, or wanting to know what they are doing, just visit them on Facebook, like their page and send them a message. Northern Lights Pinball wishes them every success.

Good luck and welcome.

Alien playfield revealed

There was a good degree of excitement a few days ago when Andrew Heighway announced that Fox had approved the artwork for their second pinball machine. This coincided nicely with the annual EAG show at the ExCel centre in London, giving the team there a great opportunity for some early publicity.

The final reveal today was met with great enthusiasm.


Aurich Lawson, the artist behind much of the look of this new machine, also talked about some of the gameplay

“There are 3 branches, all laid out with the motion tracker layout. We’re going to use the RGB LEDs to do a blue “pulse” through the inserts to simulate the tracking, maybe just for the attract mode or something, should be cool looking.”

“Each branch has 4 modes or multiballs, and then a wizard mode. You pick your film to start the game, and then you need to finish the 4 modes for that film (just start them, not complete) and the wizard mode before you can move on to the other film.”

Heighway Pinball are the UK’s first major pinball machine manufacturer. Their Alien pinball machine is expected to be released later in 2016.

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