What's On

Brand new bowling alley set to open in Manchester Arndale

Plus curling, shuffleboard, batting cages, pool, ping pong, and karaoke. By Isabella Norrison.

The Manc The Manc - 16th November 2023

A brand new bowling alley is preparing to open inside the Manchester Arndale shopping centre, as King Pins signs up to take over the old Sports Direct site.

The family-friendly bowling experience recently opened at the Trafford Palazzo and is now set to branch out into the city centre.

King Pins is a state-of-the-art bowling concept – but strikes aren’t the only thing you’ll be getting up to.

The Manchester-founded leisure concept also offers beer pong, ping pong and shuffleboard, which are games that everyone can get involved in.

There’s also curling, batting cages, pool, ping pong, and karaoke, alongside food kiosks operated by some of the north west’s favourite restaurants and traders.


You can tuck in to cocktails, housemade slushies, craft beers and sweet treats, which playing your own games or watching live sport in the bar.

Leisure and entertainment are becoming increasingly popular within the city centre – King Pins will be joining Urban Playground (where you can take on The Cube) and Immersive Gamebox at the Manchester Arndale.


It’ll keep you and your mates entertained for hours.

King Pins will take over the former 28,890 sq ft Sports Direct unit on a 20-year lease.

It’s operated by Roxy Leisure, which already has its sister brand Roxy Ball Room in the Arndale building.


Steve Gray, Head of European Retail Asset Management at Global Mutual, said: “Leisure and entertainment operators are increasingly becoming key features of UK shopping destinations and are helping to draw in more visitors from a broader catchment group seeking social activities.

“It is therefore great to work with Roxy Leisure again on a second family-orientated leisure offer following the success of Roxy Ball Room. King Pins is a growing and already popular local brand, and we expect their offer to appeal to visitors once they are open.

“The arrival of King Pins follows our strategy of creating a diverse tenant mix at Manchester Arndale where we look to combine leading international and local brands across the retail, leisure, and F&B space to ensure we provide the best experience and choice for our customers.

“This has resulted in consistently high footfall across the centre, and near full occupancy of the available leasing space, reinforcing Manchester Arndale’s position as one of the premier attractions in the north west.”

King Pins will also have food from north west traders

James Travis, brand manager for King Pins, added: “We couldn’t be happier to be opening our second site at Manchester Arndale. Taking our state-of-the-art bowling concept to its first city centre location is hugely exciting, and where better to do it?


“Manchester Arndale is one of the UK’s leading shopping destinations, and already has an impressive entertainment offering alongside some of the best retailers on the high street.

“With lanes, games, food, drinks and more; King Pins offers a place for the whole family to have some king-sized fun, as well as the perfect nighttime venue for friends to get together and try something a little different.

“We can’t wait to get going, and to bring the Crown Jewels of bowling to Manchester City Centre.”

It’s time to get your bowling shoes on and invite the family down for a fun-filled day with numerous different activities to get involved in.

Read more

Featured image: The Manc Group