Inside Tenpin: Manchester’s newest interactive bowling experience

Tenpin offers interactive bowling, two bars, a state-of-the-art arcade, table tennis, American pool tables, beer pong, and shuffleboard tables

This September, a brand new bowling alley and entertainment centre is coming to the Printworks. 

Spanning two floors, Tenpin, which opens today, is taking over the old Hard Rock Casino unit and features the latest pioneering technology in bowling. 

The twelve interactive bowling lanes (eight of which are currently open, due to social distancing) are fitted with high-speed infrared cameras that detect the ball’s movement to project graphics on to the lane.

And it’s not just about bowling, as Tenpin also boasts two bars, a state-of-the-art arcade, table tennis, American pool tables, beer pong, and shuffleboard tables.

While the new centre features the latest in entertainment, Tenpin has also set out to create a destination for food and drink, with two bars and an American style eatery. 

The new food menu, exclusive to Manchester, features a wide selection of food including burgers, hot dogs and sharers, all available with an on-lane service. 

There is also a selection of drinks, including popular cocktails, served from both of the venue’s new bars.

The new site, which is Tenpin’s 46th in the UK, was originally set to open over the summer but was delayed due to the global pandemic. It is the first Tenpin site in the UK where all bowling lanes are interactive and has created more than thirty new jobs in Manchester’s hospitality industry. 

CEO Graham Blackwell with Ant Crolla

“We’re really pleased to finally be able to reveal our incredible new Manchester venue to the city,” said Paul Grayson, general manager of the new venue.

“We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to build something that Manchester will love and the team have created an incredible space where guests can drink, eat and play all under one roof. 

“We’re excited to be the first Tenpin venue to have all interactive lanes, and we’ve also added beer pong, shuffleboard tables and a karaoke room to our range of entertainment options for the first time too. 

“We want every person who visits us to feel like they could lose a whole day in here!” 

The new venue will be opened in-line with the Government guidance, with a maximum group size of six guests from one social bubble. To ensure social distancing is adhered to, Tenpin Manchester will initially be opening eight out of the twelve lanes, to give plenty of room for each group of bowlers. 

Each bowling lane area will be sanitised after every customer has finished their game, and prior to a new customer using the same lane. Guests are asked to wear their own shoes to bowl in and to refrain from wearing open toes, heels or wedges. 

The arcade, games tables and all high hand-contact items will be cleaned at the start of each day, and regularly cleaned throughout the day. 

A face covering must be worn by guests at all times unless consuming food and drink, and all food can be ordered directly to a table or lane via an app.

Tenpin Manchester launches on 18th September at  27 Withy Grove and will be open Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am until 1 am, with a later closing time of 2.30 am Thursday to Saturday. Reservations can be made in advance.

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