In recent years, bingo has moved out of halls and into our homes, making it easier than ever before to play the game we all know and love. Still, there’s something irresistible about getting away for the weekend to relax, have a laugh, and—of course—play a classic game of bingo.
If you’re looking to make a quick escape in 2017, but can’t bear the thought of leaving bingo behind, don’t panic: we here at BingoPort have put together this list of some of the greatest UK weekend destinations for bingo lovers. Dive in to find your perfect break!
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One of the South West’s best-loved seaside resorts, Weston-super-Mare has been welcoming visitors since the Victorian era. Thousands still flock to the town every year, and it’s easy to see why: a beach that stretches for miles, fantastic shopping opportunities, and the town’s legendary Grand Pier make this a must-visit destination.
Where can I play bingo? Get your fix at Gala Bingo, located just 15 minutes on foot from Weston-super-Mare station.
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As well as being the home of Greggs (something for which the entire nation owes this city a huge debt of gratitude), Newcastle is well-known for its range of museums, historical and modern architecture, and, of course, its legendary nightlife. Whether you’re heading here to take part in the city’s world-famous Great North Run or looking for a more relaxing break, a Tyneside trip should definitely be part of your 2017 travel plans.
Where can I play bingo? There are plenty of options for visitors to Newcastle, including Gala and Mecca clubs. Also worth checking out is Heaton Bingo, which offers free sessions on Wednesday and Saturday mornings!
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Swansea has plenty to offer visitors: as well as Wales’ largest indoor market, the birthplace of Dylan Thomas, and some fantastic museums, the city also encompasses the glorious Gower Peninsula—a coastal paradise which was the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty—and the beautiful former fishing village of Mumbles. It may be Wales’ second city, but you’re sure of a first-class break in Swansea.
Where can I play bingo? Head to Castle Bingo or Mecca Bingo to get your game on.
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Synonymous with seaside holidays, Great Yarmouth is the heart of the East Anglian coast. There are plenty of attractions on offer here, including the Pleasure Beach, Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Pettitts Animal Adventure Park and the SeaLife Centre, making the town a perfect place to spend a family break. If you need a bit of a rest after all the excitement, don’t worry: there are a whopping 15 miles of beach on offer here at Great Yarmouth, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the sunshine.
Where can I play bingo? Palace Bingo is a fantastic choice for visitors staying in the town itself, located just 7 minutes’ walk from Great Yarmouth station. Drive a little further up the coast to Hemsby and you’ll also discover Martins Bingo, which offers some brilliant prizes!
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Voted as the “friendliest city in the world”, Glasgow offers something for everyone. The city’s Style Mile is a shopper’s paradise; there’s a fantastic cultural scene with plenty of top attractions; and the nightlife is world-class—the city was even designated a UNESCO City of Music. There’s so much to discover in Scotland’s largest city—why not check it out for yourself?
Where can I play bingo? You’ll be spoilt for choice here in Glasgow, with not one, not two, but three Mecca Bingo halls, as well as Gala clubs in Maryhill and Possil Park, plus a Carlton club in Partick.
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It’s never been easier to visit the Northern Irish capital, with flights available from no fewer than 21 UK airports to either Belfast City or Belfast International. That means there are no excuses not to hop across the Irish Sea to discover this beautiful, historic city, with Crumlin Road Gaol and the Titanic Museum sure to feature high on every visitor’s list.
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The beating heart of North West England, Manchester is home to a plethora of museums and galleries, City and United, and one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in the country. There’s far too much to do here to come up with a concise list, but shopaholics will adore the iconic Trafford Centre, art lovers will love the Manchester Art Gallery and HOME, and thrill seekers should head straight for the (indoor) slopes at Chill Factore.
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Surprised to see Hull making the list? You shouldn’t be: it’s been designated as the UK City of Culture for 2017, meaning that the city now boasts a packed cultural calendar, with plenty of music, art, theatre and dance events taking place in Hull over the next 12 months. With highlights including the Turner Prize and the North Atlantic Flux music festival, this much-maligned city has plenty of surprises in store for visitors.
Where can I play bingo? The usual suspects Gala and Mecca are present in Hull, but it’s also worth checking out Astoria Bingo, which has been in operation for over half a century in a stunning 1930s former cinema building.
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Brighton’s status as one of the south coast’s most popular destinations dates all the way back to the Georgian era, and millions continue to flock to the town every year. With plenty of sunshine, the world-famous Brighton Pier, and diverse cultural scene, it’s no wonder that Brighton has been declared “the happiest place to live in the UK”.
Where can I play bingo? Head over to Kemptown to play in the city’s Gala Bingo club.
There are few seaside resorts which can claim quite the same legendary status as Blackpool. More than 10 million visitors head to the Lancashire coastal town every year to head to Pleasure Beach Blackpool, the Blackpool Tower and Ballroom, and the town’s beach and three piers. Blackpool Illuminations have been drawing visitors since the 1800s, and the town’s Air Show, featuring the RAF Red Arrows, has been running since Edwardian times. There are plenty of reasons to check out this classic destination—so what are you waiting for?
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