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This years Swavesey Pinball Weekend wAS held over the 7th and 8th of July 2018 - DETAILS OF THE 2019 SHOW WILL APPEAR HERE WHEN AVAILABLE


Thanks to the Landlord and Landlady, Darren and Shelley, the Show once again took place at The White Horse Swavesey.

You can read a little about the show in this report courtesy of Pinball News and see a few pictures from the weekend below

Dates

The show took place over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of July 2018.

Tables started arriving on the evening of the 6th and as usual we were unashamedly laid back and low key, a show for everyone, pinball fans and kids of all ages.


Location

The White Horse, 1 Market Street, Swavesey, Cambs CB24 4QG


The 2018 Table List

Dialled In! courtesy of Phil Palmer at Pinball Heaven

Tales of the Arabian Nights courtesy of Andy Netherwood at Pinball Mania

Aerosmith courtesy of Matt Vince at London Pinball

Game of Thrones LE courtesy of Wayne Johns

Terminator 2 - Judgement Day courtesy of Mark Squires at The Pinball Surgery

Flash courtesy of Mark Squires at The Pinball Surgery

Eye of the Tiger courtesy of Mark Squires at The Pinball Surgery

Earth Wind Fire courtesy of Keith Withnall

Fish Tales courtesy of David Edwards

Mustang courtesy of Phil Dixon

The Simpsons Pinball Party courtesy of Stan Simpson

The Avengers courtesy of Dan Lewell

Jack·Bot courtesy of Martin Ayub

Medieval Madness courtesy of Matt Adams


Details

In 2018 there was:

  • 14 Pinball tables to play
  • The Swavesey festival which also took place over the weekend and provided an alternative to pinball for family and friends and a wonderful evening of music and fireworks
  • The UK Pinball Cup Competition was held on Sunday between 12 and 4pm)
  • A Saturday evening pinball dinner
  • Charity Raffles on Saturday and Sunday


Competition

As usual there was no preregistration for the Sunday's UK Pinball Cup. Folk just arrived on Sunday at noon and signed up before the start at 1pm. Most machines were used for the early stage of the tournament but others were still open for everyone to play too.

This years sponsors included:

Entry

Access to the show was through the public bar, show times corresponded with the pubs opening hours.

The pinball tables were set to Freeplay and we relied on the good will of those attending to buy raffle tickets or donate into the collection buckets. As with every year to date everything collected has gone to charity.


Charity

This year our nominated charity was Prostate Cancer UK:

Prostate Cancer UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1005541) and in Scotland (SC039332). Registered company 02653887.

We managed to beat last years total of £1190 which was raised for Mind, the mental health charity. Thanks to the generosity of those who attended and the good folk of Swavesey we raised £1255.05 for Prostate Cancer UK.


Places to Stay

Here's some of the local places where the attendees chose to stay:

TripAdvisor

B&B

Guest House

Guest House


Local Amenities

The Cambridge guided runs every ten minutes to both Huntingdon and Cambridge centres, family tickets are cheap and there are lots of other places to see like the Nature Reserve on the route. Details are here: http://www.thebusway.info/

The village has a kebab van and it's a good one - the food is great!

A mile away is a main services with all that fast food (KFC, McDonalds, etc.) that kids of all ages love.

The pub has a good menu including a full Sunday roast.


Links

1 Stop Pinball

London Pinball

Pinball Mania

Pinball News

Pinlinks.org

The Internet Pinball Machine Database

The UK Pinball Group

The Pinball Heaven

The Pinball Surgery


Remember That IF YOU MISSED THE SHOW You Can ALWAYS Play Pinball Anytime at Flip Out London !

Thanks

Shows do not run themselves and grateful thanks go out to everyone who contributes, attends and helps. Especially those who bring the machines, run the competitions, offer prizes, service the tables, build the web voice, loan their pub tap rooms, help with setup and break down and turn up to play pinball and have a pint!


We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

History

The Swavesey Pinball Weekend

In April 2006, the first East Anglian Pinball Show was held in a small village on the outskirts of Cambridge. Unashamedly laid back and low key, pinball fans came along to support the event and raise money for the Children's hospice at nearby Milton and, after the early death of our friend Nigel Hill, the British Heart Foundation. In recent years we have also supported other charities such as Mind.

Organised by Mark Squires who lives nearby and is an avid pinball collector, restorer and repairer the show is now in it's 12th year as a regular event on the Pinball event calendar.

The show is held in the tap room of the White Horse Inn in the village of Swavesey, an award winning traditional village pub. Every year there is a good mix of games for regular players to enjoy and to tempt those who may be new to pinball into finding out what pinball is all about.

The event has also become the home of the UK Cup competition and sometimes other rather interesting competitions designed with fun in mind! All are welcome to enter and play for the UK Pinball Cup and the competitions are suited to all ability levels and are also open to all.