OVERVIEW OF MECCA BINGO LIVE

Updated January 19, 2024

Once a catering business and dancing company managed by TV host and Miss World pageant founder Eric Morley, Mecca Bingo was established in the UK in 1961 as a means to fill up increasingly empty dance halls.
Mecca Bingo Hall

Today, Mecca Bingo is the biggest National Bingo Game operator in the country, and it boasts a whopping 76 bingo clubs in cities and towns across the UK, including three in Leeds, five in London, and three in Newcastle. As well as brick-and-mortar bingo clubs, Mecca Bingo, which is owned by The Rank Group, also hosts a website for online bingo and multiple mobile apps for bingo on the go.

If you fancy playing at one of Mecca Bingo’s many clubs, you can not only look forward to electronic and traditional forms of 90-ball bingo and slot-style games, but you can expect an atmosphere that is warm, friendly and welcoming for newbies and seasoned players alike.

Once one of the helpful team members at the desk of your local club has sorted out your membership and welcome pack, you’ll just need to buy a round of tickets, have your dabber at the ready, grab a drink and join a game!

What’s more, Mecca Bingo are committed to ensuring that their 76 clubs are safe spaces for everyone to enjoy the game. No matter who you are, you’re guaranteed to feel comfortable and secure while you play at Mecca Bingo, and you’ll be part of a friendly bingo community in no time.

Facilities at Mecca Bingo Live

Mecca Bingo Hall Play

Every Mecca Bingo hall boasts a wonderful atmosphere in which to play, and you will find yourself made very comfortable by the ample facilities available in all Mecca clubs.

Mecca’s live halls come in various sizes but tend to be expansive, with many capable of catering for more than 1,200 players at a time. You’ll tend to find on-site parking nearby, and all of Mecca’s halls offer disabled access to ensure everyone can come and play.

You will find a cash machine located in or very near every Mecca Bingo hall, and they all come equipped with smoking shelters should you wish to nip out for a smoke in between games.

Food menu

To make sure your bingo experience goes uninterrupted, you can order food via the Mecca Bingo app without even leaving your seat!

Mecca Bingo Food

The current menu features chicken burgers, tenders and dips from Chicken Box, as well as fish, scampi and jumbo sausages from Harry Ramsden’s fish and chips. You can also order Mecca Bingo club classics such as hot dogs, mac and cheese, lasagne, Caesar salads, and a range of burgers.

There is an extensive sides section of the menu for all your chips, onion rings, garlic bread and sauces, and players with a sweet tooth can have a brownie sundae or mini doughnuts delivered to their table.

If you’re just after a snack, Mecca’s Kitchen Bites menu has you covered, serving up soup, nachos, toasties and chips in the afternoons, as well as a full range of crisps, chocolate bars, nuts and sweet bags.

It’s worth noting that Mecca take pride in their catering offer and update the menu at least twice a year.

Mecca Bingo offers a fully licensed bar in each of its destinations, serving lager, beer and cider on draught and in bottles, cocktails by the glass or in pitchers, wine and spirits, soft drinks and a plentiful range of hot drinks too. You can even order non-alcoholic mocktails, and take advantage of the long list of drinks that fall under the two for £5 category.

You can also use the Mecca Bingo app to order dabbers, pens and reading glasses straight to your table!

Tickets

Mecca Bingo Reopening

There’s a warm welcome at the reception of every Mecca Bingo hall, where you will be able to set up your Mecca Bingo membership and purchase some tickets. Registration takes about 10 minutes, so be sure to arrive in plenty of time for the session you wish to join.

Sessions

You can book your spot on the sessions you wish to play by heading to MeccaBingo.com and using their simple booking form, which allows you to choose between electronic tablet bingo sessions and paper bingo sessions.

Games in both variants run from 10am through to 7pm, with sessions that vary from a slower pace of three games in 30 minutes, through to longer, faster-paced sessions that pack in as many as 18 games in two hours.

Prices

Prices at Mecca Bingo vary between morning and afternoon sessions, and in different parts of the country. Tickets for shorter sessions of half an hour start at £2, while the hour-long sessions are priced at upwards of £5. Afternoon sessions tend to be more popular and thus more expensive. Mecca Bingo ticket prices are reasonable when compared to the competition and for the high standards in all the clubs. A typical evening session can cost just short of £20 for 19 games and some electronic bingo if you play with paper bingo books or £46.50 for the same number of games, but with a 30 ticket per game package on the Mecca Max electronic terminals.

Keep an eye out for the good deals to be had on the longer two-hour sessions where you get more games of bingo for your money, and remember that Mecca provides some free options at certain times of the week. While on the subject of good deals keep an eye on the post and you emails if you are already a member as that is how you may be able to secure Mecca Bingo codes for existing customers for 2023.

Electronic terminals

Mecca’s electronic tablet bingo games are known as Mecca Max, and in these sessions you play on a touchscreen device. It’s hard to miss your numbers here and you can even personalise the experience with your own on-screen colours.

Community and customer service

Mecca Bingo Community

The people who work and play at Mecca Bingo’s live halls are what really make the place special. Whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced regular, you’ll be given a warm welcome and the hall’s staff will be close at hand should you need anything throughout your visit. For example, staff can help you to set your deposit limit to ensure you are able to play safely.

Bingo players are almost always a friendly bunch, but if you’re keen to endear yourself to your fellow players when you first arrive, keep the following in mind:

  • Bingo is all about luck and some players have lucky seats that they sit in every time they play. You’ll make friends quickly if you’re willing to move should someone find you in their regular spot!
  • Being quiet during games is important. Getting distracted can spoil a person’s experience of a game, so do your best to be respectful while the game is taking place and save your chat for the intervals.
  • The bingo caller and staff are working hard to provide you with the best experience at every Mecca Bingo hall, so be kind and courteous to them at all times.

Follow these guidelines and you’ll be sure to fit in perfectly at any Mecca Bingo hall you choose to play at.

Bonkers Bingo at Mecca Bingo Live

Bonkers Bingo at Mecca Bingo Live

The liveliest nights at any Mecca Bingo hall happen when Bonkers Bingo events take place, giving players a chance to take part in crazy games of bingo in a party atmosphere.

Expect music, mad games, dance-offs and all the food and drink you could hope for at Bonkers Bingo, where celebrities are often behind the microphone and players are frequently in fancy dress.

Bonkers Bingo is designed to be a noisy, cheesy, fun party full of silliness, sass and excitement for people who want to play bingo but also want to party. Check the live events page of any Mecca Bingo branch website to find out when the next Bonkers Bingo night is happening, and then get ready to dance and dab until you drop!

In addition to the dedicated Mecca Bingo rave nights like Bonkers Bingo, the venues invite in other fun bingo entertainment providers such as Anyway Up Bingo. This is an event that travels the country to different venues and in addition to the standard fun and games often includes other tribute acts like Kevin and Perry to add to the fun.

The Future of Mecca Bingo

Over the past couple of years there have been news articles popping up about Mecca Bingo closing down many of its venues. These decisions are not made lightly and the most recent clubs affected like Hunslet in Leeds, Chester, Sale and Dewsbury are likely not the last. However, with rising costs and falling visitor numbers each club will be looked at in details to ensure it remains a profitable and viable enterprise for owners The Rank Group. Despite the closures, Mecca Bingo remains one of the leading high street bingo retailers.

For the branches that are to remain open, innovation and staying relevant to a younger audience is key as well as staying in the public eye. For instance, during 2023 Mecca announced that some of their clubs would be licensed to hold weddings – stating that many couples got engaged at a bingo session, so why not get married at the venue too. Mecca Bingo Luton and Mecca Bingo Stockton are highly likely to have been just a couple of the possible venue for the ‘Little Pink Chapel’ packages announced in March 2023. If you want a Mecca Bingo wedding, contact your local branch to find out if this is still a possibility.

If you have ever had an online Mecca Bingo withdrawal pending for a while because of the deposit method you used, it’s worth knowing that if you have had a nice win while playing online bingo, you can now cash it out in your local club. All you have to do is call 0800 083 1988 between 8am and midday, and they will sort you out to be able to collect it at your preferred Mecca Bingo Club between 10:30am and 9pm.

Find your local mecca bingo hall

NameLocationAddressRegionPostal CodePhone
Mecca Bingo AberdeenAberdeenUnit 2 Centrepoint, Berryden RoadAberdeenAB25 3SQ
01224 641 998
Mecca Acocks Green
Acocks GreenStockfield Road, Acocks Green BirminghamB27 6BB01217 069 654
Mecca Ayr
Ayr4 Boswell ParkStrathclydeKA7 1NW
01292 263 702
Mecca Bedford
Bedford57 London Road
BedfordshireMK42 0NX01234 350 355
Mecca BeestonBeeston183 Queens RoadNottinghamNG9 2FE
0115 957 5970
Mecca BilstonBilstonUnit 2, Spring Vale Retail ParkWest MidlandsWV14 0QL
01902 405 065
Mecca Birkenhead
BirkenheadUnit 5 Europa Centre, Europa Square
BirkenheadCH41 4PF0151 647 8860
Mecca Blackpool Talbot Road
BlackpoolTalbot RoadBlackpoolFY1 3QX
01253 751 938
Mecca Blyth
BlythRink Street
NorthumberlandNE24 1AL01670 352 286
Mecca Bolton
BoltonOrmrod StreetBoltonBL3 5DJ
01204 524 096
Mecca Brierley Hill
Dudley35-47 High Street, Brierley Hill
West MidlandsDY5 3AB01384 486 835
Mecca BurtonBurton on TrentMiddle Yard Leisure Park, Guild Street
Burton on TrentDE14 1NQ01283 568 720
Mecca Camden Town
Camden Town180 Arlington RoadLondonNW1 7HL
02074 850 144
Mecca Chester
ChesterBrookdale PlaceChesterCH1 3DY
01244 327 165
Mecca Chesterfield
ChesterfieldFoljambe Road
DerbyshireS40 1NJ01246 207 759
Mecca Crewe
CreweUnit 3, Phoenix Leisure Park, Dunwoody WayCreweCW1 3AJ01270 219 450
Mecca Croydon
CroydonCroydon Centrale, 80 Tamworth Road
SurreyCR0 1XX0208 688 3354
Mecca Dagenham
DagenhamDagenham Leisure Park, Cook RoadEssex
RM9 6UQ0208 593 9862
Mecca Dewsbury
DewsburyThe Retail Park, Railway StreetYorkshireWF12 8EQ01924 485 507
Mecca Doncaster
Doncaster1c East Laith GateDoncasterDN1 1JG01302 367 991
Mecca Dundee Douglasfield
DundeeEclipse Leisure Park, Douglas Road
DundeeDD4 8JX01382 508 090
Mecca Dundee Playhouse
DundeeThe Playhouse, 104-110 Nethergate
DundeeDD1 4EH01382 201 580
Mecca Eltham Hill
ElthamEltham HillLondon
SE9 5ED02088 503 767
Mecca Exeter
Exeter12 North Street
Devon EX4 3QS01392 275 216
Mecca GatesheadGatesheadEast Street
Tyne & WearNE8 3AR01914 785 397
Mecca Glasgow Drumchapel
Drumchapel3 Allerdyce Court, Great Western Road
GlasgowG15 6SA0141 944 9513
Mecca Glasgow Forge
ParkheadForge III, 1221 Duke Street
GlasgowG31 5NZ0141 550 3774
Mecca Glasgow Quay
GlasgowSpringfield Quay, Paisley Road,
GlasgowG5 8NP0141 418 0106
Mecca Hamilton
Hamilton17 Douglas Park LaneLarnarkshireML3 0DF01698 428 590
Mecca Harlow
HarlowTerminus House, Terminus Street
EssexCM20 1XA01279 426 350
Mecca Hartlepool
HartlepoolThe Lanyard, Warrior Retail ParkClevelandTS24 0XS
01429 861 331
Mecca Hayes
Hayes466-468 Uxbridge Road
MiddlesexUB4 0SD02085 731 480
Mecca Huddersfield
HuddersfieldFolly Hall Mills, St. Thomas Road
West YorkshireHD1 3PA01484 424 111
Mecca Hull Cecil
HullThe Cecil, 9b Anlaby RoadNorth HumbersideHU1 2NR01482 326 622
Mecca Hull CloughHullClough RoadNorth HumbersideHU6 7PE01482 492 300
Mecca Kingstanding
KingstandingKettlehouse Road
BirminghamB44 9JD0121 354 2551
Mecca Knotty Ash
Knotty Ash439 East Prescot RoadLiverpoolL14 2DE
0151 220 6468
Mecca Leeds Crossgates
LeedsCross Gates Road
LeedsLS15 7PE0113 232 8950
Mecca Leeds Hunslet
HunsletBalm Road
LeedsLS10 2HU0113 277 5960
Mecca Leeds Mayfair
Leeds50 New York StreetLeedsLS2 7DY0113 234 1773
Mecca Leicester
LeicesterFreemen's Park, 80 Aylestone Road
LeicesterLE2 7LB0116 255 4646
Mecca Luton Skimpot Road
LutonSkimpot Road
BedfordshireLU4 0JB01582 572 294
Mecca Norwich Aylsham Road
NorwichNorwood Rooms, 285 Aylsham Road
NorfolkNR3 2RE01603 787 497
Mecca OldburyOldbury50 Halesowen RoadWest MidlandsB69 2AN0121 552 2882
Mecca Oldham
Oldham24-28 King Street
LancashireOL8 1DR0161 626 7224
Mecca Paisley
Paisley8 Saucel Crescent
GlasgowPA1 1UB0141 849 5820
Mecca Romford
RomfordThe Mercury Mall Shopping Centre, Mercury Gardens
EssexRM1 3EE01708 729 020
Mecca Rosehill
MordenBishopsford Road, RosehillSurreySM4 6BP020 8648 2901
Mecca Rotherham
RotherhamCorporation Street
South YorkshireS60 1NG01709 829 706
Mecca Sale
Sale56 Washway Road
CheshireM33 7RA0161 973 1508
Mecca Scarborough
ScarboroughScarborough Capitol, Albermarle CrescentNorth YorkshireYO11 1XS01723 365 708
Mecca Sheffield Flat Street
SheffieldFlat StreetSouth YorkshireS1 2BA
0114 272 9448
Mecca SouthendSouthend-On-SeaGreyhound Trading Park, Greyhound Way
EssexSS2 5PY01702 466 003
Mecca Southport
SouthportGarrick Parade, Lord StreetMerseysidePR8 1RN01704 533 939
Mecca St Helens
St. Helens20 Kirkland StreetMerseysideWA10 2EG01744 738 878
Mecca Stevenage
StevenageDane StreetHertfordshireSG1 1XB01438 312 834
Mecca Stockton Chandlers Wharf
Stockton-On-Tees2 Chandlers Wharf, Bridge Road,
Stockton-On-TeesTS18 3BA01642 603 061
Mecca Stoke
Stoke-On-TrentThe Octagon Retail Park, New Century Street
Stoke-On-TrentST1 5RR01782 264 664
Mecca Sunderland
SunderlandHolmeside
Tyne & WearSR1 3PD0191 565 6360
Mecca Swansea Carmarthen Rd
SwanseaParc Cymdu, Carmarthen RoadWest GlamorganSA5 8LJ01792 580 208
Mecca Taunton
TauntonCorporation Street
SomersetTA1 4AH01823 272 282
Mecca Telford
TelfordSouthwater Square, St. Quentin Gate, Town Centre
ShropshireTF3 4EJ01952 293 290
Mecca Thanet
Broadstairs KentUnit 46, Westwood Cross, Margate Road
Broadstairs KentCT10 2BF01843 579 330
Mecca Wakefield
WakefieldWestgate Retail & Leisure Park, ColinswayWest YorkshireWF2 9SH01924 367 333
Mecca Wednesbury
WednesburyDudley Street
West MidlandsWS10 7DR0121 556 2689
Mecca Wishaw
WishawThe Playhouse, Kirk Road
LarnarkshireML2 7BL01698 372 598
Mecca Wood Green
Wood Green707-725 Lordship Lane
LondonN22 5JY020 8889 1000
Mecca Wrexham
WrexhamSmithfield RoadWrexhamLL13 8EN
01978 312 717
Mecca York
YorkFishergate
North YorkshireYO10 4AR01904 622 119

Fun Facts About Mecca Bingo

Did you know that Mecca Bingo Stockton has been named one of the luckiest bingo halls in the UK, with the most big winners being found in the Yorkshire and the North East generally – with most of the big money Mecca Bingo jackpots being paid out thanks to wins on the linked National Bingo Game. That being said the Mecca Bingo prizes on offer at the high street halls are some of the best around anyway.

Overview of Mecca Bingo Rosehill

Mecca Bingo celebrated an important milestone in 2021 when its oldest operating bingo club turned 60 years old, giving players and staff a chance to look back over decades of history.

Originally a cinema that served the nearby St Helier estate, Mecca Bingo Rosehill was built in 1937 and first known as the Gaumont Carshalton.

But in 1961 the films stopped and the bingo began! There are also some old black and white photographs of Mecca Bingo Rosehill being used for music and dancing, but the bingo balls have been rolling non-stop for over 60 years inside the Rosehill’s Grade II listed art deco walls.

What to expect at Mecca Bingo Rosehill

Mecca Bingo Rosehill

Mecca Bingo Rosehill is an unmistakably historic bingo hall whose architecture takes you right back in time the moment you arrive.

The hall is located in the town of Morden, to the south west of central London, just off Rosehill roundabout between Bishopsford Road and the A297. You’ll know you’ve found it when you see what looks like a 1930s cinema at the side of the road – because of course that’s precisely what Mecca Bingo Rosehill used to be!

The nearest train station is St Helier and the nearest tube station is Morden, but both are quite a long walk away from the hall itself so you may need a bus or taxi if you’re travelling by train. Fortunately, bus 280 and bus N44 stop right outside Mecca Bingo Rosehill.

Once inside the hall, you really must take a moment to enjoy the dramatic interiors, with all the hidden lighting that was such a popular theme of architecture in the 1930s. The large double-height auditorium that used to play host to classic cinema and 1960s dance events still has all its charm, and the curving balcony adds real drama to the space that now regularly fills up with bingo players at peak times. Hearing the cries of “bingo!” echoing down from the balcony when you’re seated downstairs is a wonderfully atmospheric part of the Mecca Bingo Rosehill experience.

If you’re a London history buff you might want to know that the building’s architect was Harry Weston of Epsom and London, and the interiors were designed by Eugene Mollo and Michael Egan of London, and we have to say they all did a very good job of creating this wonderful building!

Mecca Bingo Rosehill games

Mecca Bingo Rosehill opens at 10am and runs paper bingo and ‘Mecca Max’ electronic right through the day until the final game at 10pm.

The venue closes its doors at midnight every evening, giving players plenty of chance to socialise and enjoy a drink together once the bingo has finished.

Prices start from as little as £2.50 for six games in the morning session, through to £15 for 18 games in the 7-9pm session. Prices are of course subject to change and you may be charged separately for additional games.

Mecca Bingo Rosehill prizes

Mecca Bingo’s big prize promise guarantees players at Mecca Bingo Rosehill three chances to win £100 with a full house in their £10 main game on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Monday evenings bring two chances to win £200 with quadro bingo full houses in the £15 main game, while Friday ups the ante by doubling that number to four £200 prizes.

A full house on Saturday evening can land five winners a prize of £200 in the £15 main game, but it’s on Sunday that things really hot up when one full house wins £500 and another wins a cool £1,000 in the £15 main game.

Food and drink at Mecca Bingo Rosehill

Like all Mecca Bingo halls, Rosehill has an extensive food and drinks menu that is available via the Mecca Bingo app if you want the convenience of ordering to your table without leaving your seat.

Food and drink at Mecca Bingo Rosehill

On the evening menu you can choose from mains from Chicken Box, Harry Ramsden’s fish and chips, club classics like burgers and hot dogs, and a full range of sides such as onion rings, chips, garlic bread and baked beans.

The kitchen bites menu covers all your toasties, sandwiches, chips and jacket potatoes as well as crisps, sweets, nuts and chocolate bars, while the express menu covers a selection of the above and Mecca Bingo’s delicious range of desserts.

Mecca Bingo Rosehill facilities

You’ll find parking for up to 25 vehicles on site at Mecca Bingo Rosehill, and as mentioned above the venue is well served by bus routes.

There is a free ATM at the venue, which seats a remarkable 1,400 people at any one time, and there is disabled access and disabled facilities to ensure everyone can join in the fun.

The midnight closing time and fully stocked bar at Mecca Bingo Rosehill mean you really don’t have to leave your seat to enjoy a full night out in one place.

In the area local to the hall, you can find Morden’s famous Bait’ul Futuh Mosque, which is the largest in Europe and can welcome 10,000 worshippers at once! Also worth a visit is the National Trust property at Morden Hall Park, with its 51 acres of sprawling parkland on the banks of the river Wandle.


Overview of Mecca Bingo Luton

Mecca Bingo Luton

Mecca Bingo promised to “redefine the future” of its clubs when it embarked upon an exciting modernisation of the facilities at its Luton club on Skimpot Road.

The venue closed its doors in October 2020 in order for essential roof repairs to be carried out, and Mecca Bingo took the opportunity to invest in a wide-ranging revamp of the club’s facilities in order to deliver “an enhanced bingo experience both in club and online“.

Mecca’s general manager Tim Perry explained that the refurbishment would turn Mecca Bingo Luton into one of the company’s flagship halls.

He said: “As part of Mecca Bingo’s rebrand, we have committed significant time and investment in reconsidering the meaning of bingo within the entertainment industry and what customers want.

That is a truly immersive experience, providing our guests with everything that bingo has to offer and going beyond what they expect.

We are excited to launch our club in Luton, which is a brand new experience, taking bingo entertainment to a whole new level.

Mecca celebrated the relaunch of its Luton club by transforming a regular Arriva bus into a bingo bus, with a finely dressed bingo caller running games as passengers were treated to a bingo extravaganza on their daily commute.

What to expect at Mecca Bingo Luton

Mecca Bingo Hall Luton

At the heart of the relaunch of Mecca Bingo Luton were a set of new core games added to the club’s daily line up, offering players more ways to win and creating more winners. In addition, there are new special promotions that run throughout each month, such as Mecca Bingo Luton’s Gin & Jazz Sunday, Bonkers Bingo, DJ sets and brunch events.

All of these events will take place inside a fully refurbished venue on Skimpot Road, featuring enhanced audio in the main hall, stunning visuals and graphics, and wonderfully colourful, comfortable furniture.

The fun events were not limited to opening offers and celebrations – there was just as much fanfare around the first anniversary, with live bands, free bingo and lots of extra prizes.

Mecca Bingo Luton games

Mecca Bingo Luton’s regular opening time is at 10am from Monday to Saturday, and 11am on Sundays. There are morning bingo sessions every day, as well as a noon session, and an evening session that starts at 6pm.

Like all Mecca Bingo clubs, Mecca Bingo Luton offers paper bingo as well as ‘Mecca Max’ electronic bingo games that make it even easier to play.

Ticket prices start from as little as £1 at Mecca Bingo Luton, and the majority of games cost no more than £5 to play. For the main evening sessions you can expect to pay a bit more, with ticket prices set at £10 from Monday to Thursday and £15 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

All prices are subject to change.

Mecca Bingo Luton prizes

Mecca Bingo Luton will benefit from Mecca’s big prize promise, which guarantees players regular chances to win jackpots of £100 and £200 throughout the week, and larger jackpots of £500 and £1,000 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

You can also expect to see all sorts of exciting prizes up for grabs at Mecca Bingo Luton’s entertainment nights, bottomless brunches and pop-up partnerships.

Food and drink at Mecca Bingo Luton

A brand new menu is among the star attractions at the refurbished Mecca Bingo Luton, where members can look forward to some exciting new dishes in addition to the favourites such as fish and chips, burgers, hot dogs and chips.

There will be new vegan dishes to choose from, served straight from Mecca Bingo Luton’s new open kitchen, which features a chargrill and its very own pizza oven – so you can enjoy some good dough while you aim to win some dough!

The new bar at Mecca Bingo Luton will cater to everyone’s taste, and Costa Coffee will be available from the venue’s brand new cafe.

Mecca Bingo Luton facilities

Mecca Bingo Hall Luton

There is a large car park on site at Mecca Bingo Luton, with room for as many as 800 cars to ensure you can always stop right outside the venue, which is handily located just a short drive from junction 11 of the M1.

Inside the refurbished venue are seats for more than 1,000 members who can enjoy the enhanced audio and visual experience of the revamped Mecca Bingo Luton hall and the exciting new food and drink options.

So, if you are looking for a Luton bingo hall, then be sure to make the Mecca Bingo hall your first choice..


Mecca Bingo Halls News

Keep your New Year Fitness Resolutions with Mecca Spingo

05/01/2024

Mecca Bingo certainly knows its audience and at this time of year it knows the audience is all about New Year Resolutions and that most of them relate to getting fit. Davina McCall has been highly visible in this space in recent years, but this year Mecca Bingo has used a special survey to help it devise a bingo and exercise derivative called Mecca Spingo.

What is Mecca Spingo?

Specifically the exercise in question is spinning, you know, the one using the stationary bikes! So for a specified time players can have some keep fit fun utilising the benefits of spin and the excitement of bingo.

1,100 UK adults aged 18+ on a special consumer panel, held on behalf of Mecca Bingo, completed an online survey between Friday 7th & Sunday 9th December 2023. This showed that 65% of UK residents have previously made a fitness-related New Year resolution, but that a quarter (25%) have usually given up by 10th January, with a third (36%) lasting only to the middle of the month.

Despite that, 43% of the nation are likely to have made a New Year’s fitness resolution for 2024, with over a fifth (22%) saying that ‘exciting’ workout concepts are more likely to motivate them to stay on top of their goals*. In response, Mecca Bingo has stepped in to apply its expertise and inject the excitement into workouts. 

 To meet this demand Mecca Spingo will feature spin instructors becoming bingo callers as they pedal. The sessions will feature upbeat music while the numbers are being called – all a bit different to usually quiet surroundings in a bingo hall!

Sarah O’Neill, head of innovation for Mecca Bingo said: “Pace, adrenaline pumping competition and joy – the worlds of bingo and spin classes have a lot more in common than people may think! That’s why we’re excited about shaking up expected and mundane exercise routines and breathing fresh life into New Year workouts with the development of our Spingo concept! Whether participants are joining for a chance to hit the jackpot prize or an endorphin high, we’re confident Spingo will hit the mark.” 
Almost half (49%) of the people surveyed who have made a New Year’s fitness resolution said that they would be interested in attending a Mecca Spingo class. Anyone else looking for a bingo and bike workout in early 2024 should register interest by emailing [email protected].

And for those who prefer their bingo less intense, Mecca’s January Sale has also returned, offering bingo fans savings on games across their venues throughout the month. For details of your nearest club see the list of halls above.  

Bingo Caller of the Year works at Mecca and wants a Christmas No. 1

12/12/2022

You may recall our previous coverage of the National Bingo Caller of the Year competition, as well as the subsequent posts about the winner (Benji Maycock) and his bid to take the Christmas number one spot in 2022. How was the bingo caller cum rapper inspired to write his song about bingo and what plans he has for the future.

WHO IS BINGOOBENJ?

This is the stage name of Mecca Bingo caller, Benji Maycock. When he’s not writing and performing his songs, he works as a bingo caller for Mecca Bingo in Wednesbury.

The 29-year-old has two daughters (Delilah and Daisy), both of whom have been rooting for him throughout the year as he made it to the finals of a national competition before releasing his debut single in the run-up to Christmas.

Over 200 bingo callers entered the National Bingo Caller of the Year Competition 2022, and Benji beat them all off to take the crown.

In November, his debut single “B!ngo!” was released, and while it failed to hit number 1 in the UK music charts, it’s already racked up almost 5,000 views on Mecca Bingo’s YouTube channel and gained many complimentary comments. Benji’s also appeared on several daytime TV shows to tell his inspirational story.

Benji is also far from just another music hopeful as he’s already appeared alongside several top artists including James Arthur at major venues like the Royal Albert Hall and London’s O2.

WHAT INSPIRED BENJI TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?

In 2010, Benji attended ACC (Access Creative College) in Birmingham where he gained his Performing Musician Level 3 Extended Diploma. The course aims to prepare people for a career in the music industry.

After the COVID-19 pandemic, Benji was looking for a job in a music venue when he stumbled across an ad for a “show host”. On landing the job, he discovered that it was a bingo-caller role. After working in the venue for a few weeks, Benji started writing a song inspired by bingo, and with support from his fellow employees and bosses at Mecca Bingo, he launched the single in November 2022.

Despite not managing to get to number one in time for Christmas, Benji says “it would be amazing to know that I have added a positive feeling to that many people’s day”. He’s planning another single and a UK tour.

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Laura Kilby

Laura has been writing for over 10 years, and when she’s not busy crafting articles about bingo, casino, slots, and other exciting topics, she loves to travel, do crosswords, and pub quizzes (just don’t try and beat her at music trivia!) In her previous roles, Laura has managed an IT helpdesk, worked as an IT project co-ordinator, and ran a local events website. Laura lives in Wales with her partner.