National Bingo Day 2024 – Now a whole week of Bingo celebrations!

Updated June 11, 2024
National Bingo Day becomes National Bingo Week in the UK by order of The Bingo Association.
National Bingo Day 27 June

It started in the UK in 2021 and is the perfect reason for the entire bingo industry, from land-based bingo halls to online bingo sites large and small, to come together on National Bingo Day to share in the joy of our favourite game.

The event is spearheaded by The Bingo Association, which is the trade association for all licensed bingo operators in Great Britain. The association represents the entire bingo industry, and National Bingo Day forms part of its efforts to promote and develop the interests of all GB licensed bingo operators. The National Bingo Game which is affiliated through many different high street bingo brands is also a massive supporter of National Bingo Day, offering enhanced prizes.

For 2024 the retail bingo industry sector will be actively encouraged by The Bingo Association to make the week about value bingo and making sure the game is accessible for everyone..

Transatlantic influence

The idea for National Bingo Day UK came from the USA, where an annual day has been dedicated to bingo for a number of years.

The Bingo Association, prompted by a suggestion from market leader Mecca Bingo, decided a similar event in the UK would provide an opportunity for players to celebrate the game they love and give non-players encouragement to try bingo, while creating a point of interest for the media to help promote the game in all its forms and highlight the entertainment value of the game.

The 27th of June 2021 was selected for the first UK National Bingo Day, ensuring the celebration would take place at the same time as its US counterpart and the date will remain as the 27th June moving forward.

What Happens on the Day?

Well, whether you play land based bingo or prefer to play online bingo, you are sure to find plenty of special events, promotions and offers. There won’t be a better time of year to choose a new bingo site to play at.

Some bingo halls may host celebrity appearances, live entertainment, or guest callers to add to the excitement. However, on a more serious note, National Bingo Day UK serves as an opportunity for bingo operators to showcase their commitment to responsible gambling. They often collaborate with charities or organizations dedicated to supporting mental health, the elderly, or other vulnerable groups. Fundraising initiatives are frequently held, with a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales or special games being donated to these causes.

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Special games and exclusive National Bingo Day tournaments are likely to be scheduled, along with giveaways and bonus offers, and land-based bingo halls always get in on the action too.

  • High street bingo clubs are always at the forefront of the National Bingo Day celebrations and 2024 is no different. This year the in-club efforts mean that bingo players who introduce a friend to bingo at their local hall during National Bingo Week will receive £10 in discount offers at the venue – local T&Cs will apply.
  • National Bingo Day – 27th June will be value led promotions in club. Visit nationalbingoday.co.uk for up to the minute information.
  • Saturday 29th June will be offers based on community, generating extra winners and celebrating winners
  • As in previous years, the Friday (28th June) will be the charity day with clubs aiming to raise over £20,000 for Variety – The Children’s Charity. As there is an election on, candidates are being invited to attend to call the charity game and right now there are over 30 expected to attend on the night.

Mystery Celebrity Caller – New for 2024

In the week leading up to June 27th a mystery celebrity bingo caller will make a surprise appearance at an unspecified bingo club. We won’t know who it is or where they will be until 19th June. Even when the celebrity is in the nominated club, they will be in disguise – The Bingo Association has been doing research about the populations favourite voices and so the plan is to see if people can guess who the celebrity is, just by the sound of their voice!

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Friday Evening 28th June – MPs visit & Charity Games –

Members of parliament have been invited to their local constituency bingo club, where they will be invited to call a charity game of bingo.  Customers will be asked to make a voluntary contribution for participation in the game.  The proceeds of which will be donated to the Bingo Associations nominated charity, ­Variety – The Children’s Charity.

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National Bingo Day features large-scale versions of the National Bingo Game in halls around the country, with special offers on food and drink as well as games that feature more winners, lots of cash prizes, brilliant bonuses and great giveaways. Each bingo brand will have its own selection of offers for players, but the National Game itself will be the biggest and best of the year.

National Bingo Game wise, to support the theme’s there will be Half Price National Bingo Game’s played on the afternoon and evening of National Bingo Day, with the Jackpot’s of £50,000 still available. For the community winner day on Saturday 29th June, there will £100,000 of community prizes up for grabs (£50k afternoon and £50k evening). Won on the lowest calls in the country, shared among all players in that club.

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Unusual National Bingo Day Events

On National Bingo Day 27th June 2023, and in an unexpected twist, Northern Rail got in on the action. The second largest train operator in the UK published a light-hearted and fun Fare Dodger Bingo card to play train bingo to celebrate the occasion.

The fare dodger bingo card was a tribute to all of the excuses it has received as to why passengers do not have a ticket to travel. Some of the most popular excuses include ticket machines not working, mystery benefactors who will apparently pay later, lost purses, pretending to be asleep and claims of mobiles running out of charge with the ticket on them.

The head of Northern Rail’s retail operations joked that his colleagues have heard every excuse under the sun and that they are all sure to call a full house in no time at all.

How to Get Involved in National Bingo Day!

The aim of National Bingo Week 2024 is to give the much-loved game of bingo a boost. It’s all about celebrating what makes the game great and encouraging people who don’t play to discover or even rediscover the game.

If you want to get involved, you can do so very easily, whether you’re a regular player or even if you’ve never played in your life. Log on to your favourite bingo site or check out some of the offers we have on this page and the days leading up to National Bingo Day and the day itself will show the bingo operators at their very best. Of course, although we are a valued partner of National Bingo Day, not every single operator will have told WhichBingo what they are up to, but you could always check out the official National Bingo Day website too and see if they have anything we have missed – but we think we have more fun deals for you.

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Here are some ideas on how you can help celebrate National Bingo Week:

  • Take part in games at your local bingo hall
  • Play bingo online
  • Follow bingo brands on social media
  • Post bingo-related content online
  • Encourage people you know to play bingo

While National Bingo Week is about the fun and joy of bingo, it also shines an important light on a more serious subject: responsible gambling. The Bingo Association wants everyone who plays the game to do so responsibly. This involves:

  • Only spending money you can afford to lose
  • Limiting your time playing bingo
  • Not chasing your losses
  • Stopping if the game is affecting your health

If you’re going to celebrate National Bingo Week, great! Just make sure you’re sensible about it and don’t overdo things. Playing bingo can be an enjoyable, sociable and rewarding hobby, so keep your head screwed on and you’ll be fine.

Plenty more fun to come

The success of the first National Bingo Day in encouraging players and operators to come together for a day, or in some cases even a week, of fun and camaraderie, was enough to ensure that the events and offers for National Bingo Day 2022 became even better. The plans for 2023 also look great so keep an eye on the WhichBingo Magazine pages and visit this page regularly to get the best offers on this special day.

A look back over bingo’s recent history shows why there is much to celebrate relating to the humble bingo game.

Bingo as an entertainment

While land-based bingo halls have endured a difficult decade or two, with the smoking ban and other regulations hampering profits and player numbers, online bingo has been growing steadily during that time. This means that bingo hall operators are constantly coming up with new ways to attract players and keep them entertained and keep themselves relevant for a modern age.

It’s not all about what you can win with bingo. It’s about coming together and having fun at the same time. You can spend a little or you can spend a lot, but the entertainment you get is the same – it’s your choice.

Bingo brings people together

The popularity of bingo really came into its own during the unique events of 2020, when the world had to stay home and people found new ways to entertain themselves. Pursuits like baking and nurturing houseplants enjoyed an explosion in popularity and bingo was often in the news during this time too, as people found cheer by taking part in events like ‘Balcony Bingo’ and ‘Drive-In Bingo’, not to mention the myriad celebrities and even royalty that got involved in bingo calling over Zoom and similar streaming services. Mecca Bingo called in its celebrity friends to distribute food and care packages to the community from its bingo hall kitchens and Buzz Bingo utilised its facilities in a similar way.

But players who were already accustomed to enjoying online bingo also had an ace up their sleeve.

With the pubs, bingo halls, shopping centres and football stadiums all closed during the UK lockdown of spring 2020, online bingo players knew where they could go to mingle safely – the chat rooms of their favourite bingo sites! Many of these are available to players without even having to make a deposit and chat hosts and fellow players alike are always available to listen and offer advice where needed.

Those communities of players and chat moderators became more important than ever during those difficult months, and it was no surprise that online bingo as entertainment attracted lots of new players as people sought viable ways to find interaction with others without leaving the house. The even better news is that the vast increase in spending and problem gambling that regulatory bodies were afraid of never materialised thanks to the self-regulation of the bingo sites keeping a close eye on what was happening, the fact that they cut back on advertising and even dedicated advertising time to promoting safe gambling.

Bingo became an entertainment that helped keep people talking to each other and now there is a whole day, and in the case of some bingo brands, a whole week, dedicated to bingo and the fun and entertainment it delivers!

national bingo day brings Peak performance

The response to the first National Bingo Day in the UK was tremendous, with 222 online bingo sites participating, across platforms including Dragonfish, Playtech and Pragmatic Play. The event gained more momentum in 2022, with more big brands getting involved both online and offline. 2023 dropped off a little, but feedback to the Bingo Association showed that one day was not enough to cram everything in – hence National Bingo Week for 2024.

Some of the biggest and most recognisable bingo brands regularly get on board, with Buzz Bingo, Gala Bingo, JackpotJoy, LeoVegas, PaddyPower, Mecca Bingo and Sky Bingo all supporting the event.

Online bingo operators report positive feedback from the events the held, with uplifts of up to 18 per cent in the number of players visiting their sites.

The 27th of June 2021 fell on a Sunday, which is ordinarily a quiet day for bingo operators, but many reported it was their strongest performing day of that particular week. In 2022 it was a Monday and again this special bingo day helped to boost numbers on a traditionally quiet day.

Key drivers of the success of National Bingo Day are the social media accounts set up across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to support operators, raise awareness of the various events taking place, and drive engagement.

We can’t wait to see what National Bingo Day 2024 delivers!

If you have any suggestions on how to make National Bingo Day bigger and better than ever, or what you would like WhichBingo to do to mark the event in future years, pop over to our Facebook page, give it a like and drop it on us!

WhichBingo Q&A on National Bingo Day

When is National Bingo Day?

This special day will always be on the fixed date of 27th June 27th. The date will remain the same every year, so that means the day it actually falls on will differ year on year.

What are the hopes and aims of National Bingo Day?

The hope is that 27 June will become as famous as National Bingo Day as 17th March is as St Patrick’s Day! Everyone involved wants the day to become recognised as a celebration of the great game that is bingo.

Which online bingo sites are taking part in National Bingo Day?

Many big names like Mecca Bingo and Buzz Bingo and many Dragonfish sites took part in 2021 and it is hoped that with the help of WhichBingo dozens more will get involved in 2022.

Will there be a special National Bingo Game in bingo clubs cross the UK?

The special National Bingo Games were a big hit in 2021 so there will be even more big games lined up on the day and in the week leading up to the day itself with some huge prizes to be won in the bingo hall. If all goes well there may even be an online National Bingo Game!

How is National Bingo Day celebrated in America?

Very much in the same way as we celebrate here. Operators offer special events and encourage people to play bingo. The real aim is to go bigger and better and really get everyone involved because the US version is a bit disjointed and events are pretty much on an ‘everyone for themselves’ basis with no coming together.

Are there any Bingo Day bonus offers?

Yes, there usually are. Many brands have embraced the idea of the event celebrating bingo and will be running special bingo games and giveaways across the whole week leading up to the day itself or are offering special welcome bonuses. The intention is to have as many people as possible get into the spirit and join in the fun.