Ipswich: Amusements owner hopes to create ten-pin bowling centre in the town

Charlie manning

Charlie manning - Credit: Archant

An amusements boss today set out his plan to create a ten-pin bowling and arcade gaming centre in Ipswich, which he hopes will link the waterfront and the town centre.

Charlie Manning, owner of Manning’s Amusements in Felixstowe, has submitted proposals to the borough council for the centre, which has been earmarked for a former factory in Star Lane.

If the project is given the green light, it would include five bowling lanes, gaming machines, a cocktail bar, beer bar and an American-style burger diner.

Mr Manning said: “It is going to be just off the waterfront so it is a good link between the waterfront and the town centre.

“With UCS and student accommodation just opposite us as well, it is going to be a great spot for students.

“A lot of the feedback we have had is from people saying Ipswich needs something new and different.

“We will serve alcohol and food but it will be good quality and the ten pin bowling and entertainment will make a well-rounded evening.”

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A decision is not due to be reached on the proposals until the end of September but Mr Manning is confident they will go through.

As well as offering people a place to enjoy games and food, there will also be rooms where people will be able to hold different functions, with live entertainment also due to take place.

Mr Manning added: “The first floor is the private rooms for functions and the ground floor is the main use of restaurant and bowling.

“It won’t be fine dining but it will be good quality and with a couple of fun challenges as well.”

It is thought the building will take about three months to refurbish and it is hoped it will be open to the public by the end of October this year.

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