BEGINNER'S GUIDE

What is UK Games Expo? The What, When, Where, Who, How and How much of UK Games Expo.

NEC and Hilton, Solihull. 1st to 3rd June 2018

What?

UK Games Expo is the premier event in the UK where all aspects of the gaming hobby are represented under one roof:

  • Card Games
  • Boardgames
  • Role-playing Games
  • Miniature Games
  • Family games

The goal is to create a fun event which will appeal to families and the general public as well as the enthusiast. You arrive, you wander around the trade stands, try out any games you wish, sit in on the seminars or join in with the tournaments These are the main elements:

  • Tournaments and Championships in the most popular game systems
  • Newest games and releases on show AND PLAYABLE
  • Large trade fair
  • Family Zone - lots for the kids to do
  • Authors and artists
  • Participation and Demonstration Games - No need to know the rules or book in advance -JUST WALK UP AND ASK TO JOIN IN!
  • Costumed Groups
  • Guests
  • Seminars and Talks
  • Space for Open Gaming and Roleplaying Games
  • Game Ambassadors in blue shirts - if you are new, on your own or just lost ask them and they will help.

Who can come?

UK Games Expo IS open to the public. You can book in advance when tickets go on sale OR just turn up and pay on the day.

When?

UK Games Expo is held on 3 days in May or June. The next show is Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd June 2018. We hope that many of you will join us for all three days.

Show Hours

The core of the show - for most visitors will be in NEC Hall 1 and Hall 2. There are also actvities near the lake - see Cook Street and Viking Village, and in the Hilton Hotel and in the Toute Suite and PIazza Rooms. There is also a full schedule of seminars, panels and workshops.

Friday

The NEC Hall 1 Trade Hall (300+ exhibitors, hundreds of tables of games to play, the Family Zone, Cosplay Groups, shop and drop.)

General public opening 9.30 to 6pm.

Gaming rooms at the Hilton Hotel open 10.00 until the midnight for Roleplaying sessions.

Open Gaming available at the NEC Hall 2 from 8 am until very late and later at HIlton

Tournament Hall (Hall 2) open from 8am till midnight

Cook Street and Viking ViIlage Open from 10.30 till mid evening.

Saturday

The NEC Hall 1 Trade Hall (300+ exhibitors, hundreds of tables of games to play, the Family Zone, Cosplay Groups, shop and drop.)

General public opening 9.30 to 6pm.

Gaming rooms at the Hilton Hotel open 10.00 until the midnight for Roleplaying sessions.

Open Gaming available at the NEC Hall 2 from 8 am until very late and later at HIlton

Tournament Hall (Hall 2) open from 8am till midnight

Cook Street and Viking ViIlage Open from 10.30 till mid evening.

Sunday

The NEC Hall 1 Trade Hall(300+ exhibitors, hundreds of tables of games to play, the Family Zone, Cosplay Groups, shop and drop.)

General public opening 9.30 to 4pm.

Gaming rooms at the Hilton Hotel open 10.00 until the 7pm for Roleplaying sessions.

Open Gaming available at the NEC Hall 2 and Hilton Hotel from 8 am until 4pm

Tournament Hall (Hall 2) open from 8am till 7pm

Cook Street and Viking ViIlage Open from 10.30 till late aftrenoon.

Where?

The show at the NEC Hilton Metropole and the NEC.

Find out about Carparking here.

WHO?

Who runs UK Games Expo? It is organised by a bunch of guys who are keen - call it fanatical - games players who wanted to run the UK's best games convention (Richard Denning and Pat Campbell who founded the event, Tony Hyams who with Richard is the director, John Dodd who is the power behind anything RPG and front of house manager, Keith Thomasson who looks after Trader Liaison, Mick Pearson runs the Press Preview and Wyverns Lair, Chrisopher Finnegan handles logistics, Simon and Heather Ramsden-Fletcher run volunteers, Millie Lavendelle is our Seminar Manager, Abbie Hyams is our Amabassador Manager, Jude Dodd runs the Hilton. Hayley is our Adminsitrator.

UK Games Expo is now a very time consuming operation and all of us spend hundreds of hours on it.

We also rely on a host of volunteers of which there are too many to name here. All are UNPAID volunteers who help run the event because they like it to succeed.

Who comes to UK Games Expo? In 2017 we had 16300 unique visitors and 32000 attendances over the weekend. This includes many gamers of all types but also a large number of families and children. It is open to all and NOT restricted.

How?

How do I find out more and how do I book up for it?

This website has extensive information on all aspects of UK Games Expo. You can read up on where the convention is, about hotels and travel to it, about ticket prices (and you are able to book online or on the day) and all about the companies who attend and what games they will be bringing. There are details about the Family zone, Seminars, Authors and Artists and much more. Just get reading.

We recommend you follow on Twitter and Facebook as well as registering for the newsletter.

You can JUST turn up and pay on the door OR you can book tickets for entry online from 1st December 2017. Events go live in the new year.

How Much?

Its all on this page