Do you fancy spending a whole week-end playing games,
drinking beer, playing games, eating curries and ... er
... playing games? None of the above activities are
compulsory, of course, and you could just pop in for a
day but if you can, do pop in.
||A friendly convention held in Exeter. Unlike
MidCon and ManorCon, this one does not hold any
Diplomacy tournaments so it's a good one for the
general gamer. Usually held at the
Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, from 1.00pm on a Thursday in
mid-April through to the Sunday.
||Held in Britain'a brewing capital, Burton On
Trent, in the town hall in the middle of May.
Non-residential but there are plenty of decent
b&b places nearby.
||A Brighton based gaming group periodically
organise tournaments in
Brighton. They have games meetings in Brighton every Tuesday.
|Cambridge Games Meet
||Takes place the first Saturday of every month (except sometimes January)
from 10 till 10, at The University Centre, Mill Lane. It is free
but you mustn't bring in your own food or drink.
|The Cast Are Dice
||A new con, based in Stoke on Trent, that is aiming to
attract UK subscribers to Boardgamegeek.
The con did not happen in 2008 or 2009 because they were
messed about but they are determined to plough on.
||Nice web site, giving details about the Scottish Boardgames
Association and the two cons it runs each year, one in
Glasgow, the other in Edinburgh.
|Essex Games Day
||10:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday 4th October 2009, Writtle Village Hall.
£5 on the door
||I've not been to one of these but I get the
impression from a recent review in Flagship
magazine they are massive events with trade
stands as well as organised tournaments.
||They meet weekly in a Liverpool City Centre pub (I'm
guessing it is called The Lion), on Monday nights from about 6.30pm to play the usual German and American
stuff. 6 Cask beers in an award-winning pub on a quiet night with reserved tables in a side room.
||Possibly the biggest face-to-face non-commercial games
convention in Britain. University accommodation, and this year
it is in Leicester, not Birmingham. The next ManorCon will be
17th to 20th July 2009.
||The other big face-to-face games convention
in Britain. Not as big as ManorCon but the
surroundings - a 4 star business hotel - are
infinitely better. Invariably held in November at
the Thistle Hotel, Birmingham.
||Held somewhere in Britain, some time in the
year... 21st to 31st August 2009 this year. Poker, Diplomacy, Settlers of
Catan, Lost Cities plus many other games, and the
chance to win a medal.
||The 2007 event has already taken place at The Mitre, The High Street,
Oxford, but there will be a 2008 one in January. Tournaments
for Diplomacy, Settlers of Catan, Lost Cities
plus the usual pick-up games.
||This convention is usually held at The Regent Suite, Golden Lion Hotel,
Leeds, in October.
||SoRCon stands for "Son of Ramsdencon" and this
Colchester based con is designed to fill the gap left by the
(hopefully temporary) demise of RamsdenCon.
||Next one will be held on 24th April 2010 at the ExCel venue in London.
It's a war games con with lots of trade stands.
||Usually held at the University of Manchester.
Eclectic mix of RPGs, CCGs, board games and war
games that apparently works surprisingly well. About time they
got a bloody web site though.
||A one day non-residential con held twice a year in Marsworth,
near Tring, which is about
30 miles west of London.
|UK Boardgames Conventions Homepage
||What a thoroughly good idea: a web site that acts as a
central resource for UK games conventions. The site will
include a conventions calendar, news about cons and a chance
to book a place at a con online via Paypal.
||This is a Yahoo group used to make
announcements about forthcoming conventions in
|UK Games Expo
||Taking place over a week-end in early June at The
Clarendon Suites, 2 Stirling Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16
9SB, this is a con covering the gamut of
games from war-gaming to role playing games, plus online
gaming. Accommodation will be available at a nearby hotel
where the gaming can be continued into the
evening. Early indications are that this could be the UK's
answer to Essen.
If you have a site which you think should be
listed here, drop us a
line. Please note that Chris Dawe also maintains a diary of UK
conventions and it is usually more up to date than ours.