Gamers, prepare to get your geek on as the ultimate retro and board gaming festival returns to Portsmouth Guildhall this February, bigger and even better than before!

Guildhall Games Fest celebrates more than 40 years of gaming, from Pong and Pac Man to Mario and Minecraft, with an unbeatable selection of board games and retro games consoles.

This event is a collaboration between Portsmouth Guildhall, Dice Portsmouth and Game Over, building on the success of Comic Con 2018 and Guildhall Games Fest in August.

Play on every games console imaginable, from the Vectrex to the Game Cube, from Playstation 1 to Pong on the Binatone TV Master IV. Browse the library of hundreds of exciting board games to play, with dedicated staff members on hand to recommend a game for you and then teach you how to play it. Why not challenge your friends and family with 2-player games and compete in tournaments to be the Games Fest champion!

The event is open to all ages (under 14s to be accompanied by an adult). However there will also be an over 18s only boarding gaming room with pop-up bar! 

We aim to cover all genres - from family classics such as monopoly and cluedo, to modern hits such as Dead of Winter, King of Tokyo and Sheriff of Nottiboangham. 

Join us for Portsmouth’s leading Retro and Board Gaming festival!

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Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult


Before you get in touch with us here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

Can I exhibit/trade at this event?

We are now able to take applications for traders. Either email [email protected] directly or use the adjacent form.

Will there be food and drinks available at this event?

Portsmouth Guildhall's Square Kitchen will be open throughout the event, serving up it's famous pizzas and waffles, alongside their salad bar and bakery. Bars will also be open throughout the day serving both alcoholic and non-alcohol drinks.

What board games and retro games will be available to play?

Dice Portsmouth and Game Over Portsmouth will be bringing their full catalogue of games, with hundreds and hundreds of games to choose from spanning across many generations. You will not be stuck for choice that's for sure!

Is this event wheelchair accessible?

As with all events at Portsmouth Guildhall the venue and event is fully accessible to people of all needs. Should you have any concerns about accessibility at the venue please contact: 023 93870 200. Free carer tickets are also available to this event.

How can I join this event as a sponsor?

We are welcoming sponsorship to this event, should you wish to get on board please contact [email protected]

In what areas of the Guildhall will this event be taking place?

The event will be focused in Portsmouth Guildhall's main auditorium, with board games and retro gaming taking over the whole of the area.

Will there be tickets available on the door?

The capacity for the event is capped at 2000, so we recommend buying your tickets sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. At Portsmouth Comic Con we sadly had to turn people away due to selling out during the course of the days events.

Can I apply for a press-pass for this event?

We are welcoming press applications to this event, should you wish to get on board please contact [email protected]

Will there be cosplay?

As with Portsmouth Comic Con we not only welcome but encourage cosplayers to our event!

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Get a taste of some of the Board Games Dice will be bringing: