Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January 2022

Portsmouth Guildhall

Games Fest 2022

Back for 2022!

Calling all gamers! You do not want to miss Guildhall Games Fest as it returns to Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January 2022.

Featuring the best in PC, board and retro gaming across 3 sessions and 2 floors of the iconic venue, the 2022 event will also feature gaming merch, tournaments and an all-new Indie Gaming Zone!

Sessions run from 11am-4pm and 5-9pm on Saturday 29th and 11am-4pm on Sunday 30th January 2022 with the Guildhall’s Square Kitchen café open to ticket holders for casual dining and their signature square pizzas.

There is fun to be had for all ages! Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and under 4s go free.


Returning as official Event Sponsor is Reign Gaming by Novatech, who will be running the LAN Zone. The Reign philosophy is simple; design and make great gaming PCs. Whether it’s a lightning-fast system that can eat through fps in esports titles, or an absolute beast built to bring vast open-worlds to life at the highest settings and resolutions, Reign Gaming PCs are built for every kind of gaming, and every kind of gamer.

 Come down and join the LAN party and try out Reign Gaming’s latest Scout class gaming PCs, specially designed for 1080p gaming and esports! Play co-op and versus games and check out the latest flight simulator and racing games.


Dice Portsmouth will once again be leading the Board Gaming Zone with a board game library of over 100 popular games for you to play with demonstrations of the hottest new party games for your friends and family, competitions, tournaments and more. Plus, a fully stocked shop of essential board games available for you to buy and take home and discounted promotions redeemable at Dice on Albert Road.    


The Retro Gaming Zone, led by Game Over, offers a brand-new set up for 2022 featuring every console imaginable from Vectrex, to the Game Cube, Playstation 1 and Xbox with games such as Pong, Pac Man, Mario and Minecraft to enjoy with gaming tournaments projected onto a giant screen.


Gamers can also experience the latest in innovation in the University of Portsmouth’s Innovation Zone with VR, simulators and an assortment of game demos created by students and staff of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. Plus, see developers in their natural habitat as they create a game in real time as part of the international Global Game Jam.   


In celebration of the thriving independent developer community, Guildhall Games Fest is launching an Indie Gaming Zone for 2022 which gives players the opportunity to test out a whole new range of games before they hit the market! The Games Fest team are scouring the country to invite the best of Indie developers but if you think you have what it takes and would like to attend please get in touch: [email protected]

A Selection of our Indie Developer Guests

Achroma is an evolving card game where you help shape the future of the Five Realms.

Enter a world of bizarrely eccentric characters, laugh-out-loud dialogue and devious platforming.

Play as one of four crime bosses, aim to win by taking out the rival crime families (your fellow players!).

Build a team of amazing fictional and historical women to put escaped literary horrors back in their books!

Together you need to find and disarm war planes on a base, both avoiding the guards and disarming all the planes before the deck runs out.

A fantasy adventure game for 1 to 4 players, weaving together gripping narrative and nailbiting card-driven tactical combat.

Control one of Earth’s most powerful organisations and establish a commercial empire to dominate the solar system.

Augmented Reality Trail

Seekers Create are a creative social enterprise that work with young people to create fun, educational trails around the city. They’ve created an exciting retro augmented reality trail for you to explore at this year’s Games Fest.

⦾ Follow the trail and discover hidden codes inside the venue.
⦾ Use the Braille key to decode our trail map.
⦾ Unlock the secret message and register to win a Nintendo Switch.

Visit Seekers’ Games Fest Space and talk to their team to find out more. You can find out more about Seekers Create at

TRADERS & community partners

Portsmouth Comic Con

Portsmouth Comic Con is an event set up by The Guildhall Trust, who also put together Big Mouth Comedy Festival and of course Guildhall Games Fest! Get your exclusive merch for these events here, not available from anywhere else!

GoGeek Events CIC

An experienced, dedicated and uniquely “Geeky” events team supporting anti-Bullying, Equality and Diversity!

Tailored and focused events to provide a safe and friendly environment for everyone, to feel positive and empowered. 

Portsmouth Pokémon League

Portsmouth Pokémon League is one of the UK’s largest officially-sanctioned competitive Pokémon event organisers. Each week, players of all ages attend our casual sessions to play and battle with the Pokémon Trading Card Game and video games. Some come along just to chat and make friends!

Naomi House

Naomi House & Jacksplace are hospices for children & young adults with life-limiting conditions. Naomi House & Jacksplace are so excited to be joining Games Fest 2022 and cannot wait to show how a child or young adult would game using an adapted controller. You can have a go yourself so come and say hi!

Lawn of the Dead

Lawn of the Dead UK is the home of sculptor James Waterfields ghoulish creations. Lawn of the Dead garden ornaments are made from cast concrete and varnished with yacht varnish to be weatherproof.

SuperDenney Brothers

We are based in the UK and we produce a number of resin Miniatures and other nerdy items. We also provide 3D printing services

Props and

Props and is a UK based supplier of high quality props and replicas from Film, TV, Anime & Video Games. We also offer a range of Cosplay & LARP equipment & Replica weaponry from Film, TV, Anime & Video Games.

Focus Toys

Focus Toys is a used and new toy trader, collecting and selling a mix of the best a rarest collectables you can find.

Bowman Board Games

A small online company based in Havant specializing in miniatures for RPG games such as D & D or Pathfinder. They are developing their own range of wooden products such as dice towers and have a small range of RPG accessories on offer.


Price per session (Saturday sessions: 11am – 4pm, 5pm – 9pm. Sunday session: 11am – 4pm)

frequently asked questions

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

We want to assure you that we take our responsibility to help limit the risk of Covid infection seriously. Your safety, and that of our team, remains our priority – so we have a range of measures and requirements in place that will help keep us all, and our families, safe.

The following measures are in place when you attend Guildhall Games Fest:

NHS Covid Pass – attendees will need to show either:

Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Device (LFD) demonstrated via a text message or email from NHS Test and Trace or via the NHS App. The test must be taken within the 48 hours preceding entering the event. This will be necessary for anyone aged 18 years and older.


Proof of full vaccination – both doses received at least 14 days prior to the event demonstrated via the NHS Covid Pass. More details and links to get your NHS Covid Pass can be found here: Please have your certificates etc downloaded/saved as a screen shot ready to be checked on your device on arrival.

Face Coverings – Face Coverings are encouraged for anyone age 11+ unless you are exempt. Children under the age of 11 do not need to wear a face covering. You also do not need a face covering whilst eating in the Square Kitchen Café, which will be in line with measures for hospitality settings .

Track & Trace – we will display track and trace QR posters for you to check in.

Enhanced Sanitisation & Cleaning – we will carry out enhanced cleaning procedures during the event and all games and equipment will be cleaned between uses. We ask that you sanitise your hands on entry and regularly throughout your visit at the sanitisation points provided.

Portsmouth Guildhall’s Square Kitchen will be open throughout the event, serving up it’s famous pizzas. Bars will also be open throughout the day serving both alcoholic and non-alcohol drinks.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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


Photography by Vernon Nash


Do you still have questions or comments? Please contact us on the email below!

important information

Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult 18+
Bag searches may be applicable
No externally bought food/drinks/liquids are allowed
Attendees will have to comply with the Guildhall’s current Covid-19 Restrictions

 Don’t forget about our food options:

Portsmouth Guildhall’s Square Kitchen will be open throughout the event, serving up its famous pizzas. Bars will also be open throughout the day serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.