25th & 26th
january 2025


new for 2025!

Calling serious gamers, casual console players and anyone in search of something fun to do with family and friends! Games Fest is coming to The White Rock Theatre on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January 2025, offering three sessions of pure gaming glee.

retro gaming


Providing a dream set up for every retro arcade enthusiast is Game Over. Relive the magic of your youth and introduce the younger generations to classics such as Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Ninja Turtles, Mario Bros, Street Fighter and more! Also enjoy gaming projected onto a giant screen.

board gaming


Bringing a library of over 100 of the most popular board games around and giving demonstrations of some the newest releases to hit the market will be returning partner, Dice Board Game Lounge. Pick a game, take your place at the table and participate in the competitions and tournaments that will be running across the weekend before perusing a fully stocked shop so you can buy and continue playing your new-found favourites at home.

indie gaming

We’re looking for up-and-coming indie gaming developers to demo their games at 2025’s Games Fest. Whether your game is fully developed or still in development, we’d love to showcase it at our event! Get in touch to enquire about booking a table by clicking the button below.

+ more to be announced!

early bird ticket prices

Available at these prices until 30th of November 2024.


Frequently Asked Questions Coming Soon!

Can I exhibit/trade at this event?

We are now able to take applications for traders. Email [email protected]

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. 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

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.

Will there be cosplay?

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

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 which areas of the Guildhall will this event be taking place?

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.

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]

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

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