UK Games Expo 2013


News about UK Games Expo 2013 – the UK’s largest Hobby Game Convention. Friday 24th,

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2013, Hilton Metropole, NEC Birmingham

Now in its 7th Year, UK Games Expo aims to be the premier event in the UK where all aspects of the tabletop 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 (Xwing – win a Trip to USA. Warmachines. Warhammer 40K. Settlers of Catan UK Championship, Yu-gi-oh. Flames of War. Field of Glory. Carcassonne UK Championship. Dominion. Netrunner National Finals.Malifaux. Blood Bowl, Dust Tactics./ and many others)
  • Newest games and releases on show AND PLAYABLE
  • Large trade fair with 80+ Traders in 2000 sqm of trade space
  • Family Zone - lots for the kids to do
  • Authors and artists
  • 120+ Roleplaying Games to play over 3 days.
  • 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
  • Cinema on Saturday Night showing 2 movies
  • 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.

UK Games Expo IS open to the public. You can book in advance (online tickets Easter 2013) OR just turn up and pay on the day.



UK Games Expo is on 3 days in May. The next show is Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2013. The main show with all the traders and the family zone and costume groups is on SATURDAY and SUNDAY. These are GREAT for everyone as EVERYTHING is going on. Families bring your children! FRIDAY is a games day in the same hotel. Anyone can turn up, find a table (or book into a Roleplaying game) and play. Although they may attend with adults, it is NOT ideal for younger children under 10 as there are no specific activities organised for them. To use these rooms you need a ticket covering the relevant day.


The show at the NEC Hilton Metropole

Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel - Hotel Lobby


Who runs UK Games Expo? It is organised by 5 main guys who are keen - call it fanatical – games players who wanted to run the UKs best games convention (Richard Denning and Pat Campbell who founded the event, Tony Hyams who with Richard is the director, Mick Pearson who runs the volunteers and John Dodd who is the power behind anything Roleplaying. 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. None of us are paid by UK Games Expo for running it. (Though we might get the odd free game out of it ;-) )


Who comes to UK Games Expo? In 2012 we had 2800 unique visitors and

4000+ 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 do I find out more and how do I book up for it? Our 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 from Easter you are able to book online) and all about the companies who attend and what games they will be bringing. There are details about the Family zone, Seminars, Author and Artists and much more. Just get reading.


Entry fees (Gives access to all the Trade Halls and Open Gaming areas)
SINGLE DAY TICKET: Adults £8, Child (10 to 15 years) £5. Family £20.
TWO DAY TICKET: Adults £14, Child (10 to 15 years) £9. Family £35.
THREE DAY TICKET Adults £18, Child (10 to 15 years) £10. Family £40.
FRIDAY ONLY TICKET Adults £5, Child (10 to 15 years) £3. Family £10.
FAMILY TICKET admits 2 adults and 2 children.

Children under 10 go free. Some Tournaments and specific events have additional charges – see website.


Richard Denning