What is Game Play?

Game Play is a mini-festival celebrating all the great moments that occur when we play together.


Join us for an action packed weekend at The Place Bedford where games of all shapes and sizes will take over all the spaces of the venue:  Retro Arcade and Video Games consoles, tabletop board, card and action games, remote-controlled car racing, old-school tabletop role playing games, games of collaborative imagination, and some unique participatory experiences.

Game Play is a weekend filled with games, play and imaginative exploration suitable for all the family.

From Friday Afternoon to Sunday Evening a whole host of different play sessions, workshops, creative experiences and fun-filled events will be popping up throughout The Place. You can find out more information about the sessions, events and workshops happening in 2020 by visiting the other pages on this site.


Game Play is an opportunity to relax and spend quality time together with friends and family, chase away those Winter blues.


We have sessions throughout the weekend for younger players, teenagers and adults of all ages. You can choose to pop along for a short session only, or stay with us for the whole weekend.

With such an array of different activities, experiences and opportunities we know you’ll want to spend the weekend playing at our place.

Game Play is a chance to develop and learn, offering workshops for young and old to create the next generation of creative game designers.

Thank you

Game Play is an Arts Council England funded initiative, aimed at providing low-cost family friendly entertainment, supporting teenagers and young creatives, and encourage exciting new artistic work in the field of participatory performance.

Huge thanks to sponsorship from Charles Wells Ltd, and funding from The Foyle Foundation for making this initiative possible.

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How can you support?


If you have some free time and a passion for games, perhaps you could spare a day or two to help us out volunteering for the weekend? We need enthusiastic and excited volunteers to help guide attendees around the venue, oversee the spaces and generally keep things simple, fun and friendly for all. If that’s you or someone you know then get in touch.


If you’re an artist or games maker interested in working with us for future editions then head over to ‘For Artists’ to find out more about how we’re supporting the development of future work


Game Play is looking for future partners to help develop this offer for Bedfordshire based families and young creatives. If you or your business would be interested in sponsoring future initiatives from Game Play then get in contact with us.