Tournaments, talks, demos, character parades, industry insights and the chance to meet thousands of like-minded players – this is what you can expect at a gaming convention. You’ll discover hundreds happening right here in the UK every year. So whatever type of gamer you are – be it a video gamer or a Slots gamer, a board gamer or a card gamer –, you’re sure to find a UK gaming convention that’s just right for you.

Love playing Dungeons & Dragons, Kingdomino or GURPS, for instance? Check out the UK Games Expo. This 3-day convention at the NEC Birmingham is one of the biggest for fans of fantasy table top games. It brings together over 40,000 players each year for live battles and even game-inspired cosplay.

Video games more your thing? Book a ticket to EGX. This huge exhibition at the ExCeL London celebrates video games for all platforms, including Xbox, PlayStation and PC. Visitors can expect to chat with plenty of gaming gurus and try out new video games before they appear in the shops.

To find out more about these cool gaming conventions, take a look at the below guide from gaming experts at