The UK’s favourite Arcade, Indie & Retro video gaming expo returned to its spiritual home at the Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre on the 3rd/4th May 2014!

Play Blackpool featured a whole host of video gaming-related treats, including:

  • Classic Arcade Machines 
  • Indie & Modern games for PC, console & mobile 
  • Challenge (Tournaments) & Cosplay Contests 
  • Dealers / Traders and much more!

Play Blackpool will return on the 2nd – 4th May 2015!


Will we be coming back to Blackpool in 2015? You betcha!

Tickets for next year's Play Blackpool will go on sale in October 2014.

In the mean time, don't forget Play Expo at EventCity, Manchester on 11/12 October 2014 - tickets are already available to buy via

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The North’s biggest and most diverse video gaming expo is back! Play Expo is returning to Manchester’s EventCity for its third successive year. Taking place 11th and 12th October 2014, Play Expo is expanding considerably and will now feature FIVE absorbing events, under one roof!
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Jesse McClure’s Classic Gaming Championship video

We had our first celebrity entrant in the Blackpool heat of this year's Classic Gaming Championships. Jesse McClure of Storage Hunters fame competed for the pride of America and you can see how he got on in our video.
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Here's a review of the cosplay masquerades at Play Blackpool, penned by the Play Blackpool cosplay coordinator, Ziggy - better known to many of you as Zonic Cosplay!

Cosplay at Play Blackpool: The Colorful Fun Report by Zonic Cosplay

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Classic Gaming Championships Final Standings

The final scores from the Blackpool heat have now been updated on the Classic Gaming Championships website. It quickly became a three horse race, with Ian Wall declared our winner scoring 400 points (from a maximum of 500), narrowly beating Ross Burnett (370) and Spencer Guest (315).
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Play Blackpool Day 2 End of Day Round-up

Sadly it’s the last day of Play Blackpool and as they say all good things must come to end. Here’s today’s roundup… We were lucky enough to have Jesse McClure of Storage Hunters share his experiences finding storage units full of gaming gold. Fans of the show were given a behind the scenes tour – from where the stock is taken and sold to the weird and kooky items and people he meets along the way. Footage of the talk …
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Play Blackpool Day 2 Morning Round-up

Good morning folks! Unfortunately it’s the last day of Play Blackpool and we’ll be sad to see the good times end. However, we have a fun packed day ahead of us filled with talks from retro gaming legends, exclusive VR content on the Oculus Rift, some hardcore action down with the Classic Gaming Championship and our second day of cosplay masquerade goodness. We have another exclusive, never been seen before hands-on with an Oculus Rift game this weekend – Ghostship Aftermath, …
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Play Blackpool Day 1 End of Day Round-up

After a successful day here at Play Blackpool, we thought we’d let you know what you might have missed out on. We had an excellent turnout for this year’s Play Blackpool Cosplay Masquerade – from Coco Bandicoot to Hiccup from How to Train your Dragon, we’re never far away from the country’s most colourful characters. The judges decreed that Jax of League of Legends won. This year sees Play Blackpool supporting the games design students of Nottingham Trent University. Namespace, …
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Play Blackpool Day 1 Morning Round-up

Play Blackpool  has kicked off to a roaring start – video game fans flew through the queues in less than twenty minutes thanks to our crack team of ninja staff and a little help from the traditional Blackpool weather. Fear not! There are still tickets available on the door for both days so there’s no excuse to miss out on a fun packed weekend. We have an exclusive hands-on with Llamasoft’s Minotaur Rescue on Oculus Rift this weekend, which you …
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Online and On the Door Tickets Sales

Online ticket sales will cease as follows: Saturday & Weekend tickets – 9am Saturday 3rd May Sunday Tickets – 9am Sunday 4th May. After this time tickets may be purchased on the door. On the door tickets prices are: Adult (1 day) £13 – Adult (weekend) £22 Child (1 day) £8 – Child (weekend) £13 Family (1 day) £40 – Family (weekend) £64

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