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Festival Past event

Medway Gaming Festival

15 Jun - 16 Jun 2024


Get ready for an epic weekend of gaming madness at the Medway Gaming Festival.

Immerse yourself in the ultimate gaming experience in a unique historic setting.  The Medway Gaming Festival will take over the iconic Historic Dockyard Chatham for an unforgettable weekend of gaming, technology and entertainment.

What to expect

Gaming Extravaganza: Explore the latest and greatest in the gaming world with cutting edge technology, VR experiences and a diverse range of gaming platforms.  From legendary retro games to the hottest new releases, there’s something for every gamer.

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Tech Zone: Step into the future with our Tech Zone partners, showcasing the latest innovations in gaming hardware, software, and virtual reality. Test out the coolest gadgets and see what the future of gaming has in store.

Esports Tournaments: Witness intense esports battles as top players compete for glory and fantastic prizes.  Whether you’re a casual observer or a seasoned esports enthusiast, the adrenaline will be pumping.  

Military Simulations: Immerse yourself in the world of military technologies engage in fun family activities and learn more about the roles within the military. From flight simulators to ground operations, test your skills in realistic scenarios and try out the latest gear used by the services.

Cosplay: Unleash your inner character and come dressed as your favourite gaming hero. Join the cosplay parade, compete in the costume contest, meet like-minded enthusiasts who share your passion for all things geeky, learn new skills in the cosplay village and engage in our dedicated cosplay stage.

Retroland Exhibition: Experience an interactive journey across the history of video gaming, including period dioramas for those fab photo opportunities, dozens of period gaming stations, and special gaming features created just for this exhibition, exploring each decade along with the MGF Arcade Zone.

Stage Shows: Enjoy a range of stage shows from live music on the outside stage to fun interactive stage shows on the expo stage along with talks and panel discussions.

Table Top Games: Whether you’re a seasoned dungeon master or a first-time player, the Medway Gaming Festival welcomes all adventurers. Bring your dice, gather your party, and let the tabletop adventures begin.

Lifesize DND: After launching at MGF23, this feature has gone on to take the event world by storm. Voted No. 1 feature across all MCM Comic Con events in 2023 and now touring across Europe, it will return with a completely new story to its home at MGF featuring real scenery, soundscapes, monsters, magic items, character costumes, the huge Dragon Arch and live Dungeon Masters to guide you on your life sized adventures.

Film and TV Guests: This year we’re welcoming celebrity guests for the very first time in celebration of The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s status as a major filming location. From actors to motion capture artists, voice actors to stunt performers and creature artists.

Wrestling: Experience the UKPW superstars showcasing their incredible skills, delivering six epic matches each day, right in the heart of Museum Square. Brace yourself for the ultimate showdown for the UKPW Championship as ‘The Wolf Of Brawlstreet’ Alexander Roth goes head-to-head with the formidable ‘Top Hat Gaming Man’ Richard Parliament. Join the crowd for a remarkable display of athleticism and entertainment that will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout the day!

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And so much more: Take a break from the virtual realm and try your hand at the ancient art of axe throwing, experience the thrill of gel blasting – a tactical and exhilarating team sport that combines strategy and marksmanship, dive into intense nerf warfare in our breath-taking arena. Victory is just a foam dart away! 

Gamer’s Feast: Refuel and recharge with a variety of food stalls and refreshment options. Take a break from the action to enjoy delicious treats and mingle with fellow gamers.


Follow the official MGF social channels and use #MGF24 to connect with fellow attendees and stay updated on all the latest announcements.
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tickets available at the gate

This is a separately ticketed event and not included in an annual ticket to the Historic Dockyard.

This is an important fundraising event in aid of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.

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Adult day ticket

  • Aged 16+



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Child Day Ticket

  • Aged 4 – 15 years
  • Children aged 3 and under are free.



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  • Eligible ID required



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Family day Ticket

  • 2 adults and up to 2 children or 1 adult and up to 3 children. 



Medway Gaming Festival Sponsorship


Sponsorship is important to the success of the Historic Dockyard. Our sponsors can enjoy a flexible approach to partnership opportunities and a wide range of bespoke benefits designed to achieve their desired aims.

Partnering with the Medway Gaming Festival provides a unique opportunity to showcase your brand to a captivated audience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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