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Medway Gaming and Creative Festival

16th July - 17th July 2022

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, in partnership with Medway Council, is pleased to announce that the 2022 Medway Gaming and Creative Festival will take place at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 July.

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, in partnership with Medway Council, is pleased to announce that the 2022 Medway Gaming and Creative Festival will take place at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 July.

A wide range of different activities will be featured for gamers of all experience levels.

Play and compete at games from retro to modern

The Medway Gaming and Creative Festival is a celebration of video games, gaming culture and creativity, set within the unique historic environment of Medway’s former Royal Navy
Dockyard and against a backdrop of real-life battleships, including HMS Cavalier of World of Warships fame.

The Festival has something to appeal to every gamer, from pro to novice, and will showcase talent, art, creativity and culture, uniting players for a weekend of entertainment. Visitors to
the 2-day festival will be able to watch, play and learn about games; meet special guests; join competitions; experience new and retro gaming; as well as enjoying fun, interactive
exhibits such as Robot Wars and Cosplay masquerade

The Festival is being supported by organisations across Medway and programming for the
weekend is underway. The final programme will follow in coming weeks and highlights
already in place include:

All types of gamers can get involved, from novice to e-sports pro

Experience gaming technology such as VR (Virtual Reality)

See how the armed forces collaborate with the gaming industry

● Huge interactive gaming areas: across the festival site including vast gaming halls,
competitions, e-sports, retro gaming, modern, kids and virtual reality zones.

● Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Hall: from local
Universities, Colleges, Military and local businesses, showcasing how STEM will define our futures in fun and inspiring ways
● Military Show: from across the armed forces, with interactive content that highlights the incredible work of the forces and the links technology used in the modern Forces has
with the Gaming industry
● Creating Games Exhibition: New games, technology and experiences being created by students from publishers, and students, for those wanting to learn more about the
gaming and digital industry, as well as Medway’s four universities and MidKent College showcasing what they have to offer to our aspiring young people.
● Creative Arts Exhibition: Local artists creating new art pieces for the show and interactive stands including many local partners

  • Rapture Gaming Hall

    ● A vast gaming hall with over 200 gaming stations featuring modern games like
    Fortnite and Minecraft as well as retro favourites and modern zones with titles such
    as Streetfighter, Tekken and Smash Bro.
    ● Inspiration stage and learning zone with talks and challenges around science,
    engineering and technology, sponsored by University of Greenwich.
    ● Live stage shows on the main stage.
    ● Community esports prize tournaments for games like Valorant, League of Legends,
    Counter Strike Global Offensive, FIFA and Rocket League.
    ● Formula 1 simulator racing tournament.
    ● British Military esports zone with tournaments, activities simulators, military displays
    and fun challenges.
    ● Game development zone with universities, colleges and publishers including local
    developer Dovetail Games showcasing content, educational and career opportunities
    as well as supporting the talks programme on the Inspiration Stage

  • Robot Arena

    The Robot Arena will see ferocious fighting machines battle it out in an awesome display of clashing steel in what will be the largest amateur robot arena event in the UK, with 60 teams competing from across the world. Featuring displays from Extreme Robots who will be bringing along the original show robot, Major Damage from BBC 2’s Robot Wars.

  • Cosplay Village and Masquerade

    The Cosplay Village returns bigger and better than ever in partnership with Costume and Play, with a prize masquerade, sponsored by GetReady Comic (Saturday only) and community masquerade (Sunday only) as well as talks, workshops and photo opportunities
    with some of the best cosplayers from across UK. Special guests include Spin Dash Dude
    and Naomi Fenton.

  • Creative Arts Hall

    Featuring a gallery of original art created just for the festival, Art of Dungeons and Dragons
    Roleplay, meet the artists and engage in art activities.

  • Creative Music and Audio Technology

    University of Kent, along with SparkedEcho and Electric Medway, will put on a range of
    music and technology activities and displays across the weekend

  • Tabletop Gaming

    Tabletop gaming has been entertaining kids and adults alike for generations. Play the future battlefields of Warhammer 40,000, historically accurate battle scenes and fantasy realms. Featuring display tables, interactive tables and open board gaming tables as well as dedicated tabletop traders

  • Virtual Realities Arenas

    Shoot arrows and dodge bullets in the multiplayer Virtual Reality shootout arena. Be in complete control of the action in a virtual world whilst playing in a real-world arena.

  • Armed Forces Displays

    Representatives from the UK Armed Forces will showcase interactive content that highlights
    the incredible uses of technology in the modern Forces with everything from bomb disposal robots to large military vehicles

  • Nerf Arena and Sports Zones

    In partnership with Medway Youth Services, take part in large scale Nerf battles. Battle
    modes will change constantly over the weekend with thousands of foam darts being fired. Along with a range of other sports activities and challenges

  • Wrestling Arena

    For the first time, United Kingdom Pro Wrestling (UKPW) will perform at The Historic
    Dockyard Chatham. Get a ringside seat to watch wrestling stars such as Dow Jones,
    Alexander Roth (the current belt holder) and Fabio Romano battle it out in some clean
    family fun.

  • Merch Market

    A wide range of traders selling gaming merchandise, memorabilia and trading cards.

Tickets and Pricing

Tickets cost £16 for an adult and £10 for a child The ticket will give full access to all
elements of the Medway Gaming and Creative Festival as well as selected galleries within
The Historic Dockyard Chatham. To book your ticket, visit
Tickets are available in advance only. There will not be a ticket allocation available on the
day(s) of the festival.

Opening time: 10am-6pm.



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