The goliath expos of E3 and gamescom are behind us for another year, but UK gamers still have plenty to look forward to. From hands-on opportunities with new releases at the first ever GAMEfest, to the nostalgic magic of Replay, there's something for everyone. Get your calendars at the ready, because Digital Spy's comprehensive guide will provide you with everything you need to know about Britain's best upcoming gaming events.
Eurogamer Expo 2011
Date: September 22 to September 25 Location: Earls Court, London Tickets: £10 for a full day (11am - 7pm) or £7.50 for afternoon only (2pm - 7pm).
The Eurogamer Expo is Britain's largest dedicated gaming event. Now in fifth year, the show includes hands-on opportunities with anticipated upcoming titles, developer sessions, tournaments, and the GamesIndustry.biz career fair for aspiring designers and programmers.
This year's convention features playable versions of blockbuster releases Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, Assassin's Creed Revelations, FIFA 12, Mass Effect 3, Zelda Skyward Sword, Uncharted 3 and many more. Developer sessions with Sony Worldwide Studios, Naughty Dog, OnLive, Team Ninja and From Software will also take place throughout the weekend.
Date: September 16 to September 18 Location: Birmingham NEC Tickets: £10 for adults and £5 for children. Tickets are exclusive to GAME Reward Card holders, though anyone without one can sign up via the retailer's website.
This year sees the UK debut of the GAMEfest consumer trade show. Organised by leading UK retailer GAME, the Birmingham event is an extension of the firm's retail store manager conference. Confirmed exhibitors include such heavyweights as Nintendo, EA, Disney, Activision and Sega, as wells as sponsors Microsoft. Playable versions of Gears of War 3, Super Mario Land 3DS, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Uncharted 3 and Battlefield 3 are among the convention's highlights.
Date October 26 to October 29 Location: Nottingham (full list of venues TBC) Tickets: Free admission, though some venues may require pre-booking due to limited capacity.
GameCity is a series of regular events culminating in an annual video games festival held at various venues across Nottingham. The show is organised by Nottingham Trent University, backed by various private and public sector partners.
Last year's GameCity 5 attracted more than 45,000 visitors to the city, and this year's festival promises to be even bigger. The main festival area is based around Nottingham's Old Market Square, though a full list of venues is yet to be announced. Most of the event is free, ticketless and open to the general public, though it should be noted that some of the venues have limited capacity and may require pre-booking.
Date: November 5 to November 6 Location: Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre, Blackpool Tickets: Weekend tickets cost £20 for adults, £12 for children and £52 for families (two adults and two children). Single day tickets cost £12 for adults, £8 for children and £32 for families.
For retro gaming fanatics, the Replay Expo 2011 is the place to be this November. The show celebrates the history of video gaming, offering hands-on opportunities with almost every variety of console and home computer from the annals of gaming history. The event also features playable versions of the latest releases for current generation formats.
Replay 2011 hosts several gaming tournaments, including a Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition contest with a grand prize of £500, and 'Beat-the-Creators', in which fans can go head-to-head with the designers behind Team 17's Worms. The studio will also hold a Q&A session on the Saturday.
Date: October 28 to October 30 Location: ExCeL, London Tickets: Early entry tickets cost £15 per day or £27 for the weekend. General entry tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children. Children under ten go in free.
The London MCM Expo is a multi-genre fan convention held twice yearly in the English capital. It's a celebration of film, comics, television, manga and video gaming. In addition to TV cast panels and costume contests, the event features playable versions of upcoming gaming releases from major studios.
With notable guests including Billy West, Lauren Tom, Thomas Craig, Johnny Harris and Craig Olejnik, the nineteenth MCM Expo attracted more than 50,000 fans visitors back in May. Games publishers and titles for the October show are yet to be announced.