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Let’s Play! family weekend

Yorkshire Games Festival takes over the museum for a weekend of gameplay, free activities and live shows for all the family to enjoy together.

Experience games on our biggest screens, play the latest board and card games with friends, and beta-test new projects from Northern developers, all under one roof!

Find out what’s on below—we’re still hard at work confirming exciting things, so keep an eye on this page or sign up to the Yorkshire Games Festival newsletter for the latest updates.

Visiting us

Most Let’s Play! activities are free for anyone to drop in, but you will need to book a free admission ticket to enter the museum. You might also find our health and safety information helpful.

Free drop-in activities

A group of visitors playing with the Treasure Hunters app on a mobile device

Northern Games Showcase

WHEN: 10.00–16.30, 12–13 February 2022
WHERE: Makespace, Level 4

An exciting chance to test out a variety of games—all created by local developers—before they’re released to the public.

More information for Northern Games Showcase

Exploring Analogue

WHEN: 10.00–16.30, 12–13 February 2022
WHERE: Kodak Gallery, Level -1

Swap pixels for pencils and indulge in the wonderful world of analogue gaming with Bradford gaming fanatics, Geek Retreat and Button Mash.

Button Mash will be bringing along a small mountain of analogue games that will transform our Kodak Gallery into a tabletop gamer’s heaven. Don’t think they’ll have your favourite game? Bring it along and invite new friends to play!

Don’t know your dark elves from your dragonborn? Your barbarians from your bards? Come along and find out about local Dungeons and Dragons groups, play a variety of board and card games, and explore all things ‘geek’ alongside like-minded locals with the team from Geek Retreat.


WHEN: 10.00–16.30, 12–13 February 2022
WHERE: Kodak Gallery, Level -1

Got a spare laptop, old smartphone or tablet that’s gathering dust? Bring your unused or unwanted tech to our drop-off point with Solidaritech. They’ll professionally wipe, repurpose, refit and refurbish your old gadgets and pass them on to asylum seekers and refugees to help them resolve their immigration status, pursue studies and start their lives in their new country.


WHEN: 10.00–16.30, 12–13 February 2022
WHERE: Wonderlab Studio, Level 3

We know that festivals can get hectic and overwhelming at times, and it can be beneficial to take some time to relax in a peaceful environment. Gaming the Mind will be running a quiet space where you can come and chill out in a calm, relaxing atmosphere and get tips on mental health and gaming.

More special events

Gaming on the cinema screen in Pictureville

Kids’ Club film screenings

During Let’s Play, our Kids’ Club film screenings will feature fun, family-friendly, game-related movies! Details of films and tickets will be confirmed—and added to this page—very soon.

Big Screen Gaming

Take your pick and enjoy a game from our specially selected list of titles to play on the big screen. Couch co-op never looked so good! More details coming soon.

About our partners


Solidaritech repurpose old or unwanted devices—laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones—for refugees and asylum seekers to use, helping them to pursue studies, start businesses or convert their existing qualifications to UK standards.

Find out more about the work they do on the Solidaritech website.


Gaming the Mind is a registered charity founded and run by UK-based mental health professionals who are huge videogame fans. Their aim is to promote positive mental health within the gaming community and the games industry. By focusing on the intersection between gaming and mental health, they want to raise awareness of mental health challenges and reduce the stigma surrounding these issues.

Find out more about their work on the Gaming the Mind website and Twitter.

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