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Get your teeth into retro games and stargazing as Summer Bytes at TNMOC!

Space Invaders courtesy of TNMOC

Britain’s National Museum of Computing is all set to prove that computer history is fun this Bank Holiday weekend – with a double whammy of retro gaming excitement, daylight stargazing – and more!

The Bletchley Park based charity, which houses and preserves an internationally important collection of historic computers and exhibits dating back to the Second World War, when Bletchley Park (near Milton Keynes) was the top-secret headquarters of Britain’s codebreakers and computer scientists, have been running their daily series of Summer Bytes events and activities since 26 July – but there’s still time to join in the fun before the conclusion of the programme on 2 September.

Summer Bytes courtesy TNMOC

Computer games weekend

Every day, Summer Bytes is packed with a wide range of activities, but on Saturday 23 August the fun really moves to the next level with a Computer Games Weekend, offering the chance to play retro games as well as  the opportunity to meet professional games makers!

The weekend also includes a MissionMaker drop-in workshop on Saturday and Sunday so visitors can try their hands at making a game themselves.

Daylight Astronomy banner courtesy TNMOC

In addition, Saturday sees a very special Daylight Astronomy session, with practical observing as well as free lectures! Check out the details via this link:

Summer Bytes Daylight Astronomy

There will also be Technology Will Save Us workshops on Saturday 23 August, and on Sunday and Monday there’s a chance to check out the famous Oculus Rift virtual reality gaming headset.

On Bank Holiday Monday, there’ll be more game-making fun as visitors can learn to also make computer games with Microsoft Connect.

The Museum will be open every day from 11am to 5pm during Summer Bytes, and admission costs just £5 (not including admission to the adjacent Bletchley Park museum, which is not required to visit TNMOC).

For the full programme of events, click on the link below:

Summer Bytes Programme

Visit courtesy of TNMOC

Of course there is so much more to see at The National Museum of Computing, which houses  some of Britain’s earliest and most fascinating computers and computing history including Colossus, Tunny, Witch and much more – for details, including how to get there, visit their website:


Illustrations courtesy TNMOC
Summer Bytes is supported by Bloomberg