Sparkle into a Retro Gaming Christmas in Leicester this Sunday!

Andy Spencer (right) and his Retro Computer Museum event team
Andy Spencer (right) and his Retro Computer Museum event team

Leicester’s ever-popular Retro Computer Museum is having it’s own Christmas event at their HQ in Thurmaston this Sunday 6th December 2015, starting at 11am and going on until 10.00pm (ish).

And as well as retro gaming galore, there will also be LIVE music courtesy of the museum’s good friend EQUINOXE!

Tea/Coffee will be available – but you are most welcome to bring your own festive drinks too!  A food van will be available for most of the day, selling a wide selection of items at great prices.

Entrance to this event will cost £10 (But please do donate more if you wish) This is payable via the Museum’s Virgin Charity Giving page (Registered Charity No. 1146912).

A tiny fraction of the collections at Leicester - picture courtesy the Retro Computer Museum
A tiny fraction of the collections at Leicester – picture courtesy the Retro Computer Museum
Limited tickets

Please note that there are a limited number of 50 tickets available for pre-sale only! No tickets will be available to purchase on the day.

The Museum is located at: Unit S1, Troon Way Business Centre, Humberstone Lane, Leicester LE4 9HA.

Telephone  07519 816 283 or email

For further information, see and sign up on the Museum’s Facebook event page Retro Gaming @ Christmas or visit their website:


Computer image and festive banner courtesy of the Retro Computer Museum.

Christmas festivities and activities at TNMOC

Bytes Banner

Definitely getting into the festive mood now, The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park, near Milton Keynes, is all set for some seasonal fun later in December!

And the sparkling line-up for their Christmas Bytes Festival includes robots, virtual reality, wearable tech, animation workshops, Arduino workshops, SoundBytes, code-breaking and more  – all running between Running 19th-23rd and 27th-30th December this year.

TNMOC logoDigital fun and games for all the family will be laid on every afternoon, 12 noon to 5pm, and you can see what’s on daily at TNMOC during the festival by following this link: What’s On at Christmas Bytes

Overall, the programme covers:


  • See and play with robots
  • Build & program your own robot
  • See NAO robots in action!

Coding and building computer-controlled devices

  • FUZE workshop introductions to coding
  • Arduino workshops and display to inspire you to create and build your own devices – you need to Register for this HERE
  • Scratch demos – controlling external devices like LEGO We-Do
  • try out Ocado Rapid Router

Virtual Realty and wearable tech

  • the latest in VR: Oculus Rift combined with a LEAP controller
  • Google Glass
  • convert your smartphone into a cut-down Oculus Rift!

Animation workshops

  • Use LEGO and animation software to enable you to create your own short animations.


  • Create and mix music – digitally


  • Meet Enigma and friends – crypto machines

and lots more!

How much?!

The great news is, all this is covered by the normal TNMOC Entrance Fees!


For more information, check out The National Museum of Computing’s website, including their Visiting page.


Images courtesy TNMOC

Have a Merry Retro Christmas in Cambridge!

Centre for Computing History logo

If you’re looking for something more fun than repeats on telly, soggy sprouts and stale turkey this Christmas, why not plan a seasonal visit to the Centre for Computing History?

And what more festive occasion to drop in on the Centre (located in Rene Court, Coldhams Road, Cambridge CB1 3EW) than on their Christmas themed retro video game night, which will be the last one of 2015?

Festive fun and late opening

This Christmas, they’re opening up specially between 7pm to midnight this Friday 4th December, and they’re going to have some awesome seasonal video games available to play – you’ll even get the chance to win the shirt off the Games Master’s back!

All their usual gaming displays will be on and they’ll be getting loads of extra consoles and games out from their archive for you to play.  So why not join them for a great night out and help support the work of the Centre?

Retro Video Game Night flyer - click to enlarge

Retro Video Game Night flyer – click to enlarge

Due to fact that you can bring your own booze and that there’ll probably be a few video game titles not suitable for kids this is an over 18s only event.

Spaces for this exciting gaming night are limited, so booking at the advance rates of £8 per person is required to ensure your place, although if you’re lucky you *may* get in on the night – but please note that tickets on the door will cost £2 extra).

Book your advance ticket via this link:

Christmas Retro Video Game Night Booking

And for more information on visiting the Centre, see: Visiting the Centre for Computing History.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Due to the fact that this is BYOB and the adult nature of some games this is an over 18s event.