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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