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GameCity takes place in venues across Nottingham city centre. The best thing to do if you’re just arriving at the festival is to head to the festival base on the Old Market Square, the heart of Nottingham’s busy shopping and social centre. There, you can pick up a festival programme, talk to one of the Festival Crew to find out what’s happening, or get involved in one of the many events that will be going on. Not far away, at 10 Fletcher Gate, you’ll find the Open Arcade, our pop-up events venue that will be hosting games, crafts, talks and many more fun activities all week.
Further events take place at the Council House Ballroom and at Broadway Cinema on Broad Street just a short walk from Old Market Square.
Over the first weekend the Newton & Arkwright buildings of Nottingham Trent University will be filled with playful, educational, crafty activities aimed at families and children. There’ll be a lot of non-screen based activities for people to get hands-on with. The Newton & Arkwright building can be found behind the Royal Centre up Market Street from Old Market Square.
We’ve prepared a handy map marked with all the confirmed festival venues hosting GameCity 8 events. We’ve also marked some useful landmarks to help you get around.
Arriving on Foot
If you live locally then walking to the event is the healthiest and cheapest way to get there. If you’re not sure of the best route try www.walkit.com select ‘Nottingham’ from the drop down menu and type ‘Old Market Square’ or ‘Broadway Cinema’ into the destination box.
Cycling to the Event
Nottingham is part of the National Cycle Network and has a large number of cycle routes throughout the city. If you’re not sure of the best route then visit www.transportdirect.co.uk and select the ‘Find a cycle route’ button at the top right of the screen. From here you can add your journey details and even customise your own preferences. There is lots of cycle parking around the Old Market Square.
Arriving by Bus or Tram
Our friends at Experience Nottinghamshire claim that Nottingham is “incredibly easy to get to”. Not only that – but on this site they show you how.
Old Market Square is in the centre of Nottingham. Buses and trams run into the centre with a tram stop in Old Market Square.
Visit the NET website for Tram timetables, fares and maps.
Visit the NCTX website for Bus timetables, fares and maps.
If you are travelling on a number of different buses or by different types of transport (such as bus and tram or train) then you may find the £4 Kangaroo ticket is the best option.
For journey planning information please visit www.traveline.info or call 0871 200 22 33.
Catching the Train
For train timetable and ticketing information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. The station is a 10 minute walk from Old Market Square and a 15 minute walk from Broadway Cinema. You could catch a tram to Old Market Square or the free Trent Barton centrelink bus from Broadmarsh Bus Station until 7pm, getting off in Old Market Square. You can get walking directions from www.walkit.com. If you prefer to catch a taxi they are available on Station Street.
Using Park and Ride
If you’re coming from further afield then using one of the many tram, train or bus based Park and Ride (P&R) sites might be the best option.
There are five tram based P&R sites to the north of the city centre. Services operate every 5 to 10 minutes (depending on which stop you use). For more information visit www.thetram.net.
The two bus based P&R sites (Queens Drive and Colwick Racecourse) do not accommodate vehicles overnight but these sites are available until 9:20pm on weekdays and 8pm on Saturday for Queens Drive or 7:12pm for Colwick Racecourse. Both buses stop and pick up close to both Old Market Square and Broadway Cinema. See the maps opposite and overleaf.
If you’re travelling from the south you may find that the East Midlands Parkway rail station is the most convenient option. For timetable information and ticketing prices visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Driving to the Event
There are also a number of well located, secure car parks around the city and the GameCity Travel Guide shows the locations of the most suitable car parks in easy reach of the Old Market Square, Broadway Cinema, and The Open Arcade.
If you are using a sat-nav device to travel to any of the locations described above then you may want to use one of the following postcodes.
Hucknall (tram) – NG15 7TD
Moor Bridge (tram) – NG6 8AE
Phoenix Park (tram) – NG8 6AS
Wilkinson Street (bus and tram) – NG7 7NU
The Forest (tram) – NG7 6AQ
East Midlands Parkway – NG11 0EE
Nottingham Station – NG2 3AQ
Broadmarsh – NG1 7EQ
Lacemarket – NG1 1QE
Trinity Square – NG1 4BT
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