The London Games Festival is poised to bring all manner of family-oriented fun to the capital this Easter holidays, with a Games Character Parade plus a welter of events and workshops.
The Games Character parade will take place on Saturday 14 April, acting as the London Games Festival’s closing event. It will start at 12.30, progressing around the City of London from Guildhall Yard. Entry is free, but you have to register and it is open to everyone, from amateurs to experienced cosplayers.
Saturday 14 April will see a number of other London Games Festival events and workshops at the Guildhall. They include a Boxhead Making Workshop, allowing children to turn themselves into Minecraft characters, which will take place at the Guildhall Art Gallery before and after the Games Character Parade.
Throughout the whole of Saturday 14 April, Guildhall Yard will be transformed into an Actual Reality Arcade, in which families will be able participate in real life versions of games like Space Invaders, Tetris, Donkey Kong and Marble Madness. Plus BAFTA will be running workshops designed to: “Help young visitors understand more about how to enter the BAFTA Young Games Designer Competition” in the Guildhall Art Gallery. Between 2pm and 4pm, Bafta will also run 10-minute workshops aimed at 10 to 18-year-olds interested in entering the games industry: slots can be booked here.
Finally, visitors to the Guildhall will be able to visit Gladiator Dan in the Roman amphitheatre in the basement of the Guildhall Gallery, who will entertain them with a fun look at what life was like for Roman gladiators.
Those myriad activities will run until 4pm on Saturday 14 April, and should constitute quite a major day out for families interested in videogames.