Norwich is preparing to level up as a free gaming festival is heading to the city centre this half-term.

Norwich Games Festival promises fun for the whole family and opportunities for expert gamers, future creators and competitive players to get involved.

It will be game on at The Forum from May 30 to June 1and free events will be hosted from 10am to 4pm. 

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Norwich Evening News: The majority of the event will be free or pay-what-you-feelThe majority of the event will be free or pay-what-you-feel (Image: The Forum Norwich)

There will be a range of activities, from virtual reality to classic video games, as well as a talk from YouTuber and comedian Stuart Ashens.

Chantry Place will hold the free family Game On trail from May 25 to June 2 where participants can collect a map and explore the shopping centre.

St Peter Mancroft Church will also be involved - hosting three days of tabletop gaming.

The festival will also extend to Norwich Theatre Royal where the Game Lounge will be open from 10.00am between May 31 and June 1.

James MacDonald, head of visitor services at Norwich Theatre, said: “It is fantastic to celebrate all things games with our neighbours at The Norwich Games Festival.

"It’s the perfect reason to come into Norwich Theatre Royal if you haven’t been before, or to explore our building in a different way… Mario Kart, anyone?”

Norwich Evening News: The majority of the events will be held in The Forum between May 30 and June 1The majority of the events will be held in The Forum between May 30 and June 1 (Image: The Forum)

There will also be panel discussions including a talk from Sonic the Hedgehog theme tune recording artist Bentley Jones, professional development 1:1s and challenges for startups.

Ellie Buchan, Norwich Games Festival producer, added: “Norwich Games Festival showcases the best in gaming from across the country as well as fantastic local creators and developers.

"We can’t wait to welcome everyone to The Forum for three days of fun, inspiration and imagination."