About the Festival

Background to Games Britannia

The Games Britannia Festival brings creativity and technology together, providing schools and colleges with workshops and activities led by games industry experts and academics. Started in 2011 by Brinsworth Comprehensive School, it is now run by the Computing Department at Sheffield Hallam University as part of a range of initiatives which attempt to engage schools and teachers in Computer Science. However, programming is just one facet of the Games Britannia festival, which incorporates areas of the curriculum as diverse as English, Maths, Computing, Music and Art – all through the exciting field of videogame development.

The core of the festival focuses on providing free hands-on workshops aimed at school children in KS3 and KS4, and is open to local and national schools including home-schooled pupils. The festival also includes speaker events open to the general public, as well as activities specifically targeted at higher education students wanting to break into the games industry.

Games Britannia 2016

The 2016 Games Britannia Videogames Education Festival will take place in the week of 6th-10th June. All activities will take place within the modern facilities of the Cantor Building at Sheffield Hallam University.

Festival Schedule

The 2016 festival event is divided up as follows:

Monday 6th - Friday 10th June:

Princes Trust Event (by invitation only)

Tuesday 7th - Thursday 9th June:

Schools Workshops (KS3-KS4)

The workshop schedule and booking details will be available from Spring 2016.

You can register your interest using our contact form or email Helen Walker (slshk@exchange.shu.ac.uk) directly for more details.


The 2016 festival does not include a public expo event, but don't forget that Replay Events (who ran the fantastic expo at GB 2012) run loads of great gaming events all over the UK.

Nonetheless, there will be plenty of student work on show in the Cantor building during Games Britannia as part of Creative Spark: Sheffield Hallam University's final year show.