Twelve-hour Hartlepool board game extravaganza

Corrine Winwood and owner Jeni Hart (right) from Tea at Hart Cafe in Hartlepool.
Corrine Winwood and owner Jeni Hart (right) from Tea at Hart Cafe in Hartlepool.

Board game fans are in for a treat this weekend when an annual game extravaganza returns to the town.

Vintage tearoom and tabletop game shop, Tea@Hart, on York Road, are holding a 12 hour board game day on Saturday at the Hartlepool People’s Centre on Raby Road. The event, which will run from 10am to 10pm, will feature games old and new ranging from traditional Monopoly to Carcasonne. Organised by Tea@Hart owner Jeni Hart, the event in its second year is set to be a success.

“We have a library of over 200 games for people to play,” she said.

“On the day there will be volunteers demonstrating lots of different types of games such as Magic: The Gathering; Munchkin; Carcassonne Game and Tickets to Ride.

“The event is open to all members of the public and there will be tournaments running from games; Magic: The Gathering; Pokemon and Doomtown with a participation charge from £2 to £5.”

Last year’s event saw around 60 people turn out to enjoy the fun and organisers hope this year will attract even larger crowds since it moved out from the tearoom to a larger venue. The free event has been supported by Hartlepool Co-Wheel; Hartlepower CIC and Hartlepool ward councillors. On the day demonstrations will also be given by Mantic Gaming and Hartlepool War Games Social.

“We are hoping to attract families and groups of friends as there will be games for pretty much everyone,” Jeni added.

“It will range from more involved and in-depth games to quicker pick-up games, but they will all be board games and card games.”