About The Arcade Vaults

We are The Arcade Vaults, an exciting and unique venue and community in the centre of Cardiff for all things gaming. If you make games, play games both old and new, want to learn about games, or would just like to engage with the community in this amazing world of games, then this is the place for you.

At the heart of The Arcade Vaults and its community is you; the players and the creators. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to play games and even more so, anyone should be able to make them and understand how they are made.

The Stuff We do

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    Our arcade is split into two areas - we have a space featuring classic consoles and hundreds of games, with a small free-to-play area where we also serve coffee, tea, drinks and gamer friendly snacks. We are also open on selected evenings for those that like a stronger beverage with their gaming fun!
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    The Community Rooms are our co-working and events space, tailored for anyone interested in making games or being part of a community who do but open to everyone to experience. There are three pricing tiers available to anyone who wants to use the space for work, with high-speed broadband (wired and wireless), tea and coffee, and a kitchen, plus various tech facilities and business support!
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    Our Upper Arcade and The Community Rooms are available for hire. We can run events for you with a wide selection of retro and modern gaming consoles, or just provide the spaces on their own to you, with access to our bar.
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    We organise events and parties across the UK. And we really do everything, including supplying the gaming gear and screens, promotion of the event, set-up, photography, prizes and so on! We also do educational seminars and networking events for those of you in the community looking to learn something new or meet like-minded people.

Upcoming Events

    Kids Dungeons & Dragons

    Wed | 10 August 2022 | 13:00 to 16:00
    Wed | 10 August 2022 | 13:00 to 16:00

    Its summer! Are you kids looking to try out Dungeons & Dragons for the first time? Or are they experienced adventurers looking for a game to keep them busy? Then head to us this summer where our experienced and qualified team are on hand to guide them through a fun filled session!

    We have 2 games (1 repeated on a different day) for you to choose from:

    Witchlight Carnival
    Once every eight years the fantastic Witchlight Carnival touches down on your world, bringing joy to one settlement after the next. But there's more to this magical extravaganza than meets the eye!

    Adventure Mode Easy
    All adventurers have travelled to The Yawning Portal for their first adventure. It's a right of passage, like babies first adventure.... No one told you getting to The Yawning Portal would be the difficult part.

    Sessions are designed for kids between the ages of 10 and 16 and run on Wednesday August 10th and Friday August 19th between 1pm and 4pm. Our Dungeon Masters are DBS checked and experienced with D&D. There's also unlimited squash available too!

    The Kids Gaming Club

    Thu | 11 August 2022 | 11:00 to 14:00
    Thu | 11 August 2022 | 11:00 to 14:00

    Parents and guardians - the Kids Gaming Club returns for Summer 2022!! Looking for a chance to take a break for a couple of hours? Then look no further than our morning club for children aged between 6 and 12.

    We'll have a dedicated and qualified team member on hand to entertain your children with gaming related activities for a few hours. You can grab a coffee and hang out here or escape in town whilst we keep your children busy! There will even be drinks included for the kids... 

    £5 for one child or £8 for two! Payment and information will be taken on the day.

    Teen Tabletop Club

    Thu | 11 August 2022 | 11:00 to 17:00
    Thu | 11 August 2022 | 11:00 to 17:00

    PlayFrame will be running boardgames, RPGs and tabletop miniatures games - and eating noodles and playing retro video games!

    We have two ways to pay and play:

    • £12 for just tabletop games club and Arcade Access all day
    • £16 for all the above + SPECIAL MEAL DEAL: a regular size noodle pot, a snack (any crisps or chocolate bar), and any 330ml can of drink.

    All tickets will be sold at the venue via The Arcade Vaults.

    Open to anyone aged 11+ Run by DBS checked Educational Professionals. Officially sign up to the club and we'll take 'duty of care' for you so you can pop out for some shopping and pick them up later.

    Minecraft Summer Club

    Mon | 15 August 2022 | 11:00 to 16:00
    Mon | 15 August 2022 | 11:00 to 16:00

    Minecraft group play & create sessions return to The Arcade Vaults for our Minecraft Summer Club!

    We're running our own smaller 6-player scale sessions on the PC version of Minecraft, with a shared world and lots of organised building by our resident Minecraft expert Charlie!

    We've got 2 sessions over 4 Mondays in August so there's plenty of chances to play. AND, all tickets include arcade access for the entire day and unlimited squash to drink.

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    Note - this event is for kids aged 8-14 only. Parents are welcome to wait upstairs or leave their children under our supervision.

    The Kids Gaming Club

    Thu | 18 August 2022 | 11:00 to 14:00
    Thu | 18 August 2022 | 11:00 to 14:00

    Parents and guardians - the Kids Gaming Club returns for Summer 2022!! Looking for a chance to take a break for a couple of hours? Then look no further than our morning club for children aged between 6 and 12.

    We'll have a dedicated and qualified team member on hand to entertain your children with gaming related activities for a few hours. You can grab a coffee and hang out here or escape in town whilst we keep your children busy! There will even be drinks included for the kids... 

    £5 for one child or £8 for two! Payment and information will be taken on the day.

    Maximum Melee

    Thu | 18 August 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00
    Thu | 18 August 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00

    Melee is back!

    We'll kick off with a singles tournament bracket and go from there - no pre-registration required, just turn up for now.

    - Venue fee: £3
    - Singles: £2

    Tabletop Takeover

    If you love-

    • Board Gaming
    • Trading Card Games
    • Tabletop Wargaming

    Then this is the event for you, and all for one price!

    £3.50 Per person
    No need to book just turn up and start playing.

    Starts at 4.30pm and runs until 11pm
    - Runs every Thursday unless its the last Thursday of the month-

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    We have FB groups for all your tabletop needs, make friends, organize what you want to play or just share your love for the subject:-

    Board gaming: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cardiffboardgames/

    Trading Card Games:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/cardifftcg/

    Tabletop Wargaming: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cardifftabletop/

    Kids Dungeons & Dragons

    Fri | 19 August 2022 | 13:00 to 16:00
    Fri | 19 August 2022 | 13:00 to 16:00

    Its summer! Are you kids looking to try out Dungeons & Dragons for the first time? Or are they experienced adventurers looking for a game to keep them busy? Then head to us this summer where our experienced and qualified team are on hand to guide them through a fun filled session!

    We have 2 games (1 repeated on a different day) for you to choose from:

    Witchlight Carnival
    Once every eight years the fantastic Witchlight Carnival touches down on your world, bringing joy to one settlement after the next. But there's more to this magical extravaganza than meets the eye!

    Adventure Mode Easy
    All adventurers have travelled to The Yawning Portal for their first adventure. It's a right of passage, like babies first adventure.... No one told you getting to The Yawning Portal would be the difficult part.

    Sessions are designed for kids between the ages of 10 and 16 and run on Wednesday August 10th and Friday August 19th between 1pm and 4pm. Our Dungeon Masters are DBS checked and experienced with D&D. There's also unlimited squash available too!

    Summer Party 2022

    Fri | 19 August 2022 | 21:00 to Sat | 20 August 2022 | 03:00
    Fri | 19 August 2022 | 21:00 to Sat | 20 August 2022 | 03:00

    Wear your floweriest shirt, bring your shades and flip-flops, and prepare to enjoy the heat - we're having a Summer Party! 

    For the first time we're running late into the night this summer, with MORE games than ever, free welcome cocktails, live music, free PC gaming, and loads and loads more!

    This is a ticketed affair at £10 per person. And, as an extra special thanks, we have a LIMITED number of early bird tickets available to you all for just £7!

    Minecraft Summer Club

    Mon | 22 August 2022 | 11:00 to 16:00
    Mon | 22 August 2022 | 11:00 to 16:00

    Minecraft group play & create sessions return to The Arcade Vaults for our Minecraft Summer Club!

    We're running our own smaller 6-player scale sessions on the PC version of Minecraft, with a shared world and lots of organised building by our resident Minecraft expert Charlie!

    We've got 2 sessions over 4 Mondays in August so there's plenty of chances to play. AND, all tickets include arcade access for the entire day and unlimited squash to drink.

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    Note - this event is for kids aged 8-14 only. Parents are welcome to wait upstairs or leave their children under our supervision.

    The Kids Gaming Club

    Thu | 25 August 2022 | 11:00 to 14:00
    Thu | 25 August 2022 | 11:00 to 14:00

    Parents and guardians - the Kids Gaming Club returns for Summer 2022!! Looking for a chance to take a break for a couple of hours? Then look no further than our morning club for children aged between 6 and 12.

    We'll have a dedicated and qualified team member on hand to entertain your children with gaming related activities for a few hours. You can grab a coffee and hang out here or escape in town whilst we keep your children busy! There will even be drinks included for the kids... 

    £5 for one child or £8 for two! Payment and information will be taken on the day.

    Tabletop Takeover

    If you love-

    • Board Gaming
    • Trading Card Games
    • Tabletop Wargaming

    Then this is the event for you, and all for one price!

    £3.50 Per person
    No need to book just turn up and start playing.

    Starts at 4.30pm and runs until 11pm
    - Runs every Thursday unless its the last Thursday of the month-

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    We have FB groups for all your tabletop needs, make friends, organize what you want to play or just share your love for the subject:-

    Board gaming: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cardiffboardgames/

    Trading Card Games:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/cardifftcg/

    Tabletop Wargaming: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cardifftabletop/

    Charity Mario Kart 8 Tournament

    Fri | 26 August 2022 | 18:30 to 21:30
    Fri | 26 August 2022 | 18:30 to 21:30

    Our Charity Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament for the Cardiff Foodbank returns for the Summer Holidays!!

    Please bring one item from the ‘most needed food items’ list for entry into the tournament. When considering potential future donations to Cardiff Food Bank make sure to check the website https://cardiff.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/ to check what is most needed. 

    Please do not bring food items from the 'plenty of' list and try and coordinate with your friends to bring as large a variety from the list as possible!

    The venue fee will be £3.50 and the winner of the tournament gets 1 month's membership to the Arcade for FREE! This gives you free entry for the entire month, plus 15% off EVERYTHING in the arcade, café and bar!

    Maximum Melee

    Thu | 1 September 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00
    Thu | 1 September 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00

    Melee is back!

    We'll kick off with a singles tournament bracket and go from there - no pre-registration required, just turn up for now.

    - Venue fee: £3
    - Singles: £2

    The Trial

    Fri | 2 September 2022 | 18:00 to 22:30
    Fri | 2 September 2022 | 18:00 to 22:30

    The Trial is an immersive theatre experience where the audience are put in the role of the jury on a criminal case. After hearing the evidence you will choose the line of questioning for The Prosecution to go down, you’ll then by majority vote decide the guilt or innocence of the Accused.

    Show Times

    • 6pm- 1st Showing
    • 7:30pm- 2nd Showing
    • 9pm- 3rd Showing

    GET YOUR TICKETS HERE -
    https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/dewis-theatre/e-epvqpp

    The Case: Pay Your Dues -
    Sir Arthur Darkwood Captain of The Red Boar Company stands accused of breach of contract by Joan, the widow of Edgar Fitzjohn, late of The Red Boar Company, for not yielding to her Edgar’s portion of the loot gained by The Red Boar Company on their latest campaign where Edgar was struck down in a fray.

    Dewis Theatre is a Theatre Company that seeks to give it's audience interactive choices that impact on the performance in a truly meaningful way.

    Maximum Melee

    Thu | 15 September 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00
    Thu | 15 September 2022 | 19:00 to 21:00

    Melee is back!

    We'll kick off with a singles tournament bracket and go from there - no pre-registration required, just turn up for now.

    - Venue fee: £3
    - Singles: £2

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27-31 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BB