About The Arcade Vaults

We are The Arcade Vaults, an exciting and unique venue and community in the centre of Cardiff for all things videogaming. 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 videogames 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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    We have a dedicated co-working space for anyone interested in making games or being part of a community who do. There are three pricing tiers available to anyone who wants to use the space, 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 upstairs space is a flexible area available for hire. We can run events for you with a wide selection of retro and modern gaming consoles, or just provide the space on its own to you, with access to our bar and free-to-play area.
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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

    Charity Mario Kart Tournament

    Fri | 20 September 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00
    Fri | 20 September 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00

    Its our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament for charity and we'll be giving back to the Cardiff Foodbank again!

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    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.

    MOST NEEDED

    • LONG LIFE FRUIT JUICE!!!!
    • UHT MILK
    • RICE PUDDING
    • SPONGE PUDDINGS
    • TINNED POTATOES
    • TINNED TOMATOES
    • TINNED FISH

    Please do not bring food items from the 'plenty of' list as the Food Bank will likely turn them away. Try and coordinate with your friends to bring as large a variety of the list as possible!

    PLENTY OF

    • BEANS
    • PASTA
    • BREAKFAST CEREALS
    • SNACKS AND SWEETS
    • SOUP
    • TEA
    • MEAT

    The venue fee is £3 and the winner of the tournament gets 1 month's membership to the Arcade for FREE!

    Smashaday

    Sat | 21 September 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00
    Sat | 21 September 2019 | 15:00 to 22:00

    Its Smashaday (Smash, on a Saturday!)

    We'll be running a series of tournaments throughout the day on Nintendo's amazing Smash Ultimate, including a Juniors tournament for the younger Smash fans in the afternoon, with various prizes available to the victors (in addition to the glory of course)

    Venue fee:
    £3 (access to the arcade is regular pricing but includes tournament entry)

    Tournaments:

    Please note, juniors and doubles will run subject to the number of attendees!

    • Juniors (under 14) - from 3pm - FREE
    • Doubles - from 5pm - £1 per person
    • Singles - after Doubles - £2 per person

    Freshers Week: D&D - One Shots

    Fri | 27 September 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00
    Fri | 27 September 2019 | 17:00 to 21:00

    Have you ever wanted to play a Role Play Game but been a little bit put off? Did you ever have those friends in School who played Dungeons and Dragons and always wanted to play but were worried what your other friends would think?

    This is your chance!! – Dungeons and Dragons or DnD as it’s known for short is the world’s most popular Role Play Game (RPG). Our super friendly Dungeon Masters will aim to ease you in and will also make sure you have a fun and wild adventure!

    We're running a student special for Fresher's Week - all students who sign up get a 10% discount on all drinks and food ALL NIGHT! We have two 4 hour campaigns on:

    • The Quest to the Island of Mist
    • Careful! Don't die in the Jungle

    Descriptions to follow!

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Find us at:
27-31 High Street Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BB