Fri / Sat / Sun
Ages 5 -15
Ages 0 – 4
Fri & Sat / Sat & Sun
Ages 5 -15
Ages 0 – 4
Holiday Inn Maidenhead
There is free parking on site at the venue for attendees (first come, first served). We advise that all attendees register their cars at the hotel reception. Although the automated parking management system in the hotel car park will be turned off from 7am on the Friday until 1am on the Monday, we still strongly advise registering your car to avoid receiving parking tickets. If you shall be arriving or departing outside of these times, you will need to register your car anyway.
You can also park in some of the surrounding roads, You can find more info in our FAQs.
The nearest train station is Maidenhead Railway Station. The venue is only a 20 minute walk or a 15 minute bus ride away.
Registration Opening Times
Friday: 9am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 7pm
Sunday: 9am – 7pm
You must arrive within the times listed above to register. If you arrive outside of these times entry cannot be guaranteed.
Please bring your ticket to the HandyCon registration desk on arrival (in printed or digital form) to redeem it for your pass. If you do not have your ticket with you we will need you to provide some form of photo ID.
Attendees must display a valid pass at all times whilst in any area where the event is being held.
Gaming Areas Opening Times
The event is open from 9am Friday until 8pm Sunday.
Although we close the front desk each evening around 7-8pm, the open gaming areas are available to use for the duration of the convention.
Single and Two Day tickets permit entry from 9am on the relevant date(s) until 9am on the following day or until the closing time of the event (8pm on Sunday).
Those arriving on Thursday evening are welcome to game in the hotel bar area, although this is at the discretion of the hotel and space cannot be guaranteed.
Open gaming is available for the duration of the convention. We have a large main open gaming area (Berkshire Suites 1-4) and the areas near the bar as well as a few other rooms on the first floor (Cedar Suites 1 – 4). You can find a map of the space available here.
Are you coming along on your own or do you just need some extra players? No worries! We have a number of options to help you find people to game with:
We will release the full schedule in advance of the event.
Come and play yet to be released games and give your feedback to designers!
Playtest tables will be located in the Berkshire suites.
If you are a designer and have a game you would like to playtest at HandyCon, you can find more info in our Exhibitor Guide.
Sell your old games and pick up a bargain in the Bring & Buy!
We will release details closer to the event.
Join the HandyCrew!
Want to be involved with the running of HandyCon? We are looking for people with a passion for gaming to help promote a helpful, friendly and inclusive atmosphere at the con.
Volunteering at HandyCon could involve helping set up/tear down, checking in attendees and running the front desk, teaching games, helping with tournaments and events or even just being on hand to help solve issues that arise.
For those of you wanting to stay on site, the Holiday Inn Maidenhead, we have managed to negotiate the following room rates:
- Standard Double – £65
- Twin Room – £75
- King Room – £75
- Executive Room – £90
- Suites – £120
All room rates are per night and include breakfast.
These room rates are available from Thursday to Sunday night, so you can stay the night before and the night after the con at the special rate.
Rooms can be booked online using the Group Code (found under the ‘More Options’ toggle on the bookings page) ‘GY7’ for HandyCon August 2020. Alternatively you can call the hotel on 01628 506070 and quote ‘HandyCon August‘.
Hotel rooms for August 2020 are now sold out for the Friday and Saturday, with only a handful of rooms still available for Thursday and Sunday.
Rooms may still become available due to cancellations and the hotel are operating a waiting list for those who would still like a room on site. You can join the waiting list by:
Calling the hotel, from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, on 01628 506070
Emailing the hotel at [email protected]
Please ask to be put on the waiting list for HandyCon August 2020 in both instances. Also note that if you decide to call, you must contact the hotel on the number above during the specified times and not go through central reservations.
Food & Drink
Food: We are working closely with the hotel to provide a special HandyCon menu with options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.
Drink: Free tea, coffee and iced water will be provided for attendees, available from the refreshment stations. We highly encourage attendees to bring their own mugs and water bottles to cut down on waste. The bar also serves Starbucks Coffee and various soft and alcoholic drinks.
Nearby: Maidenhead town centre has many restaurants and shops and is just a 20 minute walk away, or 15 minutes by bus.
Please note that any food and drink not purchased at the hotel may only be consumed within bedrooms and not in any of the gaming rooms or public areas.
Each HandyCon we select a charity to raise money for via a raffle and the bring and buy.
We will announce the chosen charity for August 2020 soon.
Over 60% of tickets for HandyCon August 2020 have now been sold! We are once again very likely to sell out in advance of the