General Information
Hammerhead 2021 - Saturday 31st July

Hammerhead is run by Kallistra Ltd with assistance from The Forest Outlaws Wargamers Club, GCN and support from
Miniature Wargames, Wargames Illustrated and Wargames Soldiers and Strategy.

Update: 16th March 2021

With the speed of the Covid vaccination program, and the governments ‘road map’ aimed at delivering normality by 21st of June (remove all legal limits on social contact), we have every belief that Hammerhead 2021 will be ‘good to go’ on the 31st of July.

With nearly 4000 square metres of space across the two halls we have always been able to maintain plenty of space between tables at Hammerhead.  Because it will be a summer show this year, we can let plenty of ‘fresh air in’ and enable any ‘hands , face and space’ requirements to be fulfilled. We will be working closely with the staff at Newark Showground to create a safe environment in line with any government guidelines that may still remain applicable at the end of July.

Two Great Spaces Full of Fantastic Games!

Top Manufacturers / Traders and up to 70 Participation Games and Activities

plus the Wargames Illustrated Painting Competition!

Cedric Ford Pavilion
The Cedric Ford Pavilion - Gamers Lounge
George Stephenson Exhibition Hall
The George Stephenson Exhibition Hall

The Cedric Ford Pavilion - Gamers Lounge - offers a welcoming, warm and comfortable, carpeted environment in which you can play games, shop for wargame goodies from a selection of traders. There is a fully licensed bar and seating area and it has it's own catering facilities, which will be serving a variety of reasonably priced hot and cold food throughout the day - enjoy a meal and may be a drink from the bar and socialise with fellow gamers. 

The car parking is plentiful and free and is located between the Gamers Lounge and the George Stephenson Exhibition Hall.

Car parking

The Newark Showground is only a few minutes from the A1. Click here for directions to Hammerhead.

The George Stephenson Exhibition Hall offers a welcoming environment with plenty of space (3000sq metres), with natural light in which you can play games, shop for wargame goodies from a selection of top traders positioned around the perimeter of the hall. The visitor participation games are all located in the central area of the exhibition hall. It has its own catering facilities, which will be serving a variety of reasonably priced hot and cold food throughout the day.

The Wargames Illustrated Hammerhead Painting Competition

Wargames Illustrated Painting Competition 2020

The Wargames Illustrated Painting Competition located in the George Stephenson hall

For more details click here >>

The Hammerhead Experience

Every game at Hammerhead is visitor participation, which means that you are very welcome 'to have a go’ at a wide variety of different historical and fantasy based games run by intrepid gaming clubs, historical societies, wargame companies and enthusiastic groups of gamers. You will be able to play a full game or simply move a few miniatures, roll some dice, have a chat with the people running the game and then move onto the next. The show provides a great opportunity to try out new or familiar game systems and spend a day indulging yourself and friends in this absorbing and fascinating hobby. Whether you’re interested in Napoleonics, WWI and WWII, Ancients, Medieval, Fantasy or Science Fiction, we are sure that you will find a selection of games you would like to play.

A collection of images from Hammerhead 2020 can been viewed below - and a full show report can be read here.

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Entry To Hammerhead 2021

The Gamers Lounge and the George Stephenson Exhibition Hall Hammerhead open to the public at 10:00am and close at 4:30pm. The entry wristband gives access to both halls - payment taken at the door.

Entry: £5 per adult, £3 for minors (16 and under), Children under 9 free

The Hammerhead Figure

2020 Hammerhead figures were Julius Caesar and Versingetorix.

Hammerhead 2019 miniatures

The Emperor Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington plus the WW1 Generals; British, German, French, Austrian and Russian figures from Hammerhead 2014 - 2019, will also be available to purchase on the day.


The Bring & Buy - Tabletop Sale

Hammerhead show will be hosting the popular Tabletop Sales in the George Stephenson Exhibition Hall.
If you are new to this, you basically hire a table for one hour to sell your unwanted wargames items. You can deal directly with the buyers and answer any questions they may have. With no commission, you keep all the profits.

Please note there will be limited tables available, so its on a first come first served basis.

Bookings for the Tabletop Sales slots will be open from 1st July 2021

For more information on the Tabletop Sale click here

Social Media

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Updated 04.12.20

2013 Hammerhead Open Gaming Show