Hammerhead 2018 - Less than 4 weeks to go!
The Hammerhead 2018 floor plans are now available to view on the Hammerhead website. Over the last four years the show has grown into one of the biggest one day events in the UK, with 3900 square metres of space, sixty of the very best traders and manufacturers, and a similar number of high quality participation games and activities for visitors to enjoy. New for this year, Wargames Illustrated are running a painting completion based in the massive George Stevenson Exhibition Hall, and the DBA Northern Cup competition will once again be based in ‘The Gamers Lounge.’
For the Visitors
Newark Showground is located less than five minutes from the A1 a short distance along the A46, and there is virtually unlimited free parking directly outside both halls with dedicated disabled parking spaces. When you arrive, with three points of entry we will get you into the show quickly and efficiently and not have you standing in a long que outside. The large number and diverse range of traders in attendance means that there should be ‘something for everybody’ in terms of wargame products. We have a number of new traders and manufacturers for 2018 as well as the very popular tabletop sales, ‘bring and sell.’ All games and activities are public participation and you can collect the slips from each game you play to enter the prize draw. ‘The Gamers Lounge’ has proved extremely popular with visitors and offers good catering, a licensed bar and plenty of comfy chairs and tables where you can ‘chill’ and socialise with fellow gamers.
The Game Presenters
The participation games and activities are very much the beating heart of Hammerhead and have been the key ingredient in creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere. With plenty of games and activities to play and do, Hammerhead has become a ‘stay all day’ show with many gamers continuing to play until 4.30pm. The large range of different game genres, terrain, models, scales and rule systems on offer is testament to the generosity and enthusiasm that the various wargame clubs, groups and individuals bring to both the show and the hobby. As a small gesture of thanks, there is a separate prize draw in which presenters can win vouchers to spend at the show.
Manufacturers and Traders
As a fellow trader/manufacturer, we are committed to keeping trade stand prices as cheap as possible, and at the same time the space allocated as generous as possible – each stand has a guaranteed minimum depth of 8ft and the trade stand price has remained at £50 per 6ft frontage for the fourth consecutive year. It has been the year on year increase in visitor numbers that has been the key factor in ensuring the continued financial viability of the show. Trader access to both the George Stevenson Hall and the ‘Gamers Lounge’ is arguably the best on the show circuit, with the drive-in option available for traders setting-up on the Friday afternoon in the GSH.
Support and Thanks
Hammerhead has enjoyed the support of all the major wargame magazines in promoting the show and in raising its profile. Members of the Forest Outlaws Wargames Club will be providing vital help before, during and after the show with build-up, knock-down, as well as running a good number of participation games and undertaking stewarding duties throughout the day. Sally, has again planned and organised just about everything; the layout for trade stands, participation games and activities, table top sales, website, show guide and liaison with the Showground etc. A considerable task for one person – a very big thank you to her for all her hard work. Hopefully, visitor numbers will increase yet again and help to make Hammerhead 2018 once again a ‘celebration of the hobby.’