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About the Tour
Hello lovers of all things miniature! This tour is now a guaranteed departure, and will be CLOSED FOR BOOKING March 31st 2023. Space is also limited, so if you are thinking about hopping aboard – now is the time!!!
Be well and may the dice gods be with you – Teras I. Cassidy
And now to whet your appetite…
Geek Nation Tours is proud to announce our return to the UK in 2023. Geek Nation Tours continues to make the journey to the United Kingdom to celebrate miniature gaming and this time the tour was built by wargamers just like you – the miniature wargaming fan. Every miniature wargaming Geek’s dream is to visit one of the birth places of wargaming – Nottingham England. If you are a fan of 40K, all things Fantasy, Historical Wargaming or even a good old-fashioned Martian Invasion – then this is the tour for you. We will be focusing on rolling dice and we will have days of wargaming in store for tour participants, we might even get a boardgame in or two.
We will of course, visit Games Workshop and Warhammer World, and have at least two days of gaming right at GW HQ in Nottingham. Historical gamers fear not! Geek Nation Tours has never before created a miniature wargames tour so dedicated to the full spectrum of the Wargaming Hobby. We will also be visiting the mighty Warlord Games and be talking to the Perry Twins about their historical ranges.
GNT is all about bringing the community together in a cool place, so expect painting challenges from every possible wargaming genera and company. We hope to lead wargamers to game outside their normal boxes and cross historical, fantasy and sci-fi boarders… Be sure to see our “WARNING!!! HOBBY CHALLENGE” notes throughout the tour description…
We will be returning to many of the places we have visited in the past, but all will have a cool newness about them. We will see the newly renovated Games Workshop HQ and Warhammer World, and return to Warlord Games and Mantic Games (both of which have newly renovated stores and gaming areas). But this time we will spend most of the day at each place touring their facilities, exploring their games, hobbying and, of course, looting their warehouses!
Added to all this is a brand-new lineup for 2023. For the first time ever, we will visit Wargames Foundry. Not only will we see their fantastic grounds and facility, but Bryan Ansell (founder of Citadel Miniatures) will regale us with tales of the past. It will be an awesome opportunity to explore the history of our hobby. Undoubtedly, we will roll dice and get to gaming here as well!
But that is not all, GNT is hard at work at adding several other awesome miniature companies. More are in the works, but for now please note that we will also be visited by Atlantis Miniatures, and Mierce Miniatures. We might even be able to get pre-order in with them…
We have some HUGE news for 2023! Not only will we be regaled by the infamous Perry Twins, but they have graciously invited us into their homes. Ever wonder what the creators of your hobby game on? Well, join us now and we will take a humbled look at the Perry’s set up… Want more? John Stallard from Warlord Games is not to be out done by the Perrys! He has invited those historical and Warlord fans to play at his home….
So, there you have it! You wanted more gaming and more special guests…. How does gaming with John and hanging out at the Perrys do yah?
This will be a Miniatures in the UK tour like no other. Hop aboard and explore these wargaming sites while being surrounded by people of like mind. Fellow gamers – who are just as enthusiastic about miniature wargaming as you are.
WARNING!!! HOBBY CHALLENGE: No matter your current miniature wargames bent, we are throwing down the gloves on this tour. We challenge you to bring at least one unit from a game company that is outside your normal hobby and gaming box. If you are a Games Workshop fan – bring your GW minis (we WILL be using them) – but we will also be rolling dice in a more historical vein… For miniatures, you’ll have loads of choice… Think about using Wargames Foundry miniatures, Perry Miniatures or any of the other companies we will be visiting…
Day 1 - London (Thursday, Jun. 22, 2023) / Arrival Day
Today we will arrive from all around the world to meet in London England. Tour members will be arriving throughout the day and will be given detailed instructions on how to meet up with the rest of our tour participants. You will be able to leave your bags at a London hotel prior to spending a free day exploring all that London has to offer. Depending on your arrival time, you might want to visit Buckingham Palace or the Tower of London, stroll Hyde Park, ride the London Eye, discover Big Ben, or just sit in a café or pub and enjoy the awesomeness that is the UK. For you hard core gamers, you might want to head off to visit the internationally famous hole in the wall store the Orcs Nest…
Be sure to make it back to our hotel by dinner time however, as Geek Nation Tours kicks off our landing party with our traditional Welcome Dinner right at the hotel. It will be a great opportunity to meet your fellow tour participants and discuss what we are going to do in the coming days. After dinner we might head out to a local pub for a pint or two.
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Overnight Location: The Dixon, Tower Bridge, Autograph Collection (Welcome Dinner Included)
Day 2 - London (Friday, Jun. 23, 2023) / Imperial War Museum London
Today we will visit the Imperial War Museum London as a group. This amazing museum has everything a wargamer (of any stripe) would like to see. We will spend several hours here exploring the vastness of its collection and then head off to somewhere for Fish & Chips....
The rest of the day will be yours to fill as you will. We recommend a jaunt to the HMS Belfast as it is a quick cab ride away and an amazing ship that you can explore up close and personal.
We will gather again for a dinner tonight, and perhaps a trip to a London pub is in order... After that, those that want to make the trip, will head off to the London Eye to see all of Londontown from above.
Overnight Location: The Dixon, Tower Bridge, Autograph Collection (dinner and breakfast included)
Day 3 - Bovington (Saturday, Jun. 24, 2023) / TANKFEST!
What wargamer doesn't want to see tanks up close and personal? What wargamer wouldn't want to take in Bovington Tank Museum's TANKFEST? Here you will see live tank displays where the armour will roll forward with menace (well, not real menace but you get the idea), epic guest armour, living history and you'll even get to take in one of the best military museums in the world. It will be a long and incredible day, but we will be with you every step of the way...
Day's end will see us at a hotel just down the road and a nice dinner... We are thinking something with gravy that will stick to your ribs...
Overnight Location: Holiday Inn Express Poole (dinner and breakfast included)
Day 4 - Oxford (Sunday, Jun. 25, 2023) / Oxford, Eagle and Child, and Osprey Publishing
After breakfast we’ll travel north by coach to Oxford. We’ll arrive early afternoon and stop at The Eagle and Child for a lunch (Note that The Eagle and Child is currently closed. We do hope that it is reopened prior to our visit. If not we will be sure to visit one of the other pubs in the area). This unassuming pub is often associated with the Inklings writers who frequented it including J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. As such, we will likely be required to refer to ourselves only by our initials for the rest of the afternoon.
But really, what is lunch at a pub without guests? To this end, GNT has invited the crew at Osprey Games to join us for a bit to eat and a visit... The Osprey crew is always a source of fun and positivity, and we are super excited to have them join us.
Later in the afternoon, we’ll tag along with a local guide who will give us a glimpse of Oxford via walking tour. That said, we will let you have the rest of the day to relax and visit some of the wonderful museums in this amazing city on your own. The Pitt Rivers Museum is high on our list of potentials...
We have something special for all tour participants tonight. We will be staying at the Malmaison Oxford tonight, which was once a former prison, but don't worry though the rooms are rather nicer than your average jail cell... Further, couples will be upgraded to the superior cell room and everyone on the tour will have their own room (regardless if you are sharing for the rest of the tour...)
We will overnight in Oxford, but we will let you explore and dine on your own tonight.
Overnight Location: Malmaison Oxford (breakfast and lunch included)
Day 5 - Nottingham (Monday, Jun. 26, 2023) / Warlord Games & John Stallard's House
Now is time to explore the centre of the wargaming world – Nottingham. We will converge on Warlord Games. Expect to learn more about Bolt Action, Hail Caesar!, Gates of Antares and Konflikt 47… Warlord’s warlord, John Stallard will take us on a tour to explore their casting room, offices and store, who knows we might even get to roll some dice or run rampant through the warehouse aisles on a looting spree.
After a day of immersing into miniature games, Ludorati would like to offer you the chance to unwind, relax and enjoy the lighter side of board gaming. We’ll set up a selection of great group games that soon have you mixing and laughing together. Of course, if you don’t like the games that we suggest, you’re welcome to help yourself to anything from their library of over 750 titles (including some hidden gems from local game designers!). Either way their professional staff will be on hand to ensure you have a great gaming experience.
But what about the afternoon? GNT has a special treat for you… After taking in the spectacle of Warlord Games we will be headed to the house of Warlord’s Mighty John Stallard to see his famous step-up. John is known to be one of the most welcoming people in the industry. You want a good time? Just get him talking about the old days and you will hear some of the most interesting and humorous stories ever. John is boisterous and larger than life and a true joy to be around. Yes – that’s right – you wanted to have a once in a lifetime gaming experiences… Here is your chance!
Overnight Location: Jury’s Inn Nottingham (dinner and breakfast included)
Day 6 - Nottingham (Tuesday, Jun. 27, 2023) / Mantic Games, Perry Twins & “Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem” pub.
We will continue our exploration of wargaming companies and head off to lunch at Mantic Games. The King Kahuna of Mantic Games will be at hand to say hello and possibility roll some dice with us. Ronnie Renton is a long-standing friend of Geek Nation Tours and his kindness and enthusiasm are legendary. You can tell he loves to move toy soldiers across a table and he radiates a kind of infectious excitement about miniature wargames that brings that joy to others. He loves miniature wargame fans and Mantic is sure to launch us into some awesome fun.
We will tour Mantic’s facility, check out their warehouse, game with them or even sit down and hobby. We will dive deep into all things Mantic from Kings of War, to Dungeon Saga, Mars Attacks, Dreadball and or course their Walking Dead game. But be sure to ask for a bit of Hellboy action when you are there… I am sure Ronnie will bring something out for you. We will also have to ask Ronnie if we can pilfer their warehouse for goodies to bring home.
Today Geek Nation Tours has arranged a once in a lifetime wargaming experience. The Perry Twins, as they are affectionately known, have a long history in the wargaming world. They have created miniatures for Wargames Foundry and Games Workshop and were instrumental in creating the hobby we love today. Sometime ago the twins started their own wargaming company – and many of you will be able to pick up your pre-ordered Perry Miniatures minis today… But that is just the half of it. The Perry Twins, have graciously invited us into their homes. You will get to go into their households to see their armour collections and their private gaming rooms! All the while the Perrys will talk to you about the old days, recount their beginnings and show you their historical miniature line, miniature collections and get a first-hand experience from two of the nicest people in the industry.
Today is also the day for our traditional outing to “Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem” pub. We’ll take in a few pints and have a tour of the pub’s secret warren of caves – there are a lot of hidey holes in Nottingham! We will dine at the “Trip” and settle in for a night at the pub. Even better, GNT will be inviting a number of special guests to our dinner. Have a beer with wargaming celebrities and join in our pub quiz and other pub fun. John Stallard from Warlord Games and Ronnie Renton from Mantic Games have both said they will join us for a “pint” or two again this year. In the past the Perry Twins, Rick Priestly, Jervis Johnson, Andy Chambers, Alessio Cavatore – and many more notables – have joined us as well. So be sure to bring a small game, and some gaming questions, as we settle in for the night.
This year we will continue build our guest list and invite, Daniel Jack from Atlantis Miniatures, and Robert Lane and Tim Fisher from Mierce Miniatures. Oh, and they might even be able to take some pre-orders too – for delivery right into your hands….
Further, Daniel Faulconbridge from one of the industry’s best magazines Wargames Illustrated will be on hand and may even join us on one of our day’s expeditions… Who knows, you might even end up in an article…
Overnight Location: Jury’s Inn Nottingham (dinner, lunch and breakfast included)
Day 7 - Nottingham (Wednesday, Jun. 28, 2023) / Warhammer World!
Today we visit to the all-new Warhammer World. Revamped in 2014-15, WHW now sports three stores! In addition to the Games Workshop store, there are also separate stores for Black Library and Forge World as well. Even better, WHW now has a brand-new Exhibition Centre which displays many of those beautifully painted ‘Eavy Metal miniatures you have seen in White Dwarf. But the really big news is that they now have a multitude of specially build dioramas, including the largest diorama that Games Workshop has ever built. All the dioramas are true wonders and are breath-taking for miniature fans of all types…
All tour members will have the opportunity to play friendly Warhammer 40,000, Horus Heresy or Age of Sigmar games on WHW's "Featured" tables, and we will be taking pre-orders from Forgeworld for those interested... Participants can come and go to Bugman’s Bar for lunch, and even have a pint or two when they play.
We will depart around 6:00 pm and head over to the offices of Wargames Illustrated for dinner there, and to have a cut-down 'focus on fun and rolling dice' taster of "Never Mind the Billhooks" by the crew of Wargames Illustrated themselves....
Overnight Location: Jury’s Inn Nottingham (breakfast included)
Day 8 - Nottingham - Maybe (Thursday, Jun. 29, 2023) / Warhammer World Iterum
We will return to Warhammer World to continue our games or start new quick ones... Necormunda or Kill Team will be the order of the day! With almost 12 full hours to game here, I am sure we can come up with our own narrative this day so expect the crescendo of a long hard-fought battle.
For those wanting to skip Warhammer world, Nottingham offers plenty for the visiting history geek. Visit Nottingham Castle, Wollaton Hall (Nottingham Natural History Museum), or the National Justice Museum... Or just head back to the "Trip" for another pint or two...
We will dine (both lunch and dinner as WHW is open late this day) on our own at Bugman's Bar, or any of the multitude of awesome dining establishments in Nottingham...
Overnight Location: Jury’s Inn Nottingham (breakfast included)
Day 9 - Nottingham (Friday, Jun. 30, 2023) / Wargames Foundry
Another first for Geek Nation Tours, we are super proud and excited to visit our final miniature wargaming company this day – Wargames Foundry. Established in 1976 Wargames Foundry produces miniatures, paints and other gaming supplements, with deep roots in Wargaming history. Bryan Ansell of the Foundry is the founder of Citadel Miniatures. He helped create Warhammer Fantasy Battle, was once the Managing Director of Games Workshop and had a direct hand in the Warhammer boom of the 1980s.
We will arrive for lunch, and after we eat we will hop on a tour of their factory and workshop, witness a live casting demonstration and much more. We will also view some historical Games Workshop art and the Foundry’s massive collection of miniatures while being regaled by Bryan about the history of our hobby. His stories go way, way back, so you’re sure to learn loads about our hobby and how it developed into what it is today.
After the tour we will do some shopping as you pick from the largest miniature range in the industry. But that is not all – make sure you have your miniatures handy as we will be gaming this day as well. All systems are welcome, and I am sure whatever you want to play your fellow tour participants will happily jump right in and roll some dice with you… After dinner we will head back to Nottingham,
Overnight Location: Jury’s Inn Nottingham (dinner, lunch and breakfast included)
Day 10 - London (Saturday, Jul. 1, 2023) / From Nottingham to London
Today we will leave our mecca and proceed from Nottingham back to London, arriving early afternoon to continue our explorations. In particular, we will visit the original Cabinet War Rooms where Churchill and his inner circle planned wartime strategy. We will learn more of how he and the cabinet lived and worked in these warrens. After we leave the War Rooms we will explore, via a private tour with museum guide, the Churchill Museum and learn more about the man and his life. This interactive museum will provide a deeper grasp of who he was, not only through the displays and artefacts, but through recordings of his wartime speeches as well.
In the evening we will gather once more for our Farewell dinner and perhaps one last pint....
Overnight Location: The Dixon, Tower Bridge, Autograph Collection (dinner, lunch and breakfast included)
Day 11 - London (Sunday, Jul. 2, 2023) / Departure Day but see you soon...
Today will see us headed off to the airport and home. We will take taxis and will depart in small groups. The memories, miniatures and friendships you made are yours to keep forever! Bon voyage, captain and may your travels be filled with thoughts of dice and miniatures.
Overnight Location: (breakfast included)
NOTE: Attendance of special guests and celebrities is subject to change due to scheduling conflicts and conflicting professional or personal obligations.
NOTE: COVID-19 has changed both our geek and our real worlds. Some things may never be the same and others may not be able to be offered on our tours or will have to be altered in a new post Covid world. With that said, please understand that GNT is moving forward as if the disease is already conquered, but all tours are now subject to change.
NOTE: We live in a dynamic and ever changing world. Some stops may have to change due to conditions in destination.
All accommodations, all transfers excluding transfers to and from airports, private tour costs, all breakfasts, some lunches and most dinners including “Welcome Dinner” and “Farewell Dinner”, Museum entrance fee and private tours, and more fun than you can shake a ruler at…
What's Not Included
Some small transfers and entrance fees will need to be paid for locally – including transfers to and from the airport. International air. Some lunches and dinners as per above
Remember that the “Geeking Out with Miniatures in Nottingham Tour” will have a maximum guest space of 20 passengers, so space is VERY limited. Book now to secure your spot.
Gaming while on tour – there will be many chances for spontaneous gaming throughout the tour. In the past the hotels have supplied us with tables and gaming areas and we were happy to be able to game to our hearts content after returning to our hotel in the evening
Single-Occupancy Upgrade: $1,450.00 USD
Don’t have a friend to get the double occupancy rate? That is what Geek Nation Tours does. Book as a double occupancy and we will match you up a roommate… This way you get the best of both worlds – someone to BS about the con with – and more cash to spend!
Additional Options: Want a few extra days in the UK to chill out or want to go to other places in Europe after the tour? Geek Nation Tours will be more than happy to arrange it for you. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or put a quick note in the “Special Requests” box when you book.
NOTE: As our world goes through a uncertain time, some pricing may change. For example, fuel surcharges may have to be applied. GNT has priced to mitigate this possibility, but please keep it in mind when booking.
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