​Arts & Culture

May the force be with you! Businesses unite for Star Wars Day charity fundraiser on May the 4th

The Gaming Circus team.

By Andrew Diprose [email protected]

Published: March 12, 2024 | Updated: 12th March 2024

Two Dorset businesses are uniting this Star Wars Day to bring a charity fundraiser to Poole.

Retrocave Gaming Cafe and The Gaming Circus will be sharing their love of Star Wars by staging a games day at the Retrocave in Ashley Road on Saturday May 4.

Money raised will go to Julia’s House children’s hospice.

There will be a variety of games for people to get stuck into along with a charity raffle, all accompanied by a Star Wars themed menu.

Everyone attending will be able to access the free to play library of games on display from The Gaming Circus.

A demonstration team will also be on hand to guide those attending through games which include Mandalorian Dobble, the co-operative game Pandemic: The Clone Wars as well as the story-based game Imperial Assault.

Alongside the board games will be a Star Wars Legion Skirmish Tournament.

Players will navigate the worlds of the Star Wars universe with their collections of miniatures, telling their own Jedi or Sith stories across tables that have terrain depicting the different planets.

Retrocave will also have a range of retro video games available on consoles such as SNEZ, Nintendo 64 and Playstation 1.

Alex Critchell, CEO of The Gaming Circus, said: “I have always loved Star Wars and have enjoyed putting events on for the gaming community for the last few years as I enjoy bringing smiles to people’s faces.

“I am very excited to be putting on this event in support of Julia’s House”

Emily Critchell, CFO, added: “Supporting charities has always been something I have been passionate about and when setting up the business it was decided at the time we would do fundraisers in the future.

“It is great to be a year into business and being able to do our first one”

Kieran Newson, Owner of Retrocave Café and Retro Game shop, said: “We’re very excited to have our first ever large-scale event at Retrocave and, being a huge Star Wars fan, we couldn’t have picked a better one to start with!”


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