Phoenix 2017, a new Cumbrian show.
This is a young show (organised by West Coast Gamers), now in its second year, held at the Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith (top end of the Lake District in North west UK).
The venue is rather unusual, being a large space that looks like it has been built into a rock face, with the roofed area covered with grass and so has something of an eco feel about it, having a sort of synergy with the beauty of Cumbria.
Inside, the large space has nine shops and three cafes and there is a strong emphasis on crafts and local produce. Upstairs there is a gallery and small cinema and on the top floor there is a lot of conference space and this is where the wargame show is held.
The immediate advantage of the venue to me is that it is quite an inviting place for wargamer’s partners to wander around and relax in, without actually having to suffer the wargame thing. Plus Cumbria is a beautiful location, so it makes an ideal location for a mini-break. We had a stop-over the day before, so had a good wander around the area and then next morning arrived at the show quite fresh.
Anyway, with the scene set, for the rest of the show report and photos of games, please use the 'read more' tab.