Board Games Holiday

You are invited to the largest week-long board gaming event in Europe.

The Board Games Holiday gathers as many as 100 UK gamers along with other guests at Le Pas Opton, our four-star holiday park in Western France. Whether you’re new to the hobby or have been enjoying board games for years, you’ll love the wide range of games available, and the opportunity to play them with so many friendly people.

As well as gaming, the programme also includes features from a regular week, so there will be plenty to do besides board games.

See the 2024 leaflet here. Ask Matt if you would like some to give to friends!

Games and Tournaments

From casual to ‘serious’ gamers, anyone and everyone is welcome! Throughout the week there’ll be opportunities to learn new games and to play old favourites. Whether it’s popular games like Ticket to Ride and Wingspan, heavier games of Terraforming Mars or Ark Nova, classic games of Risk or Cosmic Encounter, group games like Just One, or something light like Camel Up or Rhino Hero, there’s plenty of choices to suit everyone.

Over the course of the week there are a number of free, friendly tournaments that help everyone to mix and meet new people. You can expect:

  • Three-round tournaments of Catan (including a unique team tournament) and 7 Wonders.
  • Head-to-head knock-out tournaments including Star Realms, Hive, Chess and 7 Wonders Duel.
  • Team knock-out Codenames.
  • Pick & Mix: choose a 4-player game, and play that along with three other people's picks in a 4-round tournament where each round is a different game with different people!
  • The Hexathlon. For two days, all results are recorded and the player with the best six results is declared Hexathlon champion: the ultimate gaming accolade!

Prices and Booking

The holiday is self-catered, with most accommodation consisting of mobile homes. You can come on your own or with a group. Mobile homes have two or three bedrooms, with the cheapest two-bedroom unit (Firgrove) costing £380, and the simplest with three bedrooms (Ashglade 3) costing £480. Take a look at our other options here.

Alternatively, a room to yourself in a shared mobile home is £205, with the option of an en suite upgrade for £65. Travel is not included with this option, but we can book your ferry at discounted rates, or even help you to find other people to travel with: talk to Matt in the office if you'd be interested in this.

Getting There

A mobile home booking includes a free Dover-Calais return ferry booking. You can upgrade this to a more convenient crossing (see routes & supplements here), or if you would prefer to fly then we’ll give you £60 off (the Own Transport discount). Nantes airport is just an hour’s drive away, with a number of low-cost routes serving it (see here).

Travelling by ferry is generally the cheapest way of getting there, especially if you can travel with 3-4 in a car. To join the Facebook group and see if anyone’s travelling from near where you are, and ask any other questions you may have, see here.


How many people will there be in 2024?

It's difficult to tell but perhaps 100 gamers might be a reasonable estimate, with another 100 other guests also on site.

I like games, but I’m not sure about a whole week?

Not many people can play back-to-back games for seven days, so the programme and facilities also include opportunities for things like swimming, walking football, pool, a quiz, trips to the beach…in fact, everything that sees guests come to the site year after year for their holidays!

What kinds of people will be coming?

This holiday sees all sorts getting involved! Different ages, backgrounds, genders, families; serious gamers that have played every game from the Boardgamegeek top 100 (see here) and people new to the world of modern board games who just want to have a fun time and meet new people!

What if I don’t have anyone to come with?

We have options for coming and staying by yourself, or we can connect you with a group for driving over from the UK, and/or staying with others to share cooking etc. – just get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.

So it’s a Christian site – what if I’m not interested in that?

All aspects of the programme are entirely optional, with no pressure to participate in anything you don’t want to. Some people prefer to just play games the whole time, and that’s fine - everyone is welcome!

Neil Richardson


Neil Richardson
Neil Richardson

Neil is pastor at Longheath Baptist Church, a small council estate church in Croydon. He married Abigail in 2022 and God gave them Nathaniel in 2023. Neil is a keen board gamer (he was the 7 Wonders Duel champion on his first visit to the Board Games Holiday) and a runner, and loves to share Jesus with people.

    Rachel Retallick-Cheel

    Worship Leader

    Retallick Cheel
    Retallick Cheel

    Rachel Retallick-Cheel is worship leader along with her husband Bob at St Boniface Church, Quinton. Founding member of worship collective MULTITUDE, she have also led worship at events for British Youth For Christ and Moorlands Bible College.

      Real holiday

      Set in the beautiful Vendée region, Le Pas Opton gives you so many opportunities to relax and be refreshed:

      • Laze away some time in our Coffee Shop, bar and conservatory
      • Feast on freshly baked croissants, baguettes and pastries
      • Get active by hiring a bike or canoe
      • Find your own place in our spacious park: sit by the river or seek seclusion among the trees
      • Pick a local restaurant for a special lunch or dinner
      • Stroll the charming streets of local fishing villages and historic towns