SubbuteoFest 2022 nears as UK set to welcome massive Subbuteo fair and tournament

The biggest Subbuteo event of the year is set to arrive in a few days as the doors open to SubbuteoFest 2022.

A historic festival of Subbuteo, the event will host the first official Subbuteo tournament in the UK since the 1990s and hundreds of attendees will also be able to buy and sell Subbuteo, play games and enjoy evening entertainment in a massive celebration of all things table football.

The Subbuteo collector’s fair, tournament and nightly entertainment in local bars is branded as one of the largest Subbuteo events of its kind in the country and fans of the flick-based table sport will be descending on Haverhill in Sussex to share their passion for the game.

Hosted by Haverhill Rovers Table Football Club and supported by the English Subbuteo Association, it will be held on Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July 2022 at the Samuel Ward Academy.

The weekend-long event includes a modern day flat-base tournament, an old-school ‘flats’ tournament using the original celluloid Subbuteo players sold when the game first arrived 75 years ago, and a special 75th anniversary tournament using official Subbuteo accessories.

The 75th anniversary tournament is the first officially-branded tournament to be played on UK shores for over two decades after it received backing from brand licensee Longshore, which has also provided five official SubbuteoFest pitches and unique silver tournament balls for the event. Trophies are also official Subbuteo branded trophies and will be handed out to winners of the events.

For the more casual players and collectors there will be a collector fair on both days of the event, as well as TFI Subbuteo, a night of fun and games in the local pub on Saturday night hosted by SubbuteoCollector Stewart Grant and with guests including Subbuteo.Online editor Stephen Hurrell.

The full event calendar is:

Friday 29th July
7pm – Late
Rose & Crown Haverhill Welcome Reception
Live Draw for the FISTF International Open and WASPA Flats Tournament.

Saturday 30th July
8am Doors Open for tournament and stall set up
9am – 5pm FISTF International Open
9am – 5pm Collectors Fair
10am – 5pm WASPA Flats Tournament ( Played to TSPA Rules )
5pm Presentations ( Facebook Live )
8pm – Late
TFI Subbuteo ( Live from the Rose & Crown Haverhill with Stewart Grant and Special Guests )
To include Live Draws of Sunday’s FISTF Team Event and Advanced Rules Tournament

Sunday 31st July
9am – 5pm Collectors Fair
10am – 5pm OFFICIAL SUBBUTEO 75th ANNIVERSARY Tournament
WASPA Advanced Rules Tournament ( Played to Subbuteofest Rules, based on Subbuteo Advanced Rules 1974 )
10am – 5pm FISTF International Open Team Event
5pm Presentations ( Facebook Live )
6pm Event Finish

The Venue
Samuel Ward Academy, Chalkstone Way, Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 0LB
Hot and cold food is available at the venue and there is also a fully licensed bar.

Getting There
Directions to Samuel Ward Academy, Chalkstone Way, Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 0LB
From North:
Follow A11 until the junction with the A1307, travel towards Haverhill going through the villages of Abington and Linton. At the first roundabout take the left towards the town centre and left again at the second roundabout keeping Sainsburys to your right. Go straight over the mini roundabout and then right at the next one, still heading into town. Continuing straight you will then come across two roundabouts close together, turn left and stay left heading up the hill towards Bury St Edmunds keeping Tesco on your right. Take the second right turn, just after the pedestrian crossing, into Chalkstone Way. Samuel Ward Academy is on your left. There is a car park at the venue.
From South:
Follow the A1017 towards Haverhill, after the village of Sturmer at the first roundabout go straight over towards the town centre sign posted A143. At the mini roundabout take the right into Chalkstone Way with the Snooker Club on your left. Follow the road around the estate going straight over three mini roundabouts and then you will find the venue on your right. There is a car park at the venue.
From East:
Follow the A143 from Bury St Edmunds towards Haverhill, carrying on past the crossroads for Kedington on your left and Great Wratting on your right. As you come down the hill into Haverhill Chalkstone Way will be on your left before the pedestrian crossing. Samuel Ward Academy is on your left. There is a car park at the venue.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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