We are very relieved to say that we are well and truly settled in to our new venue here at 121 Saltmarket. It has been a roller coaster 6 months since we dragged our retro collection across the road and welcomed everyone into our slightly larger home. We had a very worrying Christmas period with very little visitors but you all came to help us celebrate our fifth year of business in January and got us back on our feet!
We are now planning out our super exciting spring calendar here at R-CADE, but before we do we have to make a few changes. Starting in March we will have to increase our prices for arcade passes and parties. We would like to explain why:
When we moved to our new venue in July 2022 we kept our ticket prices to a minimum. Then October hit, with the absolutely horrendous energy prices affecting us all! Let me tell you that heating a larger venue and running power to all of the old CRT TV's and retro machines is not cheap to begin with! We knew that our customers were also affected by this added worry so we decided not to increase our prices and our business took quite a hit.
Now that the national minimum wage is about to increase on top of the skyrocketing energy cost we can't avoid changes any longer. If we were to keep our prices the same for everything we would not be able to survive more than a few more months. We have thought long and hard about how we can increase prices enough to keep us running without affecting our customers too harshly, so we have made the following changes which will take effect from March 1st:
The All Ages Arcade Pass & Quiet Time Arcade Pass: From March onward these will now be available at two price points, £7.50 for ages 5 - 7 (inclusive) and £9 for ages 8 and above.
Gamers under 5 play for free as always and we still offer free passes for carers and support workers (please contact us for a discount code if this applies).
Private Bookings: Our private party prices will increase a little too. For an arcade only booking the new price will be £140 per hour for up to 15 guests.
The price for a full venue booking will now be £390 for two hours but we will be increasing capacity for full venue bookings from 25 to 30 guests.
The reason we have been able to increase capacity is because we have added more seating in our cafe area. This does not mean that 30 people can fit into the arcade area at one time!
R-CADE Lates: The new price for a 3 hour Lates pass will now be £18. This was a very difficult decision but with the hourly price increasing to £9 we had to adjust this accordingly. As always Lates does unlock our full games collection without age restrictions and includes special events and such perks as quiz night prizes and giveaways etc. Starting in March we are pleased to announce that we will also be hosting special over 18’s events every Thursday too. Check our events page for details.
Corkage fees will remain the same price and our cafe menu will not increase either, but we are keeping an eye on possible price hikes in the food industry (fingers crossed no more increases please!)
We have always been extremely cautious about our pricing and we always want to make sure that everyone can have a fun and affordable experience here at R-CADE. Remember that our cafe is open Thursdays and Fridays from 12-7pm too, so even if you are in town and would like to hang out at R-CADE with a cuppa and a free board game we would very much appreciate the support and the company!
We can’t thank you all enough for your support and helping us to grow this amazing wee community. Every arcade pass, cup of coffee and keyring purchased helps us continue to share this space with everyone. Keep it up gamers! You can book arcade passes from HERE and read about our party packages HERE