A board game cafe is encouraging everyone to go in to play board games together this new year. 

My Comic Soda Bar on Catherine Street, already has a good selection of games available to choose from, but people are also welcome to bring their own board or card games to play with friends. Any donations of unwanted board games are also welcome.

With hot and cold drinks, hot snacks and other refreshments available for purchase, Colin Andrewes, who runs the café, seeks to make it a place of friendship and a safe place for all ages, but for young people in particular to enjoy.

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Colin said: “We already welcome several groups who play Dungeons and Dragons here on certain days and we are a registered official tournament store for Yu Gi Oh.  We would like to broaden our offer so that young people feel able to come in and play games of their choice in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.” 

My Comic Soda Bar is already registered with Safer and Supportive Salisbury as a Safe Place, where anyone can go to seek help and support during a visit to the city.

In the coming months, staff from the support charity Rethink will also be offering a “Come and Chat” session aimed at young people aged 16 and over every third Tuesday afternoon between 3pm and 5pm, starting on Tuesday, February 6. Young people are encouraged to come in, buy a hot or cold drink and enjoy a chat with others in a relaxed setting.

My Comic Soda Bar is open seven days a week- Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm (opening at 8.30am on a Tuesday) and from 10am to 5pm on a Sunday. There is a small admittance charge for evening sessions of Dungeons and Dragons, which are currently held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm.