As the 24th edition of the Sci-Fi Ball edges ever closer, it’s been announced that this year’s event will be even bigger than ever!
With several new activities and zones being added for next month’s event, you can find the full details in the below press release:
The Sci-Fi Ball has had to add additional activities and zones to their 24th annual convention due to popularity, which takes place over three days from 2 - 4 February 2018 at the stunning four-star Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton to raise vital funds to help the extraordinary work of the Teenage Cancer Trust and regularly attracts over a thousand attendees each year.
The first addition are two large, bespoke and heated exhibition and dealers marquees on the grounds of the Grand Harbour Hotel, which will also house a new stage solely dedicated to a ‘Grand Sci-Fi Ball Cosplay Competition’ and offering photographs and prizes for the best dressed cos-players. The new areas will also house table-top gaming and the Victorian Steampunk Society, who return with their premier display of Steampunked Marvel superhero masks and epic tea-duelling matches.
Further opportunities for attendees to have their photographs taken on fan-built sets inspired by Doctor Who and Star Trek, a large selection of traders specialising in cult entertainment merchandise and many exhibits that will thrill even the most hardened Science Fiction fan.
This year sees new partnerships forged with the Game Over Video Game Café in Portsmouth who will be providing the opportunity for all attendees to play authentic retro arcade and all-in-one games and the Southern Lego Train Club who will be exhibiting a wide variety of their Sci-Fi Lego creations.
The not-for-profit convention brings together fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy to ensure they have a truly out of this world weekend. It offers parties, special guest panels, fan-built and actual props and sets, autograph and photography sessions with the stars, roaming Daleks, a packed exhibition and dealers room, cosplay and fancy dress competitions, a Sci-Fi pub quiz, karaoke and activities for the whole family. Special ticket holders can even enjoy a three-course black-tie dining experience including cabaret and an exclusive cocktail party with the stars of the small and silver screen and live steel-pan music from Dr. aRt.
Special guests include Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Red Dwarf (US) & Becker) Gary Graham (Star Trek: Voyager, Alien Nation), Vic Mignogna (Star Trek: Continues and Anime shows RWBY and Full Metal Alchemist), Chris Doohan (Star Trek: Into Darkness, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek: Continues and son of James Doohan aka “Scotty” from Star Trek), Robert Rankin (Author of The Antipope, The Lord of the Ring Roads and many other best selling far-fetched fiction), Richard Williams (Concept Artist for Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood) with many more guests and exhibits soon to be announced.
Director of the Sci-Fi Ball, Anne Lindup comments:
“The Sci-Fi Ball has endured for 24 years because we provide memorable and intimate encounters with the stars of Science Fiction with entertainment and activities that the whole family relish. Over two decades we have built a weird and wonderful family, which has inevitably grown and we feel it’s better to grow by offering more for our attendees rather than becoming yet another comic-con or signing show.”
This February sees the Sci-Fi Ball celebrate twenty-four years of raising money for charitable causes bringing their total donations to the Teenage Cancer Trust to over £41,000. It is sponsored by The Horror Channel, Starburst Magazine – The World’s Longest Running Magazine of Cult Entertainment, Bees Marquees, Game Over Café and White Light.
For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.sfball.com.