UK conventions and festivals: scifi, fantasy and horror

The Brits love a festival it would seem. Hardly a month goes past without another one being spawned. Here’s a better list  than you’ll find most places for UK scifi, fantasy and horror conventions and festivals.

  • Star Wars Celebration, 15-17 July 2016, London: all things Star Wars, event for all Europe taking place in the UK,
  • Whitby ScFi & Comic Con, 28 November 2015, Whitby Pavilion: tables, signers, photo opps and costumers,
  • GateCon, 12-15 Nov 2015, London: all things Stargate,
  • Bolton Comic Con/Invasion Earth 3, 15 Nov 2015, Bolton: a coming together of the successful annual Bolton comic event and the annual Manchester scifi event,
  • Novacon 45, 13-15 Nov 2015, Nottingham: the UK’s longest-established regional (operating out of Birmingham) science fiction convention, held every autumn since 1971; has a definite focus on scifi literature rather than anything else,
  • World Fantasy Con, 5-8 Nov 2015, Saratoga Springs, USA: Steven Erikson will be a special guest,
  • FantasyCon, 23-25 Oct 2015, Nottingham: UK national fantasy convention, run by the British Fantasy Society,
  • GollanczFest, 15-18 Oct 2015, London and Manchester: range of online and face-to-face events with the Gollancz stable of scifi and fantasy authors: I’ll be doing a panel debate at Waterstones Manchester Deansgate on 16 Oct!,
  • Bram Stoker International Film Festival, 22-25 Oct 2015, Whitby:
  • Pandorica, 25-27 Sept 2015, Bristol: Doctor Who convention,
  • BristolCon, 26 Sept 2015, Bristol: a one-day convention organized by the Bristol Fantasy and SF Society,
  • Dragon Con, 4-7 Sept 2015, Atlanta, USA: pretty much the world’s biggest fantasy and scifi convention,
  • Scifi Wales, 5 Sept 2015, Llandudno: mainly a tv and film focus,
  • Festival Number 6, 3-6 Sept 2015, Portmeirion: a music, arts and culture festival in the home of The Prisoner, surely one of the coolest and most surreal of festivals,
  • WHY?CON, 31 Aug 2015, Bakewell: Bakewell’s first comic con,
  • A J Dalton book signing event, 29 Aug 2015: for Waterstones Doncaster, from 11am
  • Nine Worlds, 7-9 August 2015, London: gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science and geek culture,
  • Preston Comic Con, 1 Aug 2015: taking place in Preston Guild Hall,
  • MCM Comic Con, 25-26 July 2015, Manchester: one of the biggest comic cons in the north-west,
  • HorrorCon 2015, 11-12 July, Rotherham/Sheffield: special guests, lectures, Cosplay and market,
  • EDGE-LIT 4, 11 July 2015, Derby: scifi, fantasy and horror writing,
  • Wigan Comic Con, 13 June 2015: a successful and popular comic con that is worth checking out,
  • BritSciFi, 9-10 May 2015, Leicester: a celebration of all things science fiction and British (Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Thunderbirds, etc), and the venue is the National Space Centre, to boot!
  • BOOK LAUNCH of The Book of Orm
  • ‘Hammer Glamour Day’/Camden Film Fair, 2 May 2015, London: films, and 60 stalls selling horror and scifi memorabilia,
  • Distopia conference, 29 April 2015, Newcastle University: high-brow interdisciplinary conference on the dystopian in modern and contemporary literature and film,
  • EuroCon2015, 23-26 April 2015, St Petersburg, Russia: the annual scifi convention run by the European Science Fiction Society, held in a different European country every year,
  • Whitby Goth Weekend, 23-26 Apr 2015: it all goes on in Whitby. Why? Cos that’s where Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, where much of the novel is set, and where the dark lord arrived in the UK to boot,
  • Fright Club 2, 18-19 April 2015, Birmingham: all day and all night horror film festival,
  • Dysprosium 2015 – EasterCon, 3-6 Apr 2015, Heathrow London: 66th British National Science Fiction Convention,
  • Global release of The Book of Orm, 1 April 2015: A J Dalton’s new book!
  • Sci-Fi Weekender 6, 19-22 Mar 2015, Wales: formerly known as the ‘SFX Weekender’,
  • EM-Con, 15 Mar 2015, Notts: the East Midlands scifi and fantasy convention: the focus is mainly TV and film, mind you,
  • London Super Comic Convention, 14-15 Mar 2015: comics, costumes and gaming,
  • Sci-Fi Scarborough, 14-15 Mar 2015: second convention for this growing event,
  • Nor-Con, 7 Sept 2014, Norwich: one-day scifi convention for Star Wars, Batman, Doctor Who, Star Trek and so on,

If you run or know of a convention you’d like included in the above list, just give me a shout.

13 comments on “UK conventions and festivals: scifi, fantasy and horror

  1. Pingback: UK conventions and festivals « Metaphysical Fantasy

  2. Hello! Sorry to be a pain, but BristolCon is organised by the Bristol Fantasy and SF society, not the British one. We don’t like to give ourselves airs down in the West Country!

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  4. Wow an up to date list :D this is what I like to see.

    I’m Sam, captain of StarBase Leicester, and every year we get together with a local cinema called Phoenix Square to run ScifiFest. A movie festival perfect for geeks! with a quiz, gaming, book launch, and even a nerf shooting gallery and a 3d printing display with a chance to print stuff!

    this is the event May 10th, wish I’d found you sooner… Keep up the good work


  5. One off event on the 25th October…

    Greenwich Time Symposium: Objects in Time

    A day of enquiry, tinkering and questioning, examining the facts and fiction behind everyday objects.

    With panel discussion, talk on writing by sci-fi novelist Robert Adam, and you can get involved in a clockwork workshop with steampunk artist Jemma Hewitt.

    25 October

    £15 / £10 members and concessions

  6. Hiya I was wondering if you would add Whitby Sci Fi & Comic Con to your list. It is on the 28th of November 2015 at Whitby pavilion and will be bringing tables, signers, photo opps and a great environment for costumers of all levels to get together. It’s going to be a fun day raising money for a great cause, early detection of cancer.
    Thank you.

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