It’s that time of year again where all your favourite characters will be roaming the streets of York.
York’s comic-con is back! York Unleashed will be at York Racecourse Sunday 8 August 2021.
After the first York convention in 2015 was a big success, the event has become a staple in the city for any pop culture fan.
With guests this year from Game of Thrones, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and more – it’s sure to be an exciting day.
Guests include James Cosmo, who you may recognise as Lord Commander Mormont from Game of Thrones, among his many other credits such as His Dark Materials, Trainspotting and Sons of Anarchy.
There’s also Patricia Quinn, who’s best known for her role as Magenta in the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Stephen Calcutt who was the stand-in for Chewbacca and the body double for Darth Vader in all three original Star Wars films.
Autographs and selfies will be available and there’s no need to pre-book – simply pay on the day.
And the geeky fun doesn’t stop there!
Comic creators and authors will also be in attendance, with attractions such as axe throwing, archery and Jedi training to get involved in.
If you’ve ever wanted to meet the iconic Bumblebee from Transformers – this is your chance…
There will also be lots of traders selling geeky merchandise to browse through. Who knows what might catch your eye?
Six floors to explore
The action will take place over six floors – so make sure you explore them all!
The courtyard is where the main stage will be along with vehicles and the shooting range. The ground floor will be the main trader area as well as attractions.
Up on the first mezzanine will be small independent traders, with the first floor the home of the special guests!
On the second mezzanine will be even more attractions and activities to get stuck in to, and the second floor will host more traders and the observation deck.
Finally, the third floor is the Voltiguer Restaurant – refuel on burgers, sandwiches, hot meals, and more.
Cosplay is always an integral part of any comic convention, and York is no different. But cosplay is completely optional, so there’s no pressure to dress up.
For those that want to though, York Unleashed will be hosting a costume competition!
Entrants will be split into two age groups, with several prizes up for grabs including a selection of geeky goodies and tickets to Sheffield Comic-Con. Find out more about the competition here.
Advance tickets online have now sold out, but tickets are still available to buy in person at a reduced price from Sore Thumb Retro Games on Gillygate.
General entry tickets will be available on the door from 11am on the day. Tickets cost £10, under 12s £5, and under 5s going free. It is cash only on the door.
York Unleashed will take place at York Racecourse from 11am to 5pm. Advance ticket entry is at 10am.
Get your geek on and have fun!
For more information about the event, visit the York Unleashed Facebook page.