Watford Filmfair Comic-Con ~Watford Leisure Centre Central

Sunday 3rd July 2016

Comic-Cons are always on my radar, I love all things film, television and theatre related, so these events tick all the boxes for me. Watford’s annual one day long Comic-Con which is run by Filmfair UK is on a somewhat smaller scale in comparison to MCM and Showmasters events, which take up several exhibition halls. However, if my visit, today proved anything, it was the quality and not the quantity that matters.

It’s well organised with a logistical layout and enough space to move around comfortably between stalls. There were plenty of dealers present selling merchandise, not so many celebrities available to meet and purchase autographs from as perhaps I’ve become accustomed to seeing, though. Despite this observation, the guests all appeared relaxed and seemed to have time to chat to their fans, which is an encouraging sight in itself. Guests at the Con, today included Andrew-Lee Potts from Primeval, Arti Shah and Paul Warren from such films as Star Wars to name just one franchise and Hattie Hayridge of Red Dwarf fame.

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Just a standard day in Watford! Photo credit: Philip French


These fairs seem to be run on a basic level, there are no guest talks, for example, but the entry price is reasonable and parking is easy around the chosen venue. I overheard a parent speaking to a stall holder and remarking that their child would not cope with the larger scale conventions, yet, and that’s a very good point. For a family friendly day out where there are characters from the movies present to entertain your young brood, why not try Watford Comic-Con. Their date for next year will be released, soon and I highly recommend putting in your diaries!

Feature Photo Credit: Filmfair UK

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