Eastbourne’s WynterCon brings Westeros to the south coast

Wyntercon. Poster Artwork courtesy Rebbeca Blackwell
Wyntercon. Poster Artwork courtesy Rebbeca Blackwell

WynterCon defied all expectations 2014 by turning the Winter Gardens into a venue for all sorts of fantasy, horror and alternative culture to mix in a family-friendly weekend of fun and discovery.

Not content with last year’s success and this year’s excellent line-up (A Magic: The Gathering tournament, a full-size ED-209 Enforcement Droid and Tim Burton’s Batmobile, plus multiple guests, traders and cosplay groups) Andy Kybett and his family & team hunted high and low to acquire something that would set a standard for others to aspire to.

Wyntercon 2014 SUS-140311-093820001

Wyntercon 2014 SUS-140311-093820001

Organiser Andy Kybett, said, “The multiple series of Game of Thrones on HBO have captured the imaginations of so many, and in a coup of significant proportions, the only HBO appproved replica of the Iron Throne of Westeros in the UK will form the centrepiece of a Game of Thrones themed exibit and photobooth on the main stage of the Winter Gardens this Halloween weekend.

“As if that wasn’t enough, Kayla from Game of Thrones – actress Pixie Le Knot – will also be attending, joining a guest list that includes comic artists Richard Starkings, Chris Weston ,Dez Skinn, actresses Emily Booth and Virginia Hey, actors Julian Seager, Spencer Wilding and Terry Molloy, Garrick Hagon plus many more.

“This year, the Author’s Section continues with an appearance by Robert Rankin, master of far-fetched fiction, Eastbournian James Lovegrove will be taking a break from heading toward his hundredth book, Natalie Gosney, whose Algonquian-themed, four-part Wolf Born Saga and game world is attracting a lot of attention.

“We are happy to welcome the return of Julian M. Miles. This year he’ll be running sessions of his Gallant Role-Playing Game as well as being happy to discuss, sell and sign his books. He’s also hinted at having a WynterCon exclusive. More news as we get it!

“Cosplay groups Halo Cosplay UK (HCUK) , Eastbourne Cosplay Meetups and Thanet Cosplay (Thanet cos) will be in attendance, supporting and encouraging cosplayers old and new in competing for the WynterCon Cosplay Cup.

“There will also be a series of 20-minute plays, talks and skits by guest presenters on the new Ulysses stage in the bistro area. In the large RPG zone, there will be game sessions running all day each day, with many new games for visitors to try.

“Last year Wyntercon not only set the bar for its exciting and unique main event but also for its nocturnal activities. This year it is going beyond that – far beyond. On the evening of Friday the 30th of October a Cabaret Evening will kick off the Wyntercon weekend at the Eastbourne Town Hall in fittingly diverse style, followed by a Themed Ball on the Saturday night.

“Ay Caramba! Want to spruce up a Mexican-style skull? How about fashioning your own friendly phantom? This year at Wyntercon, kids of all ages can get creative in our popular family fun zones. Led by experienced workshop artists, little ones can let their imaginations run wild and get hands-on experience in arts and crafts.

“Starlight Children’s Foundation has been chosen as one of the charities we wish to suppport this year.

“We are thankful for the support of our sponsors and partners , Onelineticket Seller, Ditzy Media , BW Landsdowne Hotel, Media Attention, Best of Eastbourne, Chatfields Jewellers & Chaos Cards.

“Make a note on your calendar: October 31 and November 1. It’s going to be worth at least one visit.

“See you at the event.”

Find out more at http://www.wyntercon.com/.

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