FILM fanatics will descend on Bolton as the town's Comic Convention returns for the fifth year.

Hundreds of people attended last year's event, and organisers are promising celebrities, authors and artists, displays, cosplay, retro gaming and traders for 2020.

Organiser Paul Prescott of NWCC Events said: "Despite it being quite large, this is a friendly local event for the people of Bolton, and I always ensure there’s a good mix of different things to see and do so that everyone can get involved.”

What can you expect?

Star Wars characters, Transformers’ Bumblebee, a Marvel Hulkbuster, Paw Patrol’s Chase, and many other familiar faces will be making an appearance.

Visitors will also be able to board Harry Potter's platform nine and three-quarters and peruse other movie replica displays, including the iconic Simpson's couch.

Which stars will be attending?

Game of Thrones’ Richard Brake, who played the Night King, is headlining the guest actors this year. He will be joined by Clive Mantle, who plays Lord Greatjon Umber on the fantasy drama series.

Spencer Wilding, who played Darth Vader in Star Wars Rogue One, and Nikki Diamond, who fans will remember as Scorpio from the nineties television show Gladiators, are also among the line-up.

English rock musician, actor, writer and performance artist Mat Fraser is also set to meet and greet members of the public at the event. Stars will be signing autographs and taking part in interviews.

From comic artists, to Virtual Reality, to retro gaming, to trader tables with geeky souvenirs, there will be plenty going on during the day for visitors of all ages.

When and where will it be held?

The sci-fi packed convention will be staged in the premier suite at the University of Bolton Stadium, in Burnden Way, Horwich, formerly called the Macron Stadium, on Saturday, February 22.

Doors will open at 10am, with the event continuing until about 4pm.

Where do I book tickets?

NWCC Events are once again organising the Bolton Comic Con.

Early bird tickets for visitors aged 16 or over are available at £10.30 online. Early bird tickets get you into the event at 10am, one hour before general entry.

Early bird tickets for visitors aged 15 or under cost £7.06.

And early bird family passes, for two adults and two children aged 15 or under, cost £25.39.

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