The Sci-Fi by the Sea Festival is coming back to Herne Bay and once again Sci-Fi fans are in for quite a treat as talking robots, and characters from Game of Thrones and Star Wars are all on schedule for the day. The Sci-Fi by the Sea festival will be taking place today and this could very well be the biggest celebration of Science fiction in the South East. This time round there will be sci-fi characters, gaming zones, film props and even live music in addition to the guest appearances by famous stars in the genre.
This is the fifth year of the festival. Last year’s event attracted 7000 people as all the tickets sold out. Some of the celebrity guests who will be at this year’s event include James Cosmo, Jeor Mormont from game of thrones, Fanny Carbonnel from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Ingvild Deila who played a young Princess Leia in Star Wars: Rogue one and Nick Moran who played Scabior in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Some of the props and characters that will be at the show include a 35-foot-tall Mr Stay Puft, Union Jack Dalek, the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones, a full-size Tardis, a 95-Spider Steampunk Batmobile and a Delorean time machine. There will also be a full-scale replica of BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There will also be dinosaurs from Jurassic Park, a dragon and the 8-foot, wise-cracking, crowd-pleasing robot Titan will also be back this year and those in attendance will also be able to take selfies with characters from the Marvel universe such as Iron Man.
However, the day won’t be just about the exhibits. There will also be various activities for people to participate in such as storm trooper laser tag and there will also be a gamers’ zone. People will be able to play old-school console games in this zone and also explore virtual reality environments. There will also be live music which will feature film them tunes played by the Cantina Band Quartet. Scott Turner, the organiser behind the event from BayPromo, stated that they were quite proud of the fact that the festival had grown to be what it had become. They had initially started the festival just so people could have a fun sci-fi day out where they could do many different things.