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Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Harry Potter stars to flock to Herne Bay for Sci-Fi by the Sea festival

PUBLISHED: 12:01 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:30 18 May 2017

Sci-Fi by the Sea

Sci-Fi by the Sea

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This is the festival’s fifth year

Sci-Fi by the Sea, a celebration of the genre which attracts stars from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Primeval is coming to Herne Bay this June.

Fans will be able to see exhibits, costumes and stands, as well as explore gaming zones, shopping, live music stands and attractions.

Last year the family day-out sold out the 7,000 advance tickets that went on sale.

Celebrity guests set to join the event, for its fifth year, are James Cosmo from Game of Thrones, Andrew Lee Potts from Primeval, Nick Moran from Harry Potter, Ingvild Delia from Star Wars: Rogue One, and Fanny Carbonnel from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. All stars will be available to meet and sign autographs.

Characters and props will also be on show, including a 35ft Mr Stay Puft, a Delorean time machine, a 95-spider steampunk, the batmobile. a 16ft AT-ST from Star Wars, a union jack Dalek, a full size tardis, and the iron throne from Game of Thrones.

Activites on the day include storm trooper laser tag, and virtual reality retro console games.

Scott Turner, from BayPromo Team, said: “We are proud that Sci-Fi by the Sea has grown into such an amazing event to host, right here in Herne Bay. It was our intention five years ago to create a fun sci-fi themed day out, where fans and families can have good time, with lots to see and do and then leave with still smiling and we like to think we’ve done just that.”

Sci-Fi by the Sea is hosted by the BayPromo team as a fundraising initiative for the popular Herne Bay Air Show. A new tourism campaign Hello Herne Bay is helping the town raise its profile and celebrate the calendar of events and attractions in the town.

Canterbury City Council’s head of business and regeneration Caroline Hicks added: “The Hello Herne Bay campaign will be instrumental in telling the rest of the world about all the town has to offer and then persuading people to come and visit.

“This campaign is special because it taps into the energy, creativity and positivity of businesses and other groups in the town and shows off everything it has to offer.”

The sci-fi festival will be taking place on June 25. For more information and tickets visit scifibythesea.co.uk

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