In October 2021 Wyntercon VIII returns home to Eastbourne's Devonshire Quarter, the venue of the very first annual Wyntercon event in 2014. Wyntercon VIII will take place in Eastbourne's historic and newly refurbished Winter Garden and the adjoining exhibition halls located within the new Welcome Building.
Doors open at 9:30 am on both Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st.
The event entrance/exit is located at the front of the Winter Garden, located on Compton Street. A COVID Pass is not required for admission to the event, for full details of our Covid measures please click here. If you are planning on joining us in costume, please read our Cosplay Guidelines before the event.
This is our end of year fundraising showcase event. Managed by Wyntercon CIO, its purpose is to raise funds for, and awareness of, our activities and workshops that run throughout the year with support from our partners and sponsors. Regarded as one of the biggest family-friendly events on the south coast, it has fast become part of the local calendar.
The event attracts thousands of people - families, cosplayers, exhibitors and traders. Not forgetting fantastic entertainers, actors, authors and even dinosaurs! No one's been eaten… yet, but one thing for certain you’ll find at Wyntercon is a bold and brilliant community from different backgrounds all under one roof.
One person's trash is another person's treasure!
James Waterfield will show you how you can turn household plastic into real-life science fiction and fantasy props in our Junk Modelling Workshop. Learn how to make a Harry Potter wand, Blasters from Star Wars and even Sonic Screwdrivers from Doctor Who. Make and paint items to look like the real deal and add to your cosplay outfit on a budget!
Sponsored by: Cooden Tax Consulting.
Delivered By: Lawn of the Dead UK.
The Wyntercon Tree is a symbol of inclusivity, growth and progress, but also illustrates diversity as no two leaves are the same. Working with Wyntercon volunteers, decorate your individual handprint in a style that allows you to express yourself. Add your personality and interests to the hand and, once you’re happy with the way it looks, we’ll add it to our fabric hanging tree to make the beautiful leaves.
Delivered by: Wyntercon CIO
Get creative in our Mobile Making Workshop! Our volunteers will be on hand to help you make your very own hanging mobile - choose from natural and recycled objects, including feathers and trees, to decorate in a way that expresses your creativity and individuality. Once the shapes are decorated, the mobile will be assembled and you’ll be able to take your creation home.
Delivered by: Wyntercon CIO
Pick up a paintbrush, colouring pencil or some glue and glitter and add to our Wyntercon Mural! Help us decorate the Wyntercon poster - different sections will be available and once completed each piece will be fitted together and after the event, we aim to display everyone’s artist work in a local art or community centre for all to see.
Delivered by: Wyntercon CIO
Defiant Sports are a local group that offer and run a variety of activities for all ages. Whether you are looking for a team to join, wanting to develop and improve your existing skills, or simply looking to start a new fitness hobby, they have something to offer everyone. At Wyntercon VIII, they challenge you to score the highest score on one of their activities, and if you enter, you could win a prize.
Delivered by: Defiant Sports
Join us for a taster session. Talking does not just involve speaking. Watch someone talking, they will not just be saying words but they will also be using hand movements or gestures, facial expression, eye contact and body language (posture and movement). All this is communication. Makaton uses speech with signs (gestures) and symbols (pictures) to help people communicate.
Delivered by: Wyntercon CIO
Holding Space is a local charity offering mental health support for families.
How can you improve and look after your mental health & wellbeing? Holding Space will be offering some time for you to reflect on this. Get creative and help us to design the 5 Ways to Wellbeing mural; connect, be active, give, take notice, keep learning.
Delivered by: Holding Space
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control this workshop will not be taking place...
Home to our cosplay guests this hall is where your on-screen heroes come to life. There is something for all the family, whatever age. Join Ghostbusters, Wookies, Avengers, Muppets, Pirates and Fairies to create lasting photo souvenirs of your Wyntercon VIII experience.
Click Here for MoreSponsored by: Lightning Fibre.
Cosplay is a big part of Wyntercon VIII and we run one of the biggest costume competitions on the south coast. Our competition is free to enter and we have a variety of categories to choose from. Our judges reward creativity and effort above all so whether you are a beginner or an accomplished cosplayer, this is the competition for you! Click Here for MoreSponsored by: Lightning Fibre.
Whether you are new to role-playing games (RPGs), or a seasoned collectable card game player who is looking to try out a new game, there is something for everyone. Taster games last an hour or so, allowing you to take some time out and enjoy a foray into worlds of pure imagination, without missing out on the other attractions and events on offer at Wyntercon VIII.
Entertaining us once more with his mischievous antics will be Captain Nutty and his Pirate Crew! The Black Pearl is marooned in the Cosplay Hall so why not pop down there for a great photo. The Pirate gang will be walking around Wyntercon VIII, getting up to mischief and shenanigans along the way.
Battle Blades teach traditional sword arts for Competitive, Dramatic, Live Combat! The amazing LED sabre is beautiful to watch in motion, safe to use for contact work, and balanced perfectly to allow the study of genuine sword arts. Come and see Battle Blades on the Floral Hall stage at Wyntercon VIII.
Roll up, Roll up! Everybody gather round... Why not try your hand juggling, plate spinning and maybe even have a swing in the hoop. We work closely with many local organisations and it is a real pleasure to reveal that Sweet Circus will be here on the Floral Hall stage at Wyntercon VIII.
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control this attraction will not be present at Wyntercon VIII.
Back by popular demand!
Award-winning magician and mentalist Jay will be adding that extra touch of magic to your day. Jay has been entertaining kids of all ages from 5-105 years old for many years. Jay is looking forward to returning to Wyntercon VIII for a second time.
Dr Paul Ian Cross is a best-selling, award-winning, scientist & sci-fi author from London. Dr Paul works in clinical research (developing new medicines) and he’s also involved in science communication (presenting science to non-scientists). Paul writes STEM-inspired science fiction. By introducing science creatively, he aims to spark their interest, allowing them to gain confidence with their reading. As a previous reluctant reader himself, he understands how hard it can be. But it’s all about making reading fun and interesting!
We are pleased to be joined by Jon Campling, Eastbourne’s resident Death Eater and former King of Lucis actor. Jon has been a big supporter of Wyntercon and we’re glad he will be making a return at the event this year. Jon has had a busy year and he has just been cast as Bagman Blythe in the forthcoming Morris Men movie. Expect spells to be cast and all the usual fun and nonsense!
Come and meet Jon at Wyntercon VIII.
Yolanda Lynes is an actress and performer based in London, currently appearing as a Widow in Marvel Studios’ Black Widow. She is also a hero in the 2021/22 global PlayStation commercial “Best of PlayStation Plus”, where she is featured in live-action games such as Call of Duty, Monster Hunter and Red Dead Redemption. Come and meet Yolanda at Wyntercon VIII.
Attendance is subject to unforeseen changes in Yolanda's filming schedule.
Kenny Knight is an action actor and stunt performer from Brighton. He was diagnosed with ADHD and dyspraxia at a young age and has risen above these challenges to work alongside actors such as Jason Statham, Kate Beckinsale, Erin Kellyman and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Kenny is currently filming for an exciting new Disney project. Come and meet Kenny at Wyntercon VIII.
Attendance is subject to unforeseen changes in Kenny’s filming schedule.
We are very pleased to be joined by Sharon Plummer (English Voice Artist), our official Event Anchor-woman at Wyntercon VIII. Sharon has been a big supporter of Wyntercon for many years. This year she will be all over the event (Norbert too), followed by a camera crew capturing candid moments and live interviews. Her attention to detail, professional experience and bubbly fun nature made her the perfect fit to join our team this year.
Alan has been working behind and in front of the camera since the ‘70s. While he has mostly stayed behind the camera (working in wardrobe), the Star Wars fandom will always know him as Imperial Bridge Officer in Return of the Jedi, delivering the line ‘Sir, we’ve lost our bridge deflector shields. Alan has spent his entire working life in the entertainment industry and has plenty of immensely rich and funny stories that he loves to share.
Come and meet Alan at Wyntercon VIII.
Roger Hathaway Photography will be attending Wyntercon VIII with a Green Screen Photo Studio offering Cosplay and Fantasy photography with prints available at the event and digital copies downloadable afterwards. Roger a commercial photographer and an expert at on-the-fly photo editing magic with a great selection of backdrops available for you to choose from. His Green Screen Photo Studio is a regular feature at many Comic-Con events.
Margates’ own Grant Perkins is a comic book artist and writer who has worked for WWE, Doctor Who, 2000AD, Titan Comics he has also drawn The Penguins Of Madagascar and it's various spin offs. He wrote and drew Doctor Who’s “Strax and the Time Shark” and most recently worked for WWE Kids Magazine where he wrote and drew the colourful grapplers of the WWE. He enjoys drinking coffee and long walks along the beach. Come and meet Grant at Wyntercon VIII.
Chris Bunn is an English actor who played a Danz Borin in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope & Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. With stories to tell of his experience's working on Star Wars this fantastic man should be on your list of people to visit in the Cosplay Hall at Wyntercon VIII.
Ross Sambridge is an English actor who worked as a body double for Andy Serkis in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi and played a Wookiee Slave in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Unlike many of our cosplayers this 7'1 tall actor doesn't need stilts! Ross is always happy to chat to people about his experiences on the big screen. Meet him in the Cosplay Hall at Wyntercon VIII.
We have prepared for a dinosaur escape! Just in case Eastbourne suffers from an attack from a T-Rex or a pack of Raptor's we have provided an escape vehicle in the form of a Jurassic Park Jeep! The Jeep will be on display on Saturday on the concourse by the Congress Theatre. You may pass it on your way to the Winter Garden, so stop and grab a selfie with this iconic vehicle at Wyntercon VIII.
Pam began modelling at the young age of 18 and went on to become an air hostess and then a manager in casinos which took her all over the world. It was while she was working in a casino in Brighton in 1968; that she was offered her first film role in Oh! What a Lovely War. She then joined a casting agency, Central Casting, which started her on the road to a busy film and TV career spanning over forty years. Come and meet Pam on Sunday at Wyntercon VIII.
Please note that Workshops, Attractions and Guests are subject to change without notice.
Book your stay for Wyntercon VIII
Attendees, traders & exhibitors can book special Wyntercon rates at the York House Hotel starting from only £72.50 per night (including breakfast)!
Please call the hotel directly on 01323 412918 for reservations, mention Wyntercon and ask for our special rates and exclusive offers!
Please note these special rates are available direct from the hotel, subject to availability and are not available online.
This elegant Victorian hotel boasts a stunning seafront position just 400 yards from Eastbourne Pier, 20 yards from the beach and only a 15-minute walk to the event.
York House Hotel14-22 Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN22 7AP.
Telephone: 01323 412918