Frequenty Asked Questions
Where Is The Con?
Comic Con Manchester - For The Love Of The 80's & 90's 2019 will
be held on 1st and 2nd June 2019 at:
Bowlers Exhibition Centre
Tel +44 (0)161 876 0007
For sat nav, use the postcode M17 1SN
Arrive by land, air, or sea!
With excellent air links and rail and road network, getting to Manchester and Bowlers Exhibition Centre from overseas or within the UK has never been easier!
Travel By Car
Situated just 2 minutes from Junction 9 on the M60 and the same distance from the Trafford centre, the centre is ideally positioned and is easily accessible for visitors travailing locally and nationally, just three miles from Manchester city centre. Enter the postcode M17 1SN into your Satnav and you will be directed directly to the venue – Its that easy!
Travel By Bus
The following local bus services pass the end of Longbridge Road, Numbers – 19, 54, 245, 270, 272, 291, 294 & 297. Please check timetables with operators by clicking here.
Travel By Train
Manchester Piccadilly Train Station is a major hub for National rail services from all over the UK. Once you arrive you can grab a taxi from the foyer downstairs. Give your driver the postcode M17 1SN. Click here for more information and to plan your journey.
Travel By Plane
Customers travelling to Manchester Airport from abroad and domestically can get a taxi from the Arrivals lounge. Give your driver the postcode M17 1SN. Click here to arrange your flight.
Is There A Cashpoint At The Venue?
The exhibition centre currently has no ATM facility within the venue itself so we do advise that you bring plenty of cash with you on the day, however many of the traders as well as the front desk and cafe, accept card and there are plenty of ATM machines at the nearby Trafford Centre if you are close to it on the way in.
Health & Safety
If you require medical assistance whilst at the venue, please inform a member of the stewarding team or any member of venue staff.
Where Can I Park?
Parking must be purchased in advance here, we have a limited number of parking places so please book early to avoid disappointment. There is free overflow parking on neighbouring roads. Please be aware that if anyone tries to charge you for parking they are not authorised by or associated with Comic Con Manchester, Bowlers Exhibition Centre or Monopoly Events, so please report any suspicious activity of this kind to a staff member. We advise you travel to the Trafford Centre and get a taxi in to the venue to avoid parking queues.
What Are The Opening Hours
For both days of the event, the opening and closing times are 9am until 6pm. There will be an afterparty from 6pm until late on the Saturday evening in our Star Wars Cantina Bar.
Is The Venue Disabled Friendly?
We have a dedicated team of customer assistants waiting to help you get the right ticket for your requirements. Comic Con Manchester customers with specific access requirements will need to register these details with our Customer Care team when they buy their ticket. Everybody’s requirements will be different and we want to ensure your enjoyment of the event, therefore, tickets can only be booked by calling our Customer Care team on 0344 8000 410. Customers will receive tickets allowing priority access to Comic Con Manchester, avoiding the queue and giving priority for autographs and photo opportunities, as well as at the front door. Customers will need to show their accessibility priority tickets to our venue stewards on arrival. There is Accessible Parking near the venue and dedicated accessible parking spaces are available.
Do You Offer Carer Tickets?
Comic Con Manchester will provide a free ticket to carers/personal assistants of fans who are attending that have a medical disability to accompany them in the venue. The person with disability will need to buy a full price general admission ticket, it is only the carer/personal assistant who is entitled to a free ticket. If the person with disability is under 16 years of age, a carer ticket will not be granted as all persons under 16 years of age need adult supervision anyhow. In order to receive an additional ticket the personal assistant needs to be on the carer's register which we will need proof of. Please call our customer services team to book on 0344 8000 410. Phone lines are open Monday - Saturday 9am - 9pm & Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm.
How Do Photographs & Autographs Work?
Do I Need To Buy An Entry Ticket If I Purchase An Autograph Or Photograph?
Yes. Autograph and photographs are an optional extra on top of your general entry ticket.
Priority Queue For Prepaid Tickets
People who purchase a ticket in advance will get priority in the autograph and photograph queue. You can pay on the day for an autograph at the guest table but only after 12pm, anyone who has pre purchased a ticket get access to the guests first and can join the autograph queue anytime from 9am. Prepaid tickets also get priority in the photo shoot queue.
Who Can Be In The Photo?
There is a maximum of 4 people per photograph taken, everyone in the photograph MUST have purchased a ticket unless they are under the age of 10. Under 10-year-olds are free.
When Are The Photo Times?
Photo shoot times can be anytime at all during the opening hours of the event. The schedule is released around two weeks prior to the show and will be emailed to all customers who have purchased a ticket. Before making final travel plans please wait for the final schedule to be published.
When Are Autograph Times?
Our special guests will be signing all day from 9.30am until 6pm if they are not in a live panel on stage or taking a break. Sometimes guests will arrive late or early due to travel requirements so please be aware of this when making your plans as we cannot guarantee they will be available all day.
What Can I Have Autographed?
You can have photos taken during photo ops signed at the tables, you can also choose from a selection of photographs on the guest's tables to be signed. Most guests will sign personal items such as comics, toys, DVDs, etc but this is at their own discretion.
Can I Have A Selfie At The Guests Table?
There are no rules against selfies with the guests, however, this is at the guests discretion on the day so be prepared for disappointment if they are not offering selfies, there may also be a charge for this at the table, again, at the discretion of the guest.
How Do I Get My Photos?
Photographs will be issued at 9x6 inch size in card frames within minutes after the photo shoot. You will receive 1 printed photo per person. Additional prints and digital copies will be available to order online after the event has finished.
What is your weapons policy?
Monopoly Events adopt a common-sense approach to items allowed in to the venue. Obviously anything that would be illegal to carry in public is forbidden. We would ask that you are considerate about other fellow customers when thinking of what you bring with you. Monopoly Events reserve the right to deny entry, withdraw access, or cancel tickets without refund . Monopoly Events Staff & Security for the event and venue reserve the right to reject any weapon or prop if deemed likely to cause a nuisance
You and anything you bring with you may be searched upon entry to the venue, we reserve the right of entry
* Metal blades - sharp or blunt e.g. swords, axes & knives.
* Bats - Wooden or Metal , Including baseball bats
* Guns - Rifles & Artillery
* Crossbows & Strug Bows , Sharp Arrows
* Gas Canisters
* Nails Protruding or other sharp items protruding from items or costumes
* Lazer pointers , regardless of being part of costume or prop
* Any other item that is deemed illegal to carry in the UK
We do not offer any exceptions to our rules regardless of memberships , licences etc. Bring your items at your own risk however Police may destroy confiscated items without consultation.
* Unrealistic Guns and Toy Guns such as Phasers and plasma guns are allowed up to 150cm
* Realistic imitation firearms such as airsoft guns & BB guns are allowed as long as they have the brightly coloured tip
or a muzzle fitted
* Bows & Crossbows are allowed if unstrung or props which cannot be operated
* Slings and catapults are allowed however no ammunition must be carried and will be confiscated if found
Once again please bring items at your own risk , if staff and security deem them to be a risk to the event and its attendees confiscation is likely.
What is your cosplay policy?
* We do not allow nudity, adult fetish attire and extreme BDSM is not allowed.
* Costumes & Props must not create or involve naked flames.
* We would request that any larger costumes do not exceed 3 metres between two points of the costume / prop.
* Monopoly Events reserve the right to intervene if any costumes / uniforms are inciting hate or crime and are from any
organisations that are responsible for any crimes against humanity.
* Monopoly Events want all our visitors to enjoy our events therefore if you are in any doubt on any of the guidelines
check first by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I book a traders table?
Yes, we are accepting applications for 2019 now.
Can I apply to volunteer on the event?
Yes, we are always looking for people to help with the event, in fact some of our full time staff started as volunteers themselves.