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Portsmouth Comic con Review


Reviewed by Emma Booth

On a beautiful sunny summer day me and the kids (7) (13) made our way to Portsmouth for a fun filled day at Comic con. We parked up at the Portsmouth Park and Ride which is so easy and convenient and only a short journey away.  As soon as we pulled into the car park it was obvious others were heading to the same destination as they were dressed up as wizards and super heroes.  We soon arrived at the Guildhall, such a stunning location, I wasn’t prepared for the sheer number of people and size of the event, it was huge.

We soon got in and didn’t know where to start so decided to browse some of the numerous stores selling everything from comics, gaming memorabilia, anime, Japanese sweets, toys and loads more including some incredible handmade items we saw in the historic dockyard tent.  Also in this tent we enjoyed some fossil hunting and painting that all the kids seem to be enjoying.

One thing we were particularly looking forward to was the Harry Potter experience which was brilliant. It was a walk-through with lots of interactive features and was great fun with lots of unique photo opportunities. My son also enjoyed the Star Wars experience, this was an area solely dedicated to Star Wars with loads of characters who did a great job interacting with everyone, not just the kids. With lots of memorabilia it look like a film set straight out of Star Wars. There was a good range of food all reasonably priced and a much needed ice cream van. My favourite part was the retro gaming area, a large room full of old arcade games all free to play, this was such fun my favourite being Pacman which I remember from when I was a kid.

We spent all day looking around experiencing the sights and sounds of our first Comic con, there was so much to do. I can see how people would easily enjoy spending the whole weekend there. Some of the other things we saw to do was a room dedicated to doodling over the entire walls, another room full of board games waiting to be played.  We didn’t get round to seeing the celebrity guest speakers and only watched one from the line up on the main stage. Sitting on the steps in the Sun at the Guildhall watching DC versus Marvel rap battle was amazing.

I also loved all the Ghostbusters memorabilia around what a sight! This event has so much to offer for people of all ages and is a real inclusive event.  We had a great time, look out for next year’s comic con at the Portsmouth Guildhall the 3rd and 4th of May 2025
Early bird tickets from £16.50
Rating: 5/5

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