Diversity Celebrated At Wyntercon

Wednesday 26th July 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Wyntercon 2016 At Eastbourne Winter Gardens

'Whether you’re an ewok, elf, wizard or dragon, it doesn’t matter, as whatever world you are from, you are welcome in ours' is the message from Wyntercon.

The award-winning event is returning to Eastbourne this October (7-8) and will be welcoming everyone, regardless of their background. Based in Prince’s Park for the first time, the sci-fi extravaganza will be playing host to characters and actors from some our favourite films and TV shows, including Harry Potter, Primeval, Game of Thrones and for those of us of a certain age, the cult children’s TV programme, Knightmare.

There promises to be something for everyone, from a replica Jabba the Hutt photoset, to a variety of creative workshops for children and a chance to meet a real-life Harry Potter Death Eater, as well as a Cosplay area and free to enter competition, dinosaurs, community gaming, replica Labyrinth props and local authors/artists and traders.

Also joining the two-day event, is Bourne Out LGBT, who recently held their first Pride event in Eastbourne. They’ll be having a stand at Wyntercon, to offer support and advice to anyone struggling with their sexuality.

Betty ‘Scottie’ Gallacher from Bourne Out said, “We were delighted to be welcomed into Wyntercon with open arms. At Bourne Out, we know how hard some people find it to be ‘different’ to what can be perceived as the norm. So, it’s vitally important that everyone can come together and enjoy an event like Wyntercon, without being judged. After the success of our Pride event, it’s fantastic to see Eastbourne putting on more diverse events.”

It’s not just visitors who rate Wyntercon as a must-see event. Last year, Wyntercon was awarded the Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Award 2016 by the local business community, and earlier this year, Wyntercon was presented with the Equality and Inclusion Embrace Award.

Commenting on why Wyntercon was chosen for the accolade, Embrace East Sussex founder, Rebecca Whippy said, “We were delighted to be able to award the Embrace Award for Equality and Inclusion to Wyntercon this year. We attended their event for the first time last year and were struck with how laid back everyone was and how our Embrace families were put at their ease. Embrace are excited to be attending again this year and hopeful that many of our families will attend too! The event is great fun for the adults and the kids and very inclusive.”

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