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Ipswich Comic-Con and Toy Fair in Lindbergh Road promises a day of fun and games for the whole family

Photo opportunities with a DeLorean, retro gaming and a cosplay competition are just some of the activities on offer as a popular Suffolk convention makes a triumphant return.

Promising a day of fun and games for all ages, Ipswich Comic-Con and Toy Fair returns to Inspire Suffolk’s Sports Dome in Lindbergh Road on November 19.

Featuring more than 100 stalls stocking a variety of geeky goods, photo opportunities and the chance to dress up as your favourite characters from pop culture, this will be the second time the convention visits the town.

Ipswich Comic-con and Toy Fair returns next weekend. Pictures: Striking Events
Ipswich Comic-con and Toy Fair returns next weekend. Pictures: Striking Events

The convention made its debut at the same location back in June – and was inspired by the far larger events in cities such as London and Birmingham.

Mark Woollard, co-founder of Striking Events, felt he should bring the joy of large conventions to smaller communities.

He said: “The idea for one-day Comic-Cons come from the fact that I used to be involved in running huge events in London and Birmingham.

“Eventually, I decided I wanted to do something different and bring events such as this to local communities, rather than people having to travel so far and pay for big, expensive events.

“We wanted to run events that were fully inclusive for everyone and that would be a fun day out for all.

“This will be our second time in Ipswich and the event has already grown since last time.

“This time, we promise a wealth of things to keep visitors busy, including a visit from the iconic DeLorean.”

Activities on offer include stalls, the chance to learn to play Pokémon, a retro gaming area, the chance to take selfies with set pieces and a cosplay competition.

Doors open at 9.30am for those with additional needs, 10am for advance ticket holders and 10.30am and the event runs through until 4pm.

Zoe Crofts, co-founder of the event, said the team were looking forward to returning.

She added: “We have found communities have shown a real hunger for an event like this, and it has been great to see so many happy faces at our events.

“There is something to do that appeals to all ages at our events, it is something that the whole family can enjoy together and make some fantastic memories at.”

Tickets are available now.

Adults cost £10, while teenagers and students can enter for £8. Children, OAPs and blue badge holders can go for £5.