The force is strong in this one… and Peterborough’s Feel The Force Day is on the move to a larger venue as this fan convention continues to grow.
It’s said to be the only fully accessible comic and fan event in the world and is moving to the East of England Arena and Events Centre, for its 7th edition on October 5, 2019.
Feel The Force Day has grown steadily since its small beginnings in Peterborough back and around 8,000 visitors are expected this year from all over the country and abroad.
Simon Howard, co-founder and organiser of Feel The Force Day, said: “It’s based on an understanding that the mainstream fan conventions don’t necessarily provide a great environment for fans with disabilities, whether it’s practical issues like having extra wide aisles, or less visible features like a calm, softly lit ‘chill-out’ area. Our event is all about understanding, in every respect.
“We have all the same attractions as a typical fan convention, but with a fully supportive environment and atmosphere built-in to the event. We rely on our venue, volunteers, celebrity guests and merchandise sellers all working together to make the event accessible, inclusive and enjoyable for every visitor. From keeping a low average price for tickets and merchandise, to providing tactile as well as visual browsing opportunities, true accessibility means so much more than wheelchair ramps and lifts.”
With strong ticket sales online already, Simon says he’s anticipating yet another record breaking event – “We’ve always been, and will always be, a Peterborough event, so East of England Arena was clearly the next step. What I hadn’t fully anticipated were the many extra options and features that now become possible, thanks to the Arena’s variety of features and facilities. It’s giving us plenty of ideas for the future of Feel The Force Day.”
Dean Rees, EEAEC business development manager, welcomed the move saying, “It gives us great pleasure to be able to offer a new home to Feel The Force Day, it’s an outstanding and unique show that we are delighted to support. We are very much looking forward to welcoming all the fans and enthusiasts this October.”