Even if you aren’t a cosplayer, our Cosplay Zone is a great way to learn about the work that goes into costumes, pick up tips about different materials that can be used to create the outfits for the characters we’ve all grown to love and maybe even inspire you to take part next time.
The highlight of the cosplay programme on Saturday and Sunday, the Masquerade offer fans the opportunity to be in the spotlight, showcasing their costume, modelling and performance. Our guest judges use many factors when determining who the winners are, but everyone who enters has a chance at winning something!
You can sign up online now (see form below). Enjoy up to 3 minutes on stage posing in character or performing a rehearsed routine and have a great time.
Each day's winner will receive a prize which will be confirmed soon! Runners up will also win prizes and certificates.
Our Cosplay Guests are warm and welcoming, with great advice to be offered to both budding and experienced Cosplayers. Each Cosplay Guest has a specialist skill set from armour work & sewing to SFX make up & electronics and they are keen to share their knowledge with you.
In the Cosplay Zone Cosplay Guests have their own area to display and showcase their amazing work, so make sure to give them a visit and say hello.
Cosplay Stage and Activities
As well as the cosplay masquerade, our stage is filled with entertaining and fun activities which everyone can enjoy. Take a seat and learn new ways to pose or find out how to get started with that new project. Our Cosplay Guests bring new and exciting content to every event for you enjoy for free. On stage panels can include cosplay guest Q&As, quizzes, sketch offs, cosplay fun & games and workshops!
Cosplay Photo Shoots
Cosplay Photo Shoots are a fantastic opportunity for you to have your photograph taken professionally at our event – these images will be uploaded to our Cosplay at Showmasters Facebook Page after the event, so that you can download them for free! For only £5 you can take a physical copy of the image home with you; a great memento from the event!
A place to get info about the cosplay zone, the schedule and to sign up for the Friday and Sunday Masquerades
There are a number of changing rooms available in the Cosplay Zone
Is my prop/costume allowed?
Please see our cosplay guidelines for details of what props, costumes and behaviours are allowed.
Do I have to enter the masquerade if I’m in Cosplay?
Entering the masquerade is entirely down to individual choice, we encourage anyone to take part who wants to, but if you are more comfortable watching then we welcome your support in the audience during the masquerade
I didn’t make my cosplay, can I still enter?
Of course! Although you have to have made 80% or more of your Cosplay to be in with a chance of winning first place, everyone is eligible for all other prize categories
Is there an age limit for entering the cosplay masquerade?
We welcome people of all ages to enter the cosplay masquerade. Anyone under the age of 16 will need a parent or guardian with them although they do not have to go on stage!
Do you have changing rooms?
Changing rooms are available at this event
If you are travelling to the event in your Cosplay please be mindful that members of the public may not be aware of what Cosplay involves and keep any realistic weapons props and costumes that could be misinterpreted (such as military style uniforms) covered until you arrive
Is there somewhere I can store my suitcase / props?
We recommend contacting the venue to check what facilities they will have available. We are unable to store any items in the Cosplay Zone
Can I take photos of / with cosplayers?
Most cosplayers would love to have their photograph taken but please always ask before taking a photo
On Saturday and Sunday of Comic Con Ahoy the main stage will be the stage for the Cosplay contest. To apply for the contest you can use the link at the bottom of this page. Sadly it’s not possible to apply for the contest during the event.
The outfit can be:
- An exact replica of the original
- Your own spin of an original outfit
As long as most of the outfit is handmade you are ready to enter.
During a pre-judging the outfits will be checked and questions will be asked. After that it’s your time to shine on the stage.
REGISTRATION ONLINE FOR THE CONTEST