How do I get there?
Comic Con Manchester
Bowlers Exhibition Centre
+44 (0)161 876 0007
Situated just 2 minutes from Junction 9 on the M60 and the same distance from the Trafford centre, the centre is ideally positioned and is easily accessible for visitors travailing locally and nationally, just three miles from Manchester city centre.
Enter the postcode M17 1SN into your Satnav and you will be directed directly to the venue – Its that easy!
The following local bus services pass the end of Longbridge Road, Numbers – 19, 54, 245, 270, 272, 291, 294 & 297. Please check timetables with operators.
Manchester Piccadilly Train Station is a major hub for National rail services from all over the UK. Once you arrive you can grab a taxi from the foyer downstairs. Give your driver the postcode M17 1SN.
Customers travelling to Manchester Airport from abroad and domestically can get a taxi from the Arrivals lounge. Give your driver the postcode M17 1SN.
Where can I park?
Parking must be purchased in advance here, we have a limited number of parking places so please book early to avoid disappointment. There is free overflow parking on neighbouring roads. Please be aware that if anyone tries to charge you for parking they are not authorised by or associated with For the Love of Horror, please report any suspicious activity of this kind to a staff member. We advise you travel to the Trafford Centre and get a taxi in to the venue to avoid queues.
What are the opening hours?
The opening hours for Comic Con Manchester are 9am-6pm on both days of the event.
Is the venue disabled friendly?
We have a dedicated team of customer assistants waiting to help you get the right ticket for your requirements. Comic Con Manchester customers with specific access requirements will need to register these details with our Customer Care team when they buy their ticket. Everybody’s requirements will be different and we want to ensure your enjoyment of the event, therefore, tickets can only be booked by calling our Customer Care team on 0344 335 0437. Customers will receive tickets allowing priority access to Comic Com Manchester avoiding the queue and giving priority for autographs and photo opportunities, as well as at the front door. Customers will need to show their accessibility priority tickets to our venue stewards on arrival.
How do I book tickets?
Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here
Over the Phone
You can purchase tickets over the phone by calling the TicketQuarter Hotline on 0344 800 0410 (same cost as calling a normal landline number). Phone lines are open Monday - Saturday 9am - 9pm & Sundays and Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm
You can visit the TicketQuarter Box Office for over the counter ticket purchases at
TicketQuarter Box Office
The Box Office will be open from 12noon on Echo Arena event days, and from 9am - 6pm on Fridays.
How do photographs & Autographs work?
People who purchase a ticket in advance will get priority in the autograph and photograph queue. You can pay on the day for an autograph at the guest table, or a photograph at the photo shoot station at the allotted time of that guest.
How many people in a photo?
There is a maximum of 2 adults and 3 children allowed in the picture with the guest. Children under 10 years of age are free of charge (with a paying person over 10 years old), anyone over this age needs to purchase one photo ticket per person.
When are the photo times?
Session one times for photo shoots will be between 10am-2pm, session two times for photo shoots will be between 2pm-6pm. Actual times of individual shoots will be announced soon.
When are autograph times?
Our special guests will be signing all day from 10am til 6pm if they are not in a live panel on stage or taking a break. Sometimes guests will arrive late or early due to travel requirements so please be aware of this when making your plans as we cannot guarantee they will be available all day.
How do I get my photos?
Photographs will be issued at 10x8 inch size in card frames within seconds after the photo shoot. You will receive 1 printed photo. Additional prints and digital copies will be available to order online after the event has finished.
Are digital photos available?
Digital copies will be available for £5 when you pick up your printed photo.
What is your weapons policy?
Monopoly Events adopt a common-sense approach to items allowed in to the venue. Obviously anything that would be illegal to carry in public is forbidden. We would ask that you are considerate about other fellow customers when thinking of what you bring with you. Monopoly Events reserve the right to deny entry, withdraw access, or cancel tickets without refund . Monopoly Events Staff & Security for the event and venue reserve the right to reject any weapon or prop if deemed likely to cause a nuisance
You and anything you bring with you may be searched upon entry to the venue, we reserve the right of entry
- Metal blades - sharp or blunt e.g. swords, axes & knives.
- Bats - Wooden or Metal , Including baseball bats
- Guns - Rifles & Artillery
- Crossbows & Strug Bows , Sharp Arrows
- Gas Canisters
- Nails Protruding or other sharp items protruding from items or costumes
- Lazer pointers , regardless of being part of costume or prop
- Any other item that is deemed illegal to carry in the UK
We do not offer any exceptions to our rules regardless of memberships , licences etc. Bring your items at your own risk however Police may destroy confiscated items without consultation.
- Unrealistic Guns and Toy Guns such as Phasers and plasma guns are allowed up to 150cm
- Realistic imitation firearms such as airsoft guns & BB guns are allowed as long as they have the brightly coloured tip or muzzle fitted
- Bows & Crossbows are allowed if unstrung or props which cannot be operated
- Slings and catapults are allowed however no ammunition must be carried and will be confiscated if found
- Once again please bring items at your own risk , if staff and security deem them to be a risk to the event and its attendees confiscation is likely.
What is your cosplay policy?
- We do not allow nudity, adult fetish attire and extreme BDSM is not allowed.
- Costumes & Props must not create or involve naked flames.
- We would request that any larger costumes do not exceed 3 metres between two points of the costume / prop.
Monopoly Events reserve the right to intervene if any costumes / uniforms are inciting hate or crime and are from any organisations that are responsible for any crimes against humanity.
Monopoly Events want all our visitors to enjoy our events therefore if you are in any doubt on any of the guidelines check first by emailing email@example.com
Can I book a traders table?
Yes, we are accepting applications for 2018 now.
Can I apply to volunteer on the event?
Yes, we are always looking for people to help with the event, in fact some of our full time staff started as volunteers themselves.
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