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Tuesday - January 30, 2018 9:00
Jerome Blake
Jerome Blake

The Sci-Fi Ball is delighted to announce their final guest and attractions for their 24th annual convention, which takes place over three days from 2 - 4 February 2018 at the stunning four-star Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton to raise vital funds to help the extraordinary work of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Their final attractions include two photography opportunities, including a life-sized replica of one of televisions most iconic cars – KITT – the famous talking car from the David Hasslehoff series, Knight Rider and a replica Truffula Forest film-set for fans of the Lorax.

Their final guest to be announced as part of their star-studded line-up will be veteran Star Wars actor, Jerome St. John Blake, who played seven different characters in the Star Wars franchise. After 20 years as a musician Jerome made the transition to acting via modeling, TV commercials and the Actor’s Institute. A speculative audition for Kennedy’s Children brought him to the attention of Emmy-award-winner Charles Serio. After numerous productions with the Serio Ensemble, he met and formed a continuing working relationship with director Craig McCall. He broke into feature films with First Knight, appearing as a member of the royal guard to Sean Connery’s King Arthur. Next came The Fifth Element, which heralded the start of a long involvement with creature-effects work, which would later include all three of the Star Wars prequel trilogy (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of The Sith) and the feature film version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. His most recent theatre work was appearing as Chief Bromden in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, opposite Christian Slater. His latest project is the interactive movie console game The Bunker.

Other special guests attending the Sci-Fi weekend include Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Red Dwarf (US) & Becker), Ingrid Oliver (Doctor Who, Plebs, Peep Show), Gary Graham (Star Trek: Voyager, Alien Nation), Vic Mignogna (Star Trek: Continues and Anime shows RWBY and Full Metal Alchemist), Chris Doohan (Star Trek: Into Darkness, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek: Continues and son of James Doohan aka “Scotty” from Star Trek), Robert Rankin (Author of The Antipope, The Lord of the Ring Roads and many other best selling far-fetched fiction) and Richard Williams (Concept Artist for Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood).

Sunday - January 14, 2018 21:47

The Sci-Fi Ball are very sad to announce that after Marina Sirtis announced on social media that she would be joining us at the 24th Sci-Fi Ball in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust that a major commercial competitor is holding her to an exclusivity contract meaning she cannot appear at any other Science Fiction conventions, charity or otherwise due to contractual obligations in the UK.

Everyone at the Sci-Fi Ball still have great affection and appreciate their friendship with Marina and are disappointed that this major competitor sees our small, not-for-profit event that donates all of its profits to the Teenage Cancer Trust as any kind of competition and hope to welcome Marina to another Sci-Fi Ball in the future.

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Friday - January 12, 2018 9:00
Ingrid Oliver

The Sci-Fi Ball is delighted to announce Ingrid Oliver as their latest special guest to appear at their 24th annual convention, which takes place over three days from 2 - 4 February 2018 at the stunning four-star Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton to raise vital funds to help the extraordinary work of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Ingrid Oliver is a British actress and comedian, and one half of the comic double act Watson & Oliver. She is known for playing Petronella Osgood, a supporting character in the BBC television series Doctor Who. Her character also became one of the main leads in the UNIT: The New Series audio anthology, she played Helen in the Big Finish, Doctor Who audio story Project: Destiny and Lt Baraki in Earth Aid, she read the short story Cinderella and the Magic Box and contributed to the charity reference book Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who.

Most recently Ingrid, after three consecutive sell-out runs as part of double act Watson and Oliver, returned to Edinburgh with the premiere of her new character comedy solo show SPEECH! She has starred in Peep Show, Plebs and Lead Balloon amongst many other credits and she has just completed a film for Warner Brothers starring Anne Hathaway to be released this summer.

Ingrid will be appearing at the Sci-Fi Ball during the Friday evening cocktail party and taking part in all of the Saturday activities including a guest talk, autograph/photography sessions as well as attending the famous three-course black tie banquet and cabaret. She will not be appearing on the Sunday due to work commitments.

The not-for-profit convention brings together fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy to ensure they have a truly out of this world weekend. It offers parties every night, special guest panels, fan-built and actual props and sets, autograph and photography sessions with the stars, roaming Daleks, two new large heated exhibition marquees filled with authors, artists, a special cosplay stage, table-top gaming, exhibits and games from the Victorian Steampunk Society, Lego Science Fiction creations from the Southern Lego Train Society, out of this world collectable merchandise, a Sci-Fi pub quiz, karaoke, a retro-games arcade provided by Portsmouth’s Game Over Video Game Café, special ticket holders can even enjoy a three-course black-tie dining experience including cabaret, an exclusive cocktail party with the stars of the small and silver screen featuring live steel-pan music from Dr. aRt and activities for the whole family to enjoy with further guests and attractions yet to be announced.

Tuesday - January 9, 2018 18:00
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The Sci-Fi Ball has added additional activities and zones to their 24th annual convention due to popularity, which takes place over three days from 2 - 4 February 2018 at the stunning four-star Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton to raise vital funds to help the extraordinary work of the Teenage Cancer Trust and regularly attracts over a thousand attendees each year.

The first addition are two large, bespoke and heated exhibition and dealers marquees on the grounds of the Grand Harbour Hotel, which will also house a new stage solely dedicated to a ‘Grand Sci-Fi Ball Cosplay Competition’ and offering photographs and prizes for the best dressed cos-players. The new areas will also house table-top gaming and the Victorian Steampunk Society, who return with their premier display of Steampunked Marvelsuperhero masks and epic tea-duelling matches.

Further opportunities for attendees to have their photographs taken on fan-built sets inspired by Doctor Who and Star Trek, a large selection of traders specialising in cult entertainment merchandise and many exhibits that will thrill even the most hardened Science Fiction fan.

This year sees new partnerships forged with the Game Over Video Game Café in Portsmouth who will be providing the opportunity for all attendees to play authentic retro arcade and all-in-one games and the Southern Lego Train Club who will be exhibiting a wide variety of their Sci-Fi Lego creations.

The not-for-profit convention brings together fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy to ensure they have a truly out of this world weekend. It offers parties, special guest panels, fan-built and actual props and sets, autograph and photography sessions with the stars, roaming Daleks, a packed exhibition and dealers room, cosplay and fancy dress competitions, a Sci-Fi pub quiz, karaoke and activities for the whole family. Special ticket holders can even enjoy a three-course black-tie dining experience including cabaret and an exclusive cocktail party with the stars of the small and silver screen and live steel-pan music from Dr. aRt.

Special guests include Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Red Dwarf (US) & Becker) Gary Graham (Star Trek: Voyager, Alien Nation), Vic Mignogna (Star Trek: Continues and Anime shows RWBY and Full Metal Alchemist), Chris Doohan (Star Trek: Into Darkness, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek: Continues and son of James Doohan aka “Scotty” from Star Trek), Robert Rankin (Author of The Antipope, The Lord of the Ring Roadsand many other best selling far-fetched fiction), Richard Williams (Concept Artist for Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood) with many more guests and exhibits soon to be announced.

Director of the Sci-Fi Ball, Anne Lindup comments

The Sci-Fi Ball has endured for 24 years because we provide memorable and intimate encounters with the stars of Science Fiction with entertainment and activities that the whole family relish. Over two decades we have built a weird and wonderful family, which has inevitably grown and we feel it’s better to grow by offering more for our attendees rather than becoming yet another comic-con or signing show.

This February sees the Sci-Fi Ball celebrate twenty-four years of raising money for charitable causes bringing their total donations to the Teenage Cancer Trust to over £41,000. It is sponsored by The Horror Channel, Starburst Magazine – The World’s Longest Running Magazine of Cult Entertainment, Bees Marquees, Game Over Café and White Light.

Tuesday - December 12, 2017 9:00
Robert Rankin
Richard Williams
Dr aRt

The Sci-Fi Ball is delighted to announce Robert Rankin and Richard Williams as their latest special guests to appear at their 24th annual convention, which takes place over three days from 2 - 4 February 2018 at the stunning four-star Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton to raise vital funds to help the extraordinary work of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Robert Rankin is the best-selling author of 41 books. He is described as The Father of Far-Fetched Fiction, Far-Fetched Fiction being the name he ascribed to his work in the hope of getting his own special shelf in bookshops. He studied at the Ealing School of Art alongside such luminaries as Alan Lee and Freddie Mercury and in recent years returned to illustration. He was commissioned to provide covers for his novels (published by Orion) and has released three illustrated books through Far-Fetched Books. Likewise, he has published as limited edition illustrated hardbacks his autobiography I, Robert, The Abominable Showman and his first, and biggest-selling, novel The Antipope. 2017 saw the publication of The Lord of the Ring Roads — the first part of the final Brentford Trilogy — which sold out within a week.

Richard Williams worked as a storyboard and concept artist for the BBC for eight years on T.V. shows such as Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Wizards vs. Aliens, Casualty, Sherlock, Broadchurch, Outcasts, The Deep and Davinci’s Demons to name but a few, He has appeared on T.V. in Doctor Who Confidential, Totally Doctor Who and Blue Peter regarding his work for Doctor Who. Some of his concept art work has been published in books Doctor Who Impossible Worlds and A Brief History of Timelords. He will be demonstrating his work using a CinTiq, live-drawing on a 10-meter wide interactive LCD screen.

Other confirmed guests include Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Red Dwarf (US) & Becker) Gary Graham (Star Trek: Voyager, Alien Nation), Vic Mignogna (Star Trek: Continues and Anime shows RWBY and Full Metal Alchemist) and Chris Doohan (Star Trek: Into Darkness, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek: Continues and son of James Doohan aka “Scotty” from Star Trek) with many more guests and exhibits soon to be announced.

The not-for-profit convention brings together fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy to ensure they have a truly out of this world weekend. It offers parties, special guest panels, fan-built and actual props and sets, autograph and photography sessions with the stars, roaming Daleks, a packed exhibition and dealers room, cosplay and fancy dress competitions, a Sci-Fi pub quiz, karaoke and activities for the whole family. Special ticket holders can even enjoy a three-course black-tie dining experience including cabaret and an exclusive cocktail party with the stars of the small and silver screen and live steel-pan music from Dr. aRt.

This February sees the Sci-Fi Ball celebrate twenty-four years of raising money for charitable causes bringing their total donations to the Teenage Cancer Trust to over £41,000. It is sponsored by the Horror Channel, Starburst Magazine – The World’s Longest Running Magazine of Cult Entertainment, Bees Marquees and White Light.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.scifiball.com.

For more information about the Teenage Cancer Trust, please visit www.teenagecancertrust.org

Tuesday - November 14, 2017 8:00
Terry Farrell

The Sci-Fi Ball is delighted to announce Terry Farrell as their latest special guest to appear at their 24th annual convention, which takes place over three days from 2 - 4 February 2018 at the stunning four-star Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton to raise vital funds to help the extraordinary work of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

At nearly six feet tall, Terry Farrell seemed destined to be a model. After a year as a foreign exchange student in Mexico City, the Iowa teenager moved to New York to audition for the Elite modelling agency—and just two days later signed an exclusive contract with Mademoiselle magazine. Two years later, her CV included an appearance in the feature film Back to School, with Rodney Dangerfield and a recurring role on the television series Paper Dolls. After stints on The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Quantum Leap and the feature Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Terry Farrell accepted a six-year contract for the role of Jadzia Dax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Choosing not to remain with the series for its seventh, and final, season, Farrell moved to a different soundstage on the Paramount Pictures lot to co-star with Ted Danson in the comedy series Becker. She recently became engaged to Adam Nimoy; the son of Leonard Nimoy who originated the role of Spock in the original series of Star Trek.

Other confirmed guests include Gary Graham (Star Trek: Voyager, Alien Nation), Vic Mignogna (Star Trek: Continues and Anime shows RWBY and Full Metal Alchemist) and Chris Doohan (Star Trek: Into Darkness, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek: Continues and son of James Doohan aka “Scotty” from Star Trek) with many more guests and exhibits soon to be announced.

The not-for-profit convention brings together fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy to ensure they have a truly out of this world weekend, including parties, special guest panels, activities for the whole family, fan-built and actual props and sets, autograph and photography sessions with the stars, roaming Daleks, a packed exhibition and dealers room, cosplay and fancy dress competitions, a Sci-Fi pub quiz, karaoke and special ticket holders can even enjoy a three-course black-tie dining experience including cabaret and an exclusive cocktail party with the stars of the small and silver screen and many other activities too.

This February sees the Sci-Fi Ball celebrate twenty-four years of raising money for charitable causes bringing their total donations to the Teenage Cancer Trust to over £41,000.

Director and Founder of the Sci-Fi Ball Anne Lindup comments,

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Terry Farrell to join the great family of Science fiction fans at the Sci-Fi Ball. We have been talking for several years and are thrilled that she has accepted our invitation to help us raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust this coming February.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.scifiball.com.

For more information about the Teenage Cancer Trust, please visit www.teenagecancertrust.org

Monday - August 21, 2017 8:00

Sci-Fi BallFolks! We are now officially the Sci-Fi Ball.

We are of course the same amazing fan fun-run filled weekend we have been for the last 24 years but we wanted to clarify the name and let everybody know what the SF stood for.

Many thanks to Duncan Lilly for designing this amazing new logo and to Andy Blyth for updating the website.

Welcome to the Sci-Fi Ball

Friday - June 16, 2017 9:54

Original Con Dance WorkshopFolks we have a new page on the mighty SFB website. Entertainment team manager Vicki Bailey has created the Original Con Dance Workshop page with the help from our Web Fairy. Check it out and make sure you turn up on the Friday of the next Ball to learn those cool moves!.

See the web page

Friday - April 21, 2017 9:00
Chris DoohanSF Ball are pleased to welcome to SF Ball 2018 Chris Doohan from Star Trek Into DarknessStar TrekStar Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek Continues.
Sunday - April 9, 2017 9:00
Vic MignognaSF Ball are pleased to welcome to SF Ball 2018 Vic Mignogna from Star Trek Continues and Anime shws RWBY and Fullmetal Alchemist.