Filed under: About Thought Bubble, Thought Bubble 2015 | Tags: Comics, Leeds comic con, Leeds comic festival, Leeds Thought Bubble comic festival, Sequential Art, Small Press, UK Conventions, Webcomics
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Thought Bubble convention, taking place on 14th and 15th November, and can be pre-purchased on our website – please make sure to keep them safe until November (as you’ll need to exchange them for a wristband to get into convention events), and keep an eye out for information on this year’s Saturday evening party tickets going up on sale later this year once we’ve locked down all the licence details!
We’ve also been busy updating the guest pages for this year’s festival, with some amazing creators for you to meet in Leeds this November (currently over 50 confirmed, and still many more to come as November approaches), and we’ll soon be putting the exhibitor icons up on the site this year for 2015’s convention, which should be our biggest yet!
Ahead of this year’s festivities, we thought we’d update our guide to visiting the city for anyone who hasn’t been to Leeds before, or for those who have but want to explore a little more!
- Getting to Leeds itself is relatively easy, both from within the UK and internationally, as regular rail services bring you into the heart of the city. Leeds rail station is about a 15 minute walk from the convention site, or about a 5 minute taxi ride, and there’s a taxi rank that’s constantly manned just outside the main station entrance.
- If you’re flying into Manchester airport then there’s a direct train every half hour that will bring you into Leeds station in around 1.5 hours.
- If you’re flying into one of London’s airports then you can catch a direct train from London Kings Cross to Leeds that will bring you into Leeds station in around 2.5 hours;
- If you’re driving into Leeds then there’s detailed instructions of how to get to the convention site here, including information on parking at the Royal Armouries’ museum, which is attached to the convention square. Please be aware that Leeds has a slightly tricky one-way system, so it’s best to allow for some extra time when setting off;
- If you’re getting the bus into the city, then the convention site is serviced by a number of routes, full details of which can be found here.
The official hotel partner for this year’s convention is the DoubleTree by Hilton which is located in Leeds city centre, and is about a 15 minute walk from the convention site. The hotel is a 2 minute walk from the rail station, and close to central bus routes in the city. Rooms are sure to fill up quickly, so if you’re intending to stay there during the festival, please make sure to book soon!
Free water taxis run on the weekend which will take you from the DoubleTree hotel to the convention site at Leeds Dock in approximately 10 minutes. More information on the water taxis can be found here.
Leeds itself is a fairly compact city to get around, and you can walk from the top part of town (the university areas on Woodhouse Lane) down to the convention centre on Leeds Dock in around 50 minutes. If you need any supplies while you’re in town, then the shopping district can be found clustered around The Headrow and Albion street, with a large shopping mall at Trinity Leeds on Boar Lane. There are also a number of convenience stores located around the convention square, but they can tend to sell out of a lot of essential items quickly on the convention weekend.
The convention – 10 important points:
- This year’s convention takes place on the weekend of November 14th & 15th, and set up for exhibitors runs from 7.30am on Saturday 14th, with doors opening to the public at 10am and closing at 5pm;
- Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the convention, but this may involve some queueing, and your convention wristband will get you into all events taking place at the Leeds Dock sites – your wristband can be picked up from the ticket desks at the convention on the day (just bring along your physical ticket to exchange);
- Full venue information will be updated later in the year, along with final programme confirmation and event running order for the festival, but general venue information can be found here in the meantime;
- We’d recommend bringing some warm/waterproof clothing, as Leeds can be quite chilly in November, and there are open spaces between the three convention halls;
- All venues at the convention are wheelchair accessible, and baby changing facilities are available in the Royal Armouries Museum (which has free entry);
- We’d recommend bringing a decent amount of cash (especially change) with you, as the nearby cash-points can run out during the weekend, and our supply is generally taken up with handling on-the-door ticket sales – also, exhibitors will love you if you can pay with exact change;
- We currently cannot offer on-site storage at the convention, so while we don’t impose limits on the number of items people can bring to be signed, please be aware that you’ll need to be able to carry them with you all day, along with any purchases that are made at the event;
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help, as our red-shirted volunteers will be happy to assist you in anything you need during the weekend;
- A simple one, but an important one – keep hydrated and remember to make time to eat as well, low blood sugar and dehydration can make even the simplest of tasks a lot more daunting, so be sure to look after yourself during the convention;
- The most important aspect of any convention is to have fun – Thought Bubble is an extremely friendly show, and we aim to cater to a wide spectrum of attendees, many of whom may be attending a show like this for the first time, and the general attitude we take can be found on the graphic below:
We also have a general FAQ section set up on our website that answers a number of common queries about the Festival, and for ongoing updates in the build-up to 2015’s events, please follow us on Twitter and/or like our page on Facebook!