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Samantha Womack stars in Sci-fi by the Sea 6 in Herne Bay

By Angela Cole

Wookies, droids and colourful characters from the world of sci-fi come to the Kent coast this weekend.

Sci-fi by the Sea 6 is an open-air festival and family day out, from the team behind BayFest and other events in the town.

Actor Samantha Womack, who stars in the spy comedy Kingsman, and is best known for her role in EastEnders, joins Torchwood actor Gareth David-Lloyd, Adjoa Andoh - Francine Jones in Dr Who - and the voice behind K-9 from Dr Who, John Leeson.

The event is at Herne Bay Junior School
The event is at Herne Bay Junior School

As well as celebrity guests, there will be a host of film props, gaming zones, iconic vehicles and a VR Zone.

Other attractions include live music and shopping plus out of this world costumes and props.

Scott Turner, from organisers BayPromoTeam, said: “Interest in this year’s event is huge and we’re delighted to be bringing exciting attractions, such as the Robots Live arena where we will see giant robots battling it out like in BBC’s TV favourite Robot wars.”

Eight foot tall wisecracking robot Titan will be putting on a show, and promising plenty of interaction with visitors.

The Jurassic Park loo is set to be a talking point this year, and the 35ft Mr Stay Puft from the cult classic Ghostbusters is set to bounce in.

With characters from the Avengers roaming and replica film props, there will be plenty of selfies to snap.

Heston Haines aged seven at last year's event
Heston Haines aged seven at last year's event

Replica vehicles from The Fast & Furious, Transformers, The Walking Dead and Mad Max will be on show as well as the chance to browse sci-fi stalls and comic books, try a cosplay contest and meet sci-fi creators.

Thousands of science fiction fans are expected
Thousands of science fiction fans are expected

DETAILS

Sci-Fi by the Sea 6 will be held on Sunday, June 17 between 11am and 5pm at Herne Bay Junior School in Kings Road, Herne Bay. Tickets are £10 and £7 for children, with under threes free, or £30 for a family of four. To book visit ticketsource.co.uk/baypromoteam and for more details go to scifibythesea.co.uk

ABOUT

Sci-Fi by the Sea is the first event in Herne Bay’s summer calendar.

Next on the list is BayFest, a month-long festival featuring a popular classic car show, Herne Bay Rocks, a cartoon festival and Herne Bay regatta. The community-run festival runs from the last weekend on July to last weekend on August.

As well as events, the tourism campaign Hello Herne Bay has inspired people from all over Kent to visit the town and explore the coastal walks, cultural attractions, traditional seaside fun and more.

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