Preview: SF Ball 2017

We here at Can’t Pause This have a bit of history with an event called the SF Ball that takes place annually in Southampton, having attended for the last few years. This year will be no different as we look to bring you coverage of the event on this very site. We wanted to bring it to your attention now though as not only is it an awesome event that any self-respecting sci-fi fan should attend but that it’s all in aid of an excellent cause called the Teenage Cancer Trust. Below is the latest announcement on the stacked line-up of guests and personally, I can’t wait for February!
The UK’s longest running not-for-profit Science Fiction convention, The SF Ball, which takes place at the beautiful Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton from 3rd – 5th February 2017 with all profits going to support the vital work of the Teenage Cancer Trust , have announced a further two guests for their star-studded line-up of Science Fiction and Fantasy stars, including Chris Barrie (Arnold J. Rimmer in Red Dwarf) and Patti Yasutake (Nurse Ogawa – Star Trek The Next Generation). Patty Yasutake could regularly be seen in Sickbay aboard the starship Enterprise opposite the events headline artist Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher – Star Trek The Next Generation).
Other guests include Terry Molloy (Davros in Doctor Who), Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Merlin), Ian Beattie (Alexander, The Tudors, Game of Thrones), Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones, Ripper Street, The Tudors), Larry Nemecek (Star Trek Continues) and Dave Freeman (Concept Artist for the new Star Trek films).

Each day of the classic convention includes Q&A’s, professional photography and autograph sessions with the stars, activities, challenges and art/fiction competitions, an emporium of merchandise and collectables available for sale in a larger dealer’s room, a special table-top gaming room, an exhibition hall including roaming full size Daleks, life-sized, fan-built recreations of sets, replica models and displays from talented model makers not to mention several opportunities to party after each day including discos, karaoke and full interactive games on stage with Trekologist B. Jones.

Friday highlights include: The Con Dance Workshop to teach your two left feet the correct routines to enjoy all the convention dances; an epic pub quiz full of geeky questions both verbal and picturesque, A Gold Ticket Cocktail Party, including a hot buffet and a generous glass of bubbly welcoming gold ticket members offering up close and personal meetings with the guests, a goody bag full of film promotional merchandise and epic three foot chocolate fountains, plus a state of the art interactive gameshow called A Question Of Snort. Friday concludes with a fabulous party on the theme of The Worlds of Gerry Anderson and a prize for the best fancy dress/cosplay costume will be awarded.

Saturday highlights include; a full, three course black tie/fancy dress dinner with live cabaret from Red Dwarf’s Chris Barrie, a ‘money can’t buy’ raffle’, including incredibly unique prizes and a Game of Thrones themed party with fancy dress/cosplay competitions, a celebrity cabaret and a late night disco with games and activities that all can enjoy.

Sunday’s highlights include; a time travel themed late night disco and karaoke evening and another opportunity to play one of SFB’s impressive interactive audio-visual games, Geekheads!

Director of SF Ball Limited – Anne Lindup, comments:

“Science Fiction teaches us to accept others and challenges us to execute a better future for all. We have taken these philosophies and moulded the SF Ball to help many charities and in particular The Teenage Cancer Trust for twenty three years. We promise a fun filled three days for Science Fiction fans knowing that all proceeds will go to a vital cause in this country.” Since 2009, the SF Ball has raised nearly £30,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. SF Ball prides itself on its equal opportunities policy, welcoming anyone to enjoy the festivities indiscriminate of disability or background and an emphasis on fun and socialising, rather than commercial gain. This year’s event is generously sponsored by The Horror Channel, Starburst Magazine and White Light.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit

For more information about the  Teenage Cancer Trust, please visit


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