Anyone Fancy Starting a Comic Convention Up North?

We’ve asked by the team working at the Doncaster Dome to put the word out that if any potential con organisers looking to run a connection in Doncaster then they  are happy to discuss requirements

So anyone out there thinking Doncaster could do with a comic or any other geek related convention, for that matter, then the Doncaster Dome may be worth checking out.

Doncaster is situated around 20 miles away from the City of Sheffield.  It has an estimated population of around 297,000, which is larger than the cities of Nottingham, Newcastle, Hull and Southampton.  This makes Doncaster the largest town in the United Kingdom not to have been granted a city status.

The town in situated on the A1(M) and M18 motorways, and is within 20 minutes of the key M1 and M62 motorways.  Doncaster is also an important railway town, serving the East Coast Main Line.

Doncaster now also boasts an international airport operated by Peel Airports.  It is the second largest in Yorkshire behind Leeds/Bradford Airport.

6million people live within 60 minutes drive time which is 10 % of the UK population.

The dome is an arena and leisure complex based in the town centre of Doncaster.  It boasts a leisure pool, a split level ice arena, numerous bars and a multi purpose entertainments venue.

The dome as a concept was first conceived in 1985, by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.  The aim of the project was to inject capital and confidence into the community of Doncaster.  The dome was to act as a catalyst for the economic and qualative regeneration of Doncaster, at a time when the economic climate of Doncaster was depressed, the dome was to herald a new age.

The venue is now in its 22nd year of trading, and still boasts a visitor footfall of approximately 1 million patrons through its door per year.

The venue posses a variety of different catering outlets including the Icebreaker Bar, the Function suite, Café Refresh, Ice Refresh, a 40ft mobile bar unit and various kiosks.

The Icebreaker Bar is versatile and can be transformed from a pub restaurant to a family Bar with a children’s play area.  The Bar generally serves food from 9am right up until 6pm, and is licensed to remain open up until 2am (at the management’s discretion) the usual opening hours are until 11pm.

The kiosk operation is generally based within the foyer area and serves snacks and drinks such as Hot Dogs, Cold Sandwiches, grab bags of crisps and chocolate, and also fizzy and hot drinks.

GS Reporter: Nuge


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  1. Joe /

    I would love to, not ran a convention since 2007 but no idea on how to get contacts for the comic industry.

  2. Andy /

    Joe, The Dome is basically a blank canvas, so any type of convention would work there. Not just comics.

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