Are there concessions for carers and PAs?

Yes, a carer/PA will be admitted free of charge with a paying disabled attendee.

Can I change my ticket to a different day?

If you have bought a ticket for the wrong day please contact us and we will change it for you.

Do I have to pay an additional booking fee for my ticket?

No, all booking fees are included in the ticket price.

What is the age limit on a Child ticket?

Child tickets may be purchased if the attendee(s) in question will be under 16 years of age on the actual day(s) they attend the event.

Do I need a ticket for my baby/toddler?

Under 5s do not need to pay to enter when accompanied by a full paying adult.

I’ve bought a ticket but now I can’t make it. Can I have a refund?

We are unable to offer refunds for tickets, however you can give your ticket to a friend or family member. If you have purchased a ticket for the wrong day, please contact us and we will change it for you.

Press tickets are strictly non-transferable.

How much are tickets?

To reward people for booking early, doors will open at 10am for pre-booked ticket holders only. On the door ticket sales will then commence at 11am.

Ticket Prices


Adult: Single Day = £16 – Weekend = £28

Child: Single Day = £10 – Weekend = £16

Family: Single Day = £42 – Weekend = £68


To enquire about group discounts please email [email protected]


What are the dates and opening times for PLAY Expo Blackpool?

Dates: Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th July 2017

Opening Times: 10am for advance purchase tickets only – 11am for on the day ticket sales
Closing Time: 6pm each day

Will those who buy tickets in advance get priority?

Yes. Our priority at opening will be to get all those people who have bought their ticket in advance through the doors as quickly as possible. Doors will open at 10am for those customers who have pre-bought their tickets. On the door sales will then commence at 11am.

What is Cosplay?

Cosplay (コスプレ), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centred around role play. A broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.

Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books, video games and films. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject.

Can I take photographs and videos at the event?

Photography and videoing is permitted in most areas, however we ask that you do not bring large cameras and equipment that will cause a trip hazard or disrupt others enjoyment of the show.

Some exhibitors may have there own restrictions, however these will be clearly signed.

Will there be WIFI available?

Unfortunately due to the high numbers of visitors we are unable to offer public wifi. The venue usually has good 3G coverage on most networks, however we cannot guarantee its availability.

Is there a bar and somewhere to get food?

There will be a snack bar for the full duration of the show that will provide hot and cold food and a bar will be open selling hot, cold and alcoholic drinks.

You are not permitted to bring your own food and drink into the venue.

What time should I arrive?

You are welcome to arrive at any time after the opening times (10am for advance tickets and 11am for on the day sales). We ask that you do not arrive too far in advance of the opening times as it may be cold or wet and there is no covered queuing area.

Is there any difference between the days?

The majority of games will be exactly the same throughout all three days. However, the talks, tournaments and some of the features may change. Please keep an eye on the News section of the website for more details.

Where is PLAY Expo Blackpool being held and how do I get there?

PLAY Expo Blackpool is being held at Norcalympia Exhibition Centre at the Norbreck Castle Hotel, the North West’s largest integrated Hotel conference & exhibition venue. The Norbreck Castle Hotel is within easy reach of Blackpool town centre, Blackpool North railway station and Blackpool International Airport as well as the M55 motorway network.

The full address is Norbreck Castle Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool. FY2 9AA.

More information can be found on our Travel page.

Are there any age restrictions at the show?

Everyone is welcome at Play Blackpool, however under 14s will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Some of the tournaments may carry age restrictions. These will be clearly marked and, where possible, advised on the website in advance.

Games with a PEGI age rating of 18 will be cordoned off and will not be accessible by anyone who cannot prove that they are over 18.

When will tickets go on sale?

Tickets for PLAY Expo Blackpool 2017 are scheduled to go on sale on 1st November 2016.

How do I get a Press Pass?

A limited number of Press Passes will be made available via our dedicated Press page.

Terms and conditions

  • If approved, press passes will also give you free entry to the expo
  • Press passes are strictly non-transferable. You will be asked to provide suitable photo ID when collecting your pass
  • A maximum of 2 press passes will be allocated to a publication (this can be 2 tickets for a single day or 1 weekend ticket)
  • Press passes give entry to the expo only. They do not give priority access to talks or tournaments
  • We reserve the right to decline a press pass request. However you will still be able to cover the event and report on it if you purchase a standard ticket
  • Please give up to 4 weeks for your application to be processed
  • Organisers and Play Blackpool spokespeople will be available for interview throughout the weekend, however we cannot guarantee they will have time to talk to everyone.