Many of you that pop by the website on a regular basis will know how much we love SFW (The Sci-fi & Fantasy Weekender) and this year the event has so many from the world of Doctor Who that we can’t wait to be at the event from the 30th March this year.

What can only be described as Europe’s #1 Sci-fi and Fantasy Festival adds extra talent, pizzazz, and magic to the mix when it returns to Camp SFW, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales between 30th March and 2nd April 2017 for SFW 8: the legendary Sci-fi & Fantasy Weekender!

CEO Jonni Davis told us, “We’ve always had magic,”, “How could you not, surrounded by landscapes like these in North Wales? This year, though, we’re putting on the biggest and best Sci-fi & Fantasy Weekender yet. How magic is that?

The team over at SFW HQ have given us the news of the final line-up of guests, including three new exciting additions:

For Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, Nicholas Brendon will be attending on Friday. Nicholas played Xander in Buffy (one of Buffy’s core ‘Scooby Gang’ vampire slayers) in this incredibly popular, influential and (let’s face it) kickass series.

Nicholas Brendon to be a guest at SFW8

Nicholas Brendon to be a guest at SFW8

Smeging Hell it’s the one and only Chris Barrie who we all know and love to hate as Arnold Rimmer in Red Dwarf (the only ‘Dwarf character with his own super-catchy theme song!), Chris has also performed in Spitting Image, The Young Ones, Blackadder, and The New Statesman, as well as headlining ‘The Brittas Empire’. Chris also served as Lara Croft’s butler in the Tomb Raider Films, lucky fellow! Chris will be here on the Saturday only.

Chris Barrie

Chris Barrie (Rimmer, Red Dwarf) to guest at SFW8

The third new guest announcement is Jimmy Vee, most of you will probably know the name, but perhaps not a familiar face. He’s often hidden in an amazing range of monsters and aliens in Doctor Who! In 2005, he played The Moxx of Balhoon in the BBC’s relaunched Doctor Who, then a ‘Space Pig’. In David Tennant’s era, Jimmy played the popular, red, conker-headed alien Bannakaffalata alongside Kylie Minogue in ‘Voyage of the Damned’. Most recently, he inhabited the robotic Skovox Blitzer which threatened Peter Capaldi’s Doctor in 2014. He also appeared as several aliens in The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Jimmy Vee

Jimmy Vee to be a guest at SFW8

These three new additional guests join the already impressive line-up of guests for the weekend, which now looks as follows:


Frazer Hines (‘Jamie McCrimmon’), Daphne Ashbrook (‘Grace Holloway’), Yee Jee Tso (‘Chang Lee’), Wendy Padbury (‘Zoe Heriot’), Peter Purves (‘Steven Taylor’), Phil Ford (Scriptwriter), Jimmy Vee (Monster actor)


Duncan Lacroix (‘Murtagh Fraser’) (Friday Only), Stephen Cree (‘Ian Murray’) (Friday Only)


Gareth David Lloyd (‘Ianto Jones’) (Saturday Only)


Darren Shan, Jenny Colgan (Saturday Only), Freda Warrington, Simon Morden, Justina L A Robson, Steve Lockley, Paul Lewis, Sam Stone, David J Howe, Ed Fortune.


Dez Skinn, Simon Bizley, Glenn Fabry, Simon Davis, Clint Langley, Jeff Cummins.

Added to this rich tapestry of guests, you’ll find SFW’s varied, fun-filled programme of entertainment, panels, music, films and events. We’ve even managed to secure the services of popular dance troupe Boogie Storm (fresh from Britain’s Got Talent) who will perform during the Imaginarium show on Friday night.

Still wondering what all the fuss is about?

Check out a little video we put together of our time spent at a SciFi Weekender.

So, it’s all systems go, rockets firing, turbines to speed, and spells at the ready! Stakes are high as we head towards SFW: The Sci-fi & Fantasy Weekender. Pwllheli won’t know what’s hit it!
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Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham