NOR-CON SURVIVAL GUIDE
This years NOR-CON event is going to be the biggest event to date. We have special guests, Orchestra (Sun 30th only), displays, body painting, signings, photoshoots, traders to name but a few.
To help you navigate your way around our massive NOR-CON event at the Norfolk Showground Arena, we have compiled a Survival Guide for you. Please print this out prior to attending so that you can maximise your visit and of course, not get lost!
YOUR NOR-CON SURVIVAL GUIDE
It’s an exceptionally busy time for us – please make sure you check the website and the FAQ section before firing off an email to us. We will do our best to get back to you but a lot of the information is already up on the website for you.
CLICK HERE TO READ OUR POLICY ON COSPLAY AND BANNED ITEMS. Any items deemed dangerous or not adhering to our policy will be confiscated by security and returned to the owner at the end of the show. If in doubt – leave it behind.
Make sure you have your tickets with you either printed or on your phone/tablet ready to be scanned.
Check that you are coming on the correct day and at the correct time as per your ticket.
Make sure you are in the correct queue; it could be a long walk to the back of the correct queue if you get it wrong.
Bring a brolly or poncho in case of poor weather.
Plan to walk a lot. Wear comfortable shoes, even with costumes.
If you heavily use a power-hungry phone, carry a battery extender so you can recharge without a socket
THERE ARE NO CASHPOINTS ON SITE – please ensure that you bring enough cash with you for the day. Some traders will be accepting card payments. Use your bank’s website to locate branches/ATMs near the con and your hotel before you leave.
Make sure that you keep your fluids up – it can be a long day! Food vendors on site will have drinks available for purchase.
The Orchestra on Sunday 30th WILL BE LOUD, after all, it’s an Orchestra and it WILL be very busy. Please consider this if you are attending with children or persons that may be sensitive to noise or large crowds
Some guests will hold a Q&A session near the end of their stage chat. This can be the most cringe-worthy part of any panel because people do not think before they speak. This is not a criticism. We absolutely understand getting star struck, wanting to take the opportunity to speak with a famous person you admire, and not having a good question to back it up. Just think before you ask, you are going to be in front of hundreds of people all watching and listening to you.
Be respectful of the cosplayers and other Fandoms, what you may not like others may love and vice versa.
Cosplayers do not mind taking a picture with you. Really. They usually put a ton of effort into their costumes and want to show them off. They enjoy it, so there is no need to be shy. You do need to be polite. Always ask first. Do not grab cosplayers and try to drag them into a quick pic, and be careful about hand placement when posing. Shoulders are always safe, arms around an abdomen are usually fine, but anything else is inappropriate and unwanted. Absolutely no groping, regardless of how little attire they are wearing. COSPLAY IS NOT CONSENT!
If you’re cosplaying yourself, be prepared to spend a lot of time posing for pictures. If you don’t want to take time to pose, then don’t dress up. Also: if you’re wearing a big or heavy costume, pack some extra deodorant and reapply often.
If your child is into dress-up, let them choose a costume. They will have a great time cosplaying. Be aware that people may want to take photos, and establish ground rules with your child.
We do state to guests whilst on stage to minimise any profanity – this is a LIVE event, occasionally a rude word or two slips through, we do our best though to control and contain this.
Children are welcome at NOR-CON , but that doesn’t mean that every attendee will show discretion to suit your tastes. There are always dozens of Slave Leia’s, for example, so be ready to explain to your 6-year-old “why that lady’s wearing fancy underwear.” Your kid is going to see some crazy, inexplicable stuff, so… Be ready for the questions.
Whilst there will be Disney, Marvel, DC and other cartoon like characters at NOR-CON, there could be some costumes that may come across as slightly intimidating to more nervous or younger people. NOR-CON is a big area and you can easily walk to another part of the venue to avoid them.
When buying something, try your best to pay with the closest change possible, as it is difficult for many shop owners to keep handing out large amounts of change.