15-16 June 2024 at the NEC Birmingham - Get your tickets before they sell out!


  • Bring a refillable water bottle: you’ll be on your feet and moving about for most of the day, sometimes even waiting in line. Stay hydrated and take advantage of the refill fountains throughout the venue.
  • June can be hot: so if travelling to show and walking in the sun make sure you have sunblock.
  • Bring snacks: considering how often you’ll be waiting in line to get into exclusive panels and screening, you do not want to waste time waiting in line to buy food. Pack some healthy snacks to munch on during the wait times instead.
  • Bring an extra bag within your bag: between the amazing merch that you can buy and the freebies given out, you’ll probably walk away from AnimeCon with more than your backpack can carry. We recommend stashing a canvas bag within your main backpack that you can pull out when you’re running out of space. We don’t do plastic bags!
  • Bring a Sharpie and a notebook: what if you run into your childhood hero but don’t have anything with which they can give you an autograph?
  • Battery packs: don’t get stuck with a dead phone.
  • Cash: though lots of vendors will accept card payments, cash is welcome everywhere and in many stands is the only currency accepted. There are cash machines in the venue.


AnimeCon is committed to supporting the best of Otaku culture. As such, the sales of unofficial items are not welcome. Our staff and publisher representatives will walk the exhibit hall periodically throughout the weekend and should either request any item be removed because of a violation of this policy, such products must be immediately removed from display and sold no further. Exhibitors with larger or repeated violations risk being removed from the event without refund, restricted from future events, and in some cases, criminal fines and prosecution.

No Bootlegs
All merchandise for sale in the exhibit hall must be officially licensed products. You cannot sell unofficial, unlicensed, or bootleg products. This includes but is not limited to…

    • Toys
    • Replicas and Props
    • Costumes and merchandise
    • Jewellery and Accessories
    • Posters and Wall coverings
    • Blu-rays and DVDs


No Weapons
Exhibitors must follow our cosplay weapons policy. Prop firearms are allowed only if they can’t be mistaken for real weapons. If it looks like a real gun, it cannot come into the event. Realistic prop guns with brightly coloured caps are allowed. No cap guns, airsoft guns, or BB guns at all. Prop weapons are allowed at the event if they’re made of cardboard, foam, or similar light material. Plastic and wooden prop weapons are generally OK but must be reviewed by our security team. No metal weapons, sharp weapons, or blunt weapons. This includes items like bokken and baseball bats.