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Take the train to…Sci-Fi-London

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Take the train to London for the May Bank Holiday weekend and you can enjoy a fantastical journey into the world of science fiction.

Read on to find out more about the 2012 Sci-Fi-London Festival. And make sure you check out our journey planner for cheap train tickets too.

The 11th annual London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film – also known as Sci-Fi-London – takes place from 1 – 7 May 2012, so it’s the perfect Bank Holiday escape for sci-fi lovers.

And although you don’t need a Delorian to get there, you don’t need roads either. Just jump on board a train to London and enjoy film screenings, social events and much, much more.

The Sci-Fi-London Parade

The action kicks off at midday on Sunday 29 April 2012, with the Sci-Fi-London Parade, so it’s worth extending your break and booking a hotel room in the capital so you can join in. You can sign up to be part of the parade, which begins at Victoria Embankment Gardens and ends at BFI Southbank, via the Sci-Fi-London website.

And don’t forget to bring a costume – dressing up is a central part of the parade fun. Last year, steampunks, stormtroopers and superheroes snaked their way through the city streets, and you could be in with the chance of winning a prize if your getup’s good enough.

Sensational screenings

Sci-Fi-London’s film screening programme is packed with premieres, shorts and special performances.

Highlights include the World Premieres of Zoltan Sostai’s ‘Cycle’, Canadian mockumentary ‘Ghosts with Shit Jobs’ and UK director Martin Gooch’s new sci-fi fantasy indie, ‘Death':

You can also:

• Indulge in some classic horror at the festival’s Boris Karloff All-Nighter on Saturday 5 May.

• Enjoy a unique showing of Lottie Reiniger’s 1925 animation ‘The Adventures of Prince Ahmed with a live score performance by Sawchestra on Sunday 6 May.

• Get together with your mates and test your sci-fi knowledge at the in-cinema Sci-Fi-London pub quiz on Bank Holiday Monday.

Planning a visit to Sci-Fi-London 2012

Sci-Fi-London takes place at two main venues – the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus and the BFI Southbank. Getting to the venues is simple when you’re travelling to London by train, as you can get there via the London Underground, rather than having to worry about finding parking spaces or paying the infamous congestion charge.

You can book tickets for Sci-Fi-London events through the festival’s official website. And, while you’re online, make sure you check our journey planner for cheap train tickets – you can put the money you save towards buying more film screening tickets.

Are you a sci-fi, fantasy or horror fan? Will you be going to Sci-Fi-London this year? Let us know by leaving a comment below…

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