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All Hans on Deck! Unofficial World Record Attempt!

Stormtrooper images taken by Robin Flux, PR officer for the Isle of Wight Garrison of the 501st Legion

How many HAN SOLOS can we get on a ferry?

Get your best Han Solo outfit together be part of our unofficial world record attempt!

Join the Island Con Team and their friends and event partners, Red Funnel, as they turn the Red Falcon ferry into the Millennium Falcon for the 2nd year in a row. Their round-trip ferry service departs Southampton, UK at 11:00 and arrives back into port at 13:30.

It’s FREE to join us as long as you’re wearing a Han Solo outfit or any other form of Star Wars fancy dress / cosplay gear.

Come on out and celebrate the day with other Star Wars fans including Stormtroopers from the Isle of Wight Garrison of the 501st Legion and one of the UK’s most loved Chewbacca impersonators.

Stormtrooper images taken by Robin Flux, PR officer for the Isle of Wight Garrison of the 501st Legion

Organiser of Island Con, Ben E. Belton said: What better way to celebrate May 4th, than to load as many Star Wars cosplayers onto a ferry as possible!

Were really excited and we cannot wait to see all those brilliant Star Wars fans on board the Millennium FalconMay the 4th be with you!

Those who want to join in should meet at Red Funnel Ferries Terminal 1 Ticket Office, Southampton, and be sure to arrive no later than 10:45am. No booking is required.

Island Con has world appeal:

60% of those attending Island Con this October will be doing so as visitors to the Island. Not only that, but Island Con is also attracting visitors from across the world.

Twitter user @HiddenDemonSM is just one of many who are making the long journey to the Isle of Wight this year, all the way from Singapore.

The fan is making the trek – including a 14 hour flight, to see actor Michael Eklund at Island Con. Michael is known for disappearing into every role and radically transforming his look for each new character. Recent pivotal and leading roles in film for Michael include Into The Forest, Zoom, The Call, and TV shows which include the hit series Gotham, amongst others.

“We’re really excited that Island Con has an appeal across the world” said organiser Ben E. Belton.

He continued: “We have some great international stars heading to the island in October, so it’s no wonder fans from across the world want to head in the same direction.

“The Isle of Wight is a great place for a pop-culture event like Island Con – and is also a great destination for a holiday, so people have the best of both worlds” he added.

Tickets for the event have also been sold as far away as Malaysia & South Africa, showing that Island Con has fantastic world appeal.

More for families in 2018

We’re very happy to announce that Enchanted Isle are running and sponsoring the Kids Zone, so we know you’re in safe hands!

Enchanted Isle Princess Parties will be providing party entertainment, glitter tattooing, a bouncy castle and more! Loads of fun will be provided by their many characters from superheroes, pirates, princesses, unicorns, fairies and more!

They pride themselves on quality and authenticity, leaving children (and sometimes bigger children too!) in awe!

Natalie Louise De Gruchy, owner of Enchanted Isle, said: were very excited and proud to be organising the childrens area for Island Con – it’s the perfect setting for magic, fun and creating memories.

Ben E. Belton added: Island Con is all about families, so we wanted to do even more to make it a magical experience – no matter the age.

Enchanted Isle are going to provide some really exciting experiences, creating memories that will last forever, we cannot wait.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting

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