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Aberdeen 18-19 March

Liverpool 1-2 April

Newcastle 27-28 May

Harrogate 3-4 June

Manchester 29-30 July

Wales 12-13 August

Northern Ireland 9-10 September

Edinburgh 7-8 October

The winner of each regional heat of the Cosplay Championship will go on to compete in the Grand Final in Liverpool in October 2023. The prize includes 2 weekend tickets for Comic Con Liverpool 21-22 October 2023, hotel accommodation and travel expenses to the final (as provided by and agreed with Monopoly Events).


The winner of the grand final will be crowned the UK Cosplay Champion of 2023, and will receive the prestigious Monopoly Events UK Cosplay Championship Trophy. The winners name will be engraved into the trophy, and the winner will experience a once in a lifetime meet and greet opportunity with our celebrity guests at the show, who will also present them with the trophy. 


The Cosplay Championship takes place on the Saturday, with the Masquerade taking place on both days of the convention. We also have a cosplay catwalk which features at our afterparty, you can buy tickets for the afterparty in the general entry ticket section of the site amongst Saturday entry tickets. Timings for the Championship and Masquerade are released approx. two weeks prior to the show.


Costumes entered into the Championship must be made by the entrant. You MUST have made a minimum of 75% of the costume. You MUST be over the age of 14.


Evidence to show your costume making progress (such as photographs of your materials and techniques) is required as part of your application, to substantiate your entry.


In depth examinations (also referred to as prejudging) will take place on Saturday morning - you will be given more information once we have closed applications.


Monopoly Events wants all visitors to enjoy our events. If you are in any doubt on any of the guidelines written here, please check in advance by emailing



Please email for a form to enter the Championship.


Only one entry is permitted per person or group.


Sign-ups are ONLY available online and will close a week before the event. There will be no entries to the Championship accepted in person.


Costume eligibility will be checked before entering, if your costume breaches any of our terms we have the right to terminate your entry.


You MUST be over 14 to enter. If you are under 14 you can still enter the Masquerade.


On the day of the event, you must present yourself to the Cosplay desk to have your entry pre-judged at least one hour before the Masquerade begins, if you do not your entry will no longer be valid and you will be unable to enter the competition.


Any person working at the event or with a personal relationship to one or more of the judges is deemed not eligible to enter the Championship.


Entrants will be asked to pose for the audience on stage and may be asked a few questions about their costume. Alternatively, entrants may be asked to perform in character depending on time constraints.


If you enter as a group you cannot also enter as an individual.


No smoke, confetti, or fire is permitted on stage under any circumstances.


You will not get dedicated music on stage.


Entrants should be able to move around safely in the costume and should not impede their ability to access the stage.


Costumes must NOT contain any offensive, racially motivated, or endorse any form of hate or hate group. No blackface or cultural appropriation is permitted. No part of the costume should include any harmful or potentially harmful materials.


All costumes should be acceptable to wear in public - nudity, adult fetish attire, and extreme BDSM is not allowed.


Costumes & props must not create or involve naked flames.


Any larger costumes may not exceed 3 metres between two points of the costume or prop.


All props should be less than 150cm in length - anything longer must be dismantled in crowded areas.


Any type of skates are not allowed inside any part of the venue.


Heavy items that could be used as weapons are not permitted (eg. crowbars, iron bars, etc.). Additionally, power tools are not permitted.


Be mindful of the public - props should be hidden/covered up outside of the event regardless of how realistic - this prevents any unnecessary interaction from bystanders or the police.


Any prop that can be fired is not allowed.


No sharp or pointed parts.

Tails or trains are permitted but be mindful of crowded areas as they could be a slip or trip hazard.



Metal blades - sharp or blunt e.g. swords, axes & knives


Bats - wooden or metal, including baseball bats


Guns - handguns, rifles, or any other artillery


Crossbows and strung bows capable of firing and sharp-tipped arrows


Gas canisters made from metal or plastic of any kind


Nails protruding, or any other sharp items protruding from items or costumes


Laser pointers, regardless of being part of a costume or prop


Any other item that is deemed illegal to carry in the UK


PLEASE NOTE:  The staff and venue are not responsible for the storage of banned items.



Unrealistic guns and toy guns such as phasers and plasma guns up to 150cm


Realistic imitation firearms such as airsoft guns and BB guns, as long as they have the brightly coloured tip or a muzzle fitted

Bows and crossbows if unstrung/unable to be operated or fired

Slings and catapults, however no ammunition may be carried and will be confiscated if found


Please bring items at your own risk. If staff and security deem them to be a risk to the event and its attendees, confiscation or ejection from the event is highly likely. All props will be checked on entry, if any items do not adhere to guidelines they will not be allowed in the event.

Monopoly Events reserves the right to deny entry, withdraw access, or cancel tickets without refund. Monopoly Events Staff & Security for the event and venue reserve the right to reject any weapon or prop if deemed likely to cause a nuisance.


Each participant's information will be collected and used by Monopoly Events in accordance with the ‘Privacy Policy’ By entering the Cosplay Masquerade you agree and acknowledge to have read, understood, and agreed to both the rules and Privacy Policy.


Monopoly has the right to disqualify any participant or remove the prize from any winner if found to be tampering with the entry process or acting in violation of the rules.

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