Return of the Garrison

17 - 18 September 2022

A Force-filled fan and family festival

To celebrate one of the most influential film, tv, comic, game, art and literature franchises of all times, the National Space Centre is dedicating a weekend to discovering more about the planets from a galaxy far far away.

This charity event brings together guest stars, fans, families, children and the amazing costuming groups for a Force filled weekend.

Enjoy exhibitions, talks, workshops, craft sessions and loads of photo opportunities. Meet your Imperial or Rebel heroes, see droids put through their paces, or learn how to wield the galaxy’s most elegant weapon.


Booking in Advance is Essential
This is a premium event – No annual pass bookings or vouchers

Planetarium Sessions

When you book your ticket, you can select ONE of the following sessions in the UKs largest planetarium:

The Planets Not So Far Away

Join our presenter led fulldome tour of the night sky that has been created for this weekend. We will show you planets you may recognise from the movies you love and games you play. Discover the real science behind the science fiction of exoplanets, and who shot first (maybe not that last bit 😉)

Image Credit: NASA

11:10 / 12:30 / 13:50

Made in Leicestershire

Meet Bob Brechin, Palitoy’s Lead Designer from 1967 to 1984. When Star Wars was released in 1977 the manufacturing licence went to a company called Palitoy; based in Coalville in Leicestershire. In 1978 Palitoy employed about a thousand people. By November of that year, annual sales had topped £20 million (over £88 million today).

Image Credit: Bob Brechin / BBC


Jake and JAKe

Join our special guests, Jake Lunt Davies and JAKe Detonator for a chat and Q&A. Jake is a creature concept designer who has worked on many Star Wars films and shows. He is credited with designing BB-8 and the Porgs, amongst many others. He is joined by Star Wars artist and illustrator of ‘How To Speak Astromech with BB-8 ‘ JAKe, as they talk all things creative and what goes into drawing this amazing universe of creatures.


We Are Guardians (animated show)

The world, its peoples and environments are connected and interdependent. From the smallest bacteria to the largest ocean whale; there exists a link between all things. In a world out of balance, We Are Guardians looks at how ecosystems are intrinsically connected and with the increasing use of Satellite Monitoring, examines the links between human activities and climate change.

10:20 / 16:30

How to Draw Star Wars

Artist JAKe Detonator has created some of the best Star Wars art for Lucasfilm, Disney and the ever-popular books such as How to Speak Wookiee, and How to Speak Droid. He also appeared at the Celebration IV and Celebration Europe art shows, and he tells me that his artwork has been seen on all kinds of merchandise, including pants! JAKe will show you how to draw your very own simple characters.


Making Tracks LIVE

Fantha Tracks writer and podcaster Mark Newbold is joined by fellow host, and CO of the UK Rebel Legion costuming club, Mark Mulcaster for the very latest news from the world of Star Wars. Making Tracks is a long running and ever popular Star Wars podcast. Bring along questions, sit back and find out the inside track and maybe there will be a few surprises along the way.

Image Credit: Fantha Tracks


How the Force Can Fix the World

Join US based author and Star Wars podcaster Stephen Kent. What if we looked to Star Wars for more than just entertainment? How the Force Can Fix the World takes this challenge on by analysing the core principles of the Star Wars franchise: HOPE, CHOICE, HUMILITY, EMPATHY, REDEMPTION, BALANCE and rejecting FEAR. Together, these are the Star Wars roadmap for living better lives, and maybe even fostering a better politics.

Image Credit: Hachette


Special Guests

Jake Lunt Davies

Jake Lunt Davies was a creature concept designer on many Star Wars movies and shows. Among others he designed the Luggabeast, BB-8, Rey’s speeder, D-0 and the Porgs. In between spending 6 years of his life at Pinewood working on Star Wars he also provided character design and development for Artemis Fowl and Dolittle as well as concept work on WW2 horror Overlord and 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Image Credit: Jake Lunt Davies / Behance

JAKe Detonator

JAKe Detonator is a graphic artist and designer, who has worked for Lucasfilm Ltd. creating original artwork and merchandise, for both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. He has three Star Wars books – How to Speak Wookiee, How to Speak Droid with R2-D2, and How to Speak Astromech with BB-8. JAKe is also the creator and director of Geekboy, a series of animated shorts which appeared on the Sci Fi channel, in which the title character meets notable science fiction icons including Darth Vader.

Image Credit: Telegraph & Argus / Bradford Library

Bob Brechin

Robert (Bob) Brechin was Chief Designer at Palitoy Ltd. He is probably most famous for designing the toy ‘Action Man’ which had a gripping hand that was based on Bob’s own hand. Bob was Lead Designer at Palitoy from 1967 to 1984, which included the 1977 licence to create a full range of toys for a brand new movie franchise… Star Wars!

Image Credit: Tony Roberts


The Planets

Look up and discover an art exhibition trail of planets. Some you may recognise as based on planets visited in sci-fi movies, whilst others might be unknown to you. Find out more along the way and see if you can spot them all.

Special Displays

Thanks to our friends at the UK Garrison, Rebel Legion and Mandalorian Mercenaries our galleries will be filled with displays, including:

– Mandalorian Helmet Display
– Tatooine Market
– Endor Speeder Bike
– Scanner Gate

Image Credit: The UK Garrison


Bossk Busk

Join our Discovery team to find out more about a space artefact from our collection that can also be seen on Star Wars and Doctor Who.

Image Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Planets VR Experience

Head to our How it All Began Theatre to take a tour on some very unusual planets in our Universe.

Build a Diorama

Get hands-on with a live diorama build throughout the weekend (suitable for all).

Meet the Droids

Thanks to the R2 Builders we will be joined by some very familiar mechanical friends.

Image Credit: Dave Sinclair Photography


Grab a blaster and join the Rebel Legion to see if you can hit the target (unlike the Stormtroopers!)

Lightsaber Academy

Join our Training Masters and learn how to wield the galaxy’s most elegant weapon.

£2 per person per session. Buy your session tickets from the Information Desk upon arrival.

Craft Workshops

Make Ewoks, Wookiees and jewellery in our workshop rooms.

£2 per person per session. Buy your session tickets from the Information Desk upon arrival.

Droid Hunt

Head to the UK Garrison stand to grab a Droid Hunt lanyard. Wear it throughout the day and if you get caught you could win a prize,

£2 per lanyard – all monies to UKG chosen charity. Buy your session tickets from the Information Desk upon arrival.

Image Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Hyperspace Hypermarket

Drop into our Star Wars market to take hope some fantastic merchandise and memorabilia.


make sure you join us for the highlight of the day, our Final Parade.

Thanks to our fantastic supporters for making this charity event happen:

This is NOT an official Lucasfilm/Disney event.

This is a charity event with the support of individuals to celebrate Star Wars and the fan community.