Return of the Garrison

23 - 24 June 2018

The ultimate fan and family celebration of a galaxy far far away!

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The National Space Centre is joining the Rebellion and celebrating 13 years of this amazing fan and family event.

Over the past 13 years, the Centre, along with the 501st UK Garrison, Rebel Legion and special guests, has raised money for important charities and welcomed over 60,000 people to this event.

With costume characters, exhibitions, talks, workshops and the all-important Parade, this year’s event will invite you to choose your allegiance… do you join the Empire, or will you fight with the Rebel Alliance… only you can decide.

This is a Premium Event. Annual Passes are not valid for this weekend.

Costume Characters

501st UK Garrison

The United Kingdom Garrison (UKG) of the 501st Legion is the only official Star Wars costuming group in the UK.

It is part of the ever growing 501st Legion, which itself, is the largest costuming group the world has ever seen, whether Star Wars related or not. The UK Garrison, as with all other 501st Legion garrisons and outposts around the world, is entirely made up from volunteers and is a wholly not-for-profit organisation, with 100% of all money raised being divided amongst the various charities that the UKG supports.

Rebel Legion

Rebel Legion UK is the sole preferred Rebel costume club of Lucasfilm Limited in the UK.

It is part of an independent international Rebel Star Wars costuming club and not part of any other costume club. It’s a home from home for Star Wars fans, celebrating the saga of the movies using costumes and props of the hero or ‘good guy’ characters. The Rebel Legion’s aims are to support its members by promoting the improvement of the costumes they wear and the props they use to compliment those costumes.

Galactic Academy

For many years, since the release of A New Hope, costumers the world over have embraced the many and varied characters from the Star Wars saga.

For the most part this has been a pastime for the adult generation, a way for them to express their love of the movies and their passion for costuming.

The Galactic Academy changes all that, allowing the next generation of Star Wars fans to show the same passion and enthusiasm. It is the first online costuming club to celebrate young Star Wars fans, run exclusively for them…finally, the Star Wars costumers of tomorrow have their own home!


Special Guests

Warwick Davis

Warwick Davis played Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi. He went on to take the title role in Willow, again with George Lucas.

He has also played Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films and a fictionalized version of himself in the sitcom Life’s Too Short, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.


JAKe is the illustrator behind bestselling “How to Speak Wookie” and “How to Speak Droid” books, as well as a regular guest at official Lucas Celebration events.

He completed the Star Wars holy trinity, by producing all three original movie posters for A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

He 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.

Further Information

Updates & Additions

Please check back for regular guest updates and additions

All guests are subject to change and cancellation due to work commitments.

All autographs are charged at between £10 – £30 per guests.

Premium Event

Return of the Garrison is a Premium Event.

Annual Passes are NOT valid.

Little People UK

This event will raise money for charity.

We are proud to be working with Warwick Davis to support Little People UK (Charity number – 1151829) through this event.

Little People UK was co-founded in January 2012 by actor Warwick Davis, his wife Samantha and a group of individuals with the same goal; to offer friendship and support to people with dwarfism, their families and friends, and help build a positive future for those individuals.

This is NOT an official Disney or Lucasfilm Star Wars event. It is NOT authorised by or connected with Disney or Lucasfilm.

All monies raised are for charity.

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