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We offer complimentary Essential Companion tickets to those attendees who require additional support in the form of a carer in order to enjoy our events.

In order to offer this we need to first verify attendees suitability by asking that they provide some evidence of their need for substantial, significant or frequent support.

Q1. How do I apply for an Essential Companion Pass?

To apply for an essential companion pass you must contact us at with details of why the additional support is required, and evidence to support your application, for us to verify.

Once we receive the evidence the team can make a decision regarding your application. If approved, the attendee will need to purchase their ticket(s) for the event and then email us with their booking reference and the full name and date of birth of the essential companion they wish for us to add to the booking. We will then update the booking with the additional ticket and send you an email confirming this has been done. The extra ticket will appear under your order history, where it can also be downloaded at any time.

Q2. What forms of evidence do you accept?

The evidence we accept includes:

  1. A copy of any Nimbus / Access Card for us to verify.
  2. A copy of the PIP decision letter showing the first page with the full name/address and headed paper clearly visible; the assessment page which is usually the second to last page; and the mobility scores which are normally on the last page. If you are not within the UK, then we ask for a copy of the equivalent documentation from your country of residence.
  3. A copy of any benefit entitlement (optional).

Q1. What is a Mini-Con?

TFN:Mini-Con® is the name of our single-day conventions. As the name suggests, TFN:Mini-Con®s are a smaller version of our 3-day summer convention.

These events typically include guests, traders, forge artists, panels and the chance to socialise with friends, all within a central location which is convenient for rail and road transport links.

TFN:Mini-Con®s are based at intimate, regional venues. They are limited-capacity events which means there is a good chance tickets may sell out at the pre-order stage. This means we cannot guarantee the availability of on-the-door tickets.

Q2. Will there be traders?

Yes! TFN:Mini-Con®s feature a trading area filled with Transformers goodness and a Forge area showing off fan arts and crafts!

Q3. How do you choose the locations?

We hope to hold TFN:Mini-Con®s in varying locations to give as many fans as possible the chance to experience TFNation.

We decided to start with Manchester following the strong attendance at our Manchester TFN:The Gathering® event. Manchester has a vibrant fanbase, excellent transportation links and great venues, which make it ideal for the convention.

Q4. Will there be a Friday or Sunday programme?

TFN:Mini-Con® has been specifically planned as a single-day event, so right now there are no plans to add additional days, but we'll always listen to feedback from our attendees.

Q5. Is there a hotel discount rate?

As TFN:Mini-Con® has been planned as a single-day event, there is no specific overnight attendee rate.

However, for our March 2024 event, the Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel is kindly providing discount links which will allow attendees to receive a discount on public bedroom and parking prices. 

We will email the discount link after you've purchased your TFN:Mini-Con® ticket. (Please note - it will not be provided immediately, as this venue uses a different system to our August venue).

Manchester is a hotel-rich area, so attendees will have lots of choices available to them.

Q6. Will there be any exclusive merchandise?

Yes! When purchasing your ticket, you will be given the option to buy exclusive TFN:Mini-con® merchandise including our Tour Shirts (in feminine and unisex cuts) and our Teddy Bear companion.

We don't anticipate having merchandise to sell at the event, so be sure to get your pre-orders in to avoid missing out!

Q7. Why the Marriott Manchester Victoria & Albert Hotel?

The Marriott Manchester Victoria & Albert Hotel is a great venue with a friendly events team.

The hotel is situated very close to Manchester Deansage railway station, making it easily accessible to attendees from both the north and south of the UK. There are several NCP carparks nearby.

The rail links also mean the hotel is easy to reach from Manchester Airport, which is great for attendees looking to fly in from Ireland, or even further afield as part of a longer holiday!

The hotel features a bar and restaurant, and a spa for when you may desire a little time away from big fighting robots!

Q8. Is the venue accessible?

Yes! Convention event space, the bar and restaurant, and public toilets can all be found on the ground floor, just off reception. Bedrooms can be reached easily by lifts. 

For attendees staying overnight, please visit the hotel's website to see the accessible bedroom options available to you.

Q9. Is there parking nearby?

The hotel has limited parking spaces on site, which are available on a first-come first-served basis.

There are also numerous public carparks nearby, with the closest being NCP Spinningfields, just around the corner from the venue.

The hotel is kindly providing TFN:Mini-Con® attendees with an NCP code which can be used before you travel to receive a discount on your parking. Further details will be provided once you have purchased your convention ticket.

Q10. What are the food and beverage options?

On the ground floor of the venue, you will find the hotel's fully-stocked bar and restaurant, which serves a variety of dishes including vegetarian and vegan options.

The bar and restaurant also doubles as the breakfast area for overnight residents.

Q11. What's nearby?

Within a short stroll of the hotel you will find "Manchester's Great Northern" which contains several restaurants, bars, a cinema, a bowling alley and more!

Within a 15-20 minute walk you will find yourself in Manchester City Centre where you can visit geeky delights such as Travelling Man Comics, Forbidden Planet and the stores found within Manchester's Arndale Shopping Centre.