May the 4th has seen big announcements from the movie producers, as the Star Wars series relaunches with a new generation of films. Expect something similar this year, and for British fans there will be plenty of local and regional events to enjoy.
LEGOLAND Windsor held a Star Wars day over the bank holiday weekend, allowing children to have all kinds of Imperial and Jedi-themed fun. The films were shown in the cinema, characters were on patrol and there was plenty of brick-based entertainment.
The Star Wars series has helped produce a huge library of literature from spin-off novels, expanding the back-stories of many characters. Those and the graphic novels, Death Star and Millennium Falcon guides, Lego Star Wars books and other products will be celebrated at a free event in Birmingham at Foyles book store. From 3 to 6PM at the store's Grand Central Birmingham location, fans can go in fancy dress, play at the LEGO work shop, use a digital Star Wars photo booth and celebrate the day with other fans. Other retailers holding events will be GAME stores, selling the latest Star Wars console and PC titles, while online stores usually offer digital discounts on the day.
Elsewhere, many local libraries will be having reading, arts and crafts days for children. Older fans can go to pubs, clubs and other venues that will be hosting all-day Star Wars marathons or showings of the latest movie, which recently launched on Blu-ray. National cinema chain Cineworld is promising something big for the day via Twitter, but isn't saying what just yet. If you can't get out to an event, then the Star Wars website has plenty of ideas about how to celebrate the day with food and decoration tips, and party themes.