The “Biggest Steampunk Festival in Europe” Returns to Lincoln

Written by on 25th August 2015

Visitors to the festival have been growing over the past few years. Some 2,000 festival-goers are expected this weekend.

Visitors to the festival have been growing over the past few years. Some 2,000 festival-goers are expected this weekend.

What is billed as the largest Steampunk festival in Europe is set to return to Lincoln this  August bank holiday weekend.

The Asylum VII – a retro-futuristic extravaganza – is to be held from Friday 28th August to Monday 31st and is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the city from all across Europe and beyond. Additional direct trains from London to Lincoln have also been planned.

Featuring a fusion of arts, literature, music, fashion and fun events, the event has been organised through a partnership between the Victorian Steampunk Society and Lincoln BIG.

John Naylor, the Chairman of the Victorian Steampunk Society said “We are expecting at least 2,000 people to attend on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the weekend. Steampunks are coming to Lincoln from most of the European countries, but also from America, Canada and New Zealand.”

“People are intrigued by the Steampunk genre. They want to come and take a look and, before they know it, they find they have got involved” he added.

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Events and Promotions Manager, Michael Armstrong, added: “This year will be centred on a variety of uphill venues, including Lincoln Castle, Castle Hill, The Assembly Rooms, Bailgate MEthodist Church Hall, the Westgate Academy and Bishop Grosseteste University.”

Attendees are likely to be coming along to the festival in a variety of different costumes in the traditional neo-victorian science-fiction steampunk style. Though people who wish to check out the event who might not have a pair of fantastic goggles, bustle skirt or pocket watch to hand can attend in their general clothing.

Below is a full list of events planned for the festival.

Day Events
Friday, 28th August
  • Steampunk Market at Bailgate Methodist Church Hall.
  • Lady Elsie’s Fashion Gala at the Assembly Rooms (sold out) at 7:30pm.
 Saturday, 29th August
  • Steampunk Market at Lincoln Castle opens from 10am.
  • Rayguns in Steampunk Fiction (talk) from 10am at the Westgate Academy.
  • Meet and Merch sessions at The Stage, Lincoln Castle:
  • Meet Steampunk band Metropolis from 12:30pm and,
  • The Dark Design from 1:30pm.
  • Tea Dueling from 1pm at the Assembly Rooms from 1pm.
  • The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Assembly Rooms between 3:30pm and 5pm
 Sunday, 30th August
  • Steampunk Market at Lincoln Castle opens from 10am.
  • Ornithopter Racing (mini flying machines powered by elastic bands) in Lincoln Castle.
  • Battle of the Champions at 3:30pm
  • Tea-Dueling Competition UK National Finals at the Assembly Rooms between 2pm and 3pm.
 Monday, 31st August
  •  Steampunk Market at Lincoln Castle from 10am.
  • Teddy Bear’s Punknic, also at Lincoln Castle, from 2pm until 3pm.
  • Festival Closing Ceremony from 4:15pm

For more information visit the festivals Facebook page. Plus Ryan Jones, Siren FM’s Head of News, will be at the festival on Saturday to bring you the latest pictures and interviews from the event.


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