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Steampunks Gather in Whitby
More great costumes at the first of two Whitby Steampunk Weekends in North Yorkshire, UK
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Editor’s note: Steampunk fans clad in splendid, imaginative costumes flocked to the coast of North Yorkshire for Whitby Steampunk Weekend, one of the larger steampunk events in the UK. Held Feb. 8 and 9 at the Whitby Pavilion, it was the first of two Whitby Steampunk Weekends scheduled for 2020.
The event featured two halls of vendors plus entertainment, presentations, and workshops. Admission to daytime activities was free. A free-admission fashion show on Friday night served as a prelude. On Saturday night, Alice’s Night Circus headlined a Steampunk Cabaret Evening that also featured performances by Tenpole Tudor and Biscuithead & The Biscuit Badgers.
It all happened despite bad weather as Storm Ciara hit the UK on Sunday with heavy rain and wind gusts up to 97 mph (156 km/h). However, skies were clear enough on Saturday to allow visitors to pose outside.
The second Whitby Steampunk Weekend will be held July 24-26 in the same location. The organizers are also planning two events in May: Steampunks Beside The Seaside in Scarborough and a Steampunk Weekend in Bridlington. The latter is presented in conjunction with Bridlington Race The Waves, featuring seaside vintage vehicle races.