September Preview: Another Big Month for Steampunk Gatherings in the UK
Steampunks at Crich Tramway Village. Photo: Trevor Hayes
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
September will be another busy month on the UK steampunk calendar with at least five major events scheduled over the next few weeks: Crich Steampunk Weekend and Steampunk Essextraordinaire VI this Saturday and Sunday followed the next weekend by events in Saltburn, Basingstoke, and Lancashire.
Here’s a rundown.
Crich Steampunk Weekend
Steampunk festivities at Crich Tramway Village, an open-air museum south of Sheffield. The museum re-creates a period village with trams built between 1873 and 1982. Activities include tea dueling and live entertainment with Lonely Mister Punch, a Ceilidh barn dance ensemble, and Steve Bliss One Man Band. The event is presented in conjunction with Steampunks Always Welcome, a steampunk group in Lincoln.
When: Sept. 11-12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Crich Tramway Village, Plaistow Green Rd, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP
More info: See the National Tramway Museum website.
Steampunk Essextraordinaire VI
A steampunk festival at the Museum of Power, an industrial history museum that occupies the former Essex & Suffolk Water Pumping Station near Maldon, Essex. Activities include live music, burlesque, tea dueling, teapot racing, umbrella fencing, a steampunk magic show, a steampunk market, and miniature steam train rides. Victor and the Bully will perform on Saturday.
When: Sept. 11-12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA
Fantabulous Steampunk Weekend
A steampunk festival with a Wild West theme, presented by the Cleveland Steampunk Society. Activities include live music, tea dueling, teapot races, parasol dueling, lawn games, a “Cabinet of Curiosity,” a nerf shootout gallery, martial arts demonstrations, workshops, presentations, a “best dressed” competition, a fashion show, and a steampunk market. The setting is a historic seaside village in North Yorkshire.
Daytime performers include Lady Violet Hugh, Adam D’Arcy, Sheriff Ants Trepreneur, Kitten Von Mew, and the Saltburn Cutty Crew. The weekend will conclude with the Grand Finale Parade to the Clifftop Tramway.
Admission to daytime activities costs £15 for the weekend. These will take place largely around Saltburn House. The ticketing page originally listed a different venue, the Saltburn Learning Campus.
The society will also present separately ticketed evening events: The Hillbilly Barn Dance on Friday with The Lonely Mister Punch, and the Fantabulous Cabaret on Saturday evening with Lady Violet Hugh, Steamtown, Kitten Von Mew, Adam D’Arcy, and Sheriff Ants Trepreneur.
When: Sept. 17-19
Where: Saltburn House, Marine Parade, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS12 1BX
Cobbles and Cogs
Steampunk festivities at the Milestones Museum of Living History in Basingstoke. Activities include live entertainment, a steampunk market, nerf gun shootout, tankard design competition, and make-and-take workshops.
Musical guests include The Filthy Spectacula, Victor and the Bully, Rapscallion, Madam Misfit, and Buskers Bandstand.
Steampunk publisher and podcaster Atticus Oldman will host the indoor stage show and broadcast from the event.
When: Sept. 18
Where: Milestones Museum, Basingstoke Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke, RG22 6PG
More info: See the Cobbles and Cogs website.
Heskin Hall Steampunk
Steampunk festivities at Heskin Hall, a rural Tudor Manor House that now serves as an event venue and antiques centre. Daytime activities are free and include a Sunday performance by The Cogkneys. Heskin Hall will also present a ticketed “Victualled Evening” on Saturday with Madam Zuri Arrosa and MagicALEXEXcellence. Tickets to the latter include supper.
When: Sept. 18-19
Where: Heskin Hall, Wood Lane, Heskin, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 5PA
More info: See the Heskin Hall website.
For more upcoming steampunk events in the UK, see our calendar.