A look back at the year’s major steampunk gatherings as the world slowly returned to normal
After a year or so of pandemic-induced restrictions, steampunk gatherings in 2021 slowly returned to the real world, and it was clear from the enthusiasm surrounding the events that folks were eager to meet again in person. See the highlights in our gallery.
The National Space Centre once again provided a great backdrop for steampunk cosplay
Steampunks swapped their airships for more futuristic transportation as the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK once again hosted Steampunks in Space. We have the cosplay highlights thanks to guest photographer Craig Jenkins.
After a pandemic-induced hiatus, two events on the UK steampunk calendar will return as Whitby Goth Weekend takes place in North Yorkshire while folks farther south gather for the Surrey Steampunk Convivial.
Steampunk fans returned to the village known for its association with the Brontë sisters
After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, steampunk fans in the UK once again gathered for Haworth Steampunk Weekend, the annual event hosted by White Rose Yorkshire Steampunks as a fundraiser for the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.
The village in West Yorkshire is known for its association with the Brontë sisters. But soon it will look more like a setting for a Jules Verne or H.G. Wells novel as Haworth Steampunk Weekend takes place Oct. 8-10.
Lots of costumed spectacle at the Newark Free Steampunk Festival in the UK
Hundreds of steampunks gathered in costumed splendor at the Newark Free Steampunk Festival, held Aug. 28 and 29 in Newark-on-Trent. The event was presented by the Ministry of Steampunk after the Asylum Steampunk Festival was cancelled.
September will be another busy month on the UK steampunk calendar with at least five major events scheduled over the next few weeks, beginning with Crich Steampunk Weekend and Steampunk Essextraordinaire VI this Saturday and Sunday.
Whitby Pavilion once again hosted a large gathering of steampunks in costumed splendor
After a long pandemic-induced hiatus, steampunk fans returned July 23-25 to Whitby Pavilion in North Yorkshire for Whitby Steampunk Weekend X. It featured a steampunk market plus workshops, presentations, and live entertainment.
The Professor will headline a show at the Stroud Steampunk Picnic Party, which will also feature art workshops by Tom and Nimue Brown. The Captain will perform at Amberley Steampunk Weekend, which takes place at an open-air history museum.
In recent months, steampunk drama in Lincoln, UK has been more about government councils and COVID concerns than airships or sea monsters. But that appears to be over as the Ministry of Steampunk inked a deal with local authorities.