The historic city of Lincoln will be transformed on August Bank Holiday weekend as the biggest and longest running Steampunk festival on Earth returns for the 11th year.

The annual event which takes place between August 23-26, celebrates a steam powered world in the late 19th century and attracts visitors from all over the world.  So expect to see a swarm of people taking to the famous cobbled streets in top hats, flying goggles, corsets and flamboyant feathers.

Over the holiday weekend, the city will play host to a full convention-style day programme with a fringe style programme of art, literature, music, fashion and comedy.

Here’s some of the highlights of this year’s festival:

  • A Bazaar Eclectica, which will bring a Steampunk market of weird and wonderful items to the historic Castle Hill.
  • The Costume Parade and Promenade at Lincoln Castle/Bailgate, which is a Steampunk military parade, with performance from the Lincolnshire Fire Service band. It will take place in Lincoln Castle on Sunday (25) at 10am. A full Steampunk promenade will take place south along Bailgate on Monday at 10am – wristbands are required to take part but spectators are welcome.
  • The Wacky Racers, at Lincoln Castle. The wacky racers must drive their home-made, (wo)man powered vehicle, wearing helmets and goggles in a 120m race to the finish. Expect crazy fun and creativity!

If you are planning on travelling by train, please be aware Network Rail are carrying out major improvement work on the East Coast Mainline over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August. 

The route operates from London King’s Cross towards Grantham, Peterborough, Lincoln, Newcastle, York and the east coast of Scotland.

The works mean that there are limited or no trains on the LNER East Coast Line or East Midlands train routes from Friday 23rd – Monday 26th August. Please visit the East Midlands Trains website or the LNER website for more details.

More details about the event can be found at the festival’s official site:


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