Lincoln’s iconic steampunk festival moves to Newark over Covid fears

Newark is set to host the world’s biggest steampunk festival this year after it moved out of Lincoln due to fears about Covid.

The annual festival usually draws more than 100,000 people over the August Bank Holiday weekend who parade around the historic city in stunning costumes inspired by Victorian and Edwardian fashion with a nod to the future.

The team organising the festival, the Ministry of Steampunk, said the 2021 festival could not go ahead safely in the city following months of discussions with Lincolnshire County Council, City of Lincoln Council, Lincoln BIG, the safety advisory group and police.

The Ministry of Steampunk. who organise the festival, have now instead secured a number of venues in nearby Newark-On-Trent and will host an alternative festival in the town on August Bank Holiday.

Festival director John Naylor said: “We are delighted to announce that the festival is instead being welcomed by Newark and Sherwood District Council and will now be going to the delightful and historic town of Newark-on-Trent.

“We will be putting features into both the castle and marketplace with other venues to be confirmed.We will also be using the fabulous Kelham Hall as our base with a much expanded version of our Sanctuary event which allows us to have a safe and controlled atmosphere. Kelham is probably the most exquisite steampunk venue in the country and incorporating a street festival in historic Newark makes for some very exciting opportunities.

“We will of course be working very closely with the authorities in Newark and nationally in light of ongoing pandemic situation so we can ensure we have a safe and enjoyable festival.”

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