A neo-Victorian scientific fantasy, steampunk is all about mixing the old and new. It re-imagines today’s technology powered by 19th century steam, combined with lots of good humour, fun, games and elaborate fashions inspired by Victorian and Edwardian costumes, reinvented for the 21st century and beyond.
If you’re new to steampunk you can gain lots of inspiration online, just Google ‘steampunk’ for ideas, or visit Vintage Corner in Ironbridge, where there’s a range of perfect outfits. Steampunk fashions, jewellery, comics, art, gadgets, goggles and accessories can be purchased from the pop-up market at Blists Hill featuring specially selected artisan traders during the weekend.
A highlight will be the fabulous exhibition of steampunk art, costumes and sculptures with some of the artists present to explain their work and give tips on creating your own. Artists being featured include Karen Grover, TV costume designer and award winning steampunk creator, Peter Harrow winner of four steampunk art medals and local steampunk artist Mark Goodman.
Throughout the day you can also discover more about the origins of steampunk from fashion designers, authors and artists who will be giving fascinating talks around the recreated Victorian Town.
On the Green there will be a living history encampment of Her Majesty's 3rd Foot and Mouth Regiment; join them on parade and try your hand at drill as you discover more about soldiering in the late 19th century. Elsewhere you can visit the recruiting office of the ‘Martian Expeditionary Force’, whose rallying cry is ‘Remember Woking’.
Inspired by the Pamplona Bull Run, brave competitors can run through the streets of Blists Hill and try to avoid the inflatable dinosaurs who will be charging through the Town. Join in if you dare! Younger visitors can create their own steampunk items in a craft area, or follow a hunter’s activity sheet to track down and identify fairies hidden in a garden and earn a Fairy Hunters badge, if they find them all.
The daytime event runs from 10am to 4.30pm.
Evening Event - Saturday
On Saturday evening from 6pm until 9pm, inspired by ‘Westworld’ and ‘Wild Wild West’, Blists Hill will be transformed into to a fantastical science fiction Western World. Dress up for the night, put on your stetsons and holster your nerf guns as you stride into town.
Watch out for zombie outbreaks, shootouts and saloon girls in a fully immersive evening of fantasy and fun. Nerf-type toy guns are welcome but please no electric motorised versions or authentic looking replica weapons and wield them only in clearly designated areas.
The evening event is priced at £9 for adults and £6 for children - evening tickets must be bought in advance. Click here to buy your tickets now.
Daytime event tickets start from £10.75 - tickets are available on the door or can be purchased in advance.
The evening event is priced at £9 for adults and £6 for children - evening tickets must be bought in advance.
The daytime event runs from 10am to 4.30pm
Saturday evening event runs from 6pm until 9pm