From metal clocks, dials, goggles, flying hats, big skirts, stripes and hats - it really is a case of more is more for fans of a genre inspired by Victorian science, creativity and industry.
The festival in Whitby has been running in the town since 2017 and has been influenced by the now world-famous Whitby Goth Weekend that started more than 20 years ago and attracts several thousands of people from all walks of life looking to indulge in fanciful extravagance and decadent dressing up.
Taking place over Saturday and Sunday, Steampunk fans and spectators were treated to a talk by Tim Maltin a British author, historian and TV presenter as well as being one of the world’s leading experts on the Titanic, a ‘pavement perambulation parade’ with about 500 people willing to be photographed along the West Cliff, talks on Whitby Ghosts and Victorian violence, sea shanties, bands and trade stalls selling everything from gin to clothes at a packed out Steampunk Retail Emporium in Whitby Pavilion.
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It is the second Whitby Steampunk Weekend so far this year, with one having taken place in February, and even as the last few events were taking place last night, organiser Andy Dolan was already looking ahead to plans for next year.
“Steampunk is a future that never was and it explodes people’s imaginations and the only limit is your own. It gives people a new lease of life.
“It is a great thing to be involved in, people come for the weekend, forget every day troubles, let their hair down and be who they want to be.
“They embrace this wonderful, strange, eccentric but good thing. It is such a creative environment and I am astonished by the costumes that people produce.”
The Steampunk trend is hugely popular in New Zealand and America but is celebrated in smaller pockets in the UK and in particular, the north of England.
The Whitby event was started by Mr Dolan and his wife Michelle who were regulars at the Whitby Goth Weekend in its early years.
He said: “We attended the first Goth weekends 20 years ago and were on the fringes and enjoyed the vibe, the scene, the music.
“It came about there was nothing for Steampunk and I have organised a few events previously so we put something on that was a few drinks, similar to how The Goth Weekend started in the 90s.
“It was a small thing, I started to get calls, then approached by traders and it developed from that. I love what I do. It is a friendly event and a lot of the Steampunks go to The Goth Weekend and vice-versa then for a lot of people if you see the costumes you will get the shock of your life.”