Steampunks in Space

25 - 26 November 2017

One of the largest Steampunk events in the UK returns for a fifth dip into steam powered science fiction.

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One of the largest Steampunk events in the UK returns for a fifth dip into steam powered science fiction.

Described by the Huffington Post as ‘the most famous new trend that you’ve never heard of’, Steampunk is a creative and inventive movement that mixes fantasy and fiction. If you love vintage and retro you might already know about its rise in popularity. Indeed, the word ‘steampunk’ was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2010.

Buy a standard day pass to the National Space Centre to gain entry to event and the Centre.  Don’t forget, all tickets purchased in advance, can be upgraded to a FREE ANNUAL PASS, so you can buy for Saturday and get Sunday FREE!

Just some of the highlights

Exhibition of newly commissioned pieces from Steampunk artists – International Championship Tea Duelling – The Vintage Mobile Cinema – The Victorian Institute for Parapsychological and Extranormal Research – Dr Geof and the Tea Museum – Coglings Crafts – Dinosaur Gliding Championships – The Official Steam Wizard Tournament – Afternoon Tea with Victor and the Bully/Alice’s Night Circus – Steampunk Authors – Table Top Gaming Zone – Huge Steampunk Market – Craft Workshops (free to ticket holders) – The Imaginarium with Gary Nicholls

Fashion Show

When you buy your ticket, you will be given a golden coin.  Please give this coin to the person you feel has the most splendid outfit on the day.  If you collect 30 tokens (please do not collect any more) head to the Live Space in the galleries at 16:00 to take part in our Fashion Show.  You the visitors will decide the most splendid outfit and prizes will be given.

Tea Duelling

Join the Tiffin Mistress for UK Championship Tea Duelling.  Participate or watch, this cutting edge Steampunk sport has been tipped for the latest Olympic submission (by the Tea and Biscuit Marketing Association!)

The Victorian Institute for Parapsychological and Extranormal Research (V.I.P.E.R)

You are invited to take a tour of the facilities, no not “those” ones, we would like you to head to mission control where things have been going bump in the night. Join the Spectral Anomaly Busters and the Major, as he takes on the apparitions, phantoms, spectres, demons and revenants.  Travel back in time and save the day… and be back in time for tea and biscuits!

The Official Steam Wizard Tournament

Created at the Asylum Steampunk Festival in 2017, here is your opportunity to take to the skies and test your ability to cast a Patronus. Full training will be given and no broomsticks required (owls optional).

Makers

Herr Döktor

Herr Döktor is one of the community’s leading personalities and artists. His sculptures and models have earned praise from around the world and he is respected by Steampunks for his skills and artistic ability across the globe.

Joe Slatter

Steampunk has become something of a major obsession for The Dark Power’s Joe Slatter over the last few years. He’s created a variety of sculptures, props, costumes and videos in the genre.

Mark Goodman

Mark Goodman runs “Mostly Curious Games”, an art laboratory that makes a lot of steampunk pieces. Mark regularly exhibits at the MCM expos with the Steampunk emporium. He like to use film, TV programs and video games as inspiration for his art work. He has also exhibited at the Bradford Industrial museum and Greenwich Observatory.

Vintage Mobile Cinema

Sit back in the latest time travel vehicle, as the Vintage Mobile Cinema transports you back in time to discover Steampunks in history.

Audrey, as the cinema is named, will be dipping into the Pathè archives for some classic, yet futuristic, highlights for you to enjoy.

Space Race Exhibition

In 2016, six Steampunk artists and active members of the community, were commissioned to create new and never before seen pieces of art to be displayed at Steampunks in Space.

Using the theme of Space Race, a time in history that saw the US and USSR battle for supremacy in space exploration, this exhibition is the culmination of a year’s work, put on display for the first time.

Authors and Artists

Kit Cox

Kit Cox is the youngest son of an English Dockyard Draughtsman and an Irish Seamstress. Named after the wild west scout Kit Carson by a father who hoped he was creating a son who would explore and wrestle bears. Kit is responsible for Jack Union, Doctor Tripps, The Monster Hunter and most recently Morningwood.

George Mann

George Mann is the author of The Affinity Bridge, The Osiris Ritual and Ghosts of Manhattan, as well as numerous short stories, novellas and an original Doctor Who audiobook. He has edited a number of anthologies including The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, The Solaris Book of New Fantasy and a retrospective collection of Sexton Blake stores, Sexton Blake, Detective.

Toby Frost

Author of Space Captain Smith and other steampunk, science fiction and fantasy. Part lawyer, part journalist, pure space cadet.

George Shorttail

From the pen of C. Harper-Leigh comes the small, fluffy tale of George Shorttail as he travels with his pals on great adventures.

Dr Geof

Drink tea? Love tea? Have a slightly unnatural obsession with the sepia coloured brew of the gods? Then come along to sample Doctor Geof’s Fantastical Steampunk Tea Museum.

The Imaginarium by Gary Nicholls

Come along to see this stunning exhibition, meet the artist himself and purchase THE book. The first book in the Trilogy, is called The Imaginarium – Eva’s Story. 150 fine art images printed in a super high resolution limited edition book.

Gaming Room

Cog 'o' Two

Cog ‘o’ Two are a family run business and active members of the Steampunk community, in fact you might know them from their alternative Steampunk Superhero personas! Joining us in the games room this year, they will bringing an array of delights for makers, crafters and, of course, gamers.

Cogs, Cakes and Swordsticks

Cogs, Cakes and Swordsticks is Lynne Hardy’s game of steampunk pulp adventure, designed to be played in the comfort of your favourite tea shop with your friends, and requiring nothing more than your imagination, a pen, napkins and a sugar cube (should a six-sided die not be readily forthcoming).

Mike Mason

Mike Mason is the Line Editor and co-writer of the latest edition of the Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game – a game of mystery and horror, published by Chaosium Inc. Mike is an award wining games designer, who will be running 1-hour demonstration games of Call of Cthulhu set in Victorian London. Anyone can join in the free games, which are suitable for adults and younger (13+) participants, and no experience is necessary.

Workshops

Saturday

11:15 – 12:00 Chain Mail Jewellery Making
Clare, from The Eccentric Victorian Emporium, will take you through a basic introduction to making chain mail jewellery. This is a hands on session and you will learn techniques and take something home with you at the end of the session.

12:00 – 14:00     Steampunk Felting
Thanks to the fabulous Luna Lockheart, we have some FREE felting taster sessions for you to try. There will also be larger kits available to buy, so you can get really creative and go home with a new Steampunk friend.

14:00 – 14:45     Tussie Mussies and Corsages
“Tussie-mussie” is a quaint, endearing term from the early 1400s for small, round bouquets of herbs and flowers with symbolic meanings.  Join the lovely Phillipa from Kind Hearts and Coronets, as you make your very own to take away.

14:45 – 15:30      Make Steampunk Jewellery with Fell From Grace
This session will allow you to make a pair of Steampunk earrings from a selection of findings provided, including charms, earwires, wire, pliers (shared), mini bottles, jump rings, beads, etc.

15:30 – 16:15     How to make a Steampunk Leather Pouch
Broadarrow Jack Leather is offering a workshop on how to make a Steampunk Leather Pouch. Learn techniques that you can use in all manner of projects (this is not a hands on workshop).

Sunday

11:15 – 12:00     Make a Steampunk 3d Card with Fell From Grace
Thanks to Fell From Grace, you can make a 3-d decoupage vintage/Steampunk A5 sized Christmas card.  Scissors, tape, card base, glue, glitter etc will all be supplied to make one of the most popular design cards.

12:00 – 14:00     Steampunk Felting
Thanks to the fabulous Luna Lockheart, we have some FREE felting taster sessions for you to try. There will also be larger kits available to buy, so you can get really creative and go home with a new Steampunk friend.

14:00 – 15:00     Steampunk Weapon Painting
The Cog Detective will introduce you to the basic techniques required to steampunk a plastic toy pistol, to become the ultimate Steampunk sidearm.

15:00 – 15:45     Holster Making Workshop.
Broadarrow Jack Leather is offering a workshop on how to make a Steampunk Leather Holster. Learn techniques that you can use in all manner of projects (this is not a hands-on workshop).

Please note that all workshops are 30-60 minutes in duration, they are free to ticket holders and provided on a first come first served basis. Each session will have a finite capacity, set by the workshop facilitator.

Cogling Crafts

An area dedicated to our youngest Steampunks, where they can create something special to take home:

  • Paint and Take Porcelain Money Boxes
  • Memory or Trinket Boxes
  • Shrinking Steampunk Keyrings
  • Cosmic Bead Brooches and Cravat Pins

Steampunk'd

Teams of up to five people come along and take our 45 minute challenge to create a Steampunk gadget, gizmo or thingamabob from our secret bag of “stuff”.

Gliding Dinosaur Championships

Design and build your very own Dinosaur Glider, before taking to the skies. Can you stay on target to win gold?

The Lounge

Join your hosts for a full weekend of entertainment in our Steampunk Lounge, including, but not restricted to:

  • Afternoon tea with special guests
  • Rayguns in Aspic Radio Play
  • Gin Tasting

Market

Filling our galleries over the weekend will be the very best Steampunk traders you will find. Join the hustle and bustle, where you really can buy a bustle and we promise no hustling will be allowed.

Buy a standard day pass to the National Space Centre to gain entry to event and the Centre.  Don’t forget, all tickets purchased in advance, can be upgraded to a FREE ANNUAL PASS, so you can buy for Saturday and get Sunday FREE!

Steampunks in Space Launch Night

Join us as we launch our Steampunk weekend with a not one, but three Splendid chaps!

Take your seats in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium for an evening of Chap Hop from the ever-splendid Mr. B and the raucous revelry that is Victor and the Bully.

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Friday 24th November

Steampunks in Space Saturday Night

Join The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing and Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers for an evening of steam-inspired music and mayhem.

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Saturday 25th November