Asylum Steampunk Lincoln

So, it turns out that once a year one of the biggest Steampunk festivals in the world rolls up on my doorstep….and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.




For three days of the year, through the cobbled streets of old Lincoln–beneath the gothic spires of the cathedral and within the ancient castle walls–all sense of time and place is  skewed into a temporary living, breathing milieu of wackiness.

It’s like stepping back in time…and then being thrown a huge curveball, one which sends you teetering into a  a post-apocalptic world built on steam-based technology, a world that kind of looks and feels like Victorian Britain, or the American Frontier…but only kind of!


For those unfamiliar with Steampunk, think Jules Verne’s 20, ooo Leagues Beneath the Sea, or HG Wells Time Machine, to get an idea for the literary inspirations behind this breathtaking spectacular, though of course the genre is much more diverse than that. (Above, somebody went to the effort to kit out their camper van Steampunk style.)


Even if you haven’t read steampunk, or seen any of the cinematic treatments, you can’t help but be drawn into the peculiar but completely engaging feel of the festival. The cafés, restaurants and pubs become a mix of civvies and steampunks, and even beyond the city’s ancient streets, in the modern shopping malls and High Street, steampunks are seen like apparitions from another world.


The festival comes to an end today but it’ll be back next year. And so will I. And I can’t wait to see the new costumes, trinkets, curios and characters that will be invented as people take the opportunity to live out their own private fictions just for those short few days.



29 thoughts on “Asylum Steampunk Lincoln

  1. It was great wasn’t it. Love it when good things happen in Lincoln! I didn’t manage to get many good pics but have a few. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • It really was! I can’t think of a better setting for the Festival than uphill Lincoln. I love that I can visit the Old Quarter and feel like a tourist! Thanks for dropping by 😀

  2. I haven’t heard of Steampunk and when I started reading this it was like entering the twilight zone. Anyway I googled it and I’m impressed. This is one cool festival!

    • I certainly recommend it, should you get the chance. I think there are other Steampunk festivals around, and another commenter mentioned renaissance festivals as being quite similar.

    • I actually haven’t read a lot of steampunk before now, except for the old classics I mentioned. Having seen the inventiveness of this genre I’ve got a few ideas that I might write one day!

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  3. I’ve never been to a convention like this before! It’s really quite exciting and what a feast on the eyes too. I am amazed at the amount of effort these people put into making their costumes. Everything’s just awesome!

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