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Steamers and Scallywags
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June 2022

Join us in NESM’s bonkers building and be transported into a magical world of imagination, invention and adventure. This Victorian Police, Fire and Ambulance station, packed with wonders and curiosities, acts as the perfect backdrop for a brand new Steampunk wonderland!

From steam engine to Victorian-inspired entertainment this event will be perfect for those new and old to the wonderful world of Steampunk. Over the two days, NESM will have everything from goggles and gadgets to music and machines! Take part in best-dressed competitions, try your hand at tea-duelling, ride a fire engine, marvel at our bubble magician, make something marvellous in our Inventors Imaginarium and even meet some steampunk parrots! Visitors can also expect to see our magic machines in a whole new light, as well as steam engine demonstrations, crazy entertainment, steampunk displays, stalls and much more.

This event is perfect for anyone who loves imagination, invention and adventure! Family fun event for all ages.

  • Fire engine ride experience

  • Inventors Imaginarium: a crafting station with a difference!

  • Steampunk displays

  • Whacky vehicles

  • Wonderful Inventions

  • Gin bar

  • Steampunk entertainment

  • Stalls

  • Tea-duelling

  • Best dressed competition

  • Inside our machines: a look into the things that make our vehicles whir and ring!

  • Steam engine display

  • Bubble Magician

  • Parrots & Pirates-meet Inca, Zeus and Aurora the parrots

  • & MUCH MORE!

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What is Steampunk?

Steampunk is a genre that takes its inspiration from Victorian science fiction with its bonkers inventions and stories. Steampunks take the tales of authors like H. G. Wells, Jules Verne and Philip Pullman and bring them to life in the form of creative costumes & wacky gadgets. Taking on the form of their own characters, from airship pilot to explorer, Steampunks create an exciting world using ordinary objects. With a mixture of high-paced adventure and Victorian etiquette this world is all about imagination, invention and fun!

Examples of Steampunk influence in popular film & TV are Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Hugo. Even popular series Dr Who has strong Steampunk themes!