Sign up for email inspiration, tips and news for your next visit to Lincoln

Cathedral Quarter
Asylum Steampunk Festival

  • August 23; 2019 to August 26; 2019
  • All Day

Add to Planner

See Lincoln transformed as the biggest and longest running Steampunk festival on Earth returns to the city for the 11th year.

Watch the cobbled streets of historic Lincoln taken over by the Victorian Steampunk Society's annual festival - from top hats and flying goggles, to corset and flamboyant feathers.

The annual event celebrates a steam powered world in the late 19th century and attracts visitors from all over the world.  Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the biggest Steampunk festival in the world will arrive in Lincoln, hosting a full convention-style day programme with a fringe style programme of art, literature, music, fashion, comedy and simple good fun.


  • Bazaar Eclectica, Castle Hill, free
    The Bazaar Eclectica will bring a Steampunk market of weird and wonderful items to the historic Castle Hill.
  • The Costume Parade and Promenade, Lincoln Castle/Bailgate, wristband/free to spectate
    A Steampunk military parade, with performance from the Lincolnshire Fire Service band, will take place in Lincoln Castle on Sunday at 10am. A full Steampunk promenade will take place south along Bailgate on Monday at 10am - wristbands are required to take part but spectators are welcome.
  • Food Court, Westgate Academy, wristband
    Open for breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper.
  • The Great Exhibition, Bishop Grosseteste University, wristband
    Steampunks will exhibit their own artwork, including 3D objects, 2D pictures, and steambears. Awards will be given to the work on display.
  • The Illicit Market, wristband + entry/exit fees
    A secret market and role-playing game - all items of Steampunk wares must be hidden until the market opens and hidden again if "the authorities" arrive.
  • Jet Pack Race, Lincoln Castle, wristband
    Steampunk jet packs do not help pilots fly, so the race is a 60m one, on foot. Any pieces of jetpack that fall off must be collected to finish the course.
  • Steampunk Embassy, Cathedral Centre, free
    Exhibitions, talks, authors, artists and members of the community are all on hand to answer questions and help with the eternal debate of; “What is Steampunk?”
  • Tea Duelling, wristband
    The Asylum Championship will run on Saturday, and the World Championship on Sunday at the festival. With a biscuit as a weapon, contestants must dunk into hot tea and perform a 'clean Nom' to be the victor.
  • The Wacky Racers, Lincoln Castle, wristband
    A perennial favourite at The Asylum, the wacky racers must drive their home-made, (wo)man powered vehicle, wearing helmets and goggles in a 120m race to the finish. Expect crazy fun and creativity!

Bank Holiday Train Travel

Network Rail are carrying out major improvement work on the East Coast Mainline over the August Bank Holiday Weekend; Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August. The route operates from London King's Cross towards Grantham, Peterborough, Lincoln, Newcastle,
York and the east coast of Scotland.

The works mean that there are limited or no trains on the LNER East Coast Line or East Midlands Train Routes from Friday 23rd - Monday 26th August. Please visit the East Midlands Trains website or the LNER website for more details.

Full details are available on the Asylum Steampunk website. If you would like to trade at this event, please visit the website for details and application.

Logo for Discover Lincoln in 2019

Discover Lincoln in 2019

Events, festivals, and exhibitions in a year of Victoriana

Logo for Antiques and Vintage Shopping

Antiques and Vintage Shopping

Markets, fairs, shows, vintage shops, and antiques centres

Logo for Family Friendly Events & Things to Do

Family Friendly Events & Things to Do

Your guide to events, festivals, and things to do with the kids.

Logo for Summer Holidays in Lincoln

Summer Holidays in Lincoln

Family activities, events, and festivals over the summer break

Logo for Lincoln Cathedral Quarter

Lincoln Cathedral Quarter

Unique history, shopping, food and drink, places to stay & more


Latest From Our Blog

What is Steampunk?

What is Steampunk?

Lincoln's annual Steampunk festival has been hailed as the 'most splendid festival in the world' and is Europe's largest gathering. However, the term 'Steampunk' is somewhat of a mystery so Major Thadeus Tinker (aka John Naylor), Chair of the Victorian Steampunk Society, has shed some light on the phenomenon for us.

Find out more

4 Ways to Raise Your Steampunk Fashion in Lincoln

4 Ways to Raise Your Steampunk Fashion in Lincoln

If you are a devoted Steampunk, or it's your first time at the festival, here are four ways to raise your Steampunk fashion game and four Lincoln retailers who are a good bet for some Victorian Steampunk fashion.

Find out more

Lincoln is Officially the World’s Most Steampunk Location

Lincoln is Officially the World’s Most Steampunk Location

Readers of the international Steampunk Chronicle have officially recognised Lincoln as the best place to experience the phenomenon that is Steampunk.

Find out more

Times & Prices

The festival takes place from Friday 23rd August to Monday 26th August.

See the Asylum Steampunk website for full details.

The Bazaar Eclectica and Steampunk Embassy (Cathedral Centre) are free and open to the public.

Wristbands give access to daily activities at Assembly Rooms, Lincoln Castle (grounds only), Westgate Academy, and Bailgate Methodist Church Hall.

Wristbands can be booked on the Asylum Steampunk website. Also visit the website for evening event times and prices.

Location for this EVENT.

Google Map

Find Events

Don’t want to miss a thing?

Subscribe for tips and advice on our newsletter

Sign Up