Steampunk picnic at Park

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A brass band, have a go archery, a facial hair competition and tea duelling will be part of Bestwood Country Park’s first ever Steampunk picnic on Saturday, September 5, from 1pm to 4pm.

Steampunk is a genre where men and women enjoy the formalities and dress of the Victorian Era, as well as the imaginative technology of steam driven gadgets.

The number of followers has grown significantly in recent years and hundreds of people are expected at the Country Park picnic where they will show off their finery and discuss all things Steampunk.

Event organiser and Steampunk devotee Laura Simpson said: “We are extremely excited to host our first ever Steampunk-themed event at Bestwood Winding Engine House and Dynamo House.

“The Bestwood Winding Engine House is an icon of Victorian industrial engineering and is the last remaining part of the vanished Bestwood colliery. The winding engine lowered colliers into the mine shaft, and winched mined coal up to the surface. Originally it was powered by steam and dates back to 1876, so it fits in perfectly with the Steampunk genre.”

Kirkby Colliery Brass Band will be taking part and people will have a chance to make their own fob watch and Steampunk mask.