Published: 10:46, 29 March 2019
| Updated: 10:50, 29 March 2019
Have you ever heard of Steampunks?
Think fictional machinery of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne mixed with Victorians and steam.
A group or society with this interest call themselves Steampunks – who enjoy science-fiction, based on an alternative history of the Victorian era, in a post-apocalyptic future, where steam power still rules.
Steampunks incorporate technology into their designs of fashion, inventions and so much more - all inspired by a 19th Century era powered by industrial steam.
You can find out all about Steampunks and so much more at The Festival of Steam & Transport 2019 which will be taking place The Historic Dockyard Chatham on the Easter Weekend between Sunday, April 21 and Monday, April 22.
These groups are becoming more and more popular, with many festivals and events held throughout the year.
Take a look at some fun facts on the Steampunk world:
Goggles. They are essential for ‘time travel’ and can be found in many different styles to suit your fashion needs.
Give it a go at the Steampunk Village which is part of the Festival of Steam and Transport at The Historic Dockyard Chatham this Easter. For younger visitors, why not have a go at ‘Familiar Flinging’ where you can launch a soft cuddly toy from an elastic powered canon.
You can find out more at The Steampunk Village at the festival at Chatham’s famous dockyard which is run in association with Great Kentspectations – a Victoriana Science Fiction society based in Kent who take part in big events throughout the year happening all over the UK such as The Lincoln Asylum, The Surrey Convivial and Whitby Steampunk Weekend.
So how do I get involved?
The Steampunk Village will be based in the No.3 Slip and will be an immersive experience with lots of Steampunks, stalls where you can find the perfect outfit, accessories and more, as well as music, authors and activities.
That’s not all you can do at the Festival of Steam and Transport.
Included in your ticket is a FREE funfair! Visitors can ride on family favourites such as Chair O Planes, Dodgems, Ferris Wheel, Carousel and more.
There will also be live music from artists featured on BBC Radio Kent’s “The Kent Sessions”, classic cars lining the streets and The Dockyard’s trains steaming through the site.
Not forgetting it also includes all The Dockyard’s usual attractions and galleries such as the three historic warships and Victorian Ropery.