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Everything you need to know about Felixstowe Steampunk Halloween Festival

PUBLISHED: 20:59 23 October 2018 | UPDATED: 20:59 23 October 2018

Ichabod Steam and his Animatronic Band with the submarine caravan Picture: DAVID SMITH

Ichabod Steam and his Animatronic Band with the submarine caravan Picture: DAVID SMITH

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Dig out your top hats, corsets and flying goggles for a weekend beside the sea like no other.

Bob the steampunk dog will be meeting children at the Felixstowe Steampunk Festival Picture: STEAMPUNK FESTIVALBob the steampunk dog will be meeting children at the Felixstowe Steampunk Festival Picture: STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL

If you’ve never been to a steampunk event before then be ready to expect the unexpected – and you will be in for a treat.

Imagine a world where the Victorians were far more technologically advanced than they were in reality … from steam driven airships to mechanical time machines.

And the family-friendly Felixstowe Steampunk Halloween Festival will be an extravaganza with a seasonal spooky twist – with fun for all ages and some scary after-hours antics at a venue said by some to be Suffolk’s most haunted.

The festival takes place at Landguard Fort on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 from 10.30am to 5pm at Landguard Fort.

The Time Travelling Tea Tent - just the place for some tea duelling Picture: SUPPLIED BY DAVID SMITHThe Time Travelling Tea Tent - just the place for some tea duelling Picture: SUPPLIED BY DAVID SMITH

Stephen Rampley, Landguard Marketing and Events Co-ordinator, said: “We are very excited to bring this big new event to Felixstowe and Landguard. It promises to be a real Steampunk Halloween spectacle with something for all ages.

“Everyone is welcome to come and discover this new special event which is something completely different for both adults and children. It promises to be a real spectacle to remember.”

There will be a host of steampunk activities, curiosities and eccentricities and more than 20 performers and entertainers, including live music from the outrageous Wattingers with their ‘steamgoth’ blues, steampunk pirate Gurdybird, Erywd the juggling Conwy jester and the unique Captain of the Lost Waves, plus Victorian magic shows with Mr Bean, gin, magnificent birds of prey, a huge display of Meccano, tea duelling, hamster racing and Nerf gun shoot-outs ‘Wild West style’.

Street entertainers include Captain Leaky, while the fabulous Burlesque Bombshells will be bringing their unique steampunk moves and stylish costumes, and other attractions include Russell and Foxee and Ichabod Steam and his Animatronic Band with their submarine caravan

Get ready for some spooky fun Picture: STEPHEN RAMPLEYGet ready for some spooky fun Picture: STEPHEN RAMPLEY

There will be a chance to get your dancing shoes on with Slap Ma Girdle Morris (on Saturday) and Hell’s Bells Morris Dancers (on Sunday), or enjoy The Retro Clones and musician Paul Snook accompanied by portraits of himself of himself that ‘come to life’ to play his classic songs.

Children can try their hand at archery, and meet Bob the steampunk dog and solve the Pumpkin quiz trail.

And in the Time Travelling Tea Tent there will be hamster racing and fox tossing (though no real animals will be involved!)

Visitors are encouraged to attend in their Steampunk finery… anything goes as long as it’s a little Steampunked!

There will be lots for all ages to do Picture:  STEAMPUNK FESTIVALThere will be lots for all ages to do Picture: STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL

For braver souls, there is also a special evening event at Landguard Fort on Saturday, October 27 – the ‘Night of the Macabre’ with some Halloween chills and thrills from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

Expect plenty of shocks and surprises at you explore the monument’s dark tunnels and rooms with spooky lighting, smoke machines, strange characters, and special effects and also enjoy a special cabaret show featuring the weird and wacky, séances, illusions and magicians.

Tickets can be purchased online at Discover Landguard.

Birds of prey will be one of the attractions Picture: STEAMPUNK FESTIVALBirds of prey will be one of the attractions Picture: STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL

Night of the Macarbre is the evening highlight of the steampunk festival Picture: STEPHEN RAMPLEYNight of the Macarbre is the evening highlight of the steampunk festival Picture: STEPHEN RAMPLEY

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