Whitby Steampunk Weekend; Everything You Need To Know Before You Go

Welcome to the weirdly wonderful whimsical world of Whitby Steampunk Weekend, and it is a rather splendid affair indeed!

Whitby Steampunk Weekend; an introduction

Held twice a year in February and July, it offers a cornucopia of delightful indulgences and fanciful extravagances for all your sumptuous decadent desires, dreams and pleasures, and all held indoors within the beautiful Whitby Pavilion.

Steampunks at Whitby Steampunk Weekend

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Considered by many to be the second largest Steampunk event in the U.K., with thousands attending this free to enter event, and it is certainly one of the friendliest!

Another exciting weekend is in store at each event with a number of activities, presentations and demonstrations lined up as well as the most fabulous Steampunk Retail Emporium.

Family friendly, and free entry too, where grace, style and elegance is the order of the day at the wonderful whimsical world of Whitby Steampunk Weekend, where the past is always in the future.

Whitby Steampunk Weekend; admission is free

Two Trading Halls filled with the most fabulous and eclectic mix of the finest artisan Steampunk and Alternative Vendors with over 80 of the finest quality Trade Stands in over 14,000 ft of perusing, promenading, parading and purchasing pleasure in our retail, entertainment and music space!

Be astonished and amazed by a glorious gallimaufry of glamorous gorgeousness, a teaming torrent of tempting titbits, our Splendid Sellers and our colourful Courtesans of Couture!

For the perspicacious amongst our costumed corseted collective, you will be truly surprised and amazed of the quality of accessories, apparel and accoutrements on offer from our manufacturers of magnificent merchandise.

Thaddeus by John Adams at Whitby Steampunk Weekend

Whitby Steampunk Weekend; daytime activities

Steampunk in general is a very welcoming and creative community, and we are very fortunate to have amongst us some very individual, unique and talented people willing to share their experience, creativity and craftsmanship.

With every event we have free to enter and experience exhibitions, workshops, presentations and activities to keep you entertained, amused and interested so much you'll want to learn more!

From an introduction to leather working to prop-making, to creating something magical with powertex, or why not take part in a beginners dance to burlesque!

Most events will also have wonderful demonstrations of bartitsu and antagonistics, and even mesmerism too, as well as Victorian Parlour Magicians, musical interludes and live entertainment.

We also have special guest speakers from the entertainment world of Music, TV and Film attend each event, look out for who is appearing next!

Whitby Steampunk Weekend; evening activities

Each event has something different to offer, and the evening activities is something we look forward to.

With lots of opportunities presented they may be a Masquerade Ball, A Live In Concert, Fashion Show, Variety and Cabaret Evening or School Disco perhaps, each one unique yet each with a touch of Steampunk magic!

Whitby Steampunk Weekend on the Endeavour Image by John Adams

Other Whitby Steampunk Weekend Events (WSW Events):

We have created WSW Events to develop and manage our events other than Whitby Steampunk Weekend, and these include:

Steampunks By The Sea

Steampunks By The Sea at Scarborough Spa in collaboration with Advintageous Vintage Fairs which has over 100 Vintage, Steampunk and Alternative Vendors with live entertainment, classic vehicles, beauty parlour and Vintage Tea Rooms for example, all held within the beautiful splendour that is Scarborough Spa.

Race The Waves Steampunk Weekend

Race The Waves Steampunk Weekend at Bridlington Spa and Sands which is a retro style old fashioned family friendly vehicle racing on Bridlington Sands in attire and vehicles from the great rock'n'roll era, fabulous vintage vehicle displays and a splendid Steampunk Retail Emporium and classic motorcycle displays within the stunning Bridlington Spa.

Whitby Steampunk Weekend; booking and contact details

Please feel free to contact us via:

Social Media: www.facebook.com/whitbysteampunkweekend

Website: www.wswofficial.com

All Whitby Event enquiries: [email protected]

All other WSW Events enquiries: [email protected]

Dave Stephenson - Image by John Adams at Whitby Steampunk Weekend

Whitby Steampunk Weekend at Whitby Pavilion 26th – 28th July 2019

Totally FREE daytime entry to all activities, workshops and our Steampunk Retail Emporium. The only surprise you will get in turning up is that what we say is true – FREE DAYTIME ENTRY, so no excuses!

Daytime entertainment is booked, Programme of Activities just about ready for printers, looking fine and dandy!

We are blown away by a glorious gallimaufry of glamorous gorgeousness, a teaming torrent of tempting titbits, our Splendid Sellers and our Courtesans of Couture!

For the perspicacious amongst our costumed corseted collective, you will be truly surprised and amazed of the quality of accessories, apparel and accoutrements on offer from our manufacturers of magnificent merchandise.

2 Halls of fabulous Vendors, 80 Trade Stands, 14,000 ft of Purchasing Pleasure! We are ready, are you?


Cabaret Evening in the majestic Pavilion Theatre
featuring Mr. B. The Gentleman Rhymer; Driven Serious; Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers and Dollop of Trollop
SAT 9th Feb Doors open 7pm Showtime 7.30pm
Tickets: £18 (plus small b/fee)
Box Office Tel: 01947 458899

Previous events preview listed below with useful links to accommodation, things to do and restaurants.


The Whitby Steampunk Weekend is back at Whitby Pavilion for its biannual Whitby event. The event began just over a year ago with its first event launching in February 2017.

If you don’t know much about Steampunk, don’t worry, they’re a friendly bunch and welcome onlookers to all events. If you’re a music fan, check out ‘Coin Operated Boy’ by The Dresden Dolls (a friend recommended this and I love it!).

Whitby Steampunk Weekend; Everything You Need To Know Before You Go

In this piece we’re rounding up all the information you need to plan your visit to Whitby Steampunk Weekend including

  • Free Things To Do
  • Live Music
  • Accommodation

Billed on the Official Whitby Steampunk Weekend Facebook Page as “one of the most welcoming and friendliest events anywhere!”. The event is held over three days and includes; live music, the Famous Steampunk Emporium, craft workshops and of course, the iconic stroll along the West Cliff for the Steampunk photoshoot.

A certain highlight for all Whitby visitors, steampunk or otherwise – the ‘Promenading Parade of Creative Costume Collectivity' – a spectacle not to be missed!

“Whitby Steampunk Weekend, it's a way of life.”

Couple Dancing At Whitby Steampunk Weekend; WSW credit Keith Johnson Images
Couple Dancing At Whitby Steampunk Weekend; WSW credit Keith Johnson Images

Free Things To Do At Whitby Steampunk Weekend

Photograph the ‘Steampunk Seaside Summertime Stroll’

During the weekend there are lots of free activities to participate in. The one not to miss is the ‘Promenading Parade of Creative Costume Collectivity’ held on the West Cliff on Saturday evening. The ‘Steampunk Seaside Summertime Stroll' starts around 5pm at The Met Bar and ends at the Whalebone Arch. This is a wonderful spectacle and if you’re keen to get a great photograph, there’s lots of opportunities along the route, however it may be very busy – choose your spot early!

Take Part In A Workshop (Make Your Own Steampunk Jewellery)

There are numerous workshops happening at the Whitby Steampunk Weekend this year. Abigail Lagden of Curiously Contrary is holding two Powertex workshops where you will have the chance to create your very own piece of wearable art! Places are limited so head over to the stall to register your interest. The workshop happens at 12 noon each on Saturday and Sunday and runs til 3pm.

Visit Mechanical Mayhem At The Green (Next To Clara’s Cafe)

This free event is sure to be a fun afternoon for the whole family. Head over to Clara’s Cafe to see a beastly collection of Rat Rods, Hot Rods and Motorcycles! Classic Charabancs and The VW Steamvagon will also put in an apprearance. Organised by Backfire Promotions, this Whitby Steampunk Weekend event is a must see! Ice cream and engines – what’s not to love? This event is Saturday only – don’t miss it!

Peruse The Nearly Famous Steampunk Retail Emporium

The Nearly Famous Steampunk Retail Emporium opens from 10am – 5pm both days at Whitby Pavilion and The Met Bar. The Nearly Famous Steampunk Retail Emporium includes free admission to over 100 of the most fabulous vendors of Steampunk ephemera, costume and accessories.

W Hamond Whitby Jet

Enjoy A Free Presentation

All welcome, all free entry and friendly dogs welcome too!
The free presentations at the Whitby Steampunk Weekend include:

  • W.Hamond The Original Whitby Jet Shop – The History of Jet
  • The Bartitsu & Antagonistics Forum – Bartitsu Victorian Martial Art live demonstrations
  • The Bartitsu & Antagonistics Forum – Antagonistics practical live demonstrations
  • Duncan Mc Nulty on Mesmerism – The Art, history and practical demonstrations
  • Adam McSkelly – Prop Making 101
  • Magician Adam Saint – Magic, Escapology and Victorian Sideshow tricks of wonderment!
  • Faye Clement – Steampunk Steamstress Workshops
  • Author Leesa DeVantier – Vampires: Fact Fiction or just good T.V.? The Darkness Trilogy
  • Broadcaster Ray Bokor – The Art of Spiritualism and practical demonstrations
  • The British Paranormal Society
  • Adam McSkelly – Introduction to Leather Craft
  • Tea & Pistol Duelling (see section below)
  • Author Gareth Clegg – Introduction to New Release Fogbound
  • Broadcaster and Steampunk DJ Atticus Oldman and The Absinthe Affair
  • Paul Voodini – The Victorian Beat Poet
  • Author Craig Hallam – Introduction to The Adventures of Alan Shaw
  • Music interludes – Moves Like Jagger and Moves Like Madonna Dance Competitions
  • Bob Peel Imagery Photography Studio
  • Steve Kay's Famous Steampunk VW Steamvagon

Free Things To Do At Whitby Steampunk Weekend That Deserve A Section All To Themselves

Tea & Pistol Duelling (don’t ask, we don’t know! but we have a feeling that high powered water pistols may be involved…)

Whitby Steampunk Weekend 2018 July Programme
Whitby Steampunk Weekend 2018 July Programme

Live Music At Whitby Steampunk Weekend

The main evening events take place on Friday and Saturday nights.

Friday night – Alice In Wonderland Themed Masquerade Ball

After the overwhelming success of the Whitby Steampunk Weekend Inaugural Ball in July 2017, the opening ceremony is back with an ‘Alice In Wonderland Themed Masquerade Ball’.

The ‘Alice In Wonderland Themed Masquerade Ball’ takes place in the suitably apt surroundings of The Met Ballroom. The once famous Metropole Hotel is once again hosting fabulous Victorian era soiree of the kind it was designed for.

An enchanted evening awaits with a delightful infusion of beautifully crafted orchestral music, dance, live music and a classic DJ set.

Artistes confirmed so far for the ‘Alice In Wonderland Themed Masquerade Ball’ are Arco String Quartet, Dollop of Trollps and Atticus Oldman's Absinthe Affair with more to be confirmed.

FRIDAY 27th – Alice In Wonderland Themed Masquerade Ball
Met Ballroom Doors 7pm. Showtime 7.45pm – Midnight

“Grace, style and panache is the order of the day in Whitby!”

Saturday night – Steampunk Summertime Evening

The Saturday session of Whitby Steampunk Weekend takes place at Whitby Pavilion. As the ‘spiritual home’ of the original 2017 event this is the highlight of the seaside season for Steampunks.

Another fabulous evening of musical entertainment, comedy and high jinks await with Whitby Steampunk Weekend favourite artistes returning to the stage.

An exclusive evening of Steampunk Cabaret hosted by Steampunk Royalty; Lord Montague Jacques Fromage lll.

Bands on the night include:

  • Victor & The Bully
  • Alice's Night Circus
  • Captain Of The Lost Waves
  • Lady Violet Hugh

SATURDAY 28th – Steampunk Summertime Evening
Whitby Pavilion Theatre Doors 7pm. Showtime 7.30pm
Tickets £18 from www.whitbypavilion.co.uk
Box Office Tel. 01947 458899

Whitby Steampunk Weekend
Threes A Crowd At Whitby Steampunk Weekend: WSW-credit Keith Johnson Images

Top Accommodation For Whitby Steampunk Weekend

We’ve partnered with some of the best accommodation in Whitby to provide you with a wide and varied selection of accommodation for Whitby Steampunk Weekend.

The Leeway – a quality boutique bed and breakfast on the West Cliff with stylish rooms and excellent service – a top choice!

Riviera Guest House – Luxury rooms with a sea view come as standard at the Riviera. Rest easy in a four poster and enjoy a delicious breakfast just metres from Whitby Pavilion.

Ellies Guest House – a family run bed and breakfast offering a warm Yorkshire welcome and a comfortable stay. Join Val & Pete Vardy for your home from home stay in Whitby.

Heathfield Bed and Breakfast – with off road parking and a warm and friendly welcome, your hosts John and Linda are ready to receive you at their excellent B&B. Just a short walk into town. Stay here for easy parking.

The Wheeldale – this North Promenade hotel has ample off road parking, sea views and is just a short walk from The Pavilion and The Met bar.

Haven Crest – this adult only bed and breakfast is the place to stay for ample off road parking and is ideal for those seeking quiet time after a busy day at the event.

Bumble Bee Studio – a happy place for those seeking a little self catering capability in a town centre location in a cosy one bed studio. Private parking available!

Lobster Pot Cottage – this spacious cottage is centrally located and has the rare bonus of private parking. Sleeping six, this is a great choice for groups to are the stay.

Old Curiosity Shop – this luxury cottage is perfect for those seeking a central stay for two. As the name suggests this quirky holiday home formerly sold shells and fossils.

Chapel Cottage – if you’re happy to stay out of town and want peace, quiet and outdoor space, this charming cottage is fab – perfect for pets and parking!

Copper Cottage – enjoy a stay at this Sandsend holiday cottage for two with king size bed and delightful sun lounge. A stroll along the beach to Whitby is all it takes to reach the hustle and bustle of the event.

The Firs Guest House – stay here for an out of town base that offers natural beauty and easy access to Runswick Bay, its stunning beach and the North Yorkshire Moors.

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