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« on: March 13, 2007, 09:30:25 pm »

I was just wondering how many people would be intrested in attending a Steampunk/Victorian based "festival" in the UK.  My girlfriend and myself are considering plans for a 2 day event, which I expect would not happen for maybe a year or so, which would have lots of family friendly attractions during the day, including stalls selling clothing, arts and crafts, food and the like, a steam engine exhibition, horse and cart rides etc, and in the evening open the beer tent, absinthe bar or what not, and also have some Steampunk themed bands playing.  Possibly having people camp over night.
This would be a large scale event, with the proceeds going to charity.  We still have alot to look into obviously, but its something that we would love to do, as it would not just be for fans of the genre, but also a good old-fashioned family day out.
So if you'd be intrested in attending, or even participating with a stall or whatever, where ever you are in the world, in the next year or so, then let me know here.

Thanks for reading!
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2007, 12:20:40 am »

I know this may be a silly suggestion...

But have you considered Beamish?

Yes, that was a silly suggestion.


If the price is right, my interest is duly whetted!
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2007, 12:41:54 am »

I am in the UK, so this interests me somewhat.  I'm still unsure of what events would be on, but as a preliminary idea, you have caught my attention.  *smiles*
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2007, 02:18:43 am »

Me sir? Indeed sir!

Well I've always wanted to do something like this.
My idea was along the idea of a steampunk circus- stilt walkers, organ grinders, acrobats, fortune booths etc. - Kind of like 'Circus of Horrors' Having teathered flights in a hot air balloon could be cool or starting off with a hotair balloon race? Or even getting hold of blimp.
There is a Victorian fair that tours the UK - i don't know it's name but they have a fabulous steampowered carousel among other rides.
There is also a victorian sweets company that ive seen at fairs.

  Beamish already have a Steam Carousel if I remember, not sure if they would run a festival within their own grounds if it was done by an exterior group.

Good luck with it.

 
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2007, 03:10:35 am »

No, probably not.

But I visited once when I was much younger and found it rather interesting. It's also the default centre of Victoriana as far as the media is concerned. Depending on the nature of the event, etc. they might consider it, but I'd say it's worth a try.

Aside from that, it would be most prudent to find out the required licenses and allowances to putting on some event now; I fear it may be rather complicated.
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2007, 07:03:32 am »

Yes, these sorts of things tend to start off as small gatherings that evolve over time. Less chance of anyone ending up seriously out of pocket. I would recomend an Eriee Pub as a venue. They definately have the look and feel.
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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2007, 10:43:06 am »

http://www.studioarts.co.uk/victorianfair/victorianfair.htm

http://www.amhlung.org.uk/Victorian%20Fair.htm

http://www.llantwitmajorvictorianfair.co.uk/

http://www.a-s-e-t.demon.co.uk/victorian_fairs.htm

http://www.melright.com/music/whatson.htm

http://www.greatorme.btinternet.co.uk/Extravaganza.htm

http://beam.to/pennyfarthingtimes

Some handy links Grin

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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2007, 05:33:22 pm »

Oh, up North eh? It'd be a fair way to come for southerners, midlanders, welsh etc. I've always thought it best to try and keep an event central if you want to maximise attendance.

Of course that'd mean hosting it in Stoke (the Potteries), Manchester or Birmingham. Not sure how that'd work.

But in general it does sound like a nice idea.
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2007, 06:36:36 pm »

Traction engine rallies, yes I'd forgotten about those we used to be taken to Noel Hill every year. Hang on maybe that's where I get it from OMG! Moment of clarity!
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2007, 08:52:32 pm »

Thanks for all the intrest guys, and thanks for those links Dohickey.  Some great ideas, I love the idea of a Steampunk circus, I have a couple of freinds who juggle/breath fire and the like.  As what I had in mind is on a rather large scale, and is going to cost a fair bit to organise, it prob will be a while untill it happen, Im currently looking into all the licenses, regulations etc that will be needed, and it keeps growing and growing.  For now I'm finding all the info I need, and Ill see where it goes from there.

How many people on this forum are there that are in the UK? and where abouts?  I live near Manchester.
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2007, 12:48:29 am »

I'm based in the South East: Surrey, to be precise; but I'm not averse to travelling beyond Watford if the need is great enough, so count me in!
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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2007, 12:27:46 am »

Sir, to meet fellow neo-victorians, I would travel the length and bredth of the land! A capital idea, I must say.

Though it must indeed be reasonably central and also steampunk-ish in it's nature, the venue has to have good travel links. (and at least one airship docking pylon  Wink )

I too am based in the South East, Herr Doktor. Although a bit less so than yourself. East Anglia, to be precise...
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2007, 05:48:14 pm »

Maybe we could arrange something in the nearer future, whether it is some kind of event we can attend, or just to meet up and chat with like minded people.  As others have said, its going to have to be quite central, as we are spread out a bit,  so some people will have to travel.
Anyone have any ideas for venues, etc?
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« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2007, 06:31:21 pm »

Oh me, I'm in Nottingham, but i have a student rail card.
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« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2007, 01:19:26 pm »

London
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« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2007, 02:43:58 pm »

Glasgow.
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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2007, 03:38:17 pm »

How about somewhere central? like here:

http://www.tramway.co.uk/

Crich, in Derbyshire, nice Victoriana stuff there, and trams! They evan have a Police Box!
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« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2007, 04:27:44 pm »

Ah ha! I tracked down the steam fair...

http://www.carterssteamfair.co.uk/carters_steam_fair_001.htm

and at Flickr...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/floyduk/sets/72057594102962289/

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« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2007, 02:56:35 pm »

I myself reside in  beverley east yorkshire.a nice historical little townbut i grew up on a council estate in hull which has some historical places but most where lost during the war.
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2007, 07:34:28 am »

My current base of operations is, alas, Wolverhampton. I've an eye to relocating before year's end, though, so expect that to change.
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« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2007, 10:57:41 pm »

While I might sound like a broken phonograph, I've been impressed by the Black Country Living Museum in the past:

http://www.bclm.co.uk/

Nice place, just outside of Birmingham (and very close to Wolverhampton too - I'm sure you must know it, Kaptain Von.)

Google map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=DY1+4SQ&spn=0.046636,0.164383&hl=en

(Check out the sattelite image, and you can see the canal and the circular fair rides).
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« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2007, 11:53:14 pm »

Y'know, that might of been where I was thinking of when I found the Crich tramway museum, as it's similar in intent, only much BIGGER! Strange that two so similarly themed places are so near each other! Actually, given that they're both in the cradle of the industrial revolution, perhaps not!
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« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2007, 04:21:36 pm »

Perhaps rather than reinvent the wheel, it would be better to simply showcase at a current event such as the 600 acre Great Dorset Steam Fair each August/September time.
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