Splendid day for steampunks in Morecambe

Steampunks Kirsty Railton and Rose Roberts engage in some tea duelling.
Steampunks Kirsty Railton and Rose Roberts engage in some tea duelling.

An eye-catching group of characters are putting on a splendid event in Morecambe this weekend.

The League of Splendid, lovers of the Steampunk genre of fashion and culture, will host ‘A Splendid Day Out’ at the Platform on Saturday and Sunday.

Steampunk is a fast-growing concept where people dress in edgy Victorian-style gear.

A Splendid Day Out is a family event with stalls selling Steampunk fashions, jewellery and accessories, plus free outdoor entertainment with Ichabod Steam and his Animatronic Band, carnivalesque drum group Deetbeats, fire eating, magic and much much more.

Inside the Platform, festival goers will find an artisan market, entertainment from The Palace of Curiosities including Marcus Island Mermaid and the balladeer Ash Mandrake.

One of the highlight events is the tea duelling competition where the winner will go forward to the National Championship in September.

Tea duelling is a battle of manners and of essentially dunking biscuits in hot cups of tea.

On the Tiffin Master’s command of ‘dunk’, opponents lower their biscuit into the tea and hold it in the hot beverage. After five seconds, they raise their soggy biscuits and attempt to eat them before they crumble and drop - but who will be last to eat?

A Splendid Day Out starts at 11am both days. Admission costs £3 on the door. Under 12s go free.

The Steampunks are becoming a regular sight at Morecambe events.

Recently they scooped Best Original Float at Morecambe Carnival, and were also out and about at the Morecambe Dickensian Festival.

On Sunday morning they will meet at the Eric Morecambe Statue for a photo shoot and then, in their natty attire, will parade down the Promenade on their way to the Platform.

There will also be a ‘launch event’ at The Hothouse on Devonshire Road on Friday night from 7.30pm. A Krack’n Night with Professor Elemental and Metropolis, a progressive new wave musical ensemble, will include music and comedy, plenty of improvisation and enlightening conversation between the Professor and his audience. Tickets £10 from www.asplendiddayout.com/tickets/ .