SLIDESHOW: Steampunk festival returns to Doncaster

A Victorian wonderland full of amazing costumes and exciting attractions returned to Doncaster for the Steampunk festival.

The third annual event of its kind was held at the Doncaster Deaf Trust, which was decked out in an Alice and Wonderland theme in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the children’s story.

Steam Punk Festival Doncaster     L>R May Norwood 15, Frankie Currie age 15, Issac Hanson age 15, Riona Shergold age 15, Robin Currie age 11

Steam Punk Festival Doncaster L>R May Norwood 15, Frankie Currie age 15, Issac Hanson age 15, Riona Shergold age 15, Robin Currie age 11

About 250 guests showed up to enjoy the day, which offered entertainment including live music, burlesque dancing, Nerf gun battles, a ‘time travel tea tent’ and a green screen photo booth.

Event organiser Candice Foers-Bates said the festival on Saturday went ‘splendidly well’ and the organising team were eager to return to the borough next year.

She said: “Hopefully we are going to build on this success year on year.

“I think it’s curiosity that sometimes brings people here at first. In the first year they come dressed in jeans and T-shirt – we call them ‘normals’ – then the next time they’re in full dress. It’s catching.”

Steampunk is a celebration of all things Victorian combined with imagery from the likes of HG Wells, Sherlock Holes and the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Candice said: “It’s a really self expression-friendly genre - it’s not like everything has to be historically correct because this is a history that never happened.

“You could be an air captain or a mad Victorian explorer –it’s pure escapism.”