Welcome to The Asylum

Asylum Steampunk Festival
Lincoln  25th – 28th August 2017

Tickets on sale NOW!
The Steam Powered Giraffe Supper Club is now SOLD OUT – sorry.
Tickets are still available for the Mothers Ruin Supper Club and the “Folk Singers” Supper Club. You can buy tickets through the link on the event details page.

Evening Events List

The Asylum Steampunk Festival is the largest and longest running steampunk festival in the World, attracting participants from around the globe. It takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in the historic City of Lincoln.

For four glorious days the historic streets of Lincoln are thronged with thousands of splendidly dressed steampunks enjoying a festival which strives to combine art, literature, music, fashion, comedy and simple good fun.

This website will help you if you are a steampunk day visitor, a participant with a wristband ticket or a member of the public.

What’s on

Our timetable of events will list all the official events – and clearly indicate which are open to all, which are for wristband holders only and which are ticketed. Use the Timetable to plan your days.

Where to go

We have information pages on all the major festival venues – with maps and pictures to make sure you get to the right place. We also have a section on where to collect your wristband and one on how to get to Lincoln.

Map of Asylum Venues

Map of the Steampunk Quarter by the fabulous Dr Geof

Four days of fantastic features over eleven venues!

Steampunk Campus – Steampunk takes over Bishop Grossteste University! Here we have a large indoor “immersive” market. The Great Exhibition is displayed for your enjoyment. Photozone is an area for photography with specially selected props and features to enhance your pictures. Maker zone has features, classes and presentations for the creative. Outdoor zone has a programme of features from Zombie runs to picnics.

Lincoln Castle – a large market, outdoor stage with a full programme and lots of other outdoor features from parades to wacky races. Plus the “Guest Tent” where you can meet authors, performers and guests of the festival and more…

The Engine Shed – Iconic modern music venue hosting our premier music events.

Assembly Rooms – Here we have our main indoor stage in the Bailgate area for interviews, presentations, entertainments and features and our display area featuring a programme of special interest features from body painting to displays.

Westgate Academy – Talks, Maker area, Mad Hatter’s Garden Party, The Food Court, evening entertainments

Bailgate Methodists Church Hall – Indoor Market

Cathedral Centre – Talks, exhibition and gaming – catering particularly for those new to steampunk

The Venue at Bishop Grossteste University – Evening entertainments

The Refectory at Bishop Grossteste University – three special supper clubs

Castle Square – Outdoor market and street art

Cathedral Square – Outdoor market

Wacky Races

We look forward to seeing you in Lincoln this August Bank Holiday!


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Europe's biggest and longest running Steampunk festival