Welcome to The Asylum

Asylum Steampunk Festival
Lincoln  24th – 27th August 2018

The Asylum Steampunk Festival is the largest and longest running steampunk festival in the Solar System, 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.

See the News section for Asylum Ticket and Wristband news!

Buy Tickets & Wristbands Catered Evening Events

The Facebook group dedicated to the event is “Welcome to the Asylum” where further news is available and the event is discussed.

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.

Asylum Steampunk Festival Venues Map

Map of the Asylum Steampunk Festival venues by the fabulous Dr Geof

Four days of fantastic features over eighteen venues!

Steampunk Campus – Steampunk takes over Bishop Grossteste University! Here we have an indoor “immersive” market and a number of venues:

The Students Union – Bar and snack bar plus our “quiet space” for people who want to take a break from the Hurley burley of the event.

The Venue – Talks, presentations and other features during the day in the theatre with shows in the evening – variety, films and burlesque.

The Refectory and Curiositea – Dining and refreshments on campus plus somewhere to relax. Supper clubs take place in The Refectory.

Constance Stewart Hall – This beautifully redeveloped building is being taken over with steampunk features. Our Great exhibition is based here along with some of our daytime talks and presentations. Constance Stewart Hall is also home to our tea parties. In the evenings this is the venue for our Fashion Gala, Anniversary Dinner and Summer Ball.

The Campus Green – outdoor space in front of Constance Stewart and by the Student Union site of various activities and entertainment plus our outdoor presentation space.

The Hardy Building – Location of our main event control open all four days of the festival. This space also has our principal indoor market, our crafting and demonstration area and the lecture Theatre,  home to our Academic symposium on Saturday and other features and presentations on other days.

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 – This is our Centre for authors and artists. It is free to access and has a full programme of talks, presentations and features. In the venting it is home to Decodacne and Punkus.

Westgate Academy – home to The Food Court and our event information and control point on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Bailgate Methodists Church Hall – our free to access indoor market
open on Saturday and Monday.

Cathedral Centre – Our “steampunk embassy” with displays, talks and presentations. Free to access and a great introduction for those new to steampunk.

Castle Square – Outdoor market and street art (Saturday to Monday)

Cathedral Square – Outdoor market and also the pick up and drop off point for our vintage bus shuttle service running to steampunk Campus (BGU) (Saturday to Monday)

Asylum Yard – Our newest outdoor market. In the space between the original Asylum Building and Charlotte House Hotel.

The Blue Room @ The Lawn – Day programme and evening events……

Charlotte House Hotel – Home for Dinner with S.P.G. and the Dead Dog Party.

Wacky Races

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


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