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 eleven venues!

Steampunk Campus – Steampunk takes over Bishop Grossteste University! Here we have an indoor “immersive” market and a number of venues:
The Students Union – Event control plus a bar and snack bar.
The Venue – Talks, presentations and other features during the day in the theatre.
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 immersive market (a part of the bazaar eclectica) The Great Exhibition, a photographic exhibition, Constance Stewart Talks and even the Steampunk Symposium. Constance Stewart Hall is also home to our tea parties.
The Campus Green – outdoor space in front of Constance Stewart and by the Student Union – this year with display vehicles and features plus picnics and fun and games.

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 – Indoor market, entertainments and The Food Court.

Bailgate Methodists Church Hall – Crafting and gaming

Cathedral Centre – Talks, exhibition and artists and writers centre. Catering particularly for those new to steampunk.

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