Thursday, 26 January 2012

Steampunk comes to Worcester Park

If you have heard of 'Steampunk' before then you can skip this first paragraph. If, like me, you have never heard of it (and assumed it was the name of a band) then let me enlighten you. Steampunk, is a movement based loosely around science fiction of the Victorian period started by authors of the time such as Jules Verne and one-time Worcester Park resident HG Wells. The style may be seen in such movies as “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, “The Three Musketeers” and the new Sherlock Holmes movies.

The 'Surrey Steampunk Convivial', a single day event celebrating “Steampunk”, is coming to Worcester Park and surrounding areas on Saturday 25th February.

The Steampunk style of dress is adopted by many, with corsets, top hats, waistcoats and goggles. The day starts at The Worcester Park Tavern at 10:00am from where the group will take a gentle stroll up and down The Avenue in Worcester Park, where HG Wells lived in when he wrote “The Time Machine.”.

The walk will be hosted by local history enthusiast Clive Popkin (described as poet and descendant of Vlad the Impaler). Following this will be a chance to eat, drink and chat at the HG Wells pub, on Cheam Common Road.

Afternoon events will take place at The Royal Oak in the faraway land of New Malden, with a mini-market full of handmade steampunk items for sale, with a shadow puppet workshop, tea-duelling (a traditional steampunk sport), and snail racing (snails permitting).

An evening of original music will follow at The Royal Oak, including steampunk artists Tom Slatter and 'Moth' who are based in Worcester Park - with eclectic all girl band Smiling Knife and Dick Philpot, with black and white projections by Prof. Kit Krakenspine, and Djing from The Inimitable Sarah Kingham (don't pretend you haven't heard of them all).

All are welcome – Victorian or Steampunk dressing up is not obligatory, but is highly encouraged. Tickets for the whole event are £5 available online. or you can find out more at the event's Facebook page.

I don't know about you, but I am feeling very out of touch. And ever so slightly  scared.