Lynton & Lynmouth’s time-traveling steampunk extravaganza returns

Get ready to gear up and steam ahead as The Lynton & Lynmouth Steampunk Gathering is chugging back into town.

Saturday, May 11, marks the seventh year of the event, which coincides with National Cliff Railway Day and is hosted annually by Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway.

The previous event saw over 200 people parading about the towns of Lynton and Lynmouth dressed as Steampunk time travellers, pastime pirates and visiting Victorians.

This year’s event is headlined by singer and performer Madam Misfit, supported by Minehead musician Follow The Dolphin. Other acts include DyNaMix, a 40-strong steampunk choir from Barnstaple, Switchframe Dance Company, Lynmouth Shanty Crew, Major Blunder, and many more.

The event will include a Steampunk Dog Show with prizes from the Lyn Valley Dog House, a steampunk craft market, Atlantic Spirit Gin Bar and other surprises, including Steel Dimensions Daz offering Handpan music performance and demonstration throughout the day, Professor Challengers Victorian Barrel Organ and small traction engines.

The businesses of Lynton and Lynmouth are involved, too, with many offering a secret teapot trail treasure hunt. Find them to win prizes, discounts, and treats. The local Lyn Line Dancers will again perform, and Amy returns with her face painting wagon.

The event is set against the backdrop of Lynton and Lynmouth and is family—and dog-friendly.

Organiser and chief engineer Ashley Clarke said, “We’re hoping for another amazing event. So many people embraced the steampunk gathering last year, so I think this year’s annual gathering will be bigger and better.

“We’re looking forward to another great day of revelry; last year's atmosphere in the towns was brilliant’. Other pop-up surprises include cheese rolling, teapot racing, steampunk tea duelling, and a game of nerve using nothing more than biscuits and tea.

Bob Shaddick from the Cliff Railway said, “The event has gathered pace. It’s amazing how far some steampunk groups and organisations are travelling to support us. We’re really looking forward to this year’s gathering."

If you want to attend or perform, follow the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway social pages for further details.