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Punks embrace power of steam at Papplewick Pumping Station annual festival

Large crowds flocked to Britain’s finest Victorian fresh water pumping station over the two days for the Steampunk event


There were top hats, big skirts, dials and goggles galore as festival-goers turned back the clock to the age of steam last weekend.

The annual Steampunk festival returned in style to Papplewick Pumping Station, with music, dancing and fashion of the era taking centre stage.

Large crowds flocked to Britain’s finest Victorian fresh water pumping station over the two days for the event hosted by Magician Greg Chapman.

The two-day event at Rigg Lane, Ravenshead featured music from Victor & The Bully, Professor Elemental as well as world renowned Lydia Kavina performing with the Theremin.

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With over 30 stalls, a Lincoln Green Brewing Company beer tent, tea duelling, snail racing, badge making and some of the best steampunk traders in the midlands the event is always in Steampunk calendars every year.

All photos courtesy of Facebook

The pumping station has recently been awarded a share of a pot of £58.8 million which will see arts venues transformed, upgraded and created as part of the government’s plans to make sure everyone, no matter where they live, can access the UK’s world-renowned culture.

The site was placed on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk list last year.

Papplewick Pumping Station
PICTURED: Papplewick Pumping Station (IMAGE: Papplewick Association)

Further details and images of the event as well as contact details for Papplewick Pumping Station can be found on Papplewick Pumping Stations facebook page HERE.

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Papplewick Pumping Station can be found at Rigg Lane, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, NG15 9AJ.

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