Visitors to Crewe over the late May Bank Holiday weekend will enjoy a packed programme of entertainment when Steampunk and the Cosmopolitan Food Festival pitch up in the centre of town.
Steampunk is a fun and quirky celebration of science fantasy inspired by 19th-century fashions and industrial steam-powered machinery.
The Crewe streets will be transported back in time, with many visitors dressed in Victorian-style clothing. Distinctive top hats with futuristic goggles, colourful waistcoats, corsets, bustles and fabulous fascinators will all be on show.
Crewe’s cultural quarter, centred around Memorial Square and Christ Church, will host a range of free performances by established Steampunk celebrities.
Musicians, jugglers, story tellers, unicycle riders, fire performers and escapologists will delight crowds on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Fantastical Steampunk tales will be told at The Time Travelling Tea Tent on the church lawns.
The Crewe Lifestyle Centre is also part of the weekend. A three-day Steampunk market is being held in the sports hall, offering hundreds of unusual gift ideas and craft workshops.
There are also two ticketed evenings of music and cabaret at The Mals club near ASDA.
On Saturday 26 May, The Rhythm ‘n’ Roots band headline, performing classics from Bob Marley, UB40, John Holt and The Specials – all with a cunning twist. Other Steampunk favourites include the Retro Clones, burlesque Lux Delioux and Kessie Dixon.
Sunday 27 May welcomes The Filthy Spectacula, inspired by gypsy punk, dark cabaret and a hint of piracy. Montague Jacques Fromage flies in from America, while showman Greg Chapman brings his sensational illusions to stage. BB BlackDog, The Wattingers and Seedy Frills complete the entertainment.
On Sunday and Monday, between 10am and 5pm, the town centre streets will be filled with wonderful aromas as the Cosmopolitan Food Festival returns with an exciting selection of mouth-watering foods from around the world.
A chocolate infusion theme promises a range of cuisines with a sweet-tooth twist, including tasty favourites like Spanish Churros and even a chocolate-flavoured beer.
Market Square will have large racing go-karts, and music comes from Cheshire-based Photo Booth Smile who perform catchy pop classics.
Tickets for the evening Steampunk events are available on the official website www.crewe-steampunk-convivial.co.uk