This Saturday Stroud will play host to a Steampunk Picnic in the Park. If you are wondering ‘what is Steampunk?’ the answer is Steampunk is a style of literature, music, dress, or performance that is inspired by a combination of Victorian and futuristic ideals.
The event takes place in Stratford Park and the Museum in the Park and is split into two parts – between 10am and 5pm there will be a free event featuring a modest Steampunk market selling crafts, clothing, books and CDs; talks from leading Steampunk authors including Craig Hallam, Mat McCall and Stephen Palmer; a special presentation featuring Doctor Geof and Alexia Clarke – curator at the Museum in the Park – looking at why museums and Steampunk go so well together.
There will be games including tea duels and reworkings of classic Cotswold events such as spurring the barre (Cotswold tossing the caber) and mini cheese rolling with a miniature version of Coopers Hill.
The day event will feature fun for all the family, and in the evening there will be performances in the Bandstand in Stratford Park from leading Chap Hop performer Professor Elemental, new performances from the Ominous Folk of Hopeless Maine featuring local authors and performers Tom and Nimue Brown and what promises to be another lively fun set from Gloucester trio Way Out West. All this is backed by a gin bar.
Tickets for the evening event are £20.00 and are available from www.stroudsteampunk.weebly.com