Success for Leiston Long Shop Museum’s Steampunk Spectacular

Steam Punk event at The Long Shop Leiston

Steam Punk event at The Long Shop Leiston

Leiston Long Shop Museum celebrated all things Steampunk this weekend with the third annual Steampunk Spectacular.

The two-day event featured a host of family-friendly activities, including steam engine demonstrations, Bartitsu displays – a form of martial arts used by Sherlock Holmes, advanced competitive biscuit dunking, costume and jewellery workshops, music and magic.

The Steampunk genre combines elements of science fiction with Victorian styles, and has been embodied in games such as Bioshock, and films including The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

The annual event began three years ago as one of the first celebration’s of the genre in East Anglia, and has continued to be a mainstay on the calendar for Suffolk steampunk enthusiasts.

Museum curator Anne Mercer said: “It’s been really good and we have had some fantastic costumes.

“Even if you don’t know what steampunk is there’s so much to enjoy and something for the whole family.”