Nene Valley Railway hosts Steampunk event

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Science fiction and fantasy will descend on Nene Valley Railway this weekend with a free family event organised by Steampunk Stamford.

Dressed in gowns, goggles, suits, corsets and veils, this local group of enthusiasts for Victorian and Steampunk culture, offers a number of attractions such as a Victorian photo booth with a dressing up box so children and adults alike can look like Victorians and have a photographic memento.

Visitors will also be treated to street magic, a magic lantern show, old-fashioned music from a Hurdy gurdy, tea duelling, brolly fencing and a Victorian market on a train with the added atmosphere of a Victorian soundscape.

There will also be storytelling performances, poetry and music the whole family can enjoy as well as an opportunity to taste Victorian cuisine in the Nene Valley Railway cafe plus a raffle to win Victorian and Steampunk-inspired goodies.

All the performers, acts and traders will be dressed in Victorian or Steampunk outfits and will be happy to pose for photographs.

Visitors to the Wansford station can also enjoy steam powered train rides up and down the Nene Valley Railway line from Yarwell to Peterborough.

Trudy Salandiak, organiser of this year's event said: "This is the third year Steampunk Stamford has offered a free event and each year it's getting bigger and bigger. We're so delighted that so many local traders, artists and performers are giving their time free to give local people a taste of Victorian and Steampunk culture.

"You don't have to dress up to join in, but it's fun if you do and get involved in all the free events we have lined up."

The family fun days will be held on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 from 11am to 4pm. A platform ticket priced at £2 for adults and £1 for children is required for entry then the rest of the day is free. The proceeds will go to the conservation of Nene Valley Railway.

For more information visit www.steampunkstamford.co.uk; email: info@steampunkstamford.co.uk or keep up with the group's news on https://www.facebook.com/events/1434780160153232

Nene Valley Railway is the UK’s leading international steam attraction covering the stations of Wansford, Ferry Meadows, Orton Mere, Yarwell Junction, and Peterborough.

The living heritage railway, which is tended to by a loyal band of volunteers, is a thriving attraction that offers year-round enjoyment for rail enthusiasts and vistors of all ages. For more information visit http://www.nvr.org.uk