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Hulloween Steampunk Festival


28 - 30 Oct 2022


Hull Bid host Hulloween Steampunk Festival from Friday 28- 30 October 2022

Friday 28 October


Hull History Walks

Friday 28th October – 11am and 2pm

Whether you’re a regular visitor to the city and want to learn something you never knew before, or you’re new to the city and want to get a feel for the place, Paul Schofield’s Walking Tours are not to be missed!

To book, please email schopaul@hotmail.com quoting reference ‘Steampunk’. Tickets are £5.


The Library of Eerie Tales

Social, Humber Street, Friday 28 October | Age 16+
18:30 doors for 19:00 EARLY Performance
20:30 doors for 21:00  LATE Performance

Step into the shadows this Hulloween and experience an evening of unearthly delights. Madame Sceptre’s macabre show of magic and mystery will bring a shiver to your spine and a frisson of the absurd to October. Madame Sceptre immerses audiences in the world of Victorian occultism and witchcraft. Expect magic, mirth and hauntology.

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Ghost Walks with Mike Covell

Friday 28th October – 8pm-9.30pm. Ages 20+

Join local historian, author and expert on all things spooky Mike Covell on a walking tour of Hull’s ghostly myths and legends. The walk will begin at 8pm at the Andrew Marvell Statue outside the Hands on History museum in Trinity Square, returning to the same spot at 9.30pm. 

Numbers are strictly limited so advance booking is essential. The cost is £5 per head. To book your place on the tour, send an email to amazinghulltours@hotmail.com quoting reference ‘Steampunk’.


Saturday 29 October


Zombie Shamble

Saturday 29th October. Meet outside Primark, Carr Lane, 10.45am

This is your chance to join us in your finest Halloween-themed costume or outfit as we take a leisurely Hulloween ‘shamble’ along the streets of Hull. Meet up with other zombies, steampunks in their finery (a few of whom will likely be vampires or vampire-hunters in disguise), undead creatures, ghosts, vampires, clowns, witches, black cats and any number of other Hulloweeny characters.

At the end of the shamble, enter the costume competition, for both children and adults. All children who participate will receive a small gift.


Steampunk Market

Saturday 29th October. Trinity Square and Hull Minster, 10am-3pm

Peruse over 40 stalls full of crafts and gifts, some with a Steampunk or Halloween theme.


Steampunk Talks

Saturday 29th October. Streetlife Museum

12pm: David J Howe and Samantha Lee Howe in conversation
David J Howe has been involved with Doctor Who research and writing for over forty years. He has been consultant to a large number of publishers and manufacturers for their Doctor Who lines, and is author or co-author of over thirty factual titles associated with the show. Samantha Lee Howe’s breakaway debut psychological thriller, The Stranger In Our Bed, was released in February 2020. Within the first few days the book rapidly became a USA TODAY! bestseller. The Stranger in Our Bed feature film was released internationally in 2022.

1pm: Hear from the Hull Steampunk Rebels
A local and active Steampunk group.

2pm: The History of Steampunk
With John Naylor from The Ministry of Steampunk. Come and find out all about the Steampunk community and its origins. Perfect for beginners.

3pm: Tea-Duelling
See who can make a biscuit last longest after dunking it into a cup of tea! This is the first competition of the 2022/23 season.


Afternoon Tea with Horror and Science Fiction Writers

Saturday 29th October. 2pm – Holiday Inn, Hull Marina

You are invited to join horror non-fiction writer Mark Iveson, Steampunk and thriller writer Samantha Lee Howe, and David J Howe, editorial director of Telos Publishing, who specialise in horror and science fiction books, for afternoon tea with a difference.

Buy tickets here


The Immortal Ball

Saturday 29th October. Guildhall. 7pm-11pm. Ages 16+

Put on your best Halloween or Steampunk costume and join us for an evening of music and monsters, as we jive, tango and waltz the night away at Hull’s stunning Guildhall.

You will be greeted in the lobby on arrival before ascending the grand staircase (lift access is available) to the Banqueting Hall, where there will be a full bar and buffet supper.

The evening will start with music by the award-winning Unity String Quartet who will play a mixture of classical and contemporary pieces suitable for dancing, so you will have the perfect chance to glide around the ballroom to your heart’s content. Lady Elsie Tinker will be encouraging everyone to join in with some historically-inspired dances from the 16th, 17th and 19th centuries. These are relatively simple social dances, great fun to take part in and not too demanding.

Finally, we will crank up the dancefloor tempo and you will be able to let your tangled hair down and dance the night away to some Halloween disco classics.

Come, join us, and dance like it’s 1897, 1930 or 2022!

Buy Tickets (£35 per ticket including meal) here


FREE Hulloween Steampunk Gig

Saturday 29th October. Social, Humber Street. 7pm-11pm. Ages 14+

With performances from…

Fire (The Unstoppable Force)
Born in the deep, dark, depths of Kingston Upon Hull, this five-piece outfit play a post apocalyptic brand of dark soul garage that will break your mind and melt your soul.

The New Republic
Groovy licks and bags of infectious energy. Bringing a breath of fresh air to the indie psychedelic rock scene. Combining the funky backbone of the Red Hot Chili Peppers with crisp, catchy melodies reminiscent of The Strokes and Foals.

The Hagley Wood Vampires
A Gothic inspired acoustic duo. Working with elements of darkness and light, they use a variety of ethereal themes and concepts, to invite listeners on a journey into other worlds through their carefully-crafted lyrics and music.

Deep Six Blues
Blues music to cure the blues! Sweet acoustic blues, Americana originals and classics, with a trio of National Steel guitar, washboard and harmonica.

Free tickets available here


Sunday 30 October


Illicit Market

Sunday 30th October. Zebedee’s Yard, Princes Dock Street, 9.30am -10.30am

A Steampunk ‘illicit market’ is a combination of market and role-playing opportunity. It is themed around the smuggling of exotica. People can bring objects to sell but the Guild of Privateers, Illicit Entrepreneurs and Scoundrels are on the lookout for the authorities and will be enforcing a nominal charge. Each seller pays a £2 coin on admission. There will be no tables or furniture and everything someone brings in to sell must be carried in by them alone in a single trip and hidden from view.

10 minutes later, buyers are let in for some frantic browsing and buying, but when the 40 minutes are up a single bell indicates that the authorities are on the way and buyers should get ready to leave or risk getting locked in and having to pay a £1 fine to exit!

This is a very popular and fun feature. Please enter into it in the correct spirit. We reserve the right to refuse admission, refuse permission to trade and require anyone to leave without notice.


Steampunk Talks

Sunday 30th October. Streetlife Museum

12pm: Mark Iveson, horror fan and writer
Prior to becoming a published author, he has written for the Glasgow-based vampire magazine Bite Me, non-film related periodicals for The Geneva Times and several articles and reviews for the movie webmag Shadowlocked. Mark’s first book, Cursed Horror Stars, was published in 2015. His second book, Vincent Price: The British Connection covers the horror icon’s strong links to the UK.

1pm : Steampunk in Hull – From small cogs to a bigger world
What is Steampunk and how does Hull fit in? A discussion on a journey through Steampunk and how it is something to everyone. With the Wilberforcian Steampunk group.

2pm: The History of Steampunk
With John Naylor from The Ministry of Steampunk. Come and find out all about the Steampunk community and its origins. Perfect for beginners.

3pm: Tea-Duelling
See who can make a biscuit last longest after dunking it into a cup of tea! This is the first competition of the 2022/23 season.


Grand Finale Parade

Sunday 30th October. Muster 11.15am at the Museum Gardens

Join in with the Ministry of Steampunk and the Hull Steampunk groups as we parade through the city from the Museum Gardens to Trinity Square.

We welcome Steampunks and anyone in a Hulloween costume to join the parade. Saturday’s Zombie Shamble will focus on perhaps the less glamorous side of Hulloween, whereas Sunday’s Grand Parade will celebrate steampunk and Hulloween at their finest, so dress to impress.





Venue Details


01482 300300


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