21st February 2015
@ Royal Oak, New Malden
Ben Henderson Website: http://bumpandthumper.wix.com/steampunkconvivials
We arrived at the Royal Oak just before 11am and the pub itself and the special hired function room of the church was already buzzing with lots of people, dressed in beautiful and creative Steampunk finery.
After collecting our tickets and greeting our friends, we made our way to the function room of the church to have a little browse through the stalls, offering goggles, accessories, clothing, corsets and lots of other unique Steampunk related items. Besides the stalls we visited the cabinet of curiosities with its beautiful fantasy creations and the fantastic Steampunk Art/ Sculpture exhibition.
This year, for the first time, we also had the unique chance to handle reptiles such as lizards, pythons, corn snakes and many more, which was one early morning highlight of day.
Once we finished exploring the indoor market, we made our way to the Royal Oak for a light lunch and refreshments before heading upstairs to the function room of the pub.
The afternoon continued with live music by Catherine Paver, who performed a lovely acoustic set with her guitar before the stage was prepared for the anticipated tea dueling. We used this short break to browse through even more stalls, took part in the cake tasting competition, before catching up with more friends and finally settling down for the very entertaining tea dueling.
The tea duelling was followed by the clockwork snail racing competition, which included living snails and mechanical ones, before taking part in re-writing the story of “Star Wars” in unique Steampunk style. The audience was more than willed to participate in this activity and the outcome was very entertaining.
After another little break the entertainment continued with the Remote Control Whacky Races which in return was followed by the umbrella fencing competition.
After so much activity, another break and drink was needed. Whilst we were enjoying our refreshments in the pub, we had the pleasure of watching the Steampunk Morris Dancers performing their unique take on this old tradition.
Once refreshed, we decided to head once again to the indoor market in the church function room for a final peak and for some last purchases.
The evening continued with lots of live entertainment like belly dancing, corset limbo dancing, blindfold gin tasting and of course live music.
The Surrey Steampunk Convivial is one of our favourite Steampunk event of the year. Not only is the entertainment absolutely wonderful, but the event really is made by it’s visitors, who welcome everybody with open arms and a warm and friendly smile.
Needless to say, that the huge popularity of this convivial made it possible, that the organizer Ben Henderson agreed to arrange a second convivial this year and we all are looking very much forward to it!