Steampunk Weekend 2023

Out and About in Kirkcudbright

The inaugural Kirkcudbright Steampunk weekend, on the 17th and 18th of June 2023, saw many splendid folk out and about in the streets of Kirkcudbright, displaying their magnificent attire and accoutrements.

A big thank you to our sponsors and helpers who supported our vision for the weekend and helped to make it a big success.

The following gallery of photos is from Keith A Richardson Photography.

Thanks to Sandie Gay for most of the photos below, with a few from Gabrielle Shields.

Saturday Evening Cabaret

Kirkcudbright Steampunk Weekend

There were stall holders in varying locations in the town, demonstrations and talks at the Dark Art Distillery, The Dark Space Planetarium and the Station House Cookery School.

Stall Holders

Indoor Stalls

Marie Sinclair: Bonny Gifts | Laura Mason: Crafty Crochet & Embroidery | Rachel Richardson: Bath Products | Bridget Gerard: Hats & Bustles | Liz Craig | Chez McCormac | The Paper Karver | James Frost: Author | Joanne Mills: Clothing & Accessories | Jan Dabie: Granny Janny dolls & clothes

Outdoor Stalls

Rose Hall: Waspies & Jewellery | Michelle Dunning: Crystals & More | Sulwath Brewers | Ruin & Redemption: Fruit Liqueurs | Ninefold Distillery: Scottish Rum | Amy Hall: Cakes & Baking | Colin Saul: Steampunk Exhibits | The Blinkered Bar | GoodFairyBadFairy: Bespoke Steampunk Clothing | Kirkcudbright Swimming Pool Charity Shop

Decorate your Steampunk mask or top hat with goggles and other accessories.

Weekend Programme

Here’s the programme of events that were presented for the inaugural Steampunk Weekend in 2023. We hope to have an expanded programme of events and activities for next year’s event.

Saturday 17 June 2023

10am – 4pm: Stalls and Exhibits in the Soaperie Gardens and the Scout Hall, near Parish Church, St Marys Street.

10.30am – 2.30pm: Mask and Hat Decorating

10.30am – 3.00 Recycled Inner tubes turned into steampunk items Workshop

Blinkered Bar – Drinks throughout day from Horsebox with a difference

The Garret Hotel, 116 High Street – Music from noon – 2pm Featuring Bob J Cat & Steaming Foggs in the marquee.

The Johnston Building – Victorian Primary School, St Marys Street.

7 – 10.30pm  The Cabaret, Parish Hall, opposite the Church on St Marys St. Featuring Ukulele Music, Harp, Magic Show, Storytelling, Comedy, Raffle. Bring your own refreshments. Entry only by ticket. £12 via the website.

Cabaret Programme

Saturday 17 June – 7 to 10.30 p.m.

Introduction & Welcome with Lady Susannah de Borgue & Captain Max Snoot

Madame is your Compere for the evening


Dianne Stafford on Harp

Franc Karpo – Magician

Interval and Raffle

Mostly Ghostly


Paddy’s Rat Wagon

Closing Acknowledgements