Redcar_and_Cleveland_Borough_CouncilSALTBURN will be transported back to its Victorian past as a Steampunk event comes to the coastal town on Saturday 16 July.

Organised by Victorian Steampunk Connection, the event is a celebration of the Saltburn Cliff Lift – which recently celebrated its 132nd birthday – and all other things from the 19th century.

The Steampunk look, a type of science-fiction that incorporates 19th century fashion with industrial revolution era steam-powered machinery, will also be out in force at the weekend.

Running from 10.00am until 4.30pm, the event promises a sea of Steampunks taking part in a number of activities including learning Bartitsu, a martial art made famous by Arthur Conan Doyle in the Sherlock Holmes novels.

Also on offer are tea and Nerf gun duelling sessions at Saltburn Valley Gardens as well as a Steampunk craft fair at Saltburn Methodist Church. The highlight of the day is a fashion parade with prizes for best dressed man and best dressed woman.

Cllr Carl Quartermain, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Leisure, said: “This should be an absolutely great and unusual event offering something for everyone. Saltburn is steeped in history and I’m pleased to see that the Victorian Steampunk Connection thinks the same and have decided to transform the town into a Steampunk paradise.”

To find out more about the event, go to www.Facebook.com/VictorianSteampunkConnection.