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Saturday Evening 

The Grand Asylum 'Impire' Ball

The Engine Shed
doors 7pm | event start 7:30pm | age 14+

Table seating as per plan

The Asylum Ball has long been the 'premier' evening event at The Asylum.


This year we have renamed it the 'Impire Ball', to acknowledge the very strong link between the Asylum and the city of Lincoln.


Many will know the story of the Lincoln Imps (a pair of gargoyles located at Lincoln Cathedral) but if their existence is news to you, the story surrounding the Imps is worth checcking out.   

On arrival at the Impire Ball you will have the opportunity to have your photoraph taken by our official Asylum photographer, so be sure to come in your finest attire, ready to be immortalised by the magic of photography*.

The meal will then be prepared and served by the in-house team at the Engine Shed who did a fabulous job feeding Asylum ballgoers the last two years.  

After the meal you will have the opportunity to dance to the simply stunning Retrobates. 

They are such great fun that after having them play at The Asylum Ball in 2022 we had them back to

play at The DecoDance 2023 and now we are having them back again to play at the Impire Ball in 2024. 


The Retrobates are a vocal-fronted 8-piece band who play music you know from the 80s to the present day, but reimagined in styles drawn from the 20s through to the 60s. Every member of the band is an absolute master of their instrument and Laura’s vocals are ‘simply sublime.

If you search for 'Retrobates' on the 'Welcome to the Asylum' Facebook page you will find a number of videos of the Retrobates playing the Asylum Ball in 2022, including the 'Metalliconga' (the conga danced to a song by Metallica - but on that occasion the 'wrong' Metallica song which made the event even more special!

*photographs will be taken free of charge and available to download from our Facebook page

Important meal information

When you book for the Asylum Ball please note carefully your meal choice and seating preferences. You will be choosing your meal for the event AT THE TIME OF BOOKING and that will also be your opportunity to indicate the table where you would like to sit.  


Breads and Flavoured Butters


Pork Belly, Wholegrain Mustard Mash, Black Pudding Crumbs, Carrots, Fine Beans and
Apple & Cider Jus


Asparagus & Red Pepper encased in Filo pastry, Mediterranean Coulis,
New Potatoes & Pea shoots (ve)


Biscoff Cheesecake, Fresh Berries, Lemon infused Cream, Crumbs and Sauce (ve)

You will also find a range of wines available to pre-order - you can see details here

Dr Who and the Daleks

The Venue

doors 6pm | event start 6:30pm
Certificate U

Theatre seating for all (but no sofas to hide behind)

Made in 1965 starring Peter Cushing as The Doctor. Our immersive film night with some special Dr Who treats and surprises including a costume competition for our best dressed Whovian and an auction for something special made from part of one of the original props used int he movie!


Pirates Ahoy!

The Assembly Rooms
doors 7pm | event start 7:30pm
age 14+ after 9 pm

Informal seating in main hall and oval room

A new evening event for The Asylum this year will be a pirate-themed musical night at the Assembly Rooms with The Antipoet and The Captain's Beard. 

This will be the perfect opportunity to explore your mutinous side in the company of some fine musicians (and probably some very dodgy looking steampunk pirates too).

The Anitpoet were winners of the Asylum XIII 'Introducing' evening and we are delighted to be welcoming them back to play again at Asylum XIV

The Antipoet

Paul Eccentric and Ian Newman, are together the Steampunk world's finest exponents of beatrantin' rhythm 'n views!


Having become somewhat successful over the last fifteen years, they have tirelessly toured the Steampunk, poetry, comedy and music circuits appearing at countless festivals including, Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, The Edinburgh Fringe and Whitby Steampunk Weekends.

The Captain's Beard

If you came to the Advance Guard for Asylum XII or the Dead Dog party at the end of Asylum XIII you will have heard the raucous bundle of energy that are The Captains Beard. Who better to explain what they do than the men themselves:

"Yarrr! The Captain's Beard be a company o' travelin' troubadors on a quest te bring the finest o' sea shantys and forebitters to the ears of all who'll listen. We play songs of the grog, grot and grime that comes o' travelling the high seas. Fer all who enjoy the pirates life let us be yer soundtrack"

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