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25 - 28 AUGUST 2023


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Catered daytime features and evening event tickets will be released in due course. Announcements will be made by email to Patreons, on the Ministry's 'Welcome to the Asylum' Facebook page and on this website when the time comes. 

Weekend at the Asylum is the world’s largest steampunk festival. It has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of people over the last fifteen years and is held in the City of Lincoln which traces its history back for more than two millennia.

First and foremost Weekend at the Asylum is a convention style event; a gathering of steampunk enthusiasts looking to share their hobby with other enthusiasts from around the world. To participate fully in the Weekend you need a wristband. These are available for single days or for all four days of the event. They cover all of the daytime content only. Evening events and catered features are ticketed entirely separately.

This year your wristband grants you access to the County Assembly Rooms, Westgate School, Lincoln Castle ward and the Castle’s Steampunk zone which includes the Heritage Skills Centre, marquees and the Victorian Men’s Prison. Here you will find an extensive programme of exhibitions, talks, displays, games, features and convention only traders.

If you don’t wish to be part of the convention itself you can purchase castle admission which will allow you into the Castle Ward and the features there. Finally you can just pop along to the Bailgate area for free to enjoy the spectacle of the event and access to the free markets (but please be aware that for logistical and security reasons only weekend and Monday wristband holders can participate in the grand promenade).

Of course we are aware of the problems faced by the economy and budgets are squeezed tightly. Weekend at the Asylum does not receive any financial support and has always been proud to operate entirely on income from ticket sales. Even so we have decided not to increase our ticket prices in the face of inflation but indeed are reducing them compared to 2022. Furthermore we are offering free wristbands to all under 17s when accompanied by a paying adult, so we are much more affordable than comparable fan conventions and comicons etc.  We hope this helps. 

When you buy wristbands you will receive an electronic confirmation. Keep this safe. Bring it along to event control on Castle Hill during the event (Friday to Monday from 10am) or other locations as advertised to claim your wristbands.

Please check the terms and conditions for full information.

Free carer’s tickets are available to ADULT wristband holders who can show their entitlement through presentation of PIP or DLA at control.

Please note that you may only purchase two early bird wristbands at a time to give others a fair chance.

Keep up to date with news and further information at our website or on our Facebook group “Welcome to the Asylum”. Sorry we do not operate a general mailing list or similar due to data handling regulations but key updates will be emailed to ticket purchasers as is permitted.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to “The Asylum” and seeing your creativity in the most splendid of surroundings.

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