Saturday is the main first day of the festival and it kicked off at 11am, though I didn’t arrive until nearer 11:30 so I missed the opening address unfortunately. I looked at the stalls in the school first before heading across to the castle grounds and having a look in the stalls there. Caught a little bit of the Steam Western shoot out though such a large crowd had gathered that I couldn’t really see what was happening. I then headed over to the Assembly Rooms to catch the Tea Duelling open heat. So much tension and anticipation, I love watching tea duelling and it was a full hall so it seems everyone else does too.
You can find out all about Tea Duelling here: http://teaduel.yolasite.com/
It was then time to do some more general wondering around, chatting, taking in the atmosphere, shopping, etc before joining some of my friends for a nice afternoon punknic (Steampunk picnic).
Then it was back to the Assembly Rooms for the Costume Competition. The competitors outfits are accompanied with a write-up about their costume/character that is read out while they are on the stage. This adds a whole extra aspect to the outfit that you can’t appreciate from the images alone.
My outfit for the Saturday:
None of it went to plan and my corset was totally the wrong shade of green so it was a bit of a last minute throw together.
So that was Saturday daytime and then it was the burlesque, I mean Folk Singing, on the evening, I took Dmitry with me (he’s my owl bag) but don’t worry I kept his eyes covered at the really saucy parts. (It’s an in-joke about the burlesque event, they pretend that its a folk singing event as The Major would be shocked such an event was taking place, all silly and good fun). This was my outfit for the evening: