COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT:

I regret to announce this year's Cogwarts Steampunk Spectacular has been postponed to 2021. I had hoped to hear from the venue in June, but as I understand it, they have not been told anything about opening by Denbighshire Council, who in turn are still waiting to hear from the Welsh Assembly. I was told that if they did open, the toilets would remain closed and that would just create too many problems.
I cannot see how we could possibly observe social distancing on the train, or at the evening events, (both nights) and that just leaves the Bizarre Bazaar,(without loos). So, rather than present a pale, stripped back version of Coggies, let's go full-throttle next year, shall we?
Unlike my Faery Festival, many steampunks are, 'of an age' to be a little more vulnerable to the pandemic and the thought of anyone getting sick or even dying of Covid-19 after attending Cogwarts is unbearable - and would see the end of this event.
I hope you understand I have done my best and I have only taken this step to safeguard our beloved Cogwarts in the hope it can run for many more years.
All stallholder fees automatically transfer, and even if there is the annual rise in venue rental, I guarantee you will not have to pay a penny more.
The stress of having to make this decision alongside postponing the Faery Festival with so much conflicting information, (go to work unless you can stay at home, lockdown easing, schools in or out, lockdown in Leicestershire, second wave or not), has resulted in me having a stroke at a relatively young age. I now have a year to recover and both myself and dear old Cogwarts will be back, better than ever next year. Best wishes, Tink


two and a bit days of utter spiffingness!

Come and join US, (Utterly Spiffingtonians), for a wonderful weekend of pure steampunk mad-hattery and general goings on. There will be a whole two and a bit days of utter spiffingness! Starting with Friday evening, (18th. September) at Llangollen Railway ,There and Back Again is a one and a half hour STEAM TRAIN RIDE with entertainments, plus 'best picnic' competition. Thence to Llangollen Pavilion LL20 8SW, for an evening of Music, Magic, Comedy and Mayhem with the naughty Lady Violet Hugh and that magical minx Sylvia Sceptre, plus for the first time ever STEAMPUNKS GOT TALENT! A display of astonishing virtuosity!  On Saturday & Sunday, (19th and 20th September), at  Llangollen Pavilion,  for the BIZARRE BAZAAR Steampunk Market featuring THE TEALYMPICS with a host of new and old  steampunk games for you to participate in or watch and on Saturday from 7.00pm, THE GRAND STEAM BALL featuring Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, Blowzone, Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq and more....

cogwarts~ more steam for your shillings!

FRIDAY 18th. SEPT

THERE AND BACK AGAIN:

Venue: Llangollen Railway.

Time:  From 5.30pm - come earlier as you will be sure to want to take lots of photographs in this atmospheric setting.


The lovely Carriage Tea Rooms will be open for refreshments too.


THERE AND BACK AGAIN is a two hour circular trip on a wonderful steam train.  During your journey, you will be entertained with some general jolly nonsense performed by Erwyd the Steampunk Jester, and there will be other goings on too... 

We will be stopping at the beautifully restored Victorian station at Berwyn where there will be plenty of photo opportunities.



Followed by.... a brief parade to the throbbing heart of Cogwarts, Llangollen Pavilion where you will 

thoroughly entertained by ....

         LADY VIOLET HUGH

She insists her lyrics are pure and innocent ... Indeed she may have once been called Snow White ... but alas, she has drifted ...!

THEN... this is YOUR chance to show us what you've got! It's STEAMPUNKS GOT TALENT!

  Whilst the judges cogitate and contemplate just who will win the coveted STEAMPUNKS GOT TALENT trophy, you will be thoroughly entertained by the outrageous prestidigitation of the magical MISS SYLVIA SCEPTRE!

SATURDAY 19th. SUNDAY  20th. SEPT.

THE BIZAARE BAZAAR

No Steampunk event would be complete without the opportunity to purchase extra kit.  The Bizarre Bazaar is all you would expect from a thoroughly fascinating Steampunk market.  Alongside the stalls, there will be a 'miniature' (but still quite big) hot air balloon flying inside the enormous arena - yes, all the stalls are indoors and so we are fully weatherproofed! Huzzah!

Alongside the market, each day is filled with COMPETITIONS  & ENTERTAINMENTS

ENTERTAINMENTS:

Entertainments from: Steampunk dancers, Belly Fusion and Erwyd the Steampunk Jester.

NEW THIS YEAR! THE TEALYMPICS!

Steamier, Coggier, Sillier!

(Not 'higher, faster, stronger as in those 'other' games... )

MORE SILLY STEAMPUNK GAMES THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A FINE MOLUCCA CANE AT!

There are may medals up for grabs! You can take part or observe from a safe distance. The Battenberg Relay is back with a host of newly invented 'traditional' competitions.

FROM LAST YEAR WE HAVE  FLIPFLOPPING AND TOSSING THE STEAMPIPE!

Plus more lovely silliness!

 THE OLD FAVOURITES WILL BE REPRESENTED TOO:

COGGIEST CANINE: Has your doggy friend caught a touch of the Steampunk?  Strut your mutt to show off their best costume.

PARASOL DUELLING: Not confined to the ladies, this is the latest cut-throat martial art.   Created by our colonial cousins, this deadly form of duelling has arrived from the Americas!  

TEA DUELLING: The Steampunks way of settling disputes has evolved into a fine sport.  Prepare yourself to witness a tea and biscuit frenzy!

TEA POT RACING: back by popular demand! This skilled sport takes nerves of steel - can you make it around the course without losing your spout?





the grand steam ball

Sat 20th. sept

Starting at 7.00pm promptly, with its signature packed-to-the-gunnels line up, this extraordinary evening is a tribute to the Cogwarts standard of 'More Steam for your Shillings!' So come and dance the night away to the finest Steampunk performers in the gloriously strange Steampunk cosmos...

Dear friend of Cogwarts, he of the impeccable stylings and finest facial topiary, Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer is graciously lending his dignified  presence and some banging tunes to our happy gathering!
                   BLOWZONE

A fabulous throng, excellent exponents of contemporary song, these jolly, jazzy coves are bound to bring you to your feet to cut a rug in real style!

 THOMAS BENJAMIN WILD ESQ.

Conjure if you will, a lovechild...  With his dapper looks and potty mouth,  Thomas Benjamin Wild Esquire is surely, perchance the offspring of Mr B and Lady Violet?

JONATHAN MARKWOOD'S HOO HAH CONSPIRACY

A very presentable bunch of splendid chaps perform  under the guise of Jonathan Markwood's Hoo Hah Conspiracy! Who are the Hoo Hah? We are! You are!


BELLY FUSION: Mesmeric  and amazing, this steampunk troupe played the daytime event last year and went down so well they are here to play the Grand Steam Ball!