MINEHEAD turned the clock back over the Bank Holiday weekend with a vibrant Victorian Steampunk Festival, which the organisers claimed was bigger and better than previous years.

Spokesperson Alison Prior said: “The whole town joined in, and huge fun was had by all.

“What a weekend - we will never be the same again. It was bigger and better than ever. Visitors and locals joined in and there was a party vibe right across town. 

“The outfits were amazing and provided a wonderful lens with which to view the ingenuity and creativity on display as everyone got into the spirit of things – a steamy punky glue that bound us together to create this inclusive and family friendly weekend.

“With over 10 venues providing entertainment from our 20 strong professional band of giggers, bands, and acts, all came together to orchestrate a fabulous festival.

“Some of the favourites being Follow the Dolphin, Kitten Von Mew, Mickey Wynne, Dr Grey, Magic Luke, and Tabitha Wild.

“Some bigger bands played, too, starting on Friday night with the Mighty Rough Justice and on Saturday the Jamestown Brothers and 'Dandy Man', with a steampunk variety show at the Regal Theatre.

“On Sunday, more during the day again and a stomping barn dance with Fresh Aire in the evening at the Minehead Social Club and the gothic steampunk band the Wattingers playing at Bar 21”.

A steampunk craft market was also held in Minehead’s Old Hospital, with steam engines giving tours from outside, and the West Somerset Steam Railway also held a gala weekend.

The age-old Hobbyhorse May Day tradition continued to attract followers from far and wide.

Alison said: “It was a thrilling but exhausting weekend, with some unforeseen developments - there always are - but nothing that broke our stride.

“I will, however, be passing the baton to others to organise next year and I wish them every success with it.”