A FANTASTICAL steampunk event with a Christmas theme will be coming to Weymouth this weekend.

The town will host ‘the best of Steampunk' event - a literary and aesthetic movement that takes inspiration from 19th century science fiction, fantasy and technology, on Saturday and Sunday (December 4 and 5).

On Saturday, visitors can check out the curated market at Nothe Fort alongside an exhibition of creations from Tinker’s workshop in addition to tours and festive sing-a-longs, before attending a ball in the evening at the Royal Hotel.

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On Sunday, a leisurely stroll will take place along the promenade starting from Jubilee Clock Tower at 11am - with those attending encouraged to put on their finest steampunk outfits. The stroll will end at Alexandra Gardens where people can enjoy rides and amusements on offer as well as return to the market.

Dawn Rondeau, We Are Weymouth (BID) manager, said: "We're so excited to have instigated this weekend of Steampunk activities and want to welcome everyone to Weymouth to take part in a weekend packed full of festive and fantastical events throughout the town.

"We wanted to offer something Christmas-themed with a twist and our steampunk Christmas activities are just that.

"We’re also really honoured to be endorsed by the Ministry of Steampunk who are working in partnership with us to provide the first Christmas event of this ilk in the UK and we’re excited to see bookings coming in thick and fast from visitors planning to join us for the weekend."

John Naylor, Ministry of Steampunk, said: "Weymouth is a brilliant backdrop for a Steampunk event as it has the right architecture, history and vibe, whilst being on the south coast provides us with the opportunity to bring something new to an area that hasn’t got many steampunk events”

"We hope that this will become an annual event, one of the highlights in the Steampunk calendar, for the Weymouth community and beyond."