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Hello! and welcome to Waltz on the Wye, Wales' loveliest Steampunk Festival!

The event spans the weekend 18th-20th May 2012.

This event pack contains vital information such as a map of Chepstow, Festival event times, Treasure Hunt clues, etc.

Depending on which ticket you have purchased, you will be provided with a dedicated wrist band. Please put this on immediately so it doesn't get lost as this is what will allow you access to the parts of the festival your ticket provides.

The festival itself is based mainly in the lower part of Chepstow by the River Wye. The main venues are the Drill Hall, the Riverside Gardens and Bandstand and Chepstow Castle.

We highly suggest parking in Castle Dell car park, as the Drill Hall car park will probably be very busy. After 5pm and Sunday, parking is free in Chepstow!

Toilets are available in the Castle Dell car park, the Drill Hall and Riverside Gardens. They all have disabled facilities.

Weaponry : we understand the Steampunk weaponry is a popular part of steampunk outfits. However, Chepstow Castle and the Riverside Gardens are publicly accessed areas and replica weapons can cause alarm, so please be careful. We have discussed this issue with the local Police. If you are particularly proud of your armoury, then we would happily display it in the Contraptions Exhibition

No weapons will be allowed in the Ball

Event Control

This is situated in the lobby of the Drill Hall. Open daily. This is where you pick your wristbands from plus any other information about the festival or even Chepstow itself!

Welcome Barbeque

This will be held by the Three Tuns on Friday. There is a variety of barbeque food for most diets. The barbeque is open from 4pm til they sell out of food. Alternative food onsite is via the Strumpets with Crumpets who are based next to the bandstand in the Riverside Gardens.

Morgan and West Magic Show

The show is approx 90 minutes long and you will leave amazed and entranced!

The show is on Friday in the Drill Hall. Doors open 7pm and the show starts promptly at 7.30pm.

There is a bar open from 7pm and it will also be open for interval drinks (15min interval but there is the option to pre-order)

Bands on the Bandstand

The bandstand is in the Riverside Gardens.

Music starts 6.15pm on Friday.

There are three bands Boxcar Aldous Huxley, Gaudy Orde and Rogora Khart. Headliners Rogora Khart will be performing after the magic show.

The Mechanised Market

The market is open from 10.00am til 4.00pm Saturday and 10.30am til 3.00pm Sunday in the Drill Hall. Please make an effort to visit all the stalls, as many have travelled far distances to show you their steamy wares!

Talks and Workshops

There are various talks and workshops, listed below with times (times may be subject to change on the day).Most talks last between 30-45 minutes. They will all be held in the Drill Hall and Chepstow Tourist Information office (which is in the Castle car park).

Mark Cordory Q&A Session Saturday Drill Hall 10.30am

James Richardson-Brown "Steampunk 101"

Meg Kingston "Writing the Science of Steampunk" Saturday Drill Hall 1.30pm

Professor Elemental "Chap Hop WorkShop" Saturday Tourist Information 3pm (last approx 1.5hrs)

Cursing Chemist Atomic Frizzen Sunday Drill Hall 11am

Will Segerman "Moderately Advanced Prop Making Techniques That Once You Know The Trick Are Actually Quite Easy" Sunday Drill Hall 1pm

Mim McDonald "Victorian and Steampunk Knitting" Sunday Drill Hall 12pm

Azura Romwell "Hidden Messages in Victorian Jewellery" Sunday Drill Hall 2pm

Contraptions Exhibition

The Contraptions Exhibition is based in the old pantry in Chepstow Castle. Access to the castle is usually £4, however we have been able to organise a deal with Cadw that will allow free access via your wristbands. We would be grateful if as part of this you would spread the word how lovely Chepstow Castle is!

The Contraptions Exhibition is open Saturday 9.30-5pm and Sunday 9.30 - 3pm.

There will be signs pointing towards the exhibit, but please take the opportunity to explore this wonderful monument aswell.

Chepstow Castle has one mobility scooter available to borrow.

We warmly welcome your items to be exhibited, so please bring ithem along between 9.30 and 10am on Saturday -straight to the pantry for a space!

There will be an award for most popular contraption, voted for by you the public!

Tea Duelling

Time to show off your high tea and conversation skills!

Hosted by the Duchess of Frugonia on Saturday at the Coach and Horses Inn on Welsh Street at 11am. Finals will take place at 3pm.

Wyatt Nerf's Shootin' Shack

The Shootin Shack is based in the Riverside Gardens, is open Saturday and Sunday and is manned by the Cursing Chemist. Please have a visit and have a go at shooting down the enemy balloons and martians!

It costs 20p a go, which goes to our nominated charity- Severn Area Rescue Association.

Highest scores of the day wins the coveted medal!

Treasure Hunt

The Treasure Hunt is a great way to explore Chepstow and see some of it's unusual sights. Anyone can enter the Treasure Hunt.There is a form for the hunt in this welcome pack. If you don't have a pen or pencil, then please go to event control and borrow one from our special supply!

Follow the instructions and try to answer as many questions as possible. Entries need to be in by 2pm on Sunday .There will be a box at Event Control for your entries. Winner to be announced in the Drill Hall Sunday at the [Raffle]] drawing -so if you want to win the treasure then get going! The prize will be awarded for the entry with the most correct answers. If there is more than one same highest score, then the winner will be pulled from a hat!

Waltz on the Wye Cabaret and Ball

The Ball opens at 7.15pm on Saturday. Entertainment begins at 7.50pm. Your compere for the evening is the lovely Lily Belle.

On entry you can be photographed by our in-house photographer. If you like your picture, you will have the option to buy a printed copy that evening for a small cost.

Please note the bar is cash only. Thank you.

As with all indoor venues, the Drill Hall is a no smoking venue.

Carriages at midnight. The Drill Hall is in a residential area, so all efforts to leave quietly are appreciated.

The Curious Case: A Working Title Theatre Production

The play will be performed on Sunday at The White Lion pub via the Sports Bar entrance. The show is approximatley 1 hour long.


Our raffle is being run for the Severn Area Rescue Association.

Tickets are £1 each and the raffle will be drawn on Sunday at approx 3pm in the Drill Hall. Mobile numbers and names can be written on tickets for those unable to be present at the draw.

Dead Badger Party

All are cordially welcome to our wind down party at the Three Tuns starting from 6pm on Sunday. Ellen Cox will be playing from 6.30pm.



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