Get dressed up and steam off to the Motat fair
The power that built New Zealand will be on show at Motat this weekend.
The inaugural Great Motat Steam Fair is set to showcase the museum’s steam collection. It will give visitors a chance to learn about the history of steam power while getting to grips with it in a series of hands-on activities.
Motat museum director Michael Frawley says families won’t be able to resist climbing aboard the museum’s beautifully restored steam trains and steam-powered traction engines which will be giving rides throughout the day.
If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at coal shovelling then you can put your teamwork skills to the test at the fair.
There will be a costume parade through Motat’s Historic Village.
It will see steampunks, cosplayers (people who dress up as a favourite character from history or fiction), social history aficionados and theatre-lovers strut their stuff in their best Victorian sciencefiction outfits.
Spot prizes will be awarded throughout the day for costume originality.
‘‘We encourage everyone to come along dressed to impress,’’ Mr Frawley says.
Children will be able to transform themselves into steampunks by creating their own goggles and top hats to take home.
Visitors will have access to Motat’s restored pumphouse and beam engine, authentic steam locomotives, engines and rollers, while a team of volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions.
The Great Motat Steam Fair will be held on Sunday at Motat, Great North Rd, Western Springs.
The fair is free with normal admission to Motat.
Steampunk: Motat’s Historic Village will act as a backdrop for the fair’s Victorian science-fiction costume parade.