So, as you already know, I lost my soulmate / best friend / husband Si to cancer on 1st October 2020.

Life is a challenge as I’m trying to now keep on top of not one but two self employed businesses. 
Si’s brand of selling online as Captain Cumberpatch’s Curious Creations is my primary focus as that is my only source of income and takes up all of my time leaving very little for running markets. I'm doing my best to bring them back but there won't be as many as before and I'm going to need help from my friends to make them happen. I do miss seeing everyone and getting dressed up and us all being “faintly ridiculous”.

So what I am proposing for the dates that would have otherwise have been markets is a bunch of LSM social days out – and you can still ask for “Dave” like we did in February 2020. (Those of you that we were with at Haworth for that time will know what that means!)

Armley Mill will definitely be one of them as that’s always held a special place in our hearts as that’s where Si and I first got together in March 2014.


Welcome to Leeds Steampunk Market!

Also included Bradford Steampunk Market, Halifax Steampunk Market and LSM on tour.

Est. October 2011

Used to be held as 5 weekends of markets a year in West Yorkshire.

The markets are now back although not quite as many!

Held at places of interest, usually museums as their surroundings complement the steampunk theme and we like to support local community places to help keep them going.

The range of traders at our events is quite varied as there is a crossover between steampunk and several other genres.

If your products are interesting, peculiar or unusual then they’re likely to fit in - they don’t necessarily have to have cogs on them!

 Event attractions usually include hot food vendors, vintage tea room, interactive demonstrations & working machinery, a small amount of entertainment every day with a bird of prey flying display & exclusive to LSM- prize winning coffee jousting.

Every event is advertised with at least 1,000 flyers, local press, online & via social media.

Leeds, Halifax & Bradford Steampunk Markets operate only local authority licenced events. 

Full details at including weapons policy.

Enquiries to trade/exhibit, please email

Proudly sponsored by Captain Cumberpatch’s Curious Creations



Everyone at all steampunk events gets asked this. If you’re new to the scene, ask six different people and you’ll get six different answers.

This is mine...

Take a generous dose of 19th century Victorian writers, such as Jules Verne (author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) and H.G. Wells (author of The Time Machine) as to me this is the main ingredient and starting point.
Add plenty of science fiction, a handful of clocks and zeppelins, a sprinkling of cogs and gearwheels, bring to the boil over a steampowered heat and simmer.

Goggles are a trademark/icon/symbol of the Victorian age - it screams industry. Aviators and drivers often did wear goggles as they kept dirt, oil, sparks, wind and steam out of their eyes. As far as steampunks are concerned, they offer protection against laser guns of course but they are NOT a crucial part of your costume, nor is a top hat, nor a corset.
As far as "dressing the part" goes I suggest the following:
Go through your wardrobe (stop before you get to Narnia). Pick out all the bits that never go with anything, pile them all up on the bed then figure out a way to wear as much of them at the same time. Perhaps the bedspread or the curtains could be made into a coat?! Anything you are lacking, rummage through car boot sales and charity shops.
There are no hard and fast rules about what is and isn't considered steampunk and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Steampunk is fictional, it's not historical re-enactment!
It's all about escapism, doing what you want and dressing how you like. We're all different, misfits even, and this is one place where all of those quirks help define you as to who you are but makes you part of one big family.

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