We are sorry to announce we have taken the decision to cancel this event this year.
Whilst the Government’s aspiration is for elements of the Leisure and Retail Industries to be able to function from the beginning of July, the simple fact is that we have no idea what restrictions will be enforced, whether or not these will apply to Museums or Markets, or indeed whether the aspiration will actually be realised.

Arranging a market or social event in any enclosed space (not just museums or galleries but larger spaces such as leisure centres) would be logistically impossible. 
We are also very mindful that even were the event to be legally able to proceed while the Covid-19 virus will still be very much “at large”, it would be irresponsible to do so.
Please be assured we have taken this decision in the interests of the wellbeing of all our customers and traders, along with those staffing the museum.
We WILL see you all soon and will continue to make LSM’s plans known as early as possible.

13th May 2020.


Update 28th April 2020.
I have updated the banner of forthcoming events including this weekend's virtual market.

Obviously the other "real" events are all now awaiting confirmation pending updates and developments from the government in regards to the coronavirus pandemic.

I now have Leeds Industrial Museum booked in for the winter event on 5th and 6th December. Keeping fingers crossed that we'll all be allowed to start to have some sort of "normal" life by then..

I will keep you informed as and when I have definite information - all we can do for now is abide by the social distancing guidelines and keep ourselves safe.

28th April 2020.

Original announcement 18th March 2020.

You may be aware that Leeds City Council announced yesterday afternoon that all their museum sites are to close from today and remain so until the end of April. I am unable to secure any assurance from the council that these are finite dates and that re-opening will actually happen on the 1st May and so have no alternative other than to cancel the LSM currently scheduled for 2nd and 3rd May at Leeds Industrial Museum.

I cannot relocate as this is a blanket that has impacted nationwide. Nor do I plan to re-schedule or postpone the event as to do so would negatively impact on both the rescheduled event and any others which are planned on an already over crowded calendar.

I will be in direct contact with traders who have already made bookings for the event separately.

Looking further ahead Middleton Railway (July) and Halifax Steampunk Market (October) remain scheduled to take place as advertised.

I have not yet announced the location for the annual December market but expect to be able to update this in the next few weeks.

Apologies to everyone for this but it cannot be avoided. I was really looking forward to being back there again as well!

Jo Burgoyne-Neal
Owner & manager of Leeds Steampunk Market as a self employed sole trader.
Dated 18th March 2020

Welcome to Leeds Steampunk Market!

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

Est. October 2011

5 weekends of markets a year in West Yorkshire.

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 a fundraising charity stall, hot food vendors, vintage tea room, interactive demonstrations & working machinery, a small amount of entertainment every day including a bird of prey flying display & exclusive to LSM- prize winning coffee jousting.

Every event is advertised with 5,000 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 or have a charity fundraising stall, 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.

For any events - gigs or markets - please check our Twitter for any updates as I regret I am not able to edit or add anything to this website from my phone.


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