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Leeds Steampunk Market 7th & 8th March 2020

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  • Leeds Steampunk Market 7th & 8th March 2020

    Leeds Steampunk Market (Est. October 2011) is 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. Victorian, military, gothic, dark and spooky, paranormal, holistic, spiritual, faery, pagan, LARP, roleplaying, historical, heritage crafts, Sci-Fi, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, geeky, nerdy, comics, gaming, modelling (railway and dollshouse), a bit of Boardwalk Empire/Game of Thrones thrown in, vintage, alternative (but NOT in a fetish/burlesque way).
    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!

    Leeds Steampunk Market brings you their first market of 2020 held at Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS5 3EH. (Opposite Kirkstall Abbey). This is Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March 2020.

    Doors open at 11am* Saturday, on the Sunday they open to the public at 10am, all stalls open and trading up to 5pm both days. There will be entertainment on both days (performances tbc) but unfortunately we won't be able to have the owl flight on this occasion* (please see note further down). *(the cafe opens at 10am though!)

    Recruiting for the Coffee Jousting (that's right, we do things different at LSM!) commences from 1.30pm for the tournament to take place at 2.30pm on the Saturday only. This is free to enter! Captain Cumberpatch's Curious Creations will be donating medals for the prizewinners (silver, gold and two bronze) and one also for the Coffee Jousting Beanmaster (the host).

    There will be a tombola run to raise money for a named charity which all the traders will be donating to.

    The museum's own Gatehouse cafe will be open to the public selling hot food, wine, cake and cuppas.

    This means we will not have our own hot food vendors outside for this event.

    Customers will be paying normal admission to the Museum itself to be able to access the traders as you will be mixed in with the whole building, the exhibitions, displays and the layout.

    Admission prices are:
    Adults - £5.20, Concessions £4.20
    Child - £2.65 - Children under 5 years - free.
    Family - £11.00
    Groups - £4.20

    Prices correct at time of going to press (Jan 2020) so do please check on their website here:

    The museum opened in July 1927. Wander the beautifully created authentic Victorian streets for a glimpse of life in 19th century Leeds, illustrating a range of shops and services and including original shop fittings etc. With some of the best collections outside of London and a number of unique collections of national and international importance, their collections are something we can all be proud of. Upstairs galleries feature the history of Kirkstall Abbey, Childhood, and Leeds Social History, as well as temporary exhibitions.


    We have no owl flight this time as when we were at this venue in March 2019 the museum received a couple of complaints. One was regarding a gun one of the people in costume was carrying and another about the birds being inside the museum.

    As the museum has to act on any complaint they receive they have asked us to include in our advertising that customers and traders won’t be allowed to bring guns into the museum.

    We do already have a weapons policy in place which has been in place since around mid 2016 following the incident at Bradford in March that year. This states quite clearly that no weapons are allowed to be worn or carried at any LSM, that they are to be left in the car.

    I did meet (during the course of the weekend) the person that the museum management are referring to and pointed out to him about his weapon being against the weapons policy. However as he'd paid admission and since passed through an additional staffed barrier I assumed the museum staff were happy for him to carry it. I told him I was agreeable to it being carried as he'd already been admitted with it, provided it was kept safely to his side so that he didn't pose a hazard with it.

    The weapons policy MUST be adhered to at all times.

    There is also to be no flash photography due to the exhibits so if you are taking photos, please ensure your camera has the necessary lens or setting to enable you to take photos without using flash. This directive has come from the Museum Curator as camera flashes, which emit intense light, are believed to hurt paintings and the patina of delicate objects. Eliminating flashes, even inadvertent ones, keeps these valuable and historic objects in pristine shape and reduces expensive restoration costs.

    This museum only allows assistance dogs in the building.

    We are also advised by the council's Parks Department that although the car park is not secured overnight and is outside the museum, they do not allow overnight parking. (Whether they enforce it or not we don't know - anyone wishing to park up overnight for trading or visiting in a campervan it's up to you!)

    PITCH SIZES: All pitches are based on just a 6ft table or rail. There is no standard or a deep pitch option at this venue.

    If you need to have space for two 6ft rails, a rail and a table, a table with a mannequin and a 4 foot rail then you must book a double - there are a limited amount of double spaces to accommodate this. You might be in a corner or you might be two side by side, not able to say until all pitches are filled and we start working on the floor plan, if you have a clear preference then we will accommodate where we can and availability permits.

    If you have your own tables, you do need to bring them as there are some supplied at this venue but not enough for everyone. There is a limited amount of chairs so advise bringing your own folding chair. They also have no trolley wheels so bring your own to make it easier to get your stuff to your pitch.

    Do not assume you can bring and fit in more than the stated amount of rail or tables that your paid for space allows. This will impact on the space next to you either needed for public access or used by another trader.

    £35 = single x 1 day
    £70 = single x 2 days or deep x 1 day
    £140 = deep x 2 days
    £105 = triple x 1 day
    £210 = triple x 2 days and so on…

    If you are interested in trading please fill in the attached application form and risk assessment and email [email protected]

    All traders must carry PLI. Please attach proof to your email.
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    ... stick a cog on it and call it steampunk...

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    Thanks for the note, will have to add the event to my calendar! Thanks again!