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Leeds Steampunk Market and steam trains!

Started by Frau Blucker, June 17, 2019, 03:25:42 PM

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Frau Blucker

The Leeds Steampunk Market brings you another summer market held at the always popular Middleton Railway. This is on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2019, trading times 10-5 on both days.

Moor Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 2JQ

The Middleton Railway is the world's oldest working railway running steam and diesel trains from Moor Road to Middleton Park. This will most likely be running a steam train all weekend - timetable shows first departure from Moor Road at 11am and last one at 4pm.
An extensive museum collection is usually on display in the Engine House - most of these are moved out onto the tracks for this event allowing us space for the traders.

It is run entirely by volunteers and entry to the market will be £2 per adult - all proceeds go to the Railway.

Cab rides in the locomotives are available for a small extra charge and workshop tours but this will be dependent on available crew (which are volunteers) on the day. Because building work on the carriage shed has over-run, Driver for a Fiver won't be available this year unfortunately. Footplate rides will be upon request but do please be aware that large elaborate outfits don't mix well with steam loco footplates designed in 1900!!

You can combine unlimited rides on the train with a visit to the park, and this makes a fun day out for all the family.
Prices are correct at time of going to press but please check their websites for updates: adult £3.50 single, £7 return, child £1.50 single, £3 return, family ticket £18 return.
(Children aged under 3 years travel free, children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive need child tickets, those over 15 years need adult tickets, up to 2 adults and 3 children can use a family ticket, pets can travel free

There is a shop that sells souvenirs, sweets and hot and cold drinks. This is going to be expanded into the seating area having a lot more cakes thus becoming a tearoom.
There will also be a hot food trader outside and someone selling alcoholic refreshments (tbc).
This will be an interactive event, with traders in the Engine House only on the ground floor and having tabletop gaming on both days.

There will be coffee jousting on one of the days, recruiting from an hour before the tournament with medals for gold, silver, two bronze and the Coffee Bean (host) made by Captain Cumberpatch's Curious Creations. Free to take part! This will be at 2.30pm so sign up from 1.30pm.

There will also be a fund raising tombola run on both days as well which all the traders will have donated items to.

There will be fire eating and display at 12.30 on both days and other entertainment on the Sunday to be confirmed.

The Flying Squadron with one (or possibly even two) of their owls demonstrating their charm and style will be in attendance there again on the Saturday only
Flight time at 4.30pm so that it doesn't clash with passengers taking the last train of the day.

Steam trains are planned to be running all weekend.
The first train departs at 11:00.
Later trains are at:  11:40, 12:20, 13:00, 14:00, 14:40, 15:20, and 16:00 on both days.

Please note that there is easy disabled access to all of the building including the upstairs conference room and public areas of the railway.

Please note this museum and car park is secured overnight so they do not allow overnight parking. Anyone wishing to park up overnight for trading or visiting in a campervan are advised to look around for an alternative solution, perhaps one of the neighbouring side streets? There is a large carpark a short distance away at the retail park (where B&M and The Range is) but don't know if they allow overnight parking. Lorries do park up along the road leading into this car park. They also used to park up next to the park at the end of the street where we used to live. Look up Longroyd Beeston and you'll find them on the map. It's only a couple of minutes away.

If you can't join us that weekend, do please support them after the horrendous damage they suffered one week after our event last summer which was caused by the arson attack on the neighbouring woodyard.
.. steampunk for the masses not the classes.. ;)

Synistor 303

I would love to go, but it is a bit too far to drive...   :(