Holiday Hamster Helps Halifax Gala and tickets now on sale!

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Ripponden based independent travel agent Holiday Hamster is showing their support for Calderdale’s longest-running not-for-profit annual event.

With the event facing rising costs, the friendly, positive people behind the travel consultancy offered to sponsor the event’s printed materials costs. That’s everything from the posters & flyers you’ve no doubt seen across the borough, to the tickets you need to get through the gate.

Advance tickets costing just £2 for the Halifax Charity Gala are now available at or from local shops including Brown’s News, Electric Bowl & Charity 1st Shop. Each advance ticket admits 1 adult or 2 children – meaning a family of 4 is just £6! It’s highly recommended to buy your tickets early, as prices go up to £3 advance from 1st June until Gala Day. On Saturday 10th June, they’re £6 per adult, £3 per child / OAP / concession, or £15 for a family ticket (admitting 2 adults & up to 3 children), with under 5s admitted free of charge.

“The generous sponsorship from Hayley and her team will hopefully allow us to raise a larger surplus during this year’s event,” explains Sharon Tyler-McDonnell, chairperson. “The less we have to spend on the essential costs to put on the event each year, the larger the distribution we can make to our members, which helps them to benefit even more people in Calderdale.”

With over 50 good causes represented on at Manor Heath, there’s lots for children & adults of all ages to do – a popular favourite is always the Boys Brigade marquee, serving food & drinks. The programme for the arena entertainments is almost completed, this year expect to see magical acts, dancing, and daredevil shows.

Around the ground, you’ll be treated to a Punch & Judy show, fairground rides for everyone, and a local marketplace where small community businesses will have a range of artisan & hand-crafted products for sale.

Halifax Charity Gala, PO Box 810, HALIFAX, HX1 9QD
Please Support The Halifax Charity Gala
Second Saturday in June, Manor Heath Park

Whilst undoubtedly one of Calderdale’s most successful events, having raised well over £1million for at least 100 good causes benefitting those who live & work in Halifax and the surrounding towns since 1957, nobody on the Committee is paid for their time or services.

“We always look forward to preparing the float for the procession,” says Carol Challengers of Halifax Elim Church, one of the good causes that benefits from the annual event, “We work in the Illingworth area with youngsters, and they just love the excitement of riding through the town dressed up.”

This year’s Procession is expected to be longer than pre-Covid, including some exciting & unusual vehicles. Whilst organisers have chosen not to specify a theme, the displays from the Scouts, Brownies and other local youth groups never fail to impress. Each year crowds line Horton Street, Market Street Old Market & Corn Market in the Town Centre to watch the many floats pass by from around 1130, as they make their way to Manor Heath Park. With the official opening ceremony taking place at 1pm, it’s expected that the Grand Procession will arrive around 1230.

This year will see Halifax Charity stage their 65th event, which takes places on the 2nd Saturday of June in Manor Heath Park, raising money for over 50 good causes that benefit the people of Calderdale. More details can be found at You can let everyone know that you’re coming along by joining our Facebook event at