Saturday 8th June 2019

Gala day for The 63rd Halifax Charity Gala is Saturday 8th June 2019 as always at Manor Heath Park!

Dick Danager

Entertainment

The Dick Danger Show (Pictured left) should have a public health warning attached to it! How can one man be so stupid? Dick hasn't a clue but he is prepared to find out how close to physical injury he can get without actually hurting himself. 

A comic circus style show involving a oral B toothbrush, dad dancing in very tight trousers and Dick's signature trick, diving from a very high pole into a bucket of (mineral) water. Not to forget the outrageously skilful pole-dancing! Expect to feel really sensible after seeing this show.

The ever-popular Professor Baubles Punch & Judy Show will return, with several performances throughout the afternoon, to delight young audiences and old! 

Amazing Stephen

Zoot will be around the park with on his stilts or a unicycle. 

Amazing Stephen (Pictured right)Magician of the Year 2018, will no doubt keep the crowds entertained with his award winning show.

We'll also be entertained by local groups from Magpie Movers, Bazzmatazz, 3 Ways Gymnastics, Pathers Cheersleader & Stagedoor Studio!

 


4 Weeks to Go!

10 Weeks to Go

Our 60+ good causes are getting ready to be at Manor Heath in just 10 weeks time! There's going to be loads for children & adults of all ages to do - a popular favourite returning, missed in 2018, is the Punch & Judy Shows. The programme for the arena entertainments is almost bursting, this year expect to see magical acts, dancing and daredevil shows and more.

Around the ground, you'll be treated to kids go karts, fairground rides for all ages, and the new Bazaar featuring local craft producers. If you've been before, it's worth coming again this year, as the event continues to grow.

Whilst undoubtedly one of Calderdale's most successful events, having raised well over £1 million for at least 100 good causes benefiting those who live & work in Halifax and the surrounding towns since 1957, nobody on the Committee is paid for their time or services. Each year, the group of a dozen or so community-spirited individuals come together to plan and run one of Yorkshire's best-value family day out.

And whilst everyone on the Committee plays a part on Gala Day, from leading the procession to awarding the prizes, the weekend couldn't take place without the support of the many additional volunteers who literally put the show together.

"Every June we look to the people of Halifax and beyond to come along and help us make the Halifax Charity Gala happen," explains Andy Kettle, Joint-Chairperson.

"Some people are great at getting stuck in helping to move the fence panels, whilst others aren't as mobile and prefer to help by welcoming charities and suppliers to the site and finding their plots on the ground," he goes on.

"We have a range of roles and tasks that are needed to keep the Gala running as successfully as it has been, such as erecting gazebos or issuing wristbands, and we welcome the kind support from anybody who has a couple of hours or more to spare around the 7th, 8th or 9th of June."

Anybody who is able to offer assistance to Halifax Charity Gala is asked to email volunteers@halifaxgala.org.uk and they'll be invited to one of the committee's social gatherings to join the team and find out more.

This year's Procession is expected to be longer than recent years, including some exciting & unusual vehicles. Whilst organiser's have chosen not to specify a theme, the displays from the uniformed groups and other local good causes, 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. It's expected that the Grand Procession will arrive around 1230, with another large crowd waiting on Skircoat Green Road, to welcome the processions arrival. The full route can be found on our website. The official opening ceremony taking place at 1pm.

"Judging the Procession is probably some of the toughest decisions made each year," says one of our Judges, "The quality of entries, from the member organisations and local businesses, never fails to impress."

"Our judging panel changes every year and is made up of a mix of adults & young people, who rate each entry on their visual appearance, crowd interaction, and activity levels - it sets a very high standard for our Grand Procession. It's hugely satisfying to be walking up & down the route, and hearing spectators 'oohing' & 'aahing' and applauding as the floats pass them by."

Tickets for Halifax Gala are £4 per adult, £2 per child / OAP / concession, or £10 for a family ticket (admitting 2 adults & up to 3 children) when purchased on the day, with under 5s admitted free of charge. Advance tickets, available online now from www.halifaxgala.org.uk or from local shops next month, are just £2 each admitting 1 adult or 2 children.

This year will see Halifax Charity Gala stage their 63rd event, which takes places on the 2nd Saturday of June (8th of June) in Manor Heath Park, raising money for over 60 good causes that benefit the people of Calderdale. 

 


100 Days to Go!

100 Days to Go

VOLUNTEERS have been working since June to put together the most varied Halifax Charity Gala the town has ever seen. Last year, the committee helped to raise a record £30,000 for local good causes, and this year are on track to do even better.

A new feature at this year's fun-packed weekend will be The Bazaar @ Halifax Gala, a corner of independent market stalls trading locally-produced crafts, food & beverages to take home. The concessions team have already reviewed several stallholders for this area but are still on the lookout for small businesses who are keen to support their member charities.

"I'm extremely excited to see the new Bazaar taking shape," says Sharon Tyler, Committee Member. "The Gala has always supported local voluntary organisations, charities and good causes."

"This year, we're taking it one step further by providing a platform to support local businesses to sell their local produce, which is beneficial to our local economy."

"A good local economy can only be of benefit to the people who live in, work in and visit Calderdale."

The Committee have been listening to feedback from the public and will be bringing back the popular Punch & Judy Show and a stilt walker to entertain everyone away from the main arena. In addition to hosting around 40 stalls from charitable organisations, the main arena entertainment is set to be bigger & better than ever before - so keep your eyes peeled for the next announcement!

As usual, their Grand Procession will start at 1130 and will make its way through the town centre before heading up to Manor Heath in time for the opening ceremony at 1pm. The volunteers have been impressed by both the quantity & quality of applications received from both businesses & charities this year - but there's still a couple of spaces left for anybody else who would like to take part.

"After last year's successful Gala Day, our volunteers have been spurred on to put together an even better event for Saturday 8th June 2019," says Lee Gething, Joint Chairperson.

"A lot of hard work goes in to producing Halifax Charity Gala behind the scenes every year, and with just 100 days to go, we're very busy pulling everything together so that thousands of Calderdale families can have a great day out whilst raising money and awareness for our great good causes."

Tickets for Halifax Gala are £4 per adult, £2 per child / OAP / concession, or £10 for a family ticket (admitting 2 adults & up to 3 children) when purchased on the day, with under 5s admitted free of charge. Advance tickets, available online from 1st May visit www.halifaxgala.org.uk to buy or see a list of local outlets, are just £2 each admitting 1 adult or 2 children.

This year will see Halifax Charity stage their 63rd 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 www.halifaxgala.org.uk

 

Poster 2019

Tickets

Tickets are on sale now from our website, and a number of shops and other outlets around Halifax.

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