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The Beacon, is a 24/7 guide to what's on in Halifax, West Yorkshire. It is our aim to support the local community, so from sporting events to charity fundraisers, opening nights to open days we make it our business to know what's happening. Not only do we feature local events but we also have an up to date list of all local pubs, clubs and eateries along with ideas for great days out in and around the town. So if your here for a flying visit or just looking to pass the time please check out our guide to what's hot and what's not in the area.

The Minster town of Halifax, situated in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, is a northern mill town once renowned for its wool production. It came to prominence during the 18th and 19th century following the onset of the Industrial Revolution and this wool production provided much wealth for the mill owners of the town, this in turn helped the town to boom not only in population size but also in the number and variety of industries it could support. Halifax also benefited from a number of wealthy philanthropist mill owners, most notably the Crossley's and the Akroyd's, who helped to build much of the town we see today including many noteworthy buildings such as the Town Hall, Dean Clough mills, All Souls Church and Akroydon Model Village to name but a few. Halifax’s strength as a world leader in the production and trade of wool started to decline towards the end of the 19th century. Despite this Halifax continued to prosper in other areas such as engineering, construction, confectionary and financial services, so much so, that it was often described as a town of a hundred trades. It also found international fame with such brands as Mackintosh's toffee (now owned by Nestle), Crossley's Carpets and The Halifax Bank (now part of the Lloyds Banking Group) and these industries can still be found in the town today in spite of more challenging times.

Modern day Halifax is now a vibrant town with many independant shops and places of interest such as the Piece Hall and the Borough Market. There also a number of museums including Eureka!, the award winning children's museum, theatres, cinemas and a wide range of pubs, bars and restaurants which makes Halifax one of the most popular night spots in West Yorkshire!