OCTOBER 2023 (Halifax Steampunk Weekend)

WHERE: Calderdale Industrial Museum, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG.

WHEN: Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October. Our hours of trading are 11-5 each day but the museum actually opens at 10 on the Saturday.


The engines and machinery will be running again on both of the days along with various demonstrations throughout the building.

Coffee jousting with prize winning medals for gold and silver on one of the days (tbc).

Entertainment is laid on for inside the museum (Sunday, tbc).

The Flying Squadron will be there with one of their the owls demonstrating their charm and style

A cafe selling afternoon tea with cakes and sandwiches.

EVENT LAYOUT: Traders will be spread out over the floors of the museum, mixed with its existing exhibits as always.


There are 21 single pitches available. Single (fits one table 6'x2'): £40

There are 4 corner pitches available. Corner (fits 2 tables 6'x2 in an L shape): £70

If you want a straight double, you'll need 2 x singles. I can make 8 this way out of 16 singles.

There is no discount for doubles or trading both days. I also cannot do the early bird or loyalty schemes any more either, sorry!

They have no trestle tables of their own so we are paying to hire them in. These will be wooden ones measuring 6' x 2' but if you still want to bring your own you are welcome to do so as we may be slightly short on the full amount needed especially if your own measures 2'6" deep! There are also a very 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.


Trader spots fill up quickly for both days because of this being a new location - we've only been here twice and it was a great success. Not been able to track down the exact footfall, they only recall having at least 5 times the footfall compared to usual!

There is no parking on site, however there are several pay and display car parks close by.

The railway station is just over the road and the bus station just 5 minutes walk away.


The Museum houses a collection of industrial machinery and artifacts over four floors. Some of the machines are the only surviving examples in the country and have been placed in settings to give a close representation to the time when they were fully operational in the not too distant past.

Down in the basement, the oil engine ‘Sadie’ provides motive power for part of an extensive collection of locally-manufactured machine tools, including lathes, drills and planers. You can take in the experience of nineteenth century Mytholm Coal Mine, learn about stone extraction and the exploitation of clay in the fireclay industries.

The Power Gallery on the ground floor illustrates the story of power generation, from the water wheel to the internal combustion engine, by way of steam and electricity. The availability of power, initially from the numerous well-fed streams throughout Calderdale, was key to the growth of local industry.

The first floor displays products that were made in Calderdale. World-famous names such as Mackintosh’s Toffees and Crossley’s carpets were everyday brands originating in Halifax.
There's lots of interesting informative demonstrations happening on the four floors as well.

Following the success of my markets and further fundraising by the team, the top floor has now been renovated and is already looking very different to last year's event here with lots more exhibits. The objective was to develop and present the story of how worsted cloth is manufactured from sheep’s wool. 

I found this to be a lovely museum with  and an amazing collection of traders here last time - thanks to all of you that came along in 2018 to make this possible!

The Museum is operated by the Calderdale Industrial Museum Association (CIMA). a registered charity and dedicated group of enthusiastic volunteers.

A great opportunity to witness the rise of the Industrial Revolution in the Calder Valley!


RAIL – Halifax station is 200 yards walk. 

BUS – Halifax bus station has links to all nearby towns and cities. A short walk through the shopping centre and the Piece Hall will take you to Calderdale Industrial Museum, just outside the new East Gate of the Piece Hall.

CAR – The museum address is Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG. There is no dedicated parking for the museum but on-street, pay-and-display parking is available close by and there are several pay-and-display carparks near the Minster to the north east.
The Eureka Museum car park is closest but is 4 Hours £3.00, 12 Hours £6.00
Go back up Square Road, turn right into King Street. Just a few minutes further to walk but the council car park there is open Mon - Sat 08:00 - 18:00 and only charges 1 Hour £0.50, 2 Hours £1.00, 3 Hours £1.50, 4 Hours £2.00, 5 Hours £2.50, 6 Hours £3.00, 7 Hours £3.50. There are no barriers and looks as it could be free on Sunday - do please check though.
The car park above the shops just to the left of the Museum and Burger King is very close. make sure you park on the upper level though so you don't get locked in.
Reasonable rates and £1 for the day on Sunday.
Please check first as details correct at time of going to press (2019).


We are delighted to have the beautiful Imperial Crown Hotel in Halifax ready to welcome our visitors.
They would like to offer 10% off their BAR rate, offering a discount off BAR ensures guests are receiving a lower rate than what they are selling on the day. Prices start from £50 for a standard double.

Bookings can be made via telephone with their reception team on 01422 342342.

The Imperial Crown Hotel was built in the early 1800’s as a Coaching Inn and is located directly opposite Halifax Railway station and next door to the Piece Hall. 
The hotel offers complimentary parking for residents (subject to availability) which is located opposite the hotel, please note a permit is required from reception. Check-in is from 2pm daily with checkout at 11am. Guests can enjoy a hearty breakfast within their restaurant, freshly prepared by their team. They boast their own bar which is available 24 hours to their residents, offering a range of beverages, a great place to relax or meet with friends. Each room comes with free WiFi, en-suite facilities, TV with Freeview channels, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities are also provided. Upgraded bedrooms are available at a supplement cost, subject to availability. 
The hotel has 41 bedrooms over 5 floors although unfortunately there are no ground floor rooms or a lift due to the age and layout of the building.

The Imperial Crown Hotel, 42-46 Horton Street, Halifax, HX1 1QE.

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