Have a Grand Day Out in Bradford & District May Bank Holiday


A round-up of the best May bank holiday events taking place in Bradford & district.

One of the biggest draws will be the Tour de Yorkshire, Stage 3 arrives in Bradford on Sunday 30th April, and there’s lots of events taking place for all the family along the route.

Come and enjoy the party atmosphere at City Park on Sunday 30th April from 10 am to 2pm and wave off the riders on the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire (Stage 3 ‘The Yorkshire Terrier’). Before it makes its way through the district, be entertained by the very best street theatre and listen to local bands, the Peace Artistes and Huddersfield and Ripponden Brass Band. Then watch the full race live on the big screen.

Click Here>> Here’s our quick guide to what’s happening alongside the Tour de Yorkshire and how you can support this spectacular event.

Have a Grand Day Out at Bradford Industrial Museum Bank Holiday Monday, this year’s theme will be the science in everyday life.  Visitors can come and see science experiments being carried out in the main building by Sublime Science, as well as watch an animal biology demonstration in the Weaving Gallery, take part in experiments and trial activities through the building themed around permanent exhibits.

Celebrate World Pinhole Day 30th April at the National Science + Media Museum, learn how pinhole cameras are based on a natural phenomenon which can be used to produce stunning images, such as the ones seen in the exhibition Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography.

Bring the thunder family show, every Saturday & Sunday at the National Science + Media Museum, discover sound as you’ve never heard it before in an exciting explosive free live show.

Ilkley Carnival is set to swing into action, the ‘At the Movies’ themed May Day event will bring a touch of Hollywood to the carnival showground on May 1 May. The Vander Wheel of Death is set to be a high-action, adrenaline fueled, James Bond-inspired display.

Bingley Walking Festival sets off on May 1st as part of National Walking Month.  All abilities are encouraged to join in this event, with a number of walks.  The walks on offer range from the two mile Bingley Five Rise Locks Family Walk, to the six mile Sir Fred Hoyle Walk, catering for different abilities and interests

Bradford Independent Beer Festival returns this May Day Bank Holiday weekend for the second year running.  The festival will stretch over three West End bars – Brew Haus, Sir Titus Salt, and Stein Bierkeller, all located alongside the Alhambra Theatre on Great Horton Road.  The festival will feature more than 50 real ales and ciders from across the UK, including many from well-loved local breweries.

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway will hold afternoon teas on Monday 1st May on its vintage Pullman coach.  Sit back and relax in your plush surroundings as you experience a leisurely steam hauled journey, with stunning Bronte Country scenery slipping past your picture window, whilst enjoying your traditional, English Afternoon Tea.

Don’t miss TWO fantastic shows at the Alhambra theatre.  Join the party of the year,  “The Wedding Singer” promises to get you up dancing, packed with songs which capture all the fun and energy of the Adam Sandler smash hit film.  And Dirty Dancing IS BACK! Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing.

There are a whole host of great events happening right across Bradford this May Day Bank Holiday weekend.  For inspiration, check out our full events listing.