Enjoy Spring Bank in Bradford & District

Enjoy the adventure and make the most of spring’s bank holiday spirit with these super things to do across Bradford.

Paw Patrol at the Worth Valley Railway
On May 31st and June 1st 2017 Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol are coming to see their little fans at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Take a ride on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and Join in the fun over half term when Chase & Marshall from PAW Patrol drop into the Railway.  The heroic pups will be making appearances at intervals.  To make the most of your visit to the KWVR buy a Rover ticket which allows unlimited travel on the railway for the day.

Saltaire Arts Trail offers an imaginative visual arts programme, celebrating the village’s rich heritage, and offering opportunities to both emerging and established artists.  The Open Houses Trail provides a unique chance to see art and meet artists, whilst getting a glimpse of life behind the doors of the UNESCO World Heitage Site.

Make a splash Ilkley Lido officially re-opens for the summer season on Saturday (May 27) and will mark the occasion with a family fun day.  With sunny skies forecast, visitors are invited to attend the summer opening event from 10am to 5.30pm, at a cost of £2 per person. There will be stalls, face-painting and activities, as well as the outdoor and indoor pools to enjoy.

Beer enthusiasts can enjoy a mouth-watering bank holiday weekend at the Five Rise Beer Festival.  With over 70 different ales and ciders available from around the UK, including some local specialities, and live music at the Bingley Arts Centre.

Bradford Threadfest also returns spring bank holiday weekend, with an afternoon of live performances and activities at Delius Arts and Cultural Centre.   In addition South Square presents: UnCommons #3 Art, Music & Technology Events in Unusual Spaces at Cliffe Castle Museum,  with special guided tours.

Chin! Chin! Haworth Old Hall is set to host a Gin Festival novices and enthusiasts alike are invited to sample exotic brands of the legendary spirit.  Industry experts will be on-hand to offer gin tasting and gin masterclasses.

Visit the Light it up! Family Show at the National Science and Media Museum.  Embark on a journey to learn about the science of light.  Explore how to take the perfect picture of the universe, uncover the hidden dangers of Egyptian tombs, and much more… all through the power of light. Suitable for families with children aged 7+.

Don’t miss Baildon farmers market at Ian Clough car park on Saturday 27th May (9am to 1pm)  Come and enjoy the community experience of a farmer’s market, pick up something special.  With unique stalls selling an abundance of the freshest produce.

Join East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley May half term, roll up your sleeves and discover just how green fingered you are.  Start by decorating your own pot then plant a pea or bean seed to take home and nurture. Watch the seed grow and flourish into something tasty.

Visit Bradford Museums for an exciting showcase of exhibitions. Our Hotpick! Fairy Folklore at Cliffe Castle Museum.  This year sees the 100th anniversary of the first ever photograph of the world famous Cottingley fairies. It was taken in the Bradford district in 1917.  Hold on tight as we delve into the mysterious world of the fairy folk, but be warned, they’re not all butterfly wings and smiles.

There are a whole host of great things happening throughout the year, see our events guide for more inspiration.