Fantastic Summer Fun in Bradford & District

City Park Summer 2

If you don’t have any plans for the summer, check out our guide to the best events & great things to do!   Viera our work experience at Visit Bradford from Bradford College has put together some of  her favourites.

Bradford Science Festival returns! a popular family event, City Park will be transformed into huge laboratory. Kids should be excited and parents too! 15-16 July Meet the giant robots (and some mini ones) and be amazed by the spectacular science shows.

Bring your little kids to the Big City Play Day at City Park in Bradford on Saturday 22 July from 1-4pm. Enjoy an exciting day of free play activities including a Spider Mountain, bungee trampolines, a climbing tower, cardboard city, arts and crafts, giant games, face painting and much more!

After previous successful Young Open exhibitions, the highly anticipated event is returning to celebrate young artist’s work from Bradford. The Young Open provides an opportunity for artists 16 and under to submit their work to an open exhibition in Bradford’s civic art gallery, Cartwright Hall. The theme this year is: Inspired by Hockney and animals. David Hockney celebrates his 80th birthday and 60 years of working as an artist in 2017.  The Cartwright will open a dedicated gallery about his life and work on 7 July.

Don’t miss three days of the fabulous Bradford Festival on 28- 30 July.  A colourful and multicultural festival featuring, highly talented music acts, breathtaking dance, delicious food, great fun fair for kids and also opportunities learn new skills at a range of fun workshops.

Everyone loves films especially little ones. Bring them to City Park to see fantastic films on the Big Screen such as Moana, Sing, The BFG, Secret Life of Pets and also Beauty and the Beast. The Family Film Festival takes place in August so take time-out and see some fantastic films followed by hours of fun in the sun!

Bradford’s Classic Car show will rev up the crowds on Saturday 12 August.  Come and see the incredible vehicles from the 1920s, classic police vehicles displayed by the Bradford Police Museum and wide range of activities.  A top family day out  with a great vibe, live music stage, vintage fair, as well as children’s attractions to keep everyone happy.  

Take an alfresco dip at Ilkley Lido, one of the top ten open air pools in the country.  The Lido, which was built in 1935, has a 45-metre stretch of shallow water and slide for children, a fountain pool and a lagoon-shaped pool for swimmers. It is surrounded by a grassy area for relaxing on sunny days and far-reaching views across Ilkley Moor. There is also a cafe, tennis courts, putting green and bowling green.

St Ives Estate is a great place for families to enjoy a picnic in the summer months, in beautiful surroundings.  The St Ives Estate is a wonderful Country Park with woodlands, open moor, and a wildflower meadow, and paths throughout. The Adventure Playground is a fantastic feature for the children, and Coppice Pond offers a chance to feed the ducks (not bread! swap bread for healthy snacks, like duck feed pellets available at the cafe).

There is so much going for all the family at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway this Summer.  Step back in time and immerse yourself in the history of the railways and experience a really big, noisy adventure.  Visit one of the greatest working steam railways and enjoy a steam filled action-packed day out for all the family!

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