Your guide to what’s on, and where to go this August in Bradford & district! Brilliant events, festivals and cultural happenings. There’s plenty going on to keep you entertained – and the kids too.
This summer unleash the power of your senses and discover extraordinary ways to experience the world around you with the National Science and Media Museum’s blockbuster family exhibition, Supersenses. Hear the big bang, test your taste buds, see the world like an animal and get hands on with exhibits and new technology that will reveal how humans have been stretching their senses for centuries.
Ilkley Summer Festival starts on August 1 – Yorkshire Day, with an opening ceremony along with music and entertainment. Get into the full swing of things with the Jazz Festival, which brings an array of acts from Britain’s contemporary jazz scene to West Yorkshire with Ian Shaw leading the programme. A favourite of festival-goers is the three day continental street market (11-13 August) along The Grove.
Real Food Ilkley at South Hawksworth Street on Sunday 6 August (10am to 3pm) The open-air market celebrates the rich variety of locally produced food and drink.
Visit the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (5 August) ‘Sulzer & Ale Day’ in association with Goose Eye Brewery – part of a new exciting series of diesel & ale day events. Throughout the year the Railway has many special events. There are also a number of ‘Special Experiences’ such as Dining Trains and Footplate Experiences.
Our Hotpick! The Bradford Family Film Festival is back and this year it’s bigger than ever! Throughout August, Bradford UNESCO City of Film will present free blockbuster movies every Wednesday on the Bradford Big Screen, in City Park. There will also be a chance to experience a number of free IMAX screenings with Picturehouse at the National Science and Media Museum.
The annual gathering for the Bradford Classic Car Show at City Park will take place on Saturday 12 August, showcasing vehicles from the 1920s with live music and local artists to entertain families. Bringing a bit of retro glamour to the event you will find the Rose & Brown Vintage fair at the magnificent City Hall, with around 20 stalls of vintage fashion and homewares.
Don’t miss ‘Made Bradford’ markets, celebrating the creative talents of Bradfordians & Yorkshire folk at street markets, festivals, and pop up shops in Bradford City Centre.
Join Bradford Museums & Galleries this summer for a programme of FREE drop in craft activities. Step back in time and visit the beautiful Bolling Hall, and have fun dressing up to become a lord or lady of the Hall. Follow the ‘Fairy Folklore’ exhibition at Cliffe Castle. Discover an important part of Bradford’s history at the Industrial Museum. Come along to Cartwright Hall and see the brand new Hockney Gallery.
KIDS EVENTS EVERY TUESDAY throughout August.… Themed-face-painting & story-telling, glitter tattoos & treasure hunts. With fancy dress competitions, crafts, cake & biscuit decorating, party games, discos, films & more! Every Tues (10-2pm) at the The Laurel and Hardy Multimedia Bar in Sunbridgewells
Enjoy outdoor theatre at East Riddlesden Hall on the 23 August for an evening performance of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Performed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, this is a show not to be missed. Come along early and experience East Riddlesden Hall as never before; in the light of early evening.
Come explore the great outdoors at the Broadway Shopping Centre look for bugs in the garden, then create play-doh fossils and your very own new bug species. ‘Little Explorer Summer Kids Club’ fun activities every Saturday in August.
Bank holiday weekend, its Infest a three-day music festival held at the University of Bradford Union, featuring alternative electronic music acts from genres including industrial, EBM, futurepop, synthpop and power noise.
Make the most of the summer holidays visit Bradford & district!