November Events in Bradford & District


Your guide to the best events, and things to do this November.

Remember, remember the fifth of November! If you’re looking for the best bonfire night and firework displays  across Bradford we’ve got all you need to know.  Wrap up warm, and enjoy the bonfire season responsibly and safely, go to a well organised bonfire.

Real Food Ilkley at South Hawksworth Street on Sunday 5 November (10am to 3pm) The open-air market celebrates the rich variety of locally produced food and drink.

November is the month of sparkle, with the switching on of Christmas lights across Bradford.  Join the Broadway Bradford for the official Bradford Chirstmas Light Switch On, a star-studded, dazzling display of lights on (Saturday 4 November).  

The annual Magical Reindeer Parade will spread cheer through the city centre on Sunday 5 November, marking Santa’s arrival at Kirkgate Grotto.

Our Hotpick! Thornton Christmas Tree Festival, marvel at the lights and creativity of the trees in the magical setting of St James Church.

Discover our guide to Christmas in Bradford & District 2017.  Get ahead, our guide features the best festive activities and events as they’re announced.


The Yorkshire Games Festival (8-12 November) returns to the Science + Media Museum, a five-day extravaganza celebrating games culture, design and production, with special guests, workshops, master classes, and a fun-packed weekend for gamers of all ages.

Something New! BWE: British Wrestling Entertainment comes to Richard Dunn Sports Centre in Bradford (25 November) bringing you the best in family-friendly wrestling action.

See the smash hit musical comedy Hairspray (20-25 November) at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. A brand new production, guaranteed to have you dancing the night away.  Don’t miss this all-star cast in an irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days – let your hair down and book now!


Grab your goggles and top hat and get ready for the fabulous Haworth Steampunk Weekend. (25-26 November) Come and enjoy Marching Bands, Dancers, Vintage Vehicles, Tea Duelling, Steampunk Traders, Fashion Show, Steampunk Masquerade Ball, and more.

NEW EXHIBITION: Decades of Delight: 250 Years of Circus at the Cartwright Hall (From Saturday 25 November) For 25 decades the wonderful amazing art and entertainment form known as circus has thrilled, delighted and enchanted audiences all over the world. But what do we know about its history and development and the many stories of dare devilry that were found in the circus ring? From the founder of Circus himself, Philip Astley, an equestrian from Newcastle under Lyme, to the real life daring young man on his flying trapeze who gave his name to the leotard, learn the secrets of the ring, the lifestyle and the stories of the circus, the identity of the original human cannonball act in 1877 and when the big top was invented.

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