Things to do in April | Visit Bradford

Springtime Fun! Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best events and activities in Bradford & District. 

Bradford’s Civil War past comes to life at Bolling Hall, Sunday 1 April. Watch Lord Montagu’s Regiment bring the English Civil War back to life.  Come and explore the living history and learn about the life of the people of Bradford during the 17th century.  Enjoy displays of 17th century cooking, sewing, spinning, weaving and wood working.

Real Food Ilkley at South Hawksworth Street on Sunday April 1 (10am to 3pm) The open-air market celebrates the rich variety of locally produced food and drink.

The Chocolate Factory arrives at the Broadway shopping centre from the 5 -7 April.  With all the ingredients for a fun filled day out  – whizzing, popping, gurgling and booming, this is your golden ticket to join in.

Three of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming photographers exhibit new work developed through the prestigious Jerwood/Photoworks Awards at the Impressions Gallery in Bradford.  The exhibition explores diverse topics including Jane Austen devotees, death and mythology, and the fragility of the natural world. This is the first showing of the exhibition after its premiere in London.

The Manor House Trust, first exhibition opens in Ilkley at the Manor House on Friday 6 April ‘Seven Artists One Pebble Seven Journey.’  The seven artists taking part have all been involved in the annual Ilkley Arts Trail.  There will be a “pebble beach activity” for children on Sunday April 8 from 2-4pm. On Saturday April 14 the Friends of the Manor House are holding their regular family fun afternoon from 2-4pm.

Come along to the classic car meet at the Woolpack, Esholt.  Held every second Wednesday of the month, from April to September.  You’ll find many classic, vintage and supercars.  Modern classics and old timers.  Bring your own or admire everyone else’s.  It’s a chance to talk about all things motor related.

The first ‘Haworth Haddock’ of the year is on  Saturday 14 April at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.  Don’t delay as seats fill up very fast.  Come and enjoy a superb Fish and Chips supper and a drink in the award winning real ale buffet car.  Then dance the evening away to live entertainment on Keighley station.

The swinging 60s has provided the inspiration for this year’s Golden Years Film Festival, which takes place 16-20 April.  The festival, now in its third year, is hosted by Bradford UNESCO City of Film in partnership with Picturehouse at the National Science and Media Museum.

Let’s all go to Saltaire to celebrate World Heritage Day   Saturday 21 April.  Visitors can step back in time and explore the fascinating history of Saltaire .  The Cannons Return! Join the unveiling ceremony of the restored Low Moor Cannons and new gun carriages at The Bandstand. 12noon.

Dance fans are invited to Saltaire Day of Dance (Saturday, 28 April).  A fantastic range of dance and music workshops for the Last Hurrah. From Belly-Dance, to Texas Line-Dancing, Charleston to Clog dance, Harmony singing to drumming workshops, Ukelele, 5 Rhythms to a final Ceilidh, there’s something for everyone.

Go to Bradford Theatres – for hit musicals and razor-sharp comics, all packed into the April line-up.  From the award winning producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very ‘Awful Auntie’!

Top musicals grace the Alhambra Theatre stage in April, including Flashdance, prepare to be blown away with an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score, including the smash hits Maniac, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and the award-winning title track Flashdance – What a Feeling..

For Easter holiday tips and ideas for family days out during the school holidays, browse our guide to what’s on for more activities and events during your visit.