Things to do in July | Visit Bradford

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Find out what events and festivals are taking place in July.  We’ve picked top events to help you plan your next day out in July.

Described as one of the most inspirational festivals in the UK, the Bradford Literature Festival 2018 welcomes plenty of world-renowned authors, poets, musicians and artists.   The festival has a super cool and fun schedule of events perfect for children of all ages and reading levels.  Bradford City Park sets the stage for family fun at this festival. Free events include interactive theatre, storytelling, craft sessions and film screenings – if you’re a Harry Potter fan you can learn to make his potions! (until 8th July.)

New in the David Hockney Gallery at the Cartwright Hall: My Parents (1977) by David Hockney.  Voted the nation’s favourite painting in 2014 and recently returned to the UK from an exhibition in New York, David Hockney’s picture My Parents (1977) is making a special trip from Tate Britain to Bradford. This is an opportunity to view the painting, for a limited time, alongside photos of Hockney’s parents from his own personal albums. (3 July – 17 December).

Impressions Gallery – Union by Noel Bowler (5 July – 22 September) Made over a 5-year period, Noel Bowler’s Union reveals the boardrooms and private offices of trade union buildings across the globe. The exhibition offers a rare glimpse into places where decisions and policies that affect so many are made.

Yorkshire Wartime Experience is now the biggest military re-enactment festival in the north of England.  Experience the sights, sounds of life on both the Home Front and Front Line during World War 2.  An enjoyable educational and exciting day out for all the family (7 – 8 July).

Wrose Carnival will take place on Wrose Recreation Ground on Saturday, July 7, from 12pm to 5pm.  Attractions at the event will include a car show, a dog show, a fairground, more than 30 stalls, food and drink stalls, and a fully licensed bar.

There’s a Special Open Day – Celebrating 20 years of The Peace Museum! Come and celebrate with a range of children’s activities, including, poppy making, dress up, make your own peaceful placards and under 5s colouring (7 July, 11 – 4pm).

Our Hotpick! Bradford Festival brings a vibrant, colourful and multicultural programme of the very best international, British and local theatre, art, music and dance right into the heart of the Bradford at City Park 13 – 15 July.

The National Science and Media Museum has announced its latest summer family exhibition. Open 13 July – 30 September 2018,  Action Replay looks at the technology that makes great sports broadcasts.

There will be a homecoming for the Master of a Cambridge college when he brings his choir back to his former school for a landmark concert on Friday, July 13th at 7.30pm. Roger Mosey, who attended Bradford Grammar School in the 1970s, is now Master of Selwyn College; and it has a renowned choir who frequently are heard on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3.  The programme at BGS’s Price Hall will include music by one of the city’s most famous sons – Frederick Delius.

Go behind the scenes on a Saltaire Brewery tour! Starting on Saturday 21 July, guided tours will give behind the scenes access at Saltaire Brewery in Shipley, allowing visitors to witness what goes into making real Yorkshire beer before sampling a selection of its award-winning brews.

Drunken Film Fest, It’s not about getting drunk on booze; it’s about getting drunk on film, having great conversations, and exploring the amazing venues this city has to offer.  Showcasing the best indie films in the best indie venues – all for free (14 – 21 July).

Join the Brilliant Bingley Biathlon the event, combines a swim and a run, will be held in Bingley Pool and nearby Myrtle Park from 11am on Sunday, July 15.

Robot battles, monster hunting, Timelord tech and a supersonic car… where else but Bradford Science Festival 2018! 19–22 July. This year’s festival will celebrate the wonder of engineering at the Science & Media Museum, across City Park and at The Broadway Bradford.  Enjoy demos and games for all the family to get involved in—plus some amazing special guests. Be inspired, get hands-on and have a go!

Shakespeare outdoors with ACT Summer Shakespeare – Twelfth Night at Bradford Cathedral. A timeless comedy of love, lies and loyalty … and horrible, horrible socks!   Bring a chair/blanket and a picnic if you wish (19 – 21 July).

Bingley Show brings the countryside to town.  Bingley Agricultural Show provides entertainment for all the family with its wide variety of exhibits.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 21, and traditional livestock and agricultural competitions will be on offer along with attractions such as THE HOGG SHOW the promise of seeing rare breed pigs as you have never seen them before and a fast-paced motorcycle trials display Jamie Squibb of Squibbfreestyle to the Main Ring.

Thornton Gala returns this year! On Saturday, July 21, a celebration of the village’s rich history. Enjoy the fun-filled family day, featuring an afternoon of live music.  A fun dog show provided by RSPCA branch with rosettes for the winners! Entertainment for children including bouncy castles, arts and crafts section.

Based on the real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Titanic The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers who each boarded with stories and personal ambitions of their own. All innocently unaware of the fate awaiting them.  Acclaimed show Titanic the Musical heads to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford 24 – 28 July.

One of Emily Brontë’s most striking paintings shows Nero, a tiny merlin hawk she rescued from the moors as a fledgeling. Witness the beauty of hawks and other birds of prey in flight as SMJ Falconry fly a selection of their birds in the meadow behind the Brontë Parsonage Museum. In between displays, visitors will be able to handle (under expert supervision) the birds and talk with SJM’s Falconry’s knowledgeable team (29 July, 12 – 4pm).

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