Things to do in August | Visit Bradford

The best things to do in Bradford & district this August.   A whole host of activities, make the most of your free time.

Eeh by gum! Let’s celebrate Yorkshire Day (Wednesday, 1 August), dig out your flat caps and have a jolly good time celebrating all that is great about Yorkshire! A fantastic way to celebrate Yorkshire Day, take a ‘Sneaky Peeks’ self guided tour of City Hall, Bradford.  Flying the flag for Yorkshire Day, the chimes of City Hall bell tower will be playing ‘Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at’ the unofficial Yorkshire anthem.

Try your hand at Yorkshire Pudding tossing just one of the activities visitors to Bolling Hall.  The novel pastime is all part of the celebrations to mark Yorkshire Day.  Get up close to authentic Vikings and find out all about how they came to Yorkshire.


Yorkshire Day, will see the opening ceremony of Ilkley Summer Festival.  Join old favourites The Phoenix Jazz Band – a touch of New Orleans winding their way around the town after the Yorkshire Declaration on August 1 from 11am to 1pm.

Highlights of Ilkley Summer Festival

  • The continental market takes place on the Grove on August 10, 11 and 12.
  • Ilkley Jazz Festival from August 15 to 19. For a full list of venues and events taking place in local pubs, hostelries and wine bars across Ilkley and on Ilkley Moor visit Ilkley Jazz Festival.
  • The traditional Last Night of the Proms entertainment takes place on August 25. Featuring the Marsden Silver Prize Band with supporting entertainment from Fox Corner, a fun folk bank. Tickets are available from Ilkley Visitor Information Centre.

Enjoy a summer of magical movie moments at Bradford Family Film Festival.  A sing-along version of smash hit The Greatest Showman and family favourite The Love Bug are among films on the Big Screen in City Park throughout August.  City Park will be at the heart of the festival – with regular free films on Bradford Big Screen every Wednesday in August.  The programme begins with Aardman animation Early Man on the Big Screen on Wednesday, August 1, at 11am.   Bradford Markets are hosting a special pop up cinema every Friday in August at 11am in the Oastler Shopping Centre, John St, Bradford.

Our Hotpick – Sneaky Peeks at Bradford City Hall reveal the district’s rich and storied history in free self-guided tours.  Walk up the grand central staircase which dates back to 1914, be wowed at the city’s silver collection, the Ernest Saville room, the Council chamber, the banqueting hall, reception rooms and Lord Mayor’s room.

Celebrate the magical worlds of The Clangers and Bagpuss which are explored in a new exhibition opening on 4 August 2018 at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery.  Enter the world of Smallfilms to discover original puppets, sets, and filming equipment. See how characters developed, have a go yourself using 21st century technology.

The Brontë Parsonage is 90! To mark this special occasion, the first ninety visitors through the door will pay what they would have paid in 1928 – just 6p! During the day there will be talks about the Museum and its journey through the last nine decades, plus a drop-in workshop where you can create your own mini-museum. Oh, and there’s almost certainly going to be cake! (Saturday 4 August)

The Bradford Classic zooms into City Park and the Broadway showcasing historic vehicles from across the eras.  In addition to the 100 plus classic cars and motorcycles and a vintage market, there will be a family film festival taking place at The Light Cinema. There you will find an automotive themed documentary film programme, more shopping opportunities and a pop up photographic gallery. (Saturday 11 August)

Soak up the sights, sounds, and spicy aromas of Mela Day at City Park, Bradford. Join us for a family fun packed day exploring the world of cultural diversity and creativity. (Thursday 16 August)

There’s going to be plenty of entertainment, activities, fun and games for all the family at Burley Summer Festival.  Like the Dog Show (August 18), Classic Show, Food Market and Craft Fair (August 19) and events in the park.  The Big 10th Anniversary Festival Party Night, evening music and walks offered by Walkers are Welcome.  Burley Summer Festival runs from August 18 to 27.

Time for the North Parade Music and Arts Festival,  (Sunday 26 August, 11am to 7pm) Head to Wireless, Al’s Dime Bar, and The Sparrow to get your fix of live music. Peacocks and Rumshackalack for comedy to keep you entertained.  This year’s festival will also include the Made Bradford market, with stalls selling crafts and food, from local producers.

Bingley Music Live takes place from Friday, August 31, to Sunday, September 2, in Myrtle Park, with headliners Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Jake Bugg, and Shed Seven.  Crowds will also get the chance to discover their new favourite bands on the Discovery Stage, where artists including The Night Cafe, Queen Zee, Bad Sounds, Touts, Wild Front, Nerina Pallot, Sea Girls, Rosborough and Bryde will all be playing. (Weekend tickets <<sold out>> Day tickets online at Bingley Music Live.)


Music Lovers August Bank Holiday Weekend

Infest is an annual music festival held at the University of Bradford Student Union, featuring alternative electronic music acts from genres including industrial, EBM, futurepop, synthpop and power noise.  Infest are hugely pleased to announce that Peter Hook & The Light will be special guests headlining Thursday. (23 – 26 August)

Discover the Shuttle Shuffle Festival a grassroots event that knits communities together through a mutual love of music, art and performance. (25 – 26 August 2018) SORM Studios in Little Germany, Bradford.


Be inspired, see our full listings for August and beyond at visitbradford.com/events