August Bank Holiday | Visit Bradford

There’s something fun for everyone to enjoy, this August bank holiday weekend 2018. We’ve picked the best things to do, places to visit and great food and drink to sample.

Delicious bank holiday events, check out some of the awesome foodie events happening in Bradford & district as you kick back and relax.

There will be a major buzz at Bradford’s “top of town” on Sunday 26th August when North Parade once again hosts an annual street party.  Local bars and cafes will keep you entertained with live music, food and drink.  This year’s festival will include the Made Bradford market, with stalls selling crafts and food, all from local producers.

On Friday 24 September, Saltaire Brewery kick starts the bank holiday with bike powered pop up cinema! Plus street food from The Little Red Food Truck.

The Fizz & Gin Festival is coming to Bingley Arts Centre! August bank holiday weekend, Saturday 25 August celebrating the best of sparkling wine and gin.  

Baildon Farmers Market will take place on Saturday 25 August between 9am– 1pm. … on the Ian Clough car park in the centre of Baildon.  You’ll find fresh bread, organic vegetables, pickles and preserves, artisan cheese, cakes and pastries.  It’s also the Harley weekend! 

The mighty thunder of revving Harley Davidsons will roll all around Baildon over this bank holiday weekend.  Riders from across Britain and Europe will arrive for the annual rally in honour of the classic.

Enjoy the latest theatre shows and live music performances… Something to keep you entertained.

Musical “Fame”, starring Jorgie Porter, Keith Jack, and Mica Paris, comes to The Alhambra Theatre.  Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, featuring the Oscar-winning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers, musicians and actors as they transform from star-struck pupils to superstars.  Fame The Musical will indeed live forever.

The Shuttle Shuffle Festival, at SORM Studios from August 25-26, features new and established acts.  Shuttle Shuffle Festival brings music, workshops and family fun to Little Germany in Bradford.

Peter Hook & The Light headlining ‘Infest’ at the University of Bradford Student Union. (Thursday 23 August) electronic music festival.  The festival showcases acts across the world in genres including industrial, EBM, futurepop, synthpop and rhythmic noise. (August 23 – 26)

Let’s go back to the 90s 😊 at Bradford’s Sunbridgewells complex ‘End of Summer’ Bank Holiday special’. On Sunday 26 August.  Awaken your dormant desire for all things from this decade, with everything from Pop muzik, Indie, Soul, Old-school RnB, early hip-hop and dance.

Ilkley Summer Festival will come to a crescendo on August 25 with the Concert on The Grove. Last Night of the Proms-style event featuring the ever popular Marsden Silver Prize Band with supporting entertainment from Fox Corner, Yorkshire’s Fun Folk Group.  Tickets for this highly popular concert available from Ilkley Visitor Information.

There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained, inspiration for the summer bank holiday weekend:-

Bradford is the perfect place for a family day, with an abundance of free museums and galleries. You’ll find plenty of drop-in sessions to get creative. Cliffe Castle is known for its geology display, which is very popular with children.

Hotpick! Come and meet Bagpuss, see the Soup Dragon and behold Noggin the Nog at Cartwright Hall.  Oliver Postgate’s voice and Peter Firmin’s puppets shaped the childhood memories of millions.  The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co. exhibition will go behind the scenes of some of their other creations: Pogles Wood and Ivor the Engine. 

The Broadway is inviting wannabe superheroes across the city to take part in its Superhero Kids Club, a series of specialist workshops designed to turn your kids into the next Wonder Woman or Spiderman, with appearances from some special guests on Friday 24 August.

Bradford Family Film Festival is back with a fantastic programme for the whole family to enjoy.  Bradford Markets are hosting a special pop up cinema at the Oastler (Friday 24th Aug – 11am) Pixar Short Films Volume 2 (U) an incredible collection of 12 short films, featuring multiple Academy Award nominees (Best Short Film, Animated: ”Presto,” 2008; ”Day & Night” 2010; ”La Luna” 2011) and a host of family favourites.

There will be a variety of fun activities at the tenth ‘Burley Summer Festival’ including walks, wildlife, lifestyle and music events along with festival favourites like the scarecrow trail, and Drinks Festival.

If the weather isn’t on top form, here’s our handy guide to things you can do in Bradford & district when it’s raining.


For a full listing of things to do visitBradford for the August bank holiday weekend 2018 – with all this variety, you will be spoilt for choice!