Things to do in November | Visit Bradford

november 2018

Our best ideas for things to do in Bradford & district this November.  Wrap up warm and enjoy a full calendar of events.

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 4 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 ‘Festive Launch’ a star-studded, dazzling display of lights on (Saturday 10 November).  X FACTOR stars Rebecca Ferguson and Union J will be among the stars switching on the lights.

Uncover beautiful and unique Christmas gifts at the ‘Made Bradford‘ Christmas craft market, and warm the cockles at the outdoor Christmas Bar along Bank Street.  Expect festive delights with the City of Bradford Brass Band performing seasonal classics from noon.

Keep an eye on our ‘Sparkling Bradford’ guide for magical things to do at Christmas including pantos, Christmas markets, and family events.  The annual Magical Reindeer Parade will spread cheer through the city centre on Sunday 18 November, marking Santa’s arrival at the Kirkgate Grotto.

Join Father Christmas at Bradford Industrial Museum’s annual Victorian Christmas Market. (17 & 18 November) It’s not your usual festive market.  As well as having over 80 stalls there will be face painting, a concert band, Sandy Kidz Sand Art and costumed characters. You will even have the chance to visit Father Christmas on Bradford’s festive tram.

WOW Bradford is back! Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival is returning to Bradford on 18 – 19 November.  This year’s WOW programme includes a line-up of more than 45 different events all of which feature speakers from Bradford, as well as nationally and internationally recognised trailblazers.

Grab your goggles and top hat and get ready for the fabulous Haworth Steampunk Weekend. (24-25 November) Come and enjoy Marching Bands, Dancers, Vintage Vehicles, Tea Duelling, Steampunk Traders, Fashion Show, Steampunk Masquerade Ball, and more.

Dracula (27 November – 1 December) remains the father of all vampire tales and this autumn an all-new production sees the bloodthirsty tale resurrected at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford.  Using the latest technology to create stunning illusions, spine-chilling effects and breath-taking moments, combined with an atmospheric original score, this classic tale of obsession and horror will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Our Hotpick!  Illuminate Bradford returns and will run from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2.  A kaleidoscope of colour will transform the city centre, with a dazzling digital animation beamed onto the facade of City Hall.  The Imaginarium will take you on a magical journey under the sea, into space and through a mysterious fantasy land.

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