What’s On March | Visit Bradford

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Spring is almost here, so make the most of the month of March.  We share our guide to fun things to do in Bradford & district.

Bradford Beer Festival will be returning to Victoria Hall, Saltaire from February 28 – March 2, 2019 for the 22nd successive year.  Pouring over 130 beers, 20 ciders, perries & fruit wines plus a wide selection of draught and bottled international beers, so there’ll be something for everyone.

Our Hotpick!  Rediscover the ‘People’s Palace’ St George’s Hall, Bradford.  You’re invited to tour the refurbished Grade ll listed building on Saturday 2 March.  After an extensive transformational refurbishment, St George’s Hall is throwing its doors wide open for residents of Bradford and beyond to rediscover their ‘People’s Palace.’

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

Musical Matilda is colourful, tuneful and fast-moving – catch it at its only Yorkshire venue the Bradford Alhambra.  The multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl.

On Sunday 3 March join the celebration of the completion of the Butterfield Stained Glass Window project at Cliffe Castle Museum and Park.  The official launch will take place from 11.30am onwards, with speeches by the staircase at midday.  There will also be a family drop in activity taking place between 1pm and 3pm.

A host of events is planned across Bradford to mark International Women’s Day.  The official date is Friday, March 8, but a whole programme of events is planned in the days around the official date of the global celebration of women’s achievements.  The theme for this year is #BalanceforBetter, focusing on calling for a more gender-balanced world.

Hop on board the Steam Train ‘Gin Train Express Experience’ on Keighley Worth Valley Railway, famous in itself for the film ‘The Railway Children. Setting off from Oxenhope Station you will be transported through the age of Steam whilst experiencing some of the newest ‘Gin’s’ on the market.

The taste of New Orleans will come to Bradford’s historic Ivegate, a ‘Mini Mardi Gras’ will take place on Saturday, March 2, a New Orleans-style jazz/ska/Cajun/blues mini-festival involving some of the street’s newest and liveliest venues.

Fairtrade Fortnight is being celebrated in the Bradford District with activities to promote the Fairtrade products available in local markets, shops and cafes.  Highlights include:-

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway ‘Spring Gala’ returns Friday 8th March – Sunday 10th March welcoming a visiting and home fleet locomotive the 45596 ‘Bahamas’ for its first gala appearance since overhaul and 78022 after many years out of the limelight.

Experience the silent disco magic at the barn, East Riddlesden Hall.  Gather your friends, hit the dance-floor and enjoy an evening of non-stop party classics.  You’ll have your own set of wireless headphones and a choice of three different music channels to choose from: 80’s, 90’s and 00’s.

It’s British Science Week, and the National Science +Media Museum are celebrating ‘People Powered Science Day’ a fun-packed, thought-provoking day of activities, talks and demos for all the family.  Try your hand at becoming a scientist or animator, and take a look behind the scenes of the museum collection.

Take a ride on the GIANT Ferris wheel at the City Park! And enjoy the spectacular birds-eye view across Bradford.

Try something new, do something different! Join the adults-only night ( 14 March) Lates at the National Science + Media Museum packed with live shows and experiments, talks, comedy, music and more.

Ring out those bells! on Saturday 23 March, you can learn about the rich heritage and history of Bradford Cathedral’s World War I bells, and experience a skill that cannot be experienced anywhere else in central Bradford!

New Exhibition:  Africa State of Mind at the Impressions Gallery, Bradford presents the work of a new generation of photographers from across the African continent. Curated by the eminent writer and broadcaster Ekow Eshun, this major exhibition features 13 artists who collectively interrogate ideas of ‘Africanness’.

We LOVE Springtime – step outdoors.  Find the first crocuses and snowdrops, Spring is an ideal time to take a walk with family and friends.  Embrace the outdoors breathe in all that fresh spring air and explore the Bradford district.  We are renowned for rolling hills and rugged moorland.

This spring, why not explore the best of English tourism that Bradford & District has to offer.  Join us to celebrate English Tourism Week (30 March – 7 April 2019)  For Brilliant Bradford days out take inspiration from one of our themed itineraries get a flavour of the great things you can see and do on a visit to Bradford.  #EnglishTourismWeek19

Plan ahead, discover interesting things to do in and around Bradford.