Ways to celebrate Yorkshire Day | Visit Bradford

Top things to do in Bradford & District on Thursday 1st August ‘Yorkshire Day!’  Dig out your flat caps and have a jolly good time celebrating all that is great about Yorkshire.

Explore our textile heritage – The textile industry has left its mark across West Yorkshire, from weavers’ cottages to mills, explore our textile heritage.  Visit Bradford Industrial Museum, you can enjoy the splendour of Moorside House where the Mill Manager lived, or visit the Mill-workers’ terraced houses dressed to reflect three different time periods.  Discover UNESCO World Heritage Site Saltaire, the charming village of Saltaire was founded in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt, a leading industrialist in the Yorkshire woollen industry.  The name of the village combines the founder’s surname and the name of the pretty river that runs through the village.

A trip to the pub – Let’s make a toast to Yorkshire Day, enjoy a pint of local brew and sample some Yorkshire puddings.  Follow our ale trail, highlighting the fantastic selection of real ale pubs.  These include cafe bars, traditional pubs, rural gems and many more. Explore and sample a wide selection of locally brewed ales, we are proud to be home to a number of breweries, there is everything from award winning Timothy Taylors to smaller independent micro breweries.

Take a whippet for a walk – Renowned for our rolling hills and rugged moorland, Bradford district is a paradise for walkers.  So grab your walking boots and head to Ilkley Moor where you’ll find breathtaking views, then sing out loud the well known ‘On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at.’

Time for tea – Having a cup of tea is an essential part of the day for most Yorkshire folk.  Why not indulge in a scrumptious afternoon tea and celebrate Yorkshire Day in style.

Top spots for afternoon tea in Bradford & district.

The Great Victoria Hotel, Bradford
Foyer Bar, The Midland Hotel, Bradford
Tiffin Cafe, Bradford

Bettys Cafe, Ilkley
Ashmount Country House, Haworth
Cake’ole, Keighley and Bradford
Jeanette’s Cakery, Saltaire

Special events – Listen out for the chimes of City Hall bell tower playing ‘Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at’ the unofficial Yorkshire anthem.  In the evening, the city will glow yellow, white and blue as lights on the City Hall clock, Margaret MacMillan Towers and the Forster Square arches will shine in the traditional Yorkshire colours.

Celebrate Yorkshire Day at Bolling Hall Museum, there will be a fun fair, face painting and activities for all the family to enjoy.  Bolling Hall offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives and times of the Bradford families who made it their home for over five hundred years. Spend some time exploring Bradford’s heritage and enjoy the fun activities on offer.

Yorkshire Day! Family Drop In at Cartwright Hall: Visit the We Are West Yorkshire: Bradford People display in the gallery.  Design and decorate your own yummy biscuits!  Spend a day with Yorkshire’s own artist Musarat Raza. Use the Bradford People featured in the exhibition and the home grown talented Bradford children in the Young Open 2019 to inspire you to design and create ideas for your yummy biscuits.

Have a reet good time in Keighley at Church Green! Family event, including face painting, bouncy castles, a juggler, Charlie’s School of Dance, food & drink, giveaways and a tombola! There’ll be fun for the whole family on Thursday 1st August 10- 4pm.

We are proud of our heritage and at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway you can celebrate at Ingrow West.  The Rail Story will be flinging open its doors and there will be attractions for children and adults alike.

In Ilkley celebrations start with the Yorkshire Day Declaration & Ilkley Summer Festival with the Town Crier, plus music and entertainment.

The Ilkley Lido will be decked out in Yorkshire’s colours and the indoor and outdoor pool will be offering some promotional swim activities including reduced prices and two for one in the off-peak swim times.

Have a brilliant Yorkshire Day, find all the merchandise you need to celebrate at Bradford, & Ilkley Visitor Information Centres.  Yorkshire flags, mugs, magnets, keyrings, books and exciting gifts from local, independent makers, artists and designers of Yorkshire!

Don’t forget to upload pictures of your Yorkshire Day celebrations tagging @visitbradford #YorkshireDay.