Things to do in May | Visit Bradford

Here’s our pick of events and things to do in Bradford & district this May 2019.

Did you know that May is National Walking Month? Now the evenings are lighter for longer, this makes it the perfect time to take a relaxing springtime walk with family and friends.  See the huge carpet of bluebells at Middleton Woods, Ilkley and listen to a glorious spring birdsong.

Pull on your walking boots – there are some great places to explore in the Bradford District.

Enjoy the great outdoors at Bingley Walking Festival on Monday, 6 May proudly hosted by Bingley Walkers are Welcome.  Visitors will have the choice of five free walks. The 1.5 mile river & nature family walk, led by Nick Milsom, will leave from The Market Square, at 10:30am.

Follow the Bradford Faith Trail, the fascinating Bradford Faith Trail is a one-mile stroll and offers a chance to visit a Catholic Church, Hindu Temple, Muslim Mosque.  Hosted by the Bradford Cathedral on Saturday, 4 May.

Gearing up for the Tour de Yorkshire riders will tackle four stages through the best of the Yorkshire countryside including.  The World-famous Haworth Main Street cobbles will feature in the fourth and final stage on Sunday, 5 May, covering 175 kilometres from Halifax to Leeds.  The route locally will also feature Laycock and the Côte de Goose Eye.

Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, Real Food Ilkley at South Hawksworth Street on Sunday, May 5 (10am to 3pm) The open-air market celebrates the rich variety of locally produced food and drink.

Visit Bradford Industrial Museum for a Grand Day Out (Monday, 6 May).  This year, to coincide with the Modelmania exhibition.  The British Flying Association will be bringing flight and flying simulators to the Industrial Museum, along with small aircraft that will be flown in the paddock area.

The Yorkshire Photographic Union the oldest regional group of its kind in the UK –  display hundreds of images by members at the Bingley Arts Centre in May, hosted by Bingley Camera Club.

Saddle up and enjoy the ‘Galloping Acrobatics’ an equestrian extravaganza at the Ilkley Carnival! Come down and join in the fun on Monday, 6 May – from live daredevil acts to vintage cars, an abundance of free children’s entertainment and a chance to find the most popular pooch at the fun dog show!

Ghost the Musical comes to the Alhambra Theatre and we can’t wait to hear Unchained Melody on the stage! Adapted from the amazing Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore film, Ghost the Musical is sure to hit you right in the feels.

The Bronte Vintage Gathering (11 & 12 May) is a popular country show and steam rally.  The extravaganza is being staged at the Cullingworth Fields, Haworth Road.  Come to see vintage tractors, steamers, cars, motorcycles, lorries, as well as farming displays, stationary engines, trade stands, craft tents and loads more…. not forgetting the Old Spot Beer tent.

Haworth 1940s Weekend (18 & 19 May) sees the streets of this picturesque village transported back to the roaring 40s. The costumes on display are superb from spivs to Bette Davis look-a-likes, all turned out with period details. Churchill makes an appearance to boost morale and you can jive and jitterbug the night away at the dance halls.  Times may have been hard in the forties but when the Union Jack flies high and the bunting flaps in the breeze, it’s impossible not to join in for another rousing Vera Lynn sing-a-long.

On track for a great day out ‘Founder’s Day’ at Shipley Glen Tramway.  The tramway first opened to the public on 18 May 1895.  Bring along an old 1d or 1/2p and ride for free on Saturday 18 May.

OUR HOTPICK! Family Fun at the Cartwright Hall art gallery (18 May – 8 Sept)! ‘Peter Rabbit: Mischief & Mayhem’.  A new exhibition featuring rarely seen original illustrations and early manuscripts by Beatrix Potter from ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’. Developed in partnership with Penguin Ventures and The River and Rowing Museum.  Bunnies will be bouncing all over the gallery, as Peter Rabbit hops, skips and jumps right off the page in an interactive exhibition about Beatrix Potter’s most famous creation. (There is a small entry charge of £3 per person to this exhibition. Under 2’s free.)

Residents open their doors as part of Saltaire Arts Trail (25 – 27 May) Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Open Houses presents a diverse “Open Exhibition” of visual art in venues across the village. Showing work in the fields of painting, photography, printmaking, digital art, drawing & sculpture. Other attractions included a craft fair in Victoria Hall, photographic exhibitions in Salts Mill and various workshop & taster sessions.

Meet your favourite princesses and superheroes at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, May half term (29 & 30 May) Follow the trail to spot all the characters to win a prize! You can even see unicorns and ride in a beautiful Cinderella carriage! 

Woohoo! for two Bank Holidays in May, don’t let that free time go to waste.  Enjoy some magnificent attractions and beautiful sights in Bradford and across the district.  Be inspired by our guide to events, festivals & concerts in May at VisitBradford