Things to do in July | Visit Bradford

Find out what events and festivals are taking place in #SparklingBradford this July.  We’ve picked top events to help you plan your next day out in Bradford & district.

Described as one of the most inspirational festivals in the UK, the Bradford Literature Festival welcomes world-renowned authors, poets, musicians, and artists.   The festival has a super cool and fun schedule of events perfect for children of all ages and reading levels.  Bradford City Park sets the stage for family fun at this festival. Free events include interactive theatre, storytelling, craft sessions, and film screenings. (28 Jun – 7 July)

Come and See Peter Rabbit at the Broadway Bradford. (Sat 6 July 11am – 3pm)  The mischievous and adventurous hero Peter Rabbit will be appearing during story time sessions, led by a narrator, at intervals throughout the day!

All Stars Performing Arts are thrilled to present Seussical the Musical at Bradford Playhouse (3-6 July). The fantastical world of Dr. Seuss bursts onto the stage in this larger-than-life musical extravaganza brimming with fun and excitement for “thinkers” of all ages.  Join the mischievous Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, and a host of other much-loved characters on a magical, madcap adventure from the Jungle of Nool, to the Circus McGurkus, to the tiniest planet in the sky, Whoville.

Shipley Street Arts Festival begins on Saturday, 6 July and is incorporating the Rae Gala (7 July) in the celebrations.  Entertainment on Saturday includes acrobatics, slapstick comedy, face painting, and arts and crafts.

Oxenhope Straw Race 7 July in the Pennine village of Oxenhope, near Keighley.  Started by two men who made a bet about racing from one pub to the next carrying a bale of straw.

Amélie The Musical – the critically-acclaimed new UK musical stage show based on the five-time Oscar®-nominated film is coming to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford this July.  The beloved story of Amélie, an imaginative and shy romantic with a gift for helping others, is a vibrant re-conception of the film with new orchestrations.

Yorkshire Wartime Experience is now the biggest military re-enactment festival in the north of England.  Experience the sights, sounds of life on both the Home Front and Front Line during World War 2.  An enjoyable educational and exciting day out for all the family (7 – 8 July).

After nearly a decade since the last sell-out UK tour, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical LES MISÉRABLES will play the Alhambra Theatre from the 9 July.

Bradford Festival brings a vibrant, colourful and multicultural programme of the very best international, British and local theatre, art, music, and dance right into the heart of the Bradford at City Park 12 – 14 July.

Out hot pick!  See Luke Jerram’s spectacular artwork Gaia: a detailed sculpture of Earth measuring seven metres in diameter at the National Science + Media Museum, Bradford. (16 July – 1 September)

Mars rovers, slime-making, space VR, life-size videogames and a 12-metre rocket ship… It can only be the Bradford Science Festival from 18 -21 July!  Bradford Science Festival is a free weekend of surprising science in the city, packed with activities, demos, and games for the whole family.  This year’s festival will explore a range of fascinating themes, including space travel, chemistry and caring for the environment.  And with new venues joining the fun, its set to be bigger and better than ever!

ACT Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet is being performed at Bradford Cathedral gound, a beautiful setting to enjoy a summer’s evening of outdoor theatre and a perfect family treat during the summer holidays.  When a young couple meets and falls instantly head-over-heels in love, only to realise that each belongs to their family’s sworn enemy. Can their love survive against the odds or will they have to pay the ultimate price?  (25 – 27 July).

Bingley Show brings the countryside to the town.  Bingley Agricultural Show provides entertainment for all the family with its wide variety of exhibits.  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 20, and traditional livestock and agricultural competitions will be on offer along with attractions such as the fast-paced motorcycle trials display Xtreme Stunt Team.

Join us at Bradford Industrial Museum, on Sunday the 21st of July, to celebrate the centenary of Peace Day. To commemorate the end of WW1 the 19th of July 1919 was declared a national peace day, with celebrations held around the country.  We will be celebrating Peace Day with West Yorkshire military re-enactors. Come and meet the cavalry, royal artillery, and nurses and find out what life was like after the war had ended.

Pack your school bags away and join at NT East Riddlesden Hall summer of outdoor fun.  Gather the family together and make the most of the summer. You can get closer to nature hunting for bugs or cook up a feast in the mud pie kitchen. In the wild play area, you can also build a den and hunt for natural materials to weave with. (From 22 July)

Meet authors from around the country at the UK Indie Literature Festival (27 July) at Kala Sangam, learn all about being an indie author, how to become a published author, take part in exciting workshops, listen to readings by the authors, enter exciting competitions to win signed books And much, much more …

A two-day celebration (27 & 28 July) at the North Parade Street Festivalfeatures the return of Live Music to the big stage.  There will be over 20 outside arts, crafts and street food stalls and plenty for children with a funfair, candy floss & sweet stall.

Oh! I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside ….. Keighley by the Sea.  The beach at the Airedale Shopping Centre will be open daily from 10am to 4pm, from Saturday 28th July to Sunday 2nd September, with buckets and spades, retro deckchairs and picnic benches.

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Feature Image: Gaia. Photo by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)_Med