Things to do in August | Visit Bradford

The best things to do in Bradford & district this August.   A whole host of activities, make the most of your free time.

Eeh by gum! Let’s celebrate Yorkshire Day (Wednesday, 1 August), dig out your flat caps and have a jolly good time celebrating all that is great about Yorkshire!  Flying the flag for Yorkshire Day, the chimes of City Hall bell tower will be playing ‘Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at’ the unofficial Yorkshire anthem.

Hats off to Yorkshire Day! Bolling Hall Museum will be brimming with excitement on Yorkshire Day, Thursday 1 August when a whole range of hat-themed activities will take place.  Topping off the day will be the Yorkshire Open Hat Throwing Championships, the first time the historic hall has played host to the sport. #hatthrowing

Ilkley Summer Festival – is bursting with loads of events & music for the whole family.  The festival kicks off on Yorkshire Day (August 1) with Ilkley’s Town Crier, along with music and entertainment around the town.

Highlights of Ilkley Summer Festival

  • The continental market takes place on the Grove on August 9, 10 and 11.
  • Ilkley Jazz Festival from August 14 to 18. For a full list of venues and events taking place in local pubs, hostelries and wine bars across Ilkley and on Ilkley Moor visit Ilkley Jazz Festival.
  • The traditional Last Night of the Proms entertainment takes place on August 31. Featuring the Marsden Silver Prize. Tickets are available from Ilkley Visitor Information Centre.


Enjoy a summer of magical movie moments at Bradford Family Film Festival.  City Park will be at the heart of the festival – with regular free films on Bradford Big Screen every Wednesday in August.  

The Broadway goes wild this summer with the installation of a jungle forest playground to keep your little ones entertained during the summer holidays! Children can enjoy monkeying around on climbing frames and swing bags, jumping into a ball pool and exploring a mini tree-house.  Daily until 2 September.

After a successful first event, the Haworth Artisan Food and Drink Market will return on Saturday 3rd August 2019.  Wonderful suppliers showcasing some fantastic local produce.

Sparkle & Steam into August with the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, a fabulous journey through Brontë country enjoying a premium Prosecco-tasting experience accompanied with a delightful afternoon tea.

Pull up a deckchair, sit back and relax at Bradford Food & Drink Festival 9-11 August in City Park.  Be tempted by the fantastic selection of hot street food traders, some of the best local producers around & speciality bars.

Our Hotpick! ‘Proms at the Castle’  10 August – Join us for a magical and musical evening of live entertainment on a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ theme, all set in the beautiful Cliffe Castle Park in Keighley.

The Bradford Classic zooms into City Park (16 -18 August) and the Broadway showcasing historic vehicles from across the eras.  In addition to the 100 plus classic cars and motorcycles and The Great Race (U) an epic automobile race from New York to Paris, on the Big Screen (Saturday 17 August).

Celebrating the cricket world champions Bowl Up Bradford: Music, Food and Cricket, the perfect family day out! at City Park, Bradford on Saturday 24 August.

Music Lovers August 

Infest is an annual music festival held at the University of Bradford Student Union, featuring alternative electronic music acts from genres including industrial, EBM, futurepop, synthpop and power noise.

Discover the Shuttle Shuffle Festival a grassroots event that knits communities together through a mutual love of music, art and performance. (17 – 18 August 2019) SORM Studios in Little Germany, Bradford.

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