August Bank Holiday | Visit Bradford

There’s something fun for everyone to enjoy, this August bank holiday weekend in Sparkling Bradford.

The Sparkle & Steam train at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is a one-of-a-kind experience perfect for any prosecco lover. On  Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 August, enjoy a fabulous journey through the Brontë country in one of the beautiful Pullman Cars whilst enjoying a premium prosecco-tasting experience accompanied with a delightful afternoon tea.

Baildon Farmers Market will take place on Saturday 24 August between 9am– 1pm. … on the Ian Clough car park in the centre of Baildon.  You’ll find fresh bread, organic vegetables, pickles and preserves, artisan cheese, cakes and pastries.  It’s also the Harley weekend! 

The mighty thunder of revving Harley Davidsons will roll all around Baildon over this bank holiday weekend.  Riders from across Britain and Europe will arrive for the annual rally in honour of the classic.

It’s nearly time for  ‘Infest’ at the University of Bradford Student Union.  (23 – 25 August) electronic music festival.  The festival showcases acts across the world in genres including industrial, EBM, futurepop, synthpop and rhythmic noise.

Meet Barbara Walker on Sunday 25 August, 10.30am at St James’s Church, Thornton.  Take a charming and simple walk around Thornton, the birthplace of the Brontë children.  Walk across Thornton viaduct and also visit the Charlotte Stone.

There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained, inspiration for the summer bank holiday weekend:-

Follow the Sparkling Bradford Summer Trail, hunt out balloon stickers for the chance to win £500 in gift vouchers for The Broadway Bradford. Situated in prime locations across the city including the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford Cathedral and The Midland Hotel, 12 stickers can be collected. The competition ends on Saturday, August 31.

Enjoy the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway open top Vintage Bus experience.  Travel through the Brontë countryside and hop off along the way with easy access to shops, museums and more. Stops at Haworth Station, Haworth Village & Oxenhope Station.

Explore the top museums and art galleries in Bradford.  Find out what’s on and explore the current exhibition and events programme, catering for every age and interest.

Blast off on a mission to explore space! Discover ‘Hello Universe’ action-packed live show at the National Science + Media Museum.

Gather the whole family and Bowl Up Bradford! at City Park on Saturday 24 August!  Live music and family entertainment,  delicious street food, carnival style games, dancing and DJs Craft competitions and face painting, glow in the dark cricket simulators.  Have a go at ‘All Stars’ cricket and celebrate a summer of cricket in style.

Go wild this bank holiday at The Broadway Bradford, ‘Jungle Forest’ playground, children can enjoy monkeying around on climbing frames and swing bags, jumping into a ball pool and exploring a mini tree-house.

Get closer to nature at NT East Riddlesden Hall, 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.

Bradford Family Film Festival is back with a fantastic programme for the whole family to enjoy.  Bradford Markets are hosting a special pop up cinema at the Oastler (Saturday 24th Aug – 11am) experience the magical Disney animation Frozen (PG) put your princess frock on and sing along at the top of your voice – “Let it go, let it go”.

There will be a variety of fun activities at the  ‘Burley Summer Festival’including walks, wildlife, lifestyle and music events along with festival favourites like the scarecrow trail, and beer festival.

If the weather isn’t on top form, here’s our handy guide to things you can do in Bradford & district when it’s raining.


For a full listing of things to do visitBradford for the August bank holiday weekend 2019 – with all this variety, you will be spoilt for choice!