Things to do in October | Visit Bradford

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

From the Poet Laureate to emerging writers, from stars of stage and screen to leading academics and journalists, you’ll find lots to entertain, engage and inspire you at Ilkley Literature Festival. Headline names include David Suchet, Prue Leith, Alastair Campbell, Gyles Brandreth, Gerald Scarfe, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, Caroline Criado Perez,  A.C.Grayling and Kirsty Wark.

Whether you are a born and bred Bradfordian, or a newcomer to this great city, then don’t miss the opportunity to be part the ‘Bradford on Film’ archive screening. This flagship Bradford Cathedral Centenary event is brought to you by the Yorkshire Film Archive (4 October) who have delved into their vaults to curate a special journey through Bradford’s rich film heritage.

Real Food Ilkley at The Grove on Sunday 6 October (10am to 3pm) The open-air market celebrates the rich variety of locally produced food and drink.

Music, real cider, and great sausages – Haworth Sausage & Cider Festival takes place at the Old Brontë School Rooms (Friday 4 – Sunday 6 October.)  You’ll be spoiled for choice with a range of ciders & ales to help wash down those sizzling sausages.

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The Bradford Print Fair is back (5 October)! With a range of printers and makers at this year’s fair taking place at The Bradford Club. It’s free entry and the bar will be open.

Enjoy a long weekend of big, bold and wide cinema experiences at the Media Museum (10 – 13 October). Glorious 70mm screenings, new Cinerama restorations and great guests will remind you why going to the movies is so magical. Explore the full 2019 programme here.

Kick off the Keighley Arts and Film Festival (10 – 13 October) in wonderful style – Opening the festival, hear the mighty rhythms of Drum Machine – a beast of a drumming band and see the spectacular ‘Shine A Light’ lantern parade  (11 October) in Cliffe Castle Park. It will feature incredible fire drawings by Walk The Plank to light up the night sky, and spoken word from local young people sharing their inspiration.

The annual Apple Day celebrations at Bowling Park Orchard returns on Sunday 13 October enjoy a fruitful day with advice, juice and Wrapture Falapples.

Haworth plays host to the increasing interest in Steampunk when the village hosts its now annual Steampunk Weekend (11- 13 October). For those not in the know, Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery in a setting inspired by industrialised western 19th century civilisation with participants wearing fashions inspired by artistic styles that the movement encapsulates.

To mark Black History Month on Saturday 12 October take a tour of The Black Stars of St George’s Hall exhibition in the gallery with local historian Joe Williams.

Hit the theatre! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots at the Alhambra Theatre takes you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan (15 – 26 October).

To celebrate Bradford City Of Film 10th Anniversary the Golden Years Film festival will be taking place between the 18 – 31 October. The festival will this year be on the theme of ‘Tell us a Story’ and will feature stories from many aspects of life . The full programme will be unveiled at Screen Talk on the 3rd October, with full details available HERE.

Thursday 17 October through to Sunday 20 October, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is transformed into a 5-mile long beer and music festival with bars at Oxenhope, Ingrow and Keighley Station as well as a real-ale bar onboard the steam trains.

This autumn sees Kala Sangam join forces with Reel Solutions to bring you the chance to see some of the very best of world cinema. Taking place on the last Tuesday of every month, our C.U.L.T film night  looks to present stories from around the globe, starting this season with films from Iran, India and one that takes in all four corners of the earth.

There will be a range of events for families taking place during the October half term, including The Big Draw Halloween Special at Cartwright Hall and fantastic family activities inspired by A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon at the Media Museum.

On the 29 October there will be a mini pumpkin festival, brought to you by Bradford BID and the team from Sand In Your Eye, taking place on Broadway near to the Shopping Centre entrance and The Light Cinema.  There will be the chance to have a go at sculpting your own pumpkin or watch as the Sand In Your Eye team create amazing sculptures in front of your eyes.

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