Things to do in November | Visit Bradford

Our best ideas for things to do in Bradford & district this November.  Wrap up warm and enjoy a full calendar of events.

The ultimate hip hop event returns to Kala Sangam! 1 & 2 November, Tech Styles brings together the best Bgirls, Bboys and crews from across the country for an incredible weekend of events and activities. Dancers will be joined by special guests, local musicians and there’ll be beats from the best DJs around.

The global smash hit Mamma Mia!  is at the Alhambra Theatre. Enjoy the ultimate feel-good factor at the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical! (1 – 23 November) Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of Abba.

Spread Your Wings! Museums at Night sees museums, galleries and heritage sites across the UK open their doors for exciting evening events and spectacular night-time displays. Lister’s Lanterns is a community lantern parade which take place at Lister Park in Bradford (1 November). It has been running annually for a few years and gains in popularity every time. 

Bradford City Runs is Bradford’s Annual Festival (3 November) of Running with a unique choice of three distances: 5K, 10K and Half Marathon along with a special Kids’ Mile Run. The race routes take in parts of Little Germany and the Broadway Shopping Centre, as well as the University of Bradford, Bradford College, City Hall and City Park.

Real Food Ilkley with a festive feel at South Hawksworth Street on Sunday 3 November (10am to 3pm) The open-air market celebrates the rich variety of locally produced food and drink.

Enjoy spooky fun for Halloween weekend (2 -& 3 November) at Shipley Glen Tramway, Britain’s oldest funicular railway. Look out for the skeletons along the tramway!

Remember, remember the fifth of November! If you’re looking for the best bonfire night and firework displays across Bradford we’ve got all you need to know.  Wrap up warm, and enjoy the bonfire season responsibly and safely, go to a well-organised bonfire.

Out with the old, in with the new! 6 – 10 November, three Ilkley-based artists, Lucia Smith, Kerry J Stoker and Joanne Tinker have been clearing out their home studios this autumn, dusting down older pieces ready for an exhibition ‘Making Space’ with a difference. This unusual show will offer a unique chance to buy beautiful art at fantastic cut down prices.

Fun musical Little Shop of Horrors, running at the Bradford Playhouse from 6 – 9 November, is “an evening of macabre laughs and doo-wop songs”. Seymour must try to save the world from the alien plant and its sinister spores.

Food lovers are in for a treat when Haworth Artisan Food & Drink Festival returns to The Old School Room (Saturday, 9 November) Expect artisan bread, gourmet street food, organic fruits & vegetables, perfect for foodies seeking things to do in Haworth.

The Broadway are hosting a star-studded event and dazzling display of lights on Saturday 9 November for The Festive Launch as part of Sparkling Bradford Christmas! VIP guests and performers include the legendary Heather Small, X Factor 2017 winners Rak-Su and Love Island 2019 star Michael Griffiths. Plus, we welcome local singing sensations Alexandra Carlos and Jimbo Lynch and showstopping close-up magic with Sebastian Walton.

Keep an eye on our ‘Sparkling Bradford’ guide for magical things to do at Christmas including pantos, Christmas markets, and family events.  The annual Magical Reindeer Parade will spread cheer through the city centre on Sunday 17 November, marking Santa’s arrival at the Kirkgate Grotto.

Join Father Christmas at Bradford Industrial Museum’s annual Victorian Christmas Market. (16 & 17 November) It’s not your usual festive market. As well as having over 80 stalls there will be plenty to see and do. You will even have the chance to visit Father Christmas on Bradford’s festive tram!

Try something new, do something different! Join the National Science + Media Museum (Thursday, 21 November) for an adults-only night at the museum packed with live shows and experiments, talks, comedy, music and more.

The international, award-winning smash-hit musical based on the blockbuster film, THE BODYGUARD is back! (From 26 November) Following her triumphant West End run and sell-out UK tour, Alexandra Burke returns to the role of Rachel Marron in Bradford.

Park Promotions and Bradford Cathedral present Steeleye Span in Concert: The 50th Anniversary Tour 1969 – 2019. Led as ever by the iconic Maddy Prior, the latest seven piece line-up will draw on the group’s incredible history to provide a night of favourites and surprises from down the decades. (29 November)

Have you ever experienced the fun of a silent disco? Put on your headphones and join the fun at NT East Riddlesden Hall, in the barn and dance like no-one’s watching! Gather your friends, hit the dance-floor, enjoy an evening of non-stop party classics on Friday 29 November.

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