Sparkling Bradford | Things to do in September

Make the most of the last month of warm weather and discover something different to do in and around Bradford.

The Impressions Gallery re-opens on Wednesday 2 September with new exhibition Seedscapes: Future-Proofing Nature.  Why do seeds matter? Five artists respond to global efforts to save plants from extinction.  Be among the first to view the exhibition online.

Get your live music fix with The Live Room, Saltaire Online on Wednesday 2 September. Buy tickets and support:


A last minute addition to the Live Online series and first step towards a return to Caroline Street Social Club, which is where this special album launch show will be streamed from!

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

Explore the world on your doorstep! Every September, we celebrate Heritage Open Days.   It’s your chance (11-20 September 2020) to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.  What will you discover in Bradford?!  Celebrate the rich and varied heritage of Bradford.  Stunning architecture, fascinating histories and people’s stories, activities for young and old.

Heritage Highlights :

Bradford Heritage Trail, our free digital heritage trail allow you to discover some of the hidden secrets that Bradford has to offer.  The self-guided walk takes you round Bradford City Centre and highlights the best examples of  architecture. It looks at buildings of all ages and styles – from medieval to the modern, to show how Bradford has developed over the ages.

Bradford City Centre Heritage Trail (Mobile Version)

Bradford Cathedral goes virtual, bringing you a special ‘Cathedral Close-up’ each day on this year’s theme of ‘Hidden Nature’, including where you can find animals hidden in the cathedral and the history of the Bradford Boar. There will also be the chance to walk the Tranquility Trail and experience dawn and twilight virtually in the cathedral grounds. 

Explore the Manor House Bird Walk.  Go round the Manor House and its courtyard garden and find the painted images of visiting birds dotted around the gardens.  Come and sit in the courtyard with your own paper and pencils and do some drawings of the nature that surrounds you.  

You can also enjoy the history of the house with a new film with Professor Mike Dixon taking you round the outside of the Manor House, pointing out the key features of the house that tells the story of the house over the centuries.  The film can be accessed via a QR code that will be available outside the house.

Join Bradford Cathedral for the penultimate online Faith Trail of the year where you can explore several places of worship on Leeds Road in real-time, with a series of videos all about the buildings, faiths and people involved. For more information please visit

Saltaire Festival (11-20 September) is continuing online this summer.  Experience some of the most popular elements of the festival.  This includes:

  • Open Gardens competition, winner of the Rance Booth Smith Cup announced.
  • Saltaire Lockdown archive revealed, view the work of two lockdown artists, Alice Withers and Karolina Haluszczak and the residents of Saltaire.
  • A virtual tour of Victorian Saltaire with Victorian character “Polly Toothill”.

Celebrate the reopening of Pictureville Cinema (Thursday 17 September 2020) with Bradford on Film, a celebration of the sights and sounds of Bradford from the last 120 years. 

Café Scientifique (will take place on Thursday 24 September from 18.30.) online discussion event from the National Science + Media Museum —everyone’s welcome to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.  This discussion will be hosted on Zoom. Book your free place. 

Join the EcoExtravaganza with Bradford Cathedral online, for a four day festival (Thursday 24 – 27 September ) of live chats, online videos and much more, all on the theme of ‘What on earth are we going to do?’.  There will also be videos about going plastic-free, top tips on how to help at home, and a cooking demo, as well as children’s activities, a themed book club, and a special Harvest Festival service on the Sunday morning. More will be announced soon; please visit for the latest.


Wonderlab Live at the National Science + Media Museum is an all-new family experience inspired by the popular Wonderlab gallery.  Come and think like a scientist at Wonderlab Live! See live demos and discover new adventures in the science of light and sound. >> Book tickets in advance.

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway are the proud owners of two 1930 Pullman parlour cars, from a time when travelling and dining on a train meant travelling in style and opulence. This September  (9 & 12 September – £45 per person) take a trip back in time and experience dining from a bygone era.  >> Booking Information.

It’s all aboard the Vintage Tour Bus which has returned to the Worth Valley for another summer season, operating every weekend in September.  Travelling on the vintage bus over the scenic moors will allow you to visit our Carriage Works and Engine Shed museums at Ingrow, as well as Haworth Village. You will also be able to alight and depart from Oxenhope if you are travelling on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Bus to depart as follows:
Ingrow Station 11.00 12.30 14.00 15.30
Haworth Station 11.10 12.40 14.10 15.40
Haworth Village 11.15 12.45 14.15 15.45
Oxenhope Station 11.30 13.00 14.30 16.00
Arrive Ingrow 11.45 13.15 14.45 16.15

Bus fare for 1 return-round trip: Adult: £5 Child: £3

Tickets for the museums will also be available to buy on the bus.  Availability to travel and visit museums is subject to maximum numbers allowed due to social distancing measures.

Walking with alpacas is a fun and memorable experience for everyone and there’s plenty of other animals to meet along the way! Thornwood Alpaca Trekking Centre. Taking bookings now! The alpaca treks take place entirely outdoors and with space to keep people well apart.

Book a 5 mile guided walk across the moors with Bronte Adventures, taking you to all the key Brontë landmarks. Visit Brontë Waterfall for a picnic or take a longer hike up the hill to Top Withens, the desolate farmhouse (now a ruin) said to have been the inspiration for the Earnshaw family house in Emily Brontë’s classic novel, Wuthering Heights.  These are available every Saturday morning during the Summer!

Bradford Museums  have put together some fun digital activities online.  Be inspired by the museum collections to ‘Draw like Hockney’ or ‘form a fossil’ or ‘make a a map, to name a few ideas. Let us know your fave! 

Please follow local restriction guidance what you can and cannot do.

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