Autumn List: Ways to Make the Most of the Season

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”

― Emily Brontë.

DiscoveryFreedom to Explore and Treat Yourself – Brilliant things to do, and places to explore this autumn in Bradford and district #EscapeTheEveryday


>> Follow the self-guided ‘Bradford City Centre Heritage Trail’ to see some of the city centre’s primary heritage hotspots, rich in history and architectural design. Enjoy your visit; allow yourself plenty extra time to soak up the sights!

Bradford’s City Heritage Trail – Mobile Friendly (PDF)

>> Come and think like a scientist at Wonderlab Live! See live demos and discover new adventures in the science of light and sound at the National Science + Media Museum.

Inspired by the ever-popular Wonderlab gallery, Wonderlab Live will reveal the beauty of the science behind household objects that shape our everyday lives.

This unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways. Enjoy live demonstrations—at a safe distance!—and step into another world of wonder. >> Book Free Museum Admission.

The Bradford Science Festival returns! Taking place during October half term with live events, online content, and radio.

>> Rediscover the magic of the big screen with beloved classics, musicals and restorations at the Widescreen Weekend. The popular festival which celebrates the past, present and future of cinema technology, will return between the 9 – 11 October and this year will explore the work of pioneering female film editors, restorations and rediscoveries of cult and classic films, childhood favourites, and a special look at early 3D cinema with 50s horror Creature from the Black Lagoon..

Freedom To Explore

>> Leave the stresses of this year behind! Get ready to fall in love alpaca trekking, where Peru meets Bradford. Thornwood Alpacas experience lets you take alpacas on a relaxing walk through the Brontë countryside. The experience includes an alpaca talk, demonstrations, photo opportunities. As well as a steady journey through the fields up to the Haworth moorland. Bookings are only open for small groups to ensure your safety and compliance with local lock-down regulations.

The leaves are changing colour and floating to the ground to pave the way for you to enjoy a picturesque walk in the crisp autumn air.

>> Bradford district is a paradise for walkers and cyclists. Green spaces are a good choice to easily observe social distancing and to get some fresh air.

Take a guided walk with Bronte Adventures, visit Brontë Waterfall for a gentle walk and 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 Wuthering Heights the novel by Emily Brontë.

Autumn is a wonderful season for cycling, for going out and enjoying the unique scenery that nature and its colours create.

You can ride the Pennine Bridleway; which offers cyclists the opportunity to explore the Pennines’ ancient packhorse routes and newly created bridleways. The Calder Aire Link provides a link from the St Ives Estate near Bingley to the Pennine Bridleway Mary Towneley Loop in Calderdale. It is suitable for cyclists though a mountain bike recommended and is needed due to the nature of some of the terrain on the path. You will pass Cullingworth and Oxenhope while there’s some truly spectacular scenery as you pass the beautiful Leeming and Leeshaw Reservoirs before finishing near Widdop.

For family friendly routes there is the Airedale Greenway connecting the towns along the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Or why not explore the Great Northern Railway Trail which takes in a number of attractions throughout Bradford district. The disused railway tracks are an excellent way to safely enjoy the countryside and see the natural beauty of the area.

Guidance for social distancing* – Remember to make space and follow the rules on social distancing – wherever you are. 🚶‍♀️↔️🚶‍♀️

Treat Yourself

The great tastes of autumn!

>> Discover great food markets, from Baildon Farmers Market to Real Food Ilkley, the produce around this time of year is delicious: fresh apples, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and runner beans. Spend an afternoon talking to the stall holders and learning about how your food was made and brought to you.

Look for a new recipe that incorporates your finds. You’ll feel accomplished for stretching your culinary skills, and you can feel good knowing your purchase helped the local economy. Try a tasty curry recipe these simple dishes are authentic and delicious and have been handpicked by the VisitBradford Team to cook at home.

>> Treat yourself to a day of craft and socially-distanced creativity! This autumn, explore your creative side ‘Paint a Pot!’ Experience the creative, warm and welcoming atmosphere at some vibrant arts spaces around Bradford district, and indulge yourself with delicious cakes, fresh artisan teas and coffee.

Book now, rekindle an interest or learn a new skill at vibrant arts spaces:

Cobbles & Clay – A café and pottery painting studio at the top of Haworth’s Main Street in the heart of Brontë Country.

Salt Pots Ceramic Studio is a paint your own pottery studio based in Saltaire.

The Craft House, Bingley – Runs expert-led arts and crafts workshops as well as selling a carefully curated selection of handmade art and gifts.

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Please follow local restriction guidance what you can and cannot do