Sparkling Bradford | Winter Adventures in Ilkley

Ilkley Moor (c) Visit Bradford

While this Christmas period may be different to what we’re all used to, there’s still plenty of opportunities to get out and about safely and explore the district. We’ve put together a set of festive itineraries to help you plan some fabulous family days out this December. We hope these will inspire you to enjoy what the Bradford district has to offer, support local businesses and to make the most of what we can do – add a bit of festive sparkle to your days out! Here’s our guide to a day in Ilkley.

Grab a coffee and a bite to eat

On these cold December mornings it’s always comforting to start the day with a hot cup of coffee or a steaming hot chocolate. You are spoilt for choice in Ilkley with a number of fantastic coffee shops open and offering warming refreshments for take out. Toast House, Love Brownies, Little Teahouse, Ilkley Cafe Company and Daniel’s all offer superb quality coffee and sweet treats to set you up for the day.

Explore the interactive Festive Elf Trail

Get in the Christmas spirit and explore the town through Ilkley’s fantastic Festive Elf Trail. Look out for the elves hiding in the beautifully decorated shop windows around the town, download the LoyalFree app and scan the QR code when you spot one. There’s even an ‘Elfie Selfie’ station where visitors can take a photograph against a fun festive background.

Take a walk through Ilkley’s Riverside Gardens

The Riverside Gardens, alongside the River Wharfe in Ilkley, is a lovely park in which to spend an afternoon. Even on a cold December day it’s perfect for a relaxing festive walk while the kids can be let loose on the fantastic play equipment.

Shop the local indies for some extra special gifts

While on the hunt for elves why not take the opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done and support local businesses at the same time.  Ilkley is a superb shopping destination all year round and a great place to find those extra special Christmas gifts you might not find anywhere else. With a range of fantastic indie and boutique retailers selling quality gifts and artisan produce it offers a unique and friendly shopping experience with lots of festive cheer.

Check out the Peeping In showcase at Ilkley Manor House

Peeping In is part of Bradford’s ‘LIT’ winter programme and this December Ilkley Manor House will be showcasing a special Winter Wonderland of Lights exhibition. You can Peep In at the Manor House every day from 12th December until 3rd January between 4pm – 10pm.

Remember when you are out and about to follow public health guidance. Please wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering when required, and maintain a safe distance from others.

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