Sparkling Bradford | Winter Adventures in Saltaire

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 – to add a bit of festive sparkle to your days out. Here’s our guide to a day in Saltaire.

Grab a take-out coffee and something 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 Saltaire with a number of fantastic coffee shops open and offering warming refreshments for take out. Tambourine Coffee, The Quaffery, Buonissimo and Nordish all offer superb quality coffee and sweet treats to set you up for the day.

Browse the independent shops for some ‘off the high street’ gifts

Saltaire is the perfect shopping destination if you’re looking for something special for your loved ones this Christmas that you might not find elsewhere. With a range of independent shops selling quality handmade, vintage and artisan produce it offers a unique and friendly shopping experience with lots of festive cheer. Visit Salts Mill bookshop for a vast and varied collection of adult and kiddies books, seek out vintage collectables in the Saltaire Vintage Shop and explore an exciting range of modern and on trend products at RAD Studio. Venture up the hill to Gordon Terrace and you will find a range of gifts and homewares at Serendipity, original art and art wares at Too Nice To Use and quality fashion items at Walk in Style. 

Take a stroll around Roberts Park and the Leeds Liverpool Canal

Even on a wet and windy December’s day, Roberts Park and the surrounding area is a beautiful setting well worth exploring. The park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award, awarded to the best parks and green spaces in the country, and attracts plenty of walkers, runners and families even in the winter. Take a stroll around the park and gardens, mosey along the canal towpath or let the kids run wild in the play area and skate park.

Check out the new Look Up! illuminated exhibition at Salts Mill

Inspired by the beautiful stained glass windows of Saltaire and the advent displays of the past, Salts Mill has illuminated six of the giant mill windows with a set of impressive contemporary designs by local artist Ben Holden. The display is described as a seasonal celebration of colour, light and brighter times ahead and can be viewed from Victoria Road or within Salts Mill itself. A limited edition digital print of the Look Up!  exhibition is available to buy through the Saltaire Virtual Makers Fair. You may also come across one of the large-scale light artworks that form Bradford’s LIT festival – a winter programme of light in unusual places across Bradford & district.

Explore the Saltaire Living Advent Calendar

The Saltaire Living Advent Calendar has been a Christmas highlight in Saltaire since 2006. The event sees residents create impressive illuminated window displays in homes around the village, with visitors encouraged to seek them out in the run up to Christmas. This year a record 55 windows will open, with 16 houses and community buildings illuminated from 1st December (4pm – 10.30pm), then at least one new window will be ‘opened’ each evening until 24th December, and will remain lit until 1st January.

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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