Sparkling Bradford | Things to Do This January 2021

Ilkley Moor (c) Visit Bradford

Happy New Year! If you want to take it easy after the festive season then we have some recommendations of things to do throughout January 2021 in Bradford and district.

Kick start the year with a brisk walk around Bradford on a guided walk.  You may be surprised at the variety of landscape and wildlife to be experienced both in the countryside and in the urban areas of Bradford.

Go #Walkshire

Follow the Bradford City Centre Heritage Trail for some of the city centre’s primary heritage hotspots, rich in history and architectural design.  The tour is a free downloadable, print and go self-guided trail. Download the Bradford City Centre Heritage Trail.

Share your favourite walks in Bradford & district and inspire others by using the hashtag #Walkshire and tag us in @visitBradford on socials.

Get outside and enjoy magical winter fairies in Lister Park or Peel Park! Explore the Fairy Winter Trail or find the dinosaur. The LoveExploring free app includes educational games, quizzes and information along the guided route.  Download the app to your smartphone today!

Mince Pie Specials

Travel with the Keighley Worth Valley Railway, Yuletide carriages. Journey from Oxenhope to Keighley and back on one of the Mince Pie Specials which operate daily from BOXING DAY until Sunday 3rd January 2021. Advance bookings essential.

Brighten up your January

LiT will see light installations shine from varied locations across the district such as front gardens, shopping centres and mill rooftops. The exhibition will include around half a dozen large-scale light artworks and installations from creatives and around 26 smaller-scale exhibits. A winter programme of light in unusual places across Bradford & district. .

Watch this amazing trailer for the Peeping In installation – a magical experience viewed through the windows of Ilkley Manor House! Have you seen the installation for yourself yet? The light installation is turned on every day from 4pm until 3rd January 2021.

Get Your Culture Fix at Home

We have pulled together some of the most positive, creative, helpful, interesting and entertaining activities.

Visit Bradford museums and galleries from the comfort of home. Here are our favourite ones – Be wowed! Take a virtual tour of Cliffe Castle Museum or visit the objects and stories of the National Science + Media Museum collection.

Join the Impressions Gallery online for the exhibition and book launch of Being Inbetween by Carolyn Mendelsohn.  Meet the artist, enjoy a virtual tour of the exhibition, and see the premiere of the specially commissioned film Girl Power by New Focus, featuring three of the girls included in the exhibition. 9 January 2021 (2.00pm – 2.40pm) Book Now.

‘Explore with Visit Bradford’ Podcast series gives virtual tours of Bradford district. Take a listen to these inspirational travel audio chats, escape the everyday and enjoy local activities and attractions in the comfort of your own home. 

Enjoy a full 360° virtual walk-through of Bradford Cathedral, a hidden jewel waiting to be discovered. Visit key spaces you may or may not have seen before.

Watch the best live streams online with The Live Room, Saltaire. The show must go on, musicians from all over the world are moving their live performances online, for the whole world to see. Discover them here at TLR Online.

Here’s a little-known fact: January 4 is National Trivia Day! Put your knowledge to the test with this fun Big Bradford quiz of 2020. It’s been the strangest year in living memory, but there have been glimmers of good news across the Bradford District in 2020.  As we celebrate the people and places that made the city sparkle in 2020, how well do you know these brilliant bits of Bradford?

Kick back, and relax watch some of the films and TV shows from Bradford’s Film Heritage. Visit locations from your favourite movie and television moments. 

February Look Ahead

Coming Soon : The Yorkshire Games Festival

Katy Marshall leads a workshop at Yorkshire Games Festival

A festival celebrating videogames, with special guests, workshops and fun-packed activities for gamers of all ages. Book now for Game Talks!

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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