Great Things to Do This February | Sparkling Bradford

Be inspired by our guide of things to do in Bradford & District this February – Get your culture fix at home.

Bradford District will once again celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month, with organisations from across the district hosting a packed programme of events and everyone is welcome. Despite the on-going restrictions this year is set to be one of the biggest ever with 283 events taking place, which will be delivered online to those who live and work in the district. This year’s busy programme includes plays, panels, poetry, dance workshops, light shows and much more. Take a look through this year’s LGBTQ+ History Month programme (PDF, 3 Mb).

Get gaming with the National Science + Media Museum! This year’s Yorkshire Games Festival (Friday 5 February 2021) will look slightly different to previous editions the programme moves online for the first time, bringing gaming inspiration to you at home! There’ll be gaming-related resources online for young game-makers, including videos from BAFTA Young Game Designers and activities from across the Science Museum Group. Join in online the Northern Games Showcase celebrates game production in Yorkshire with some great games you can play at home—explore the events and book your tickets.

Yorkshire Pudding Day is on Sunday 7 February. No roast is complete without a proper Yorkshire pud – here’s how to make your own, from BBC Good Food. Tag us in your Yorkshire pudding photos on Instagram @SparklingBradford and use the #SparklingBradford hashtag.

Discover the therapeutic value of creative writing – learn how to use writing for well-being with others. Ilkley Literature Festival Wellness Writing course starting 16th Feb! Whether you’re a seasoned poet or a beginner, this course allows you to explore wellness practices and to improve your creative writing. Book tickets at:

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 will run between Monday 22 February to 7 March. These two weeks are a fantastic opportunity to learn about Fairtrade festival online with your friends and family. Sign up and you can expect to find fascinating and fun events featuring all parts of our global Fairtrade community, including Fairtrade farmers and workers, other climate campaigners.

  • Join in with the Fairtrade Connections: Community Arts Festival – Bringing together the community of Fairtrade campaigners around the UK with a series of community arts events throughout Fairtrade Fortnight. Online:

  • Including: Music Evening with Ghanaian musician Richard Wiafe.  Young Ghanaian musician Richard Wiafe will share some of the music he has made celebrating Fairtrade.  This event is sponsored by Bradford Fairtrade Zone. (Fri, 26 February 2021 -19:00 – 21:00.)

Love is in the air, treat your loved one to something special this Valentine’s Day. Show you care ‘shop local’, have a look online at some of the gorgeous independent gift shops and florists in Bradford & district for fabulous cards, gifts and bouquets. If you’re looking for romantic dinner ideas for Valentine’s Day at home …. Treat your other half to an indulgent takeaway feast, courtesy of these Bradford district restaurants.

Looking for fun things to do with the family over the 2021 February half-term in Bradford & District? Get inspired – Even though we’re all at home, there are plenty of ways to keep entertained with NT East Riddlesden Hall ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’. Your garden can be a great place to look for wildlife or create some wild art, and you can always bring the fun indoors and build a living room den or watch for birds flying past your window.

February visitor to the Brontë Lounge on the 25 February 2021 is Ann Dinsdale, Principal Curator at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. With an absolute wealth of knowledge and experience at her fingertips, Ann will be in conversation with Helen Meller in this zoom event, discussing her more than three decades working at the Museum, and sharing how vitally important the Brontës and their legacy have been to her, both personally and professionally. Tickets cost £6 and the event will start at 7.30pm.  

Join the Impressions Gallery online ( 25 February 2021) to hear photographer Carolyn Mendelsohn discuss the exhibition of her work Being Inbetween’ and join in the Q&A session afterwards. Made over a period of 6 years, Being Inbetween is a series of powerful photographic portraits of girls aged between ten and twelve, exploring the complex transition between childhood and young adulthood. Carolyn will lead a walk and tour of the gallery via zoom, and will answer questions about the work as part of the live event. – Booking essential via Eventbrite.

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.

‘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 Saltaire Online.

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. 

Stay active during the winter lockdown, take a crisp winter walk through Bradford’s woodlands discover carpets of snowdrops. Nature provides us with a magical backdrop, See how many nature treasures you can find on your next walk.

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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