Keep yourself busy with our guide of fun & productive things to do during lockdown 2021 with a Bradford connection.
Stay active during lockdown, take a crisp 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.
In 2021, the spring equinox falls on Saturday 20 March. See how many spring activities you can cross off of your to-do list this season > Little things to look forward to in spring.
Guidance for social distancing* – Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating well, drinking enough water, and exercising regularly. Go out for a walk, but stay two metres apart from others.
Step Into Spring
Take a stroll around Lister Park to view sculpture and public artwork. See Bingley based artist Marcus Levine’s steel clout nail sculpture ‘Hung Out to Dry’ and family favourite, fibreglass ‘Hochlandbew’ by Otmar Alt.
Let’s celebrate British Pie week (1-7 March 2021). Find the perfect ingredients to make a savoury or sweet pie at Bradford Markets. Discover authentic tasty pies at Lishman’s of Ilkley and Robertshaw’s Farm Shop, Thornton. If you’re looking for something a bit different to fill your belly try Hunters of Haworth, pie shop.
#WordBookDay 4 March 2021, escape, find excitement, love, and adventure in fiction. Celebrate and get children passionate about books and reading. For more details, visit : https://bradford.gov.uk/browse-all-news/press-releases/celebrate-world-book-day/
There is also more information on www.worldbookday.com with fun resources including activity sheets, lesson plans and discussion guides for Nursery, Primary and Secondary, FREE audiobooks for all ages (available until 30th September), videos on the World Book Day YouTube channel including stories for under 5s, masterclasses from some of your favourite authors and illustrators and the top 100 Stories To Share – voted for by the nation.
Be Inspired Bradford
Be Bradford Inspired from Bradford Literature Festival will include a wealth of free-to-access creative projects using digital technology to inspire and engage people across the district. Click here to read more.
Here’s how Bradford will be marking International Women’s Day 2021.
The official date is Monday, March 8, but a whole programme of events is planned in the days around the official date of the global celebration of women’s achievements. Get involved with International Women’s Day 2021 to support the #ChooseToChallenge campaign theme to help forge women’s equality. #IWD2021.
Dance For Life: FREE 30 minute dance workshops on 8 March 2021. These sessions will be fun, empowering and get you moving while being at home.
Girl Power by New Focus (Film), Impressions Gallery’s young people’s collective. Meet three of the girls who had their portraits taken by photographer Carolyn Mendelsohn for the ‘Being Inbetween’ Exhibition and hear their powerful personal stories.
British Science Week
A ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that will take place between 5-14 March 2021! This year’s theme is “innovating for the future”. These events are brought to you by the TransPennine STEM Ambassador Hub. All events FREE of Charge. Please explore the programme by clicking here.
On Tuesday 16 March :Astronauts Helen Sharman and Tim Peake join astrophysicist and The Sky At Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock and UNOOSA’s Simonetta Di Pippo as they assess how human spaceflight has helped us appreciate our planet. Book tickets for this free online event : Climate Change: The View From Space.
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: fairtradeyorkshire.org.uk
- Fairtrade Breakfast Online – Make your own breakfast at home using Fairtrade products and locally-sourced items or ingredients on that morning and join Bradford Cathedral on Zoom for a big breakfast! (Sunday 7th March 2021 from 9-10am)
March visitor to the Brontë Lounge on the 28 March 2021 is Andrew Michael Hurley, the award-winning author of Starve Acre (2019) and The Loney (2014). In this zoom event, Andrew will talk to host Helen Meller about his evocation of northern Gothic landscape, atmosphere and folklore through his work, and what it means to write in this tradition. Tickets £6 from www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on.
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.
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.
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.