Great Things to Do This April | Escape The Everyday

Springtime Fun! Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best events and activities from Bradford & District.

The past year has seen us all experience huge challenges and significant change. How will you feel ‘When All of This is Over…’? As part of the Bradford Inspired programme, Bradford Literature Festival commissioned a series of five beautiful poetry films, brought to life by international poets and diverse visual artists, exploring visions of life and messages of hope in a post-pandemic world. The poetry films will be shared with audiences on the Bradford Literature Festival website with one poem released each day between Monday 5th and Friday 9th April. 

Ilkley Manor House is ready for spring time, with an outdoor exhibition Ilkley From the Air. Aerial photos of Ilkley from 1940s – 1980s taken by C H Wood (Bradford) Ltd. The images will be on displayed in the courtyard from 1 April until early June.

Starting on Monday 12 April 2021, UNIfy Festival 2021 by Bradford University will share knowledge, evoke discussion, and celebrate Bradford. Five days of FREE events and activities for you to enjoy and be inspired by. Visit the Festival Programme to explore the full list of events.

‘Back in Steam’ Steam Hauled Passenger Services will return to the Worth Valley on 17th April. Keep a lookout on the website and social media for timetable and ticket information.

Echoes of Thornton | A new, interactive artwork to experience in Thornton Village. Created by artist Lucy Barker, this audio-visual walk combines memories of Thornton collected from former residents of South Square’s cottages with images from Thornton Antiquarians Archive. Discovery Maps will be available to pick up from South Square Centre or you can walk to Market Street and look out for the QR code markers. A version of the walk is available to view from your armchair. Launching online on Friday 9th April 2021.

World Heritage Day is Sunday, 18 April. Saltaire Collection, Saltaire Inspired and Saltaire History Club are excited to announce the launch of a photography competition as part of the 20th anniversary of Saltaire’s UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription in 2021. The theme of the competition is ‘International Saltaire’, and it is open to hobbyists or professionals. A small selection of entries will be displayed as part of a larger heritage exhibition, ‘Saltaire: Foundation and Legacy’ (28 May – 20 June in the old boardroom at Salts Mill). For full details, including how to apply, visit:

April’s Brontë Lounge guest is writer, playwright and showrunner Moira Buffini. In this zoom event, taking place the day after Charlotte Brontë’s 205th birthday, Moira will talk to host Helen Meller about the process of adaptation, and how she wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed 2011 film of Jane Eyre, which was directed by Cary Fukunaga and starred Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. The Brontë Lounge presents…Moira Buffini, Thursday 22 April at 7.30pm.

Drive-in cinema experience is returning to Odsal Stadium 29th April – 2nd May with Blue Sky Cinema. with a large selection of films for you to enjoy! Kicking things off with Men in Black on 29thApril. >> Book tickets:

Step Into Spring

Spring is the perfect time to visit one of the local farmers’ markets for all the new-season fresh produce, with piles of Cabbages (spring greens), rhubarb and juicy clementines.

3 April – Bingley Market, at Bingley Market Square.

24 April – Baildon Farmers Market, at Ian Clough Car Park.

Spring is in the air, the birds are singing and we’ve rounded up all of the Easter activities and things to do to help you enjoy Bradford district this bank holiday! See how many spring activities you can cross off of your to-do list this season— from great walks to archery or canoe rafting, have a Happy Easter locally.

Looking for ways to relax? Be mindful in the spring and make the most of the season. Sit back, relax and watch all the flowers start to bloom as the warm weather rolls in. Here are a few fun (and socially distanced) spring activities to try.

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.

Escape the Everyday (at home)

Catch up on the spring digital events from Ilkley Literature Festival. The talks are available to watch for free until 30 April 2021.

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.

Looking ahead to May; Saltaire Arts Trail will take place between Sat 29 May and Sun 6 June 2021.

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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