Great Things To Do This May | Visit Bradford

Here’s our pick of events and things to do in Bradford & district this May 2021.

Did you know that May is #NationalWalkingMonth? Now the evenings are lighter for longer, this makes it the perfect time to take a relaxing spring time walk with family and friends. Stroll around Lister Park to view sculpture and public artwork, some on loan by the artists, others from Bradford’s own collections. See Bingley based artist Marcus Levine’s steel clout nail sculpture ‘Hung Out to Dry’ and family favourite, fibre glass ‘Hochlandbew’ by Otmar Alt. Pull on your walking boots – there are some great places to explore in the Bradford District.

World Collage Day Workshop Online

Join South Square Centre, on Saturday 8 May (10:30 – 12:30) for a collage making session to celebrate World Collage Day. Artists Jean McEwan and Catherine Cartwright invite you to create your own collaged instant book or ‘mini zine’ at this online event. No prior experience is necessary and people of all ages and abilities are welcome. The workshop is free and you can book through South Square Centre. Once you have booked your place you will be sent a link for the session on Zoom.  

The Brontë Lounge With Michael Stewart

Join the Brontë Parsonage from 7.30pm GMT on Thursday 27 May welcoming Michael Stewart, author of Ill Will and the forthcoming Walking the Invisible, for an evening of online conversation. In this zoom event, Michael will talk to our host Helen Meller about the his enduring fascination with the Brontës, tracing it through the writing of Ill Will (2018), which reimagines the events which may have taken place during Heathcliff’s “missing years”; through to his spearheading of the Brontë Stones project, which carved new work by creatives including Kate Bush and Jackie Kay onto stones placed within the moorland landscape; to his most recent project, Walking the Invisible, which explores the landscapes and geography that so inspired Haworth’s most famous family. Book Tickets >>

Saltaire Arts Trail

Saltaire Arts Trail is a community arts event held annually on the late May Bank Holiday weekend. It offers an imaginative visual arts programme. 2021 Saltaire Arts Trail will take place between Sat 29 May and Sun 6 June. 

Follow the links below for more information on this year’s programme:
> NEW for 2021 – Window Gallery Trail – more info coming soon
Virtual Makers Fair – more info coming soon
Exhibitions & Special Events – find out more here about our special exhibitions and commissions working with local and international artists and partners
Workshops & Talks – Artist-led workshops and activities for a range of ages and abilities.

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of World Heritage status for Saltaire.  To commemorate this milestone, celebrations will be happening throughout the year.  Saltaire is also running series of events, including the Foundation and Legacy exhibition on Saltaire’s founder, Titus Salt and an immediate successor, James Roberts: The ‘Two Lords’ of Saltaire. (Friday 28 May – Sunday 20 Jun 2021)

Ilkley From the Air

Explore the Ilkley Manor House outdoor exhibition of aerial photos of Ilkley from 1940s – 1980s taken by C H Wood (Bradford) Ltd. The images will be on displayed in the courtyard until early June.


Can you find all the birds on the Bird Trail when you visit Castle Yard at the Ilkley Manor House this Spring? Discover all nine painted stones, enjoy seeing the wildlife that the garden has to offer, throughout May.

Here are some exhibitions to look forward to when we go #BackToMuseums

  • Take Three Streets: Recipes for a Modern City at Bradford Industrial Museum. This exhibition is a glimpse of some of the changes and developments in Bradford City centre as documented by photographs held in Bradford Museums’ Photo Archive, others kindly shared by local contemporary photographers and some paintings in the art collection.
  • In Pursuit of Perfection: the Yorkshire Photographic Union Competition (YPUs) at the National Science + Media Museum. The YPUs Annual exhibition celebrates the work of photography clubs across Yorkshire. The full exhibition, showcasing entries to the Union’s 2020 and 2021 Annual Exhibitions, will open at the museum once government guidelines allow.
In Pursuit of Perfection
Woman in Gold ©John Rutherford

‘Back in Steam’

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is open with trains running on Saturday and Sundays between Keighley and Oxenhope, boarding at Haworth and Keighley ONLY. Tickets are available online – Tickets are on sale for a round trip starting at Haworth or Keighley in the compartment coaches.

English Tourism Week

Save the date for English Tourism Week which will take place on 22 – 31 May 2021. #EnglishTourismWeek21

Visit the Gardens at NT East Riddlesden Hall

Book your timed entry to NT East Riddlesden Hall, garden, and tea-room (for takeaway refreshments and toilets) are open Saturday – Wednesday. The lower fields and car park are open 7 days a week. What will you find in the discovery garden? From helping build a bug hotel to making the messiest mud pie ever, here are some ideas for families to enjoy at East Riddlesden Hall this spring. We recommend booking your visit in advance.

Support Live Music

Find up and coming shows at The Live Room Saltaire. On Friday 7th May 2021, Live Online: Hanna Enlöf (Swe) with masterful guitar playing and hauntingly beautiful singing, not to mention lyrics and issues, which will both inspire and challenge.

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