Food & Drink Weekender Announced In Bradford

With more than 15 street-food vendors and a dedicated bar, the Summer Unlocked Food & Drink Weekender will transform City Park in the centre of Bradford. The event will combine open-air and covered seating areas, a bespoke bandstand and lush greenery to create a woodland themed drinking and dining experience to rival popular venues in Leeds and Manchester, but with an authentic Bradford twist.

For four days, from Thursday 29 July – Sunday 01 August, food and drink will take centre stage in City Park with street-food from around the world offering something for everyone to enjoy in a unique venue. The pop-up festival space will surround City Park’s iconic Mirror Pool, with tents and picnic-style areas offering both indoor and outdoor seating, with free, walk-in access for all. Food and drink vendors will operate daily from 1pm till 8pm.

Expect food from The Savvy Baker, whose lockdown brownie business has taken Leeds by storm, and Luigi Street Food, whose Italian treats are a staple at Ilkley Food Festival and Chow Down. Honest Supper Club will bring plant based Indian Street Food to convert even the most dedicated meat-eater, whilst Spud n Bro’s bring the much-loved Canadian favourite, poutine, to Bradford. Other food traders include Philly Cheese Steak, Caribbean Street Food and Eat Dutch. Junoon Cafe Shisha Bar will operate alongside a mix of alcohol areas including a rum shack, a gin and pimms station and beer bar, plus coffee will be all available across the site. The full food line-up will be announced over the next few weeks.

Summer Unlocked

‘Summer Unlocked’ is a family-friendly programme of free cultural and sporting events and activities taking place across the Bradford District throughout the school holidays, from July – September 2021. Summer Unlocked will bring to life the public spaces that have become so important to so many during the lockdown months – our streets, neighbourhoods and civic spaces, our moors, our gardens and our parks.

The Summer Unlocked Food & Drink Weekender will take place alongside a programme of live theatre, music, film and much more, with acrobatic displays on the canals, poetry in car parks and vibrant street-art, all set to unlock imaginations across the district this summer. Families can also look forward to getting out and active with activities such as climbing towers, dance and den building, as part of the Holiday Activities and Food programme, ‘The University of Summer Fun’.

Summer Unlocked is brought to you by Bradford Council, The Leap and Bradford 2025, who have come together to create a captivating programme of hyper-local, safe and playful cultural events that aim to create moments of surprise, activation, celebration and reflection, with funding from the England European Regional Development Fund. Summer Unlocked is coming at a time when the district continues to expand its cultural activity, as it prepares to bid for the UK City of Culture 2025 title. Summer of Fun is funded by the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) and is designed to provide children and young people with free, fun activities at holiday clubs this summer.

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Portfolio Holder for Healthy People & Places at Bradford Council, Councillor Sarah Ferriby, said This Summer, we want families and residents across the district to feel empowered to get out and about and explore the fantastic public spaces we have here in Bradford. From our own streets, neighbourhoods and gardens, to our incredible parks and moorland – Summer Unlocked will bring to life the spaces that have come to mean so much to so many during these lockdown months, offering Covid-safe activity for all the family that will create moments of surprise, activation, celebration and reflection.

The Summer Unlocked Food & Drink Weekender will welcome people back into the city centre as City Park is brought to life with food and drink from around the world, live music, and the sound of many people, sharing moments of joy with friends and family”

Director of Bradford 2025, Richard Shaw, said “Everyone at Bradford 2025 is thrilled to see City Park spring back into life with a food festival on the last weekend of July.  Food is such an essential part of Bradford’s cultural life and we can’t wait to come together again to celebrate the incredible flavours of Bradford as part of the Summer Unlocked programme.”

Summer Unlocked: Programme Details

Another World By the Bronte Parsonage Museum & NEON Studio

21st August – 18th September 2021| Wednesday – Sunday, 11am to 4pm

Visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum and step into Another World

Creativity, curiosity and landscape come together in this playful installation in Parson’s Field, the meadow behind Haworth’s Brontë Parsonage Museum.  We’ve worked with NEON Studio to create an unexpected immersive experience that moves and shifts with the wind. Come and play, picnic, read, reflect, explore or simply lose yourself in an imaginary world on the edge of the moors where the Brontës, Bradford’s most famous literary family, ran wild.

The Rite of Spring Re-imagined By Seeta Patel Dance Company

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th August | 1pm & 4pm

2021 marks 50 years since the death of Igor Stravinsky, a commemoration marked by thousands around the world. In this very special celebration, the award-winning Seeta Patel Dance Company reimagines Stravinsky’s iconic ballet, The Rite of Spring, in the powerful classical Indian dance style, Bharatanatyam. Performed in the City Park Mirror Pool and showcasing some of the finest dance talent from across the globe, this unique re-telling of a pagan folk story celebrates the reopening of our city by bridging two cultures, and two technical, powerful and evocative art forms: Western classical music and Indian classical dance.

Expect expressive prowess, intricate rhythmic footwork and dynamic movements, creating one of the most exciting flirtations between East and West and a truly not-to-be-missed event for Bradford.

The Peace Artistes: Pop-up in the Park

Saturday 3rd July | Peel Park, Bolton/ Undercliffe

Saturday 10th July | Bowling Park, Bowling

Saturday 31st July | Foster Park, Denholme

Saturday 14th August | Harold Park, Low Moor

Saturday 11th September | Holden Park, Oakworth

Saturday 25th September | Wibsey Park, Wibsey

Performance times: 13:45 – 14:15 | 14:30 – 15:00 | 15:30 – 16:00

The Peace Artistes are a riotous and raucous explosion of brass, woodwind and percussion, playing tunes from around the world and entertaining audiences with their toe-tapping music, eccentric costumes and haphazard choreography. This Summer, don’t miss the chance to catch a live open-air performance as the Peace Artistes pop-up at a park near you.

Breakin For Love By Tech Styles International

Parkside Park – Friday 16th July, 6 – 8pm | Saturday 17th July,  2 – 4pm

Roberts Park – Monday 2nd August, 2 – 4pm | Tuesday 3rd August, 2 – 4pm

Join Tech Styles International and The Clean North Crew for a Breakin performance and interactive workshop that invites you to express yourself through hip hop and urban dance. Breakin For Love is a celebration of joining together during the summer in parks and public spaces, the performance aims to spark creativity and fill audiences of all ages with joy and inspiration.

Breakin For Love is for everyone, regardless of age, background or ability – come along and watch or get involved and show us your moves.

Titanic Relaunched By South Square

Friday 30th July – Saturday 18th September | Wed-Sat 10.30-3.00pm

This summer, visit South Square and step back in time with ‘Titanic Relaunched’.

When the historic arts space first opened in 1982, the launch was marked by an elaborate Titanic-themed fancy dress party. To celebrate the completion of a large-scale renovation and refurbishment, South Square will recreate the joy of the Titanic event in a Covid-safe way, filling their community courtyard and garden with colourful backdrops to capture party-style photos and unique moments. Backdrops will mimic those seen at the original party and include an iceberg, light house, seagulls and ships wheel.

Visit the centre to enjoy the courtyard, gallery and cafe and capture your own Titanic photo to help South Square recreate archive shots from the 1980’s event.