Yorkshire Day | Visit Bradford

On Sunday, August 1st, ‘Yorkshire Day!’ here are the top things to do in Bradford & District. Get your flat caps out and celebrate all that is wonderful about Yorkshire while also supporting local businesses.

On Yorkshire Day, remember the Brontë sisters, literary greats. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë were poets and novelists whose works, such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, have become literary classics all over the world. Join the Bronte Parsonage for the Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing 2021 on August 1.

Steam along the Worth Valley while enjoying a traditional Cream Tea in the comfort of a bygone era aboard the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s two Pullman Parlour Cars. You’ll be seated in one of the magnificently restored 1930s Pullman carriages, Ann and Mary, and treated to the best Yorkshire hospitality.

Celebrate Yorkshire Day in style with a socially distanced tour of St George’s Hall, Bradford. Discover more about the fascinating history of St. George’s Hall, a historic Bradford venue, as well as the exciting range of people who have performed and gathered there since 1853. These are socially distanced tours and tickets are strictly limited.

Take in the scenery of Yorkshire. Visit the exhibition Simon Palmer: Yorkshire Perspective at Saltaire’s Salts Mill. This is the largest-ever retrospective of this outstanding watercolour artist’s work.
http://www.saltsmill.org.uk/ for more information, including opening hours.

Yorkshire Day is the ideal opportunity to visit Ilkley, which is home to the iconic Cow & Calf Rocks as well as the Yorkshire Folk Song ‘On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at’. The Real Food Ilkley Market, held on the first Sunday of each month, is a celebration of locally produced fine food and drink in the heart of Ilkley.

The #SummerUnlockedBD Food & Drink Weekender is this week! From Thursday 29 July – Sunday 01 August, get down to City Park for incredible street-food, cocktails & live music, to be enjoyed in the bespoke Summer Garden. Featuring: Luigi’s Italian Street Food, The Honest Supper Club, The Savvy Baker, Spud n Bro’s, JJ’s Caribbean Food & Rum Shack, Eat Dutch, Big Phillies and many more!

Bradford Fringe Festival – Art In’t Park

Captivating, joyful and inspiring family friendly fun taking place in West Bowling Park and Lister Park. Bring a deck chair, picnic and settle in for a day of entertainment. Saturday 31st of July – Bowling Park & Sunday 1st of August – Lister Park.

Highlights include:

Bull and The Moon  – Show times: 11.00 & 2.00

Lolo is a little Spanish bull that doesn’t like loud bull fights; he really doesn’t enjoy cowboy rodeos either. Instead, every night the shimmering Moon teaches Lolo how to dance, and he dreams of becoming Lola: a famous flamenco dancing cow. 

Will you come dance with Lolo and help make their dreams come true? 

The Bull and the Moon is a brand-new family friendly production that celebrates anyone who dances to their own tune. A fun, fiery and magical outdoor dance performance that blends contemporary dance, flamenco and theatre, this is a heart-warming story about the importance of being oneself, family and LGBTQ+ inclusivity.  Recommended ages: 3+

bull and moon poster

Horse & Cart – Show times: 12.00 & 3.00

Dance & music show, celebrating the commonalities between the working class of Bradford, the Indian subcontinent and Irish lands. With fast-paced footwork and folk songs, Keira Martin and Sonia Sabri, tell spellbinding stories of traditions, myths and legends from times gone by, bringing hope and happiness to all, in the here and now. 

Have a fantastic day out in Keighley to celebrate Yorkshire Day, and visit the Keighley Bus Museum.

Join Keighley Town Council on 31 July & 1 August, 10-4pm at Church Green, for a fantastic family fun weekend celebrating all things Yorkshire! There will be something for all the family – live music, children’s rides, face painting, stalls and much more!

The Great Victoria Hotel, Bradford

Time for tea – Having a cup of tea is an essential part of the day for most Yorkshire folk.  Why not indulge in a scrumptious afternoon tea and celebrate Yorkshire Day in style.

Top spots for afternoon tea in Bradford & district

The Yorkshire Day Flags will be flying at City Hall, and in the evening, the city will glow yellow, white and blue as lights on the City Hall clock, Margaret MacMillan Towers and the Forster Square arches will shine in the traditional Yorkshire colours.

Have a brilliant Yorkshire Day, don’t forget to upload pictures of your Yorkshire Day celebrations tagging @visitbradford #VisitBradford #YorkshireDay.