Things to Do in August | Visit Bradford

Throughout August there’s plenty going on in and around Bradford, take a look at some of the highlights and mark your calendar with some of the brilliant experiences on offer.

We’re in the height of summer now and whilst you’re enjoying the sun and the odd barbeque, why not also take a look at the Summer Unlocked programme that will be running throughout the month providing a whole host of free events!

For starters you could kick off the month by tickling your taste buds at the Food & Drink Weekender taking place in Bradford City Park from the 29th of July till the 1st of August. You can expect a great variety of tasty treats whether you fancy trying out The Honest Supper Club’s Indian dishes, leaping straight to dessert with treats from The Savvy Baker or sampling some of the other great dishes on offer.

The South Square Centre is hosting Titanic Relaunched between the 30th of July and the 18th of September in celebration of Summer Unlocked and the completion of their new refurbishments. You can expect a variety of Titanic-themed props and backdrops for some great photo opportunities as well as drop-in garden activities.

Don’t forget that August 1st is Yorkshire Day! Check out our guide to some of the ways you can celebrate at great events like Art in’t Park, as well as where you can relax with a great cuppa – even on a train!

The Beck Art Group is putting on an exhibition hosted by Trapezium Arts between the 31st of July and the 21st of August. The four artists who make up the Beck Art Group work in a variety of mediums taking inspiration from Bradford’s post-industrial landscapes and the natural world along with more abstract pieces which will be on display.

The Ilkley Literature Festival returns with it’s summer fringe programme between the 29th of July and the 26th of August. Local creatives are presenting a variety of events from a live-recorded podcast aiming to create ‘the greatest story ever’ to a version of JRR  Tolkien’s The Hobbit set to verse! All the events are free and will take place outdoors though they do require booking in advance.

Bradford Cathedral will take you on the Bradford Faith Trail on the 7th of August. This will give you a great opportunity to see the places of worship linked to Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Christian faiths and to learn more about these faiths from the experienced and knowledgeable guides.

Harold Park will be the stage for the Peace Artistes on the 14th of August as they bring you toe-tapping music, fabulous costumes and a great show. You won’t want to miss out on their incredibly entertaining performance. Even better, the event is free as part of Summer Unlocked!

If you’re of a historical bent, then a tour of the historic Undercliffe cemetery should prove fascinating. Two tours are on offer this month, on the 7th of August the ‘Women Of Note’ tour will showcase the lives of some of Bradford’s incredible women from a Victorian novelist to a decoder who worked at Bletchley Park. Then on the 21stPeregrination of Undercliffe Cemetery’ will take you on a tour of the some of the amazing stories behind the monuments and the Victorians who are buried there. Both these events require advance booking and a small fee.

If you’ve always enjoyed a walk in the great outdoors but don’t want to head out on your own, then there are a whole range of guided walks available throughout the month. Ranging from 6-10km in distance these will provide you with a great day out and allow you to take in some amazing sights from the Ilkley Moor to the Bronte Waterfalls depending on your route. Booking in advance and a small fee is required.

On the 28th and 29th of August City Park will be the stage for the award-winning Seeta Patel Dance Company who are reinterpreting Igor Stravinsky’s classic ballet, The Rite of Spring. The troupe of talented dancers from across the world will help celebrate the re-opening of our city with a powerful fusion of Western classical music and the classical Indian dance style, Bharatyam. This incredible event will be unmissable and comes free as part of the Summer Unlocked program of events!

Whether you love watching a good race or you’re a full-fledged petrol head, you’ll want to head down to Bowling Park on the 28th of August for the Lombard Rally Festival. Over 40 classic cars from the 60’s to the 80’s will take part in a recreation of the first stage of the International Bradford Rally from 1984 and 1985. Multiple runs throughout the day will be interspersed with driver interviews and a classic car display event. Access to the barriered areas will be free. Access to the drivers’ lounge will require a fee and the evening of post-rally events at the Ceder Court Hotel will require a pre-booked ticket.

If your interests lie a little further afield then how about an afternoon of tea and cake at the South Square Centre on the 28th and 29th of August as they host Sue Hayes for ‘An Afternoon of Japanese Embroidery’? A fascinating look into the processes behind the amazing clothing of Japan. The event is free to attend though guests are asked to book their place in advance.

Let’s also not forget the great offerings at Bradford’s theatres. This month will see a fantastic packed schedule of shows! Kids will love the mix of science and comedy of Brainiac Live, grown-ups will be enthralled by the stories of Status Quo singer Francis Rossi and everyone can dance along to tributes to the music of Neil Diamond and Michael Jackson which are all amongst this month’s offerings.

Meanwhile the National Science and Media Museum will team a variety of incredible nature films in full IMAX 3D with the return of classics like The Blues Brothers and Grease.

We’re also still in South Asian Heritage Month which runs from the 18th July to the 17th of August which looks to highlight the history and identity of South Asians, how their history and culture have influenced British society and culture and to improve social cohesion across the country. They are running a whole slew of events in celebration of the month which can be found at their website.

Finally, whilst restrictions have been eased, please remember to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines to enjoy these events and more, safely and responsibly.

Have a fantastic August and don’t forget to upload pictures of all your summer adventures in Bradford tagging @visitbradford #VisitBradford.

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