August may be gone and school may be back in session but there’s still another month of summer left! Luckily there are also plenty of great chances to take advantage of it with some amazing events across the Bradford District!
Kick off the month by refreshing your bike skills with a half-day mountain bike session at the Baildon Green Recreation Centre. Great for groups of up to five people the sessions will go through basic safety, provide a bicycle for the session and then take you on some of the area’s best biking routes based on your groups ability.
New art exhibition Unfolding launches from the 1st of September as a collaboration between Bradford Cathedral and Kala Sangam to display new artworks created during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
The Keighley Bus Museum will be opening its doors to the public on the 5th of September for its regular open day. Come down and see the incredible vintage buses on display many of which can still occasionally be seen on the road today on special occasions!
The 10th to the 19th of September is the Saltaire Festival. If you needed to find an excuse to come down to the beautiful and historic village then you have one now. Over the course of the festival there will be dozens of events for you to see including photography exhibitions Local Focal and The Photography Of Joan Russell and , Latin dance fitness classes, open gardens, street theatre and much more! There will even be special shows from the Cinema Organ Society including the chance to step back in time to see the origins of cinema as classic Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton silent films are presented with live accompaniment!
Train spotters of all ages (and everyone else because who doesn’t love a train?), will want to head down to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway between the 10th and 12th of September for their Mixed Gala which will see the tracks graced by a number of visiting steam and diesel locomotives. This promises to be a great weekend which is improved only by the real ale bar being open and serving local brews!
If the Lombard Rally Festival last month whetted your appetite for classic cars, then good news because the Bradford Classic is returning to City Park on the 11th of September! Over 100 classic cars of all varieties will be arrayed throughout the day for your viewing pleasure.
Heritage Open Days are back giving you the chance to have a rare look at some of the incredible buildings around the district from Bradford Cathedral to the dining hall in Saltaire. There are various locations that you can visit between the 10th and 19th of September. Please check the full listings on the website for details of how to book onto the tours which are running.
What have the Romans ever done for us? Well, they certainly affected our diet for a start! Head down to the Ilkley Manor House on the 11th of September and discover just how much the Romans brought to the dinner table. Sample the herbs, fruit and vegetables that came with the well-travelled legions whilst younger visitors can make their own shield and join in the parade!
The Saltaire Makers Fair returns on the 18th and 19th of September. Head down to the Victoria Hall and you’ll get a chance to pick up some truly unique items, many of which are hand-made, from over 40 specially selected exhibitors. You can shop till you drop and pick up goodies for yourself and get a head start on the Christmas shopping!
Mind the Gap are putting on a new performance in Lister Park across the 19th and 20th of September. Leave The Light On For Me, will allow you to explore the park at your leisure encountering a series of pop-up performances and installations as you go. The performance is designed to provoke questions into how you can do your part to fight against climate change.
Roberts Park will once again play host to the Bradford Dragon Boat Festival on the 25th and 26th of the month. Teams will race fantastical boats along the River Aire in support of the Lord Mayors Appeal and other charities. In addition there’ll also be plenty to do on dry land with food, live acts, children’s activities and a bar!
On the 25th and 26th of September the Anime League is invading the Bradford Hotel with the Bradford Anime & Gaming Con. This is sure to be brilliant fun and will be packed to the gills with amazing cosplayers, dealers, guests and activities. Time to slip on those cat ears and have a blast!
On the 30th of September those who’d like an intellectual evening can head down to the National Science and Media Museum who are hosting Caught On Camera? The Case Of The Cottingley Fairies. Professor Christine Ferguson will discuss the famous case, which caught the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and inspired the film Fairy Tale: A True Story, and the artifacts left from the case which are housed in the museum’s collection. She’ll also look at what they can tell us about the relationship between spiritualism and technology in modern Britain.
Let us not forget about Bradford Theatres, which are bringing in more and more fantastic shows as the country re-opens. This month there are tribute concerts to Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Wonder, Louise Redknapp stars in 9 To 5 The Musical, the smash hit Broadway show Hairspray, the Drag Ball and stand up from John Bishop, Al Murray and Jonathan Pie – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
For even more events, The Live Room has plenty coming this month including local Yorkshire talent like the Magpies and Laura Housley. Plus there’s TLR Inside Out, a full weekend of outdoor live music at the beer garden in the Caroline Social Club! There’s also even more going on at The Black Dyke Mills with shows from the likes of Kate Spencer and The Keith Thompson Band. Music fans will certainly be spoiled for choice this month!
Finally, while restrictions have been eased, please remember to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines in order to enjoy these events in a safe and responsible manner.
Have a lovely September, and don’t forget to tag @visitbradford and #VisitBradford in your photos of all the wonderful things you’ve seen and done in Bradford & district. For the full event listings visitbradford.com/events