What’s on August Bank Holiday Weekend | Sparkling Bradford

The end of August is approaching quickly, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for a bank holiday! So, once you’ve finished shopping and trying to remember where you put the kids’ school lunch boxes, why not take some time to enjoy the amazing activities happening in Bradford & district to celebrate a well-deserved day off?

The Bingley Walking Festival returns for the fourth year this bank holiday and brings a selection of 5 walks around the area. From an hour-and-a-half stroll along the Aire River to a 5-hour trek around the Bingley Loop, there is a walk for everyone. You can enjoy views and wildlife by the Leeds & Liverpool canal while passing through a site of special scientific interest, as well as several Grade 1 listed structures and historic woodlands along the way. All the walks are being led by experienced walk leaders and each will offer you the chance to see some great sights.

If you’re in the mood for Shakespeare, why not go to Ilkley and see ‘Bard in the Yard,’ which converts two Shakespeare plays into a half-hour performance? The first is the all-time classic Macbeth, which features witches, ghosts, and murder most foul. Then there’s Twelfth Night, a comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores.

If the Bard isn’t your cup of mead, the Tri Tones Jazz Trio will be performing at the Black Hat. The trio will get into the groove with great tunes by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Erroll Gardner. You’ll enjoy a lovely afternoon listening to some smooth Jazz that will undoubtedly put the month to a close in style!

The North Parade Street Festival returns! This bank holiday, Sunday August 29th, North Parade is the place to be with live music, delicious street cuisine, and a wide range of bars and drinks. There’s also plenty of entertainment for the youngsters, including fairground rides and on-street performances.

Family entertainment for the bank holiday is being brought to you through the Summer Unlocked programme at Roberts Park. Between 11am and 3pm the park will be home to a climbing tower, bouncy castles and loads of other activities including arts and crafts projects and dancing events.

TOAST will also be held at Roberts Park on the bank holiday Monday. The hour-long event, which will have two showings at 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m., will be fun for the whole family, as a moving kitchen cart and three musicians cook and tell stories while roaming around the park. The ensemble will also perform twice in Lister Park on Sunday.

In Keighley, preparations are on to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the film Railway Children, which was partly shot on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. While COVID postponed the events that were supposed to take place last year, this year promises to be a fun filled celebration, with every station on the line hosting a variety of events and displays, not to mention a rare chance to see the newly restored number 957 and her carriages that appeared in the film!

There’ll be even more opportunities for kids to have fun at Peel Park on the 28th of August at the Literature Unlocked Family Fun Day where kids can watch live theatre, create art projects and even find some free books hidden within the park! The event is also running on the 21st of August and 4th of September at other locations.

The Seeta Patel Dance Company are performing their re-imagined version of Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite Of Spring’ on the 28th and 29th August. The performances will take place in City Park and are free to attend as part of the Summer Unlocked programme of events. The combination of Western music with Indian dance is likely to be a crowd favourite!

If you fancy a bit of motor sport, then the Lombard Rally Festival is on in Bowling Park, Saturday 28th August where you can spend the day watching classic cars making runs through the park in a recreation of the first stage of the International Bradford Rally. There will also be a display area and interviews with rally drivers to check out.

This weekend is also the last chance to head to the South Square Centre to see Bob Thompson’s latest exhibition, Memory and Imagination. The artwork was created during lockdown using the artists’ memories and imagination of places he could no longer visit.

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 bank holiday, 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

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