What’s On October | Visit Bradford

In Bradford, autumn has arrived! Half Term is just around the corner, the leaves are changing colour, and you won’t want to miss any of these exciting events taking place across the district!

Autumn is a lovely season for landscapes, and it’s a good time to visit Bradford’s parks and countryside. Walking is a wonderful way to appreciate this time of year, and there are plenty of autumn highlights on local walks near you. Bingley Walkers and Bingley Camera Club have teamed to host a photo walk challenge competition. This self-guided, family-friendly walk is perfect for the autumn season. There are photographic clues to follow, and those who find them can answer the riddle.

From the 1st to the 17th of October, the Ilkley Literature Festival will return with over 150 events held over 17 days celebrating writers and readers of books of all kinds. For the first time this will be a hybrid festival of both in-person and digital events.

Remedy and Resilience, the newest exhibition at the South Square Centre, opens on the 1st October. Thornton’s healthcare and the development of localised treatments are the subjects of a new exhibition. A collection of visual treats that bring the Thornton Antiquarian Archive’s research to life. Artists present responses to these unusual and often bizarre remedies.

The National Science and Media Museum will present its annual Widescreen Weekend film festival from the 7th to the 10th of October. This year marks the event’s 25th anniversary, and it’s packed with classics like Spartacus, The Thing, Tron, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Keighley Arts and Film Festival takes place between the 8th and 10th of October. Presenting art exhibits, in-character tours of historic parts of town, and a lantern parade around Keighley! The Haworth Steampunk Weekend is also on this weekend. Grab your goggles and make your way to Brontë Country for a weekend of tea-dueling and fantastical fashion. A burlesque act and a live music night are among the weekend’s highlights.

This month, Ilkley Manor House is celebrating. They’ll be launching not one, but two new exhibitions on the 9th October. Super at 60 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Manor House’s transformation to a museum and art gallery. Then, What If will show what happened when a group of artists were each given a random object in 2019 to use as inspiration for a piece of art.

One of the best beer and music festivals in the North, The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Beer and Music Festival kicks off on the 14th of October and runs till the 17th. This year’s festival will feature a superb range of real ales, wines, ciders, and gins from across the country. Look out for pop-up bars at several stations along the line. All of this, and over 30 live music performances and plenty of delicious food!

Enjoy Intercultured – a fresh new arts festival taking place across Bradford, Keighley and online, 20th-30th October 2021, exploring culture, community and belonging in Bradford and beyond. A full festival programme is now live and with a whole 10 days of arts, culture, workshops and conversations, there is something for everyone and it is all FREE!

Nina Rajarani and Srishti: Sevens on the 21st of October are presented by Kala Sangam. Three performances, each exploring the significance of the number 7, by one of the UK’s leading choreographers of Indian dance. The theme is carried on with stories about marriage, courtship, and morality, all of which are both beautiful and thought-provoking.

Ska Weekend takes place from Friday, October 22nd through Sunday, October 24th at Tickles Music Hall. Each day will include a diverse lineup of singers and DJs providing you with a series of unforgettable nights! Check out the website for a complete list.

On the 30th October, the Great Victoria Hotel hosts an 80s Night, so you can party like it’s 1989. Sit down for a delicious three-course meal, followed by a live entertainment and disco featuring all of the best 80s hits you’ve ever heard!

Derren Brown, John Bishop, Judge Jules, Chicago, School of Rock, and Sir Michael Parkinson will all be performing at Bradford Theatres this month. And there will be amazing music at The Live Room, The Black Dyke Mills Heritage Venue, and Tickles Music Hall. Plus, there’s still time to see the latest 007 adventures in IMAX at the National Science and Media Museum!

Half Term Highlights

From the 23rd to the 31st of October, the National Science + Media Museum presents the Bradford Science Festival, a celebration of surprising science and fascinating fun at the museum, across the city and online.

Bring the whole family to NT East Riddlesden Hall on Saturday, 23rd October, to start off half-term with a variety of fun activities. There will be enough to keep kids entertained throughout the day, from spooky trails through the house to craft activities!

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway’s Jurassic Specials will transport you back to the dawn of time from the 25th to the 29th October. From enormous animatronics to smaller, very live critters, you’ll find them all here in what is sure to be an unforgettable day out for the dinosaur enthusiast in the family!

If you want to party your way into Halloween, then the Spooky Silent Disco in Ilkley on the 30th of October will be right up your alley! Plenty of great music, food and drink and a perfect excuse to dress up and freak out those who don’t know what’s happening as all the music comes through your own set of headphones!

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