Are you looking for some inspiration for things to occupy young minds over the half-term break? We’ve got you covered; take a look at some of our suggestions for great activities to fill the week!
The Bradford Science Festival will run throughout half-term and is offering some incredible free events aimed to inspire all ages. There are numerous interactive experiences focusing on the theme of sound, adventures under the sea, and special ‘Science Explorers’ workshop designed especially for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Go along and make some noise!
Exploring the parks and woodlands at this time of year is a brilliant and inexpensive way to spend a day. There are lots of leaves (and sometimes puddles) to kick about, conkers and acorns to gather and collect, and plenty of birds and squirrels darting around getting ready for the winter!
You could head to more open areas and fly a kite. They’re especially enjoyable at this time of year as there’s usually enough breeze to keep them aloft. You could even spend an afternoon with your family making and decorating your own kites, which aren’t that difficult to make, and then have a contest to see who’s kite flies the best!
Why not take a journey on the rails? Shipley Glen Tramway is open on Sundays, offering rides on the historical line up to the top of the Glen. You could even combine your trip with some of the above-mentioned activities. Alternatively, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway will be open during the half-term holiday, giving not only regular journeys on its lovely historic trains, but also a special dinosaur-themed event.
It’s Autumn at Bradford Cathedral, and half-term activities will be held on Tuesday, 26th October from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Try some autumn-themed crafts and colouring pages, learn more about Bradford’s history, or go on one of the Cathedral Trails; there are plenty of clues to solve and interesting things to uncover along the way. There is no need to make a booking, however children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Great British Bake-Off is back, so go to one of the district’s local markets and pick up all kinds of local ingredients to bake something delicious that the whole family will enjoy. To be extra seasonal, create some Halloween-inspired gingerbread, a loaf of Yorkshire parkin ready for Bonfire Night, or even start working on a Christmas cake or pudding so that it is well-matured by the time the big day arrives.
The kids may spend the entire day on their devices at home, but you could persuade them to go out with the promise of better games. In VR City, there is a fantastic virtual reality arena that has recently opened. Similarly, go to ‘Flashback‘, Bradford’s latest arcade, and have a blast playing dozens of machines, including several real classics!
There’s a little Halloween fun at the end of the half-term. A pumpkin trail will be ready to follow around Bradford’s city centre, as well as a pumpkin carving workshop to create your own scary Jack-o’-lanterns. Kids in Halloween costumes skate free* at family ice skating sessions this Halloween. On Saturday, 30th October (10:00am to 12.30pm) and Sunday, 31st October (11:00am to 13.30pm) at Bradford Ice Arena, there will be family skating sessions. (*Skate hire charges apply if applicable.) NT East Riddlesden Hall half-term experiences include spooky trails that can be explored throughout the house and grounds. There’ll be arts and crafts activities to join in, as well as all of the Hall’s regular attractions. Are you ready to have a spooktacular good time? Visit the Church Green in Keighley on Saturday, 30th October, from 11:00am to 4:00pm for children’s rides, face painting, arts and crafts, balloon modelling, stalls, and more! Show up in your scariest outfit and enter the fancy dress competition!
It’s officially spooky season in Ilkley and there’s something strange afoot! Join the terror-ific trail this Halloween and capture 7 virtual augmented reality monsters, ghouls and other creepy characters at ghostly locations across the town centre. Download the Discover Ilkley App to take part, if you dare!
Keep an eye out for Booktrust Storytime next month, which will feature a variety of activities and events at libraries throughout the district to keep youngsters involved and inspire them to read.
Have a fantastic autumn, and don’t forget to tag @VisitBradford #VisitBradford on social media with photos of everything you’ve seen in Bradford and district.
Finally, whilst restrictions have been eased, please remember to follow the latest COVID-19 guidelines to enjoy these areas and more, safely and responsibly.