Those crisp, cool days are starting to look better than ever. Dust off your bobble hat and your scarf and get out there. The bright lights of the festive season are getting ready to sparkle. But, before you start your Christmas shopping, we’ve got a month of fantastic events lined up for you!
Although Bonfire Night is approaching, the LiT festival will not be lighting up the city centre with fireworks on the 5th and 6th of November. Head down to view the stunning light shows that will bring the magic of the Northern Lights to City Park and convert the Wool Exchange and the Cathedral into amazing works of art each night. Meanwhile, lit puppets and monsters will roam the streets, dazzling passers-by!
Remember to go to Peel Park on November 5th for the Bradford Fireworks Extravaganza. Two amazing fireworks displays will light up the sky during this annual celebration, which will be accompanied by a fun fair and fantastic food.
The Drunken Film Festival will take place from 6th November to 27th November. check out the full line-up of great shot films and music videos which cover a wide array of subjects! A series of pop-up screenings will take place in unusual locations such as Nightrain and the Cathedral.
On 7th November, the Keighley Bus Museum will hold its final open day of the year. The Twilight Running Day will provide one last opportunity to observe these vintage buses, as well as the opportunity to take a ride in them as they light up Keighley’s roads.
Zareena Bano’s upcoming exhibition at Kala Sangam, which opens on November 11th, features some vibrant and intricate mandalas. Zareena’s work is inspired by traditional South Asian designs fused with modern and contemporary art, and she works in mixed media. She also recycles and upcycles objects, giving them new life as sustainable works of art.
The Bradford Police Museum will provide another chance to take their spooky Ghost Tour on 11th November. Last month’s event sold out quickly, so don’t miss your chance to explore City Hall’s courtroom and cells, where the spooks roam!
The Ilkley Manor House will be hosting an exhibition of works by Jack Hellewell from the 12th November. This will be the first in a series of retrospective exhibitions of Hellewell’s work, with several works never before seen in public.
Christmas is approaching, which means it’s time for an amazing display of light as the formal switch-on ceremonies for Christmas lights take place across the district. On the 13th November, things get started in Bradford at the Broadway with a jam-packed afternoon of special visitors to keep you entertained until it’s time to press the button! Lots of lights get switch on across the district on Saturday 27th November, Bingley will switch on, with a Christmas fair and free donkey rides. Ilkley’s Christmas lights will be switched on, along with an all-day market and plenty of live music, before Santa leads a procession through the streets to officially turn on the lights. Haworth will ‘Light Up’ for a classic Christmas atmosphere every weekend leading up to Christmas on the 27th & 28th November. Keep your eye on our Sparkling Bradford website for lots of festive and winter activities.
This month, the Great Victoria Hotel will begin a two-month series of festivities. Every weekend, their 80s vs. 90s parties will feature DJs, dancing, live music, and a 3-course diner, mashup the best of the incredible music from the two decades.
The Hop & Glory Craft Beer Festival will take place at The Exchange in Keighley from 25th to 28th November. Over 100 craft beers and authentic ciders will be available to sample, as well as street food and live music.
The Flourish Project, founded by local arts nonprofit The Hive, will be held at the Bradford Industrial Museum. The fascinating series of paintings featuring painted footsteps depicts the participants’ journeys, many of whom are refugees who have settled in the area. The exhibition opens on 26th November.
The Ilkley Manor House Christmas Fair will be held on 26th-28th November. There will be plenty to catch your eye as you begin your Christmas shopping with a variety of unique presents and delights.
Over the next month, the district’s theatre and music venues are putting up a fantastic lineup. Enjoy stand-up comedy from Billy Pearce and Chris Ramsey. Peppa Pig will keep the kids entertained while the adults do The Time Warp at The Rocky Horror Show. There will be plenty of music, including Abba and Motown tributes, as well as performances by The Casinos, Gealforce, and Bella Gaffney, to mention a few. There is so much live entertainment in the district that you could go to a different concert every night!
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.