Winter Adventures in Ilkley | Sparkling Bradford

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Enjoy days out in Ilkley this winter by taking the family on an interactive trail, having some Christmas fun at Ilkley Manor House, finding the right gift at the Independent stores, and warm up with some tasty food at the town’s many eateries.

We’ve put together a set of festive itineraries to help you plan some fabulous family days out this December. We hope these will inspire you to enjoy what the Bradford district has to offer, support local businesses and to make the most of what we can do – add a bit of festive sparkle to your days out! Here’s our guide to a day in Ilkley.

Grab a coffee and a bite to eat

On these cold December mornings it’s always comforting to start the day with a hot cup of coffee or a steaming hot chocolate. You are spoilt for choice in Ilkley with a number of fantastic coffee shops open and offering warming refreshments for take out. Toast House, Love Brownies, Little Teahouse, Ilkley Cafe Company and Daniel’s all offer superb quality coffee and sweet treats to set you up for the day.

Explore the interactive Festive Trail

Get into the Christmas spirit by exploring Ilkley’s magnificent Festive Trail. Download the Discover Ilkley App and use the GPS-enabled map to tour the town and find all seven of the town’s cheerful virtual characters!

Take a walk through Ilkley’s Riverside Gardens

The Riverside Gardens, alongside the River Wharfe in Ilkley, is a lovely park in which to spend an afternoon. Even on a cold December day it’s perfect for a relaxing festive walk while the kids can be let loose on the fantastic play equipment.

Shop the local indies for some extra special gifts

While searching for some jolly virtual friends why not take the opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done and support local businesses at the same time.  Ilkley is a superb shopping destination all year round and a great place to find those extra special Christmas gifts you might not find anywhere else. With a range of fantastic indie and boutique retailers selling quality gifts and artisan produce it offers a unique and friendly shopping experience with lots of festive cheer.

Check out the Festivities at Ilkley Manor House

Ilkley Manor House will be hosting a Christmas themed exhibition in the Solar Gallery until Sunday, 19th December, showcasing a variety of wonderful art and craft goods. The Manor House Advent Calendar will also open a new window every day from 1st – 25th, so there will be a new scene to enjoy every day!

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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.