Winter Has Arrived | Sparkling Bradford

It’s getting very cold across the district, and Christmas will be here sooner than you think, clearly showing that winter has arrived! Here are some wonderful winter activities you can join in to make the season sparkle!

Organise a Winter Scavenger Hunt

To kick things off, plan a winter photo scavenger hunt for the whole family. Make a list of items you might observe while out and about, anything from wildlife and statues to fallen leaves and festive decorations. Then challenge your family to see who can bring back the most photographs from your list. You could even get really creative and make lists for different locations or conditions. This is a great excuse to get everyone outside and moving around the district!

Take in the Winter Scenery

Discover the beauty of winter, if it snows, the skeletal trees sparkle in the pure white snow, capture winter in Bradford & district at its best. It’s the perfect opportunity to take photographs with family and friends that will hang on the wall for years to come. There are also several possibilities, such as the steam-filled platforms of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, the cobbled alleys of Haworth, and the grand architecture of Bradford. You could even make a winter album and tour the whole district!

Whether it’s snow or rain, the ground will be wet a lot during the winter months, so getting out for some welly wandering is a must! Visit the beautiful woodlands, moors around Bradford district or Top Withens and let your children have a blast splashing around in the snow, dirt, and puddles. It’s so much fun that even the biggest kids will want to try it!

Relax on a Winter Spa Break

Who doesn’t enjoy a little pampering now and then? Now that the weather is becoming colder and darker, it’s the perfect time of year to treat yourself to something special. Try the Best Western Craiglands Hotel & Spa in Ilkley, which has a superb choice of treatments to help you feel perfectly relaxed and stress-free. You could even bring some friends and spend the night there or at one of the other fantastic hotels in Ilkley to turn it into a mini-holiday!

Try Some New Seasonal Dishes

Why not grab the opportunity this winter and try an evening out at a new restaurant, or perhaps a different cuisine? Throughout the district, there are hundreds of excellent eateries that reflect the city’s diverse cultures. You could be discovering your new favourite in just a few hours!

Make Something Tasty

On a cold day, a lovely cup of something hot is such a simple pleasure. Why not make it even better by adding the satisfaction of making it from scratch to your personal tastes? Your local markets will have all of the ingredients you’ll need to make your own drinks, such as mulled wine and cider, tea blends, and even hot chocolate! You could share them with family and friends to make sure that everyone gets a chance to try them.

Time To Get Your Skates On!

What other winter sport is as well-known as ice skating? Although we don’t have the Rockefeller Center, the Bradford Ice Arena is a great place to lace up your skates and hit the ice. It won’t be long before you’re gliding across the ice, and who knows, you might end up being the next Torvill and Dean.

Have A Fantastic Day Out

Visit one of the wonderful Bradford & district museums and galleries this winter. There’s always something new to explore, and many new exhibitions and events for the festive season, like a special advent calendar at Ilkley Manor House and a season of series of classic films at the National Science and Media Museum.

Image courtesy of National Science and Media Museum

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