A Fantastic February Ahead | Sparkling Bradford

Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security. Image courtesy of the Science Museum Group

Time flies when you’re having fun — we’re almost a month into 2022! As February approaches, it’s time to look forward to the fantastic events and activities in the district this month.

A new exhibition by artist Doug Binder, co-founder of the South Square Centre in Thornton, will open on Friday, 4th February. Signs of Life is a series of paintings celebrating the gallery’s 40th anniversary.

Fans of motorsports will want to rev their engines at Bike Night on Friday, 4th February at the Bingley Arts Centre. Matt Roberts will interview famous riders John McGuinness, Dean Harrisson, and James Whitham about their incredible careers. The veteran racers may even bring a few bikes for attendees to admire.

If you’re looking for a way to shake off the winter blues, visit the Ilkley Beer Festival on the 11th and 12th February. Enjoy pints of superb cask ales, craft beers, and ciders on tap, as well as wine and a full gin bar! There will certainly be lots to taste, as well as new favourites to discover.

The National Science and Media Museum will launch its latest exhibition, Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security, on Friday, 11th February. From Cold War spy rings to Alan Turing’s groundbreaking work, the interactive display will take you behind the scenes of decades of code-breaking.

The Yorkshire Games Festival returns to the National Science and Media Museum between the 12th and 18th February. This year’s schedule is jam-packed with talks from industry experts, the opportunity to playtest games before their official release, and much more! This is a must-see for everyone who enjoys games or wants to break into the industry.

Look no further than the Bingley Arts Centre on Wednesday, 16th February for a pleasant afternoon. Kitty LaMare will host an afternoon tea with live music for a wonderful day.

Visit the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway for a week of ‘Half Term Happiness’ this February half-term. Between the 19th and the 27th February, regular trains will run daily, allowing you to visit the Worth Valley and all of the fantastic stations and museums along the line.

Over half-term, the People Powered Press in UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire encourages you to come down and ‘Have A Go’! Help create massive Brico murals on the press between 21st -25th February. If you take part, you might even see your work displayed in public around the district.

Bradford’s theatres and live venues will host an phenomenal lineup of performances throughout the month of February. The Addams Family will be bringing their creepy comedy to the Alhambra Theatre (Wednesday, 2nd – Saturday, 5th February) while Jabala and the Jinn will entertain the whole family at Kala Sangam (Saturday, 19th – Sunday, 20th February). Famed Gardener Alan Titchmarsh and comedian Russell Brand will be taking to the stage at the Ilkley Playhouse and St George’s Hall respectively, and there will be an Exciting Science show at King’s Hall Ilkley (Monday, 21st February).

Music fans will be wowed by a tribute to Lionel Ritchie at the Great Victoria Hotel Bradford (Saturday, 12st February), as well as performances by the Paul McKenna Band at The Live Room Saltaire (Sunday, 13 February ) and Bella Gaffney at the Groove Pad Shipley (Thursday, 10th February). The Saltaire Wurlitzer will be back in action at the Victoria Hall, Saltaire when Simon Geldhill performs a concert to kick off the year on Sunday, 13th February.

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