Welcome to April in the Bradford District. It’s going to be a terrific month, with some brilliant shows and events to keep you entertained from now until Easter. Here are just a few of the highlights that you can look forward to over the coming weeks.
Kick off the month by heading to the South Square Centre in Thornton on Friday, 1st April to join in the Ground Floor Gallery Launch Party. Artists will be displaying new works, there will be classic cocktails, and you are more than welcome to bring along some art of your own or even dress up as a piece of art yourself!
NT East Riddlesden Hall nr. Keighley is getting into the Easter spirit all month with Easter Egg Hunts through the gardens. Explore the grounds with the kids and see what you may discover along the nature trails. A chocolate egg will be awarded to kids who complete the trail.
Enjoy the arrival of spring with a walk through the Denso Marston Nature Reserve in Baildon on Saturday, 9th April. The warden will lead you on a two-hour walk around the reserve, looking for signs of spring as animal and plant life return to the reserve. It will be a perfect and tranquil morning.
The latest concert from the Cinema Organ Society will be at Victoria Hall in Saltaire on Sunday, 10th April. Will Shaw and David Warner will play a selection of classics from stage and screen, making for a wonderfully musical afternoon.
The new exhibition About Time by local artist John Allcock will be on display at the Ilkley Manor House between Friday, 15th-25th April. The artworks contemplate how our life and identity is affected by the nature of time.
The Sundowner returns to Roberts Park in Saltaire on Saturday, 16th April, in celebration of World Heritage Day. Enjoy a pint in the UK’s largest mobile pub, listen to fantastic live music, and be entertained by a full day of entertainments from street theatre to a lantern parade as the sun sets.
Bradford Cathedral will be opening their doors for a family fun day on Tuesday, 19th April. The free day of activities will be great fun for kids during the Easter holidays, with plenty of crafts and quizzes to keep them occupied, as well guided tours of the Cathedral.
The popular Haworth Haddock is on Saturday, 23rd April. Have a stylish trip at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway from Oxenhope to Keighley while enjoying a delicious portion of fish & chips. In Keighley, listen to live music, visit the bar, and dance the night away.
The Airedale Shopping Centre in Keighley will host a fantastic St George’s Day on Saturday, 23rd April, with loads of great activities for the kids. Face painting and balloon modelling, as well as a classic Punch & Judy show, are all on offer to guarantee a fun time.
The Yorkshire Heritage Way is a brilliant new 42-mile walking route between Bradford and Ripon. The Route will be officially opened in a special 4-day event between Friday, 29th April and Monday, 2nd May. Starting at Bradford Cathedral, the walking event will be divided into easy-to-follow sections, and you can participate in any or all of them. This is a great route with plenty of fantastic sights to see along the way.
Crafty Dogg’s Beer Festival will take place King’s Hall in Ilkley on Saturday, 30th April-1st May. This new event will feature breweries that are all based in Yorkshire or have a strong connection to the region. Sign up to receive your ticket and exclusive glass so you can enjoy a few tasty pints over the weekend.
Saltaire Arts Trail will run over the early May bank holiday weekend from Saturday, 30th April. Bringing brilliant new art to imaginative venues throughout Saltaire, from Salts Mill to the homes of some of the the residents. Following the route will reveal a variety of wonderful sights, and it will provide the perfect excuse for a trip to Saltaire.
As always you’ll be spoilt for choice by the shows from Bradford’s theatres in April. At St George’s Hall, Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens will be performing, and romcom Jumpers for Goalposts opens at the Bingley Little Theatre. If you’re lucky, one of the last few seats for Disney’s The Lion King at the Alhambra Theatre may still be available. Meanwhile, Claudia Winkleman and Sir Willard White will make appearances, and you can enjoy some side-splitting comedy.
Music fans meanwhile, will love tribute shows to Pink Floyd, Def Leopard and Neil Diamond. The Art of Simon are back in town as are the hilarious antics of Otway and Barrett. The stages around the district will also play host to the likes of Bir Singh, Kyshona, Ruby Turner and Barbara Dickson. Whatever genre of music you enjoy, you’ll find something to experience this month.
Have a fantastic April in the Bradford district and don’t forget to upload pictures of everything you get up to tagging @visitbradford #VisitBradford so that we can share in the excitement!