The weather is getting better, the birds are returning and the first flowers of the year are blooming, which can only mean that spring is arriving in the Bradford district. We’ve come up with a few fresh, seasonal ideas to help you make the most of the season.
Get out into the open air and travel the district by bike. Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a beginner, find a fantastic trail to explore. Ride the Great Northern Railway Trail or ride the Aire Valley Towpath. This is the perfect time to set out on a trip on two wheels as the days start to get longer and the signs of spring become visible along the route.
This spring, there is so much outdoor fun for kids; they will love exploring nature and the excitement that parks and woodlands offer. Enjoy the adventure playgrounds at Bradford District Parks, a woodland adventure at St Ives Estate near Bingley, or a peaceful tranquil afternoon strolling through Middleton Woods in Ilkley to admire the beautiful bluebells. Discover your love of nature by spending some time observing birds, and see what kinds of feathered friends you can find in the district. Bring a picnic to enjoy. If the weather is nice, there are plenty of designated picnic spots in our district parks. #RespectProtectEnjoy
If a picnic’s not your cup of tea, you can still enjoy a delicious al fresco meal this spring. Many of the local restaurants will be offering fresh new seasonal menus for you try and places like The Potting Shed in Bingley, Piccolino in Ilkley or the Stansfield Arms in Apperley Bridge all have both covered and outdoor seating available so you can eat outdoors no matter what the weather.
Discover spectacular spring events, follow the Saltaire Arts Trail, which runs from 30th April to 2nd May and celebrates the village’s rich heritage through imaginative visual arts. If you’re looking for something different, the Super Soap Box Challenge in Bradford on Saturday, 1st May will be the craziest and most inventive four-wheeled race and fun-filled day out. Get ‘In Motion’ at the Keighley Transport Festival, which takes place on the 2nd & 3rd June, expect to see the unexpected alongside classic cars. Throughout the spring, there will be a variety of exciting activities and events; for more information, visit www.visitbradford.com/events.
Spring can make us feel happier and more full of energy. Take a trip to Ilkley and Baildon’s regular outdoor markets to pick up the freshest local produce as the spring crops like kale, leeks, and rhubarb go on sale to help you whip up a tasty salad, ratatouille, or crumble to put on the table this season.
The Easter Bunny also arrives in the spring so take the family to NT East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley this April to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt. You can explore the grounds together and follow the Easter trail so kids can find a tasty Rainforest Alliance chocolate egg.
Take in some fresh new performances at Bradford’s brilliant independent theatres. There are always plenty of fun shows to see, and this season is no different. Jumpers of Goalposts at the Bingley Arts Centre, Time of My Life at Ilkley Playhouse and The Lady in the Van at Keighley Playhouse will all make for an entertaining evening.
Explore Bradford Museums & Galleries this spring. Wander through Cliffe Castle Museum‘s glasshouse and beautiful park, marvel at the power of steam at the Bradford Industrial Museum, express your artistic side at Cartwright Hall, or step back in time at Bolling Hall. There’s always something interesting to see between regular displays and special new exhibitions.
Have an amazing season in the Bradford district and don’t forget to upload pictures of everything you discover tagging @visitbradford #VisitBradford so that we can share in the excitement!