Get ready for an Egg-cellent Easter in the Bradford district! From Easter egg hunts to World Heritage Day celebrations, there are loads of fantastic events to join in with, and fun to be had exploring the district. Here are just a few of the highlights to get you excited about planning your visit.
Explore the grounds at NT East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley from Saturday, 9th April to Wednesday, 13th April and join an Easter egg hunt. Following the Easter Adventures in Nature trail will lead you to all manner of incredible things including the variety of plants and animals that call the grounds home, and on reaching the end kids will receive a tasty chocolate treat.
Take in a performance as a slew of incredible live acts take to stages across the district. Listen to the melodies of Ruby Turner at the King’s Hall in Ilkley on Saturday, 9th April, enjoy a tribute to the Dubliners at St. George’s Hall in Bradford on Thursday, 21st April, or nibble afternoon tea whilst being serenaded by Kitty LaMare at Bingley Arts Centre on Wednesday, 20th April. Alternatively have your funny bone tickled by hilarious comedians perform in Keighley and Ilkley.
The kids are taking over The Underground in Bradford on Wednesday, 13th April. Enjoy an afternoon of Easter-themed activities and games, and let them blow off some steam at the disco while you blow the steam off a nice cup of tea from the side-lines.
Make the most of the Easter holidays to get active with your family by planning some fun outdoor activities. Download the ‘Discover Ilkley’ app and explore the augmented reality spring trails, join in with a Parkrun at Roberts Park, Cliffe Castle Park and Lister Park, or ride a bike along the Aire Valley Towpath. You’ll have a great time visiting the beautiful sights while also burning off those Easter eggs.
Visit Robertshaw’s Farm Shop from Wednesday, 13th April to Monday, 18th April for a Springtime Festival. Clover the Easter Bunny will be handing out chocolate treats to children of all ages, as the too-cute-for-words spring lambs frolic in the fields. Pony rides, Easter egg hunts, and much more will be available throughout the event.
Celebrate World Heritage Day on Monday, 18th April by paying a visit to some amazing historical sites throughout the district. Head to the Brontë Parsonage Museum to see the possessions of the world famous family of authors, or visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire and walk through the streets to the colossal Salts Mill by the canal. Join in with the Roberts Park Sundowner on Saturday, 16th April for a day of celebrations featuring live music, street theatre, and a circus workshop, followed by a magical lantern parade once the sun dips below the horizon.
Bradford Cathedral is presenting an Easter-themed Family Activities Day on Tuesday, 18th April. Head in with the kids for plenty of arts and crafts activities, along with quizzes and family guided tours of the Cathedral.
Shop locally for ingredients to bake an Easter classic, such as hot cross buns, nutmeg & currant biscuits or chocolate nests with little eggs for a tasty treat. They’re easy to make, and the whole family can get involved with the kneading and shaping of the dough, not to forget the eating!
Jump aboard the Haworth Haddock on Saturday, 23rd April, which will whisk you away on a rail adventure. Along the way you’ll be served a delicious portion of fish & chips to enjoy, and when you arrive at Keighley a live band will help you dance the night away until the train picks you up again. Throughout the Easter holidays, you can also take the Easter Express to rail-themed attractions such as the Rail Story in Ingrow.
Explore the district at your own pace on a self-guided themed adventure that takes you from Ilkley to Bingley and beyond. Reveal clues in the setting to solve a murder mystery or complete a secret mission. The whole family will love getting immersed in the adventure.
See wonders of the silver screen at the National Science and Media Museum. New big-budget blockbusters like Sonic 2, visually stunning wildlife documentaries on IMAX, and favourites like Disney’s 1967 classic The Jungle Book are all part of an incredible Easter line-up. Everyone loves a good movie, so why not see a few during the Easter break?
For even more inspiration this Easter, take a look at www.visitbradford.com/events where you’ll find plenty of other events and activities to get stuck into over the holidays.