May is here, and in Bradford district we have plenty of phenomenal events and activities coming your way. Take a look at just a few of the things you can get up to this month, from an amazing May Day bank holiday weekend to the start of the Queen’s Jubilee in June.
Start the month by enjoying a day of thrilling racing right through the streets of Bradford at the Super Soap Box Challenge on Sunday, 1st May. The racers and their wacky vehicles will be on the track all day, accompanied by great commentary, a funfair and live music.
Put on your walking boots on Monday, 2nd May and celebrate National Walking Month at the Bingley Walking Festival. Bingley Walkers Are Welcome is offering a selection of four guided walks that will show you some of the district’s most beautiful locations. Everyone can join in and enjoy the great outdoors, because there is a walk for all abilities.
The Ilkley Carnival returns on Monday, 2nd May for a brilliant day of fun. A rubber duck race, a parade and a performance by a Guinness World Record-winning bicycle stunt team will all be part of the celebration. There will also be a dog show to compete in, if you want to show off your adorable four-legged friend.
Join the Railway Children Walk, setting off from Central Park in Haworth on Monday, 2nd May and follow in the footsteps of the 1970 film. You can take part in the 2.5-mile walk or the full 6-mile walk, which will take you to some locations featured in the classic film (and perhaps even the new ones). You might even be lucky enough to get your hands on a copy of The Railway Children book signed by actress Jenny Aguter.
Take a look back at a hidden gem on 1950s cinema at the National Science and Media Museum on Monday, 2nd May at a special screening of Cinerama Holiday. The film follows a young couple on a sightseeing tour through Europe and features some spectacular cinematography.
Cullingworth will host the Brontë Vintage Gathering from 7th-8th May. The charity event will be packed with amazing things to see and do. Watch the thrills of the Broke FMX motocross team, see a stunning display of birds of prey, or just relax in the beer tent with a nice pint.
Set your alarm for early-o’clock on Saturday, 7th May and join the warden at the Denso Marston Nature Reserve for a very early morning walk. On the two hour stroll the warden will point out the enchanting bird songs that come from the reserves feathered guests making for a magical morning.
Head to Ilkley Manor House on the 7th and 8th of May to browse the wares of the Makers Fair. There will be something to tempt everyone from bespoke furniture to jewellery and textile goods.
Pick up something tasty at the Saltaire Farmers Market on Sunday, 8th May. This will be the debut of the new market, and there are lots of delicious food stalls lined up. Find the market at the car park of the Caroline Social Club from 9am.
Join the volunteer gardeners at Bolling Hall on Sunday, 8th May for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Children can plant flowers to take home to grow and there will be face-painting, crafts and dancing taking place throughout the day.
The latest exhibition from the Peace Museum, Defining Peace: Past, Present and Future, will be opening at Kala Sangam from Tuesday, 10th May. Explore the history of peace-making through items from the museum’s collection whilst considering the question, ‘what is peace?’
Let your inner Sherlock Holmes loose at the Midland Hotel on Saturday, 14th May. Enjoy a 4-course meal at the Murder Mystery Dinner Dance, whilst you engage with the interactive performance and try to figure out whodunit before the evening is out.
Tony Dexter and Susan McQuade are the featured artists in the new exhibition at the Bingley Gallery which opens on Thursday, 19th May. Tony’s acrylic works were among the highlights of the gallery’s Christmas show and Susan’s traditional watercolours are beautiful, so this will be a display that art-lovers will adore.
Step back in time at the Haworth 1940s Weekend on the 21st and 22nd of May. The village will be transformed with 40s themed decoration and there will be stalls, re-enactments and lots of other activities. Feel free to come dressed in costume for the full experience.
The Bradford Vegan market will be in City Park on Sunday, 29th May for its debut. Along with loads of great vegan food vendors you’ll find craft brewers, local artists and a wide variety of traders specialising in ethically sourced and sustainable goods.
In May, Bradford Theatres will host some fantastic guests. Sports enthusiasts will be thrilled by a replay of a historic 1985 snooker match between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor at St. George’s Hall, while Sandi Toksvig, Rob Brydon, and Jack Dee bring their hilarious new comedy shows to the city. You can also catch the latest production of The Hound of the Baskervilles, a classic mystery at the Keighley Playhouse.
Music fans will love the chance to hear some cheesy Eurovision classics on the stage at St. George’s Hall. Alternatively, head to Bradstock for a night of rock at Nightrain, or hit up tributes to the BeeGees at The Great Victoria Hotel and U2 at the Nightrain to jam with your favourite hits. Braver folks can even join in with an evening of group karaoke singing along to classic hits from the 60s and
Things to look forward to in June >> The Queen’s coronation took place 70 years ago, and the Bradford district will celebrating find out what you can do over the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend.