June is arriving in the Bradford district, and with it the promise of summer, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and of course, an amazing variety of events that will keep you entertained for the whole month. Here are just a few of the highlights on the way.
Kick-off the month by seeing the fascinating new performance ‘Reflections of an Indian Dancer’ by Balbir Singh at Kala Sangam in Bradford on Wednesday, 1st June. The piece, comprising of a trio of dances, and is accompanied by a monologue exploring the life of the world-renowned dancer Sooraj Subramaniam.
’Gather Round’ at Cartwright Hall, for a new exhibition which opens on Thursday, 2nd June and celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by looking back at the televised broadcast of her coronation in 1953 using a selection of vintage televisions.
The long-awaited Keighley Transport Festival will take place across the town on the Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd of June. Take advantage of the free circular bus service to see all of the attractions, from classic cars at Cliffe Castle Park to free canoeing workshops at Stockbridge Wharf, and celebrate transport in all of its forms.
Join the ‘Great Jubilee Tea’ celebration at City Park in Bradford on Thursday, 2nd June. You’ll find the biggest cake stall in the North, world foods, and plenty of live music to keep you entertained until it’s time to light the official Jubilee Beacon.
Odsal Stadium will stage two huge music festivals. Silky, Alex Mills, Sister Sledge, and The Fizz will be among the incredible DJs and live acts performing at the Big 80s Festival on Friday, 3rd, and the Bradford Dance Festival on Saturday, 4th June.
There will be something for everyone at one of Bradford’s family fun events taking place over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Inflatables, a climbing tower, dance, arts & crafts will be available at Cliffe Castle Park, Wibsey Park, Lister Park, Peel Park, and Roberts Park.
Be inspired to pump some iron by watching the National Amateur Bodybuilding Association finals at St George’s Hall in Bradford on Saturday, 4th June. The men and women will compete for the titles of NABBA Mr. and Miss Britain 2022, as well as a place in the NABBA universe event, which will take place in November.
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway will be running a Diesel Gala from Friday, 10th June to Sunday, 12th June. All weekend, the home fleet’s diesel engines, Yard Shunters, and Rail buses will operate, and there will be an on-train bar selling locally brewed real ales to make a rail adventure even better.
Visit NT East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley to see a fascinating display of ancient coins and stamps on Saturday 11th June. Some of these artefacts date back over 900 years to the eras of some of our most notable monarchs.
Dinosaurs will descend upon Broadway in Bradford on Saturday, 11th June. The Dino Day, which coincides with the premiere of Jurassic World: Dominion in district theatres, will give youngsters the chance to be trained by a ranger at the dinosaur base camp and get up close and personal with baby dinosaurs.
Have a delicious experience at The Ilkley Food & Drink Festival down by the Riverside on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of June. You’ll discover live entertainment, chef demonstrations, and, of course, plenty of delicious food and drink to sample — just don’t have too much breakfast beforehand!
Watch all of the gripping action from the first serve to game-set-match of the Ilkley Trophy, on Saturday, 11th June to Sunday, 18th June. Top tennis players from across the world will compete for the chance to raise the trophy at the Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club at the end of the week.
Let your patriotic spirit soar at Bradford Cathedral on Saturday, 11th June, the Bradford Cathedral Choir and the Bradford Brass Band celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. The afternoon will be filled with inspiring music, song, and lots of chances to get involved.
Put away your 40s garb from last month because Haworth is moving on to the swinging 60, on Saturday, 18thand Sunday 19th June. Step back in time at the Haworth 1960s Weekend, enjoy an artisan market and a variety of groovy discos playing all the classics so that you can Freddie, Frug, Hitchhike, Shimmy and Twist all weekend long.
Close out June at the Bradford Literature Festival from Friday, 24th June – Sunday, 3rd July. There are dozens of events and activities for the whole family to get involved in, as well as special guests like Helen McCarthy, Ed Balls and Delia Smith. Book your tickets now so you don’t miss out.
This June the district’s theatres and live venues are the places to be, with an incredible line-up of acts heading to the stage. Classic musicals Bat Out Of Hell and Footloose are heading to the Alhambra in Bradford, whilst The Last of the Red Hot Lovers will be at Keighley Playhouse. Meanwhile, Juliette Burton will be combining mental health and comedy at the Studio Theatre in Bradford at a brilliant new show.
Music fans will be rocking all night at tributes to The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix and the music of the 60s. The James Bond Concert Spectacular will make sure you Never Say Never Again to the Spy Who Loved Me, and Sajjad Ali will bring some of the best music of Pakistan to Bradford, whilst Suzie Ungerleider shows how they do it in Canada.
Take a looks at www.visitbradford.com/events for more spectacular events, and remember to let us know what you’ve been up to by using the hashtag #VisitBradford on social media. Have an amazing June!