July is here, which means it’s time for a brilliant summer in the newly-crowned City of Culture 2025. There will be plenty of exciting reasons for you to get out and about this month, as school holidays begin and Summer Unlocked returns, from straw races to diesel and ale adventures to the fascinating Bradford Literature Festival. Take advantage of the nicer weather at some of these amazing events.
The dragons are returning to Roberts Park in Saltaire at the beginning of July. The Dragon Boat Festival will bring three days of brilliant racing on the water, from the 1st-3rd July. There will be lots to do on land as well, including food and drink and live entertainment.
Join George Sheeran on Friday, 1st July for a tour of Bradford’s Architectural Gems. The city is full of fantastic architecture, and this is your chance to discover more about it from Bradford University’s own architectural historian as he takes you on a tour of the city’s highlights.
StoryTrails 1st July – 18th September – At CITY LIBRARY, BRADFORD
Immerse yourself in lost stories from our past, brought to life with 21st-century technology. The StoryTrails app and local performers will guide you through an immersive tour of Bradford as you travel through time and space to experience the place where you live in new magical ways.
Uncover the story of how a rare, handwritten book by Charlotte Brontë was discovered and its journey to the Brontë Parsonage Museum on Saturday, 2nd July. In a special talk at the Midland Hotel in Bradford as part of the Bradford Literature Festival, experts from the museum will discuss the significance of the book and some of the other treasures held at the Parsonage.
Wave the rainbow flag at the inaugural Ilkley Pride event on Saturday, 2nd July at Kings Hall in Ilkley. Across the day’s two sessions there will be loads of workshops and stalls to visit, as well as fantastic live entertainment including musicians, magicians and popular drag artists.
See a film shot right here in the Bradford district on the big screen at the National Science and Media Museum on Sunday, 3rd July. You’ll have a chance to see the 1970 classic The Railway Children, as well as a special preview screening of the brand-new sequel, The Railway Children Return.
The Railway Children Return is released in cinemas on 15th July 2022.
The village of Oxenhope will once again host the popular Straw Race on Sunday, 3rd July. Competing teams, often in fancy dress, will carry bales of straw to checkpoints at each of the local pubs to raise money for charity. Register now to join the fun!
Experience the incredible music of Queen at St George’s Hall on Friday, 8th July. Stars in Their Eyes winner Gary Mullen is bringing his globe-trotting sell-out show to Bradford for one night only, with all of the best-loved songs from one of the greatest rock bands in the world.
Enjoy a tasty cask ale in style on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway on 9th July at the Diesel and Ale Saturday. Classic diesel engines will run alongside the regular steam trains with an on-board bar so you can enjoy a pleasant drink whilst you’re whisked across beautiful Brontë Country.
Bradford Pride will be taking over the city centre on Saturday, 9th July with a fabulous parade through the streets. Alongside this there will be a brilliant time to be had at City Park where you’ll find live performances, a marketplace, rides and more.
The stage and screen classic Singin’ In The Rain comes to the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford on the 11th-16th July ready to make a splash with over 14000 litres of water, amazing choreography and catchy songs. You’ll have a brilliant time watching this beloved story unfold, and will be humming the tunes all the way home.
Bradford Cathedral will be on the next stage of the Cathedrals Cycle Relay‘s 2000-mile route on Thursday, 14th July. You can register for free then bring your bike to join the route for as much or little of it as you wish and claim your stamps for participating.
Join the Women Of Note tour at Undercliffe Cemetery in Bradford on Saturday, 16th July and discover some of the amazing people who have been laid to rest there. You’ll find out about everyone from suffragettes to novelists and even Charlotte Brontë’s nurse.
Saddle up for the Brontë Sportive 2022 which sets off from Keighley College on Sunday, 17th July in support of the Sue Ryder charity. Pick from one of six routes ranging from a gentle 10 miles to a full day challenging 93-mile route, each of which will take you around some iconic locations through Brontë Country and the district.
Tantalise your taste buds at the Curry Mela in City Park as part of the Bradford Curry Awards. On 23rd-24th July you’ll enjoy live cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, live music, a fashion show and plenty of delicious food all celebrating the best of South Asian cuisine in the Curry Capital of Britain.
The National Science and Media Museum invites you to come and be ‘Switched On’ at a new exhibition which opens on Saturday, 23rd July, as part of the countrywide celebrations of the of the BBC’s 100th anniversary and Channel 4’s 40th anniversary. The exhibition looks back at the pioneering work of the likes of Sir David Attenborough and forward to the ever-changing ways we connect with media.
Experience an amazing thrill as you ‘Zip The Cow’ in support of the Sue Ryder Charity on 23rd-24th July in Ilkley. Register now and walk to the Cow and Calf rocks before whizzing down a 260-metre zip line at speeds up to 40 miles per hour!
Have a brilliant July in Bradford District, and check out www.visitbradford.com/events for more information on upcoming activities. Let us know what you’ve been up to by tagging us on social media with #VisitBradford.