Summer Unlocked

From July to September, look out for Summer Unlocked, a family-friendly programme of free cultural and sporting events and activities taking place across the Bradford District throughout the school holidays.

Summer Unlocked will bring to life the public spaces that have become so important to all of us during the lockdown months - our streets, neighbourhoods and civic spaces, our moors, our gardens and our parks.

This exciting programme includes live theatre, music, film and much more, with acrobatic displays on the canals, poetry in car parks and vibrant street-art, all set to unlock imaginations across the district this summer. Families can also look forward to getting out and active with activities such as climbing towers, dance and den building, as part of the Holiday Activities and Food programme, #HAF2021 Summer of Fun.

Summer Unlocked is brought to you by Bradford Council, The Leap and Bradford 2025 who have come together to create a captivating programme of hyper-local, safe and playful cultural events that aim to create moments of surprise, activation, celebration and reflection. The University of Summer Fun is funded by the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) and is designed to provide children and young people with free, fun activities at holiday clubs this summer.

Click below to browse the programme and discover events near you.

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Summer Garden
Live music in the Summer Garden, City Park from Friday 6th - Saturday 7th August. Access is free! Featuring: Ms. WisdomMookie & the bab, Ian Bareham, Georgette Hilton & many more.
The award-winning Seeta Patel Dance Company reimagines Igor Stravinsky’s iconic ballet, The Rite of Spring, in the powerful classical Indian dance style, Bharatanatyam. Performed in the Mirror Pool this is a truly not-to-be-missed event for Bradford.
The Peace Artistes
The Peace Artistes play tunes from around the world and entertain audiences with their toe-tapping music, eccentric costumes and haphazard choreography. Catch a live open-air performance as the Peace Artistes pop-up at a park near you.
Urban Canvas creating pavement art
Join Urban Canvas for a family-friendly pavement-art workshop where you’ll learn how to create spectacular street-art using pastels, chalk and paint. Have fun getting creative with the kids and turn your neighbourhood into a work of art!
Jellyfish Theatre rehearse for the Wagon of Dreams
Join Jellyfish Theatre on a brand new adventure, ‘The Wagon of Dreams’, an interactive theatre show for children aged 3+. The story is performed with the help of handmade puppets, original music and loads of (socially distanced) audience interaction.
People in Titanic themed costumes
This summer, visit South Square and step back in time with ‘Titanic Relaunched’. Enjoy the courtyard, gallery and cafe and use the incredible Titanic backdrops to capture your own themed photos that recreate archive shots from an iconic 1980’s event.
Bronte Parsonage Museum
Creativity, curiosity and landscape come together in a new installation by NEON Studio, set in Parson’s Field at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. Explore an imaginary world where the Brontës, Bradford’s most famous literary family, ran wild.
Minicinemagic! projecting onto wall
Minicinemagic! is a mobile cinema projector inside a classic Mini Cooper. Look out for Minicinemagic! as they drive across the district projecting good news stories provided by people from your neighbourhood. Maybe they'll pop-up on a street near you?
Breakin performance
Join Tech Styles International and The Clean North Crew for a Breakin performance and interactive workshop that invites you to express yourself through hip hop and urban dance. Come along and watch or get involved and show us your moves!