As leaves are starting to fall and autumn arrives, it’s a lovely season to get kids involved and creative. ‘Take a Closer Look’ at Bradford District; by taking advantage of these fantastic family-friendly activities this October, you can spend a crisp autumn day filled with everything from fun half term activities to spooky Halloween events.


  • Treat your little monsters to a frighteningly fun day at the National Science + Media Museum this October Half Term.  Experiment with spooky science, discover how special effects can bring weird and wonderful creatures to life and get hands-on with interactive activities.
  • Fun for all the family Van Gogh ‘Alive’ comes to Bradford.  This is no ordinary art exhibition step into a multi-sensory world and with inspiration form Van Gogh’s works you will have the opportunity to create your own masterpiece in the Art Activity Area.  You’ll get hands-on experience in drawing techniques, perspective and composition.
  • Be mesmerised by the smash-hit London Palladium production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, one of the world’s most well-loved family musicals.  Taking the family to the theatre is a brilliant autumn activity, so book your seats in advance.


  • Take a trip on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Climb aboard one of the vintage trains this autumn for a spectacular display of colour. Everyone can enjoy the magic of steam travel while cosying up and admiring the scenery and changing seasons.
  • Autumn is the perfect season for a ghost walk as the nights draw in and the weather begins to get cooler.  You can discover the eerie past of Haworth village by going on a terrifying ghost tour of the cobblestone streets with Haunted Haworth Ghost Walks.
  • The whole family can enjoy activities at East Riddlesden Hall this autumn.  Climb across the new trim trail and see how quickly you can complete it, or help build a bug hotel or make the messiest mud pie ever in the discovery room.


  • It's a terrific idea to go to the cinema during these chilly months. Every Saturday at 10:00 am, the independent cinema in Ilkley presents a special Kids Club that is suitable for both the younger audience and accompanying adults.  A single ticket costs £7.50.
  • At Clip n' Climb Ilkley, climbing is a lot of fun for the whole family, and you get the extra bonus of being able to keep active while being indoors, in the warm, and dry.
  • Tuck into hearty food this autumn at one of Ilkley's excellent eateries; try Sunday roasts, fish and chips, or afternoon tea.


  • Salts Mill is a great option if you want to take your kids to an art gallery to get inspiration for autumn art projects. You might even find an activity book at the Salts Mill bookshop to enjoy on the way home.
  • Paintbrushes ready! This autumn, Salt Pots Ceramic Studio is a nice spot for the family to spend time together doing something fun. When you arrive, choose your favourite piece of pottery from our enormous selection, and then customise it however you desire.
  • Get out on your bike in autumn and take the family for a ride from Saltaire to Bingley while observing the seasonal changes.  This well-liked and appealing ride from Saltaire to Bingley starts in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire and meanders out of village along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal's towpath, which is free of traffic. The path passes through some surprisingly beautiful terrain and is rich in historical heritage.

Around Bradford 

  • Visit Lister Park in Bradford to see Lister Lanterns and Museums at Night. Experience Cartwright Hall, the civic art gallery, after hours for a chance to view the exhibitions and join the parade for a night of spectacle, magic, and beauty. Dance to the music played by Peace Artists, Jamba Samba, Dales Jam, and Banda Na Rua throughout the park.
  • Autumn is a awesome time to go for a leisurely walk in the woods.  Put on your wellies and take the family for an afternoon walk.  Pack hot chocolate in flasks to keep everyone warm, and sit back and admire the Autumn colours on a welly walk around St. Ives Estate Bingley.
  • A trip to the museum is usually a favourite because it is entertaining and family-friendly. This autumn, Bradford museums and galleries are hosting some fascinating exhibitions and events for you to enjoy all year long, including a Scarecrow Trail at Bradford Industrial Museum and a room of wonder Jadughor: The Magic Room at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery.

So, what are you waiting for? The moment has arrived for an adventure. "Take a Closer Look" at Bradford district if you're looking for some frightfully enjoyable family entertainment, October half term fun, or observe the changing of season.


National Science and Media Museum
Child playing in mirror maze in Wonderlab © Science Museum Group

The National Science and Media Museum, in the heart of Bradford, explores the science and culture of light and sound technologies and their impact on our lives.

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
Steam Railway
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is a heritage railway that was reopened in 1968 and runs from Keighley to Oxenhope through beautiful Brontë country. Board our steam train and enjoy the sound of the engine climbing the steep sides of the valley, while great clouds of steam and smoke add drama to the scene. The five-mile journey is a powerful reminder of our industrial heritage and a unique way of enjoying the beautiful countryside immortalised by Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë.

East Riddlesden Hall
Historic Site
East Riddlesden Hall exterior © National Trust Images Andrew Butler

National Trust owned historic house, garden, shop and tea-room. This award winning attraction offers a lot to discover and explore.

Salts Mill & 1853 Gallery
Art Gallery
Salts Mill Exterior

Four comprehensive art galleries featuring over 400 works by David Hockney. Grade II Listed historic mill building set in a picturesque village which was built for the mill workers in 1853.

St Ives Estate, Bingley
St. Ives Estate, Coppice Pond

Take a walk through St Ives Estate and admire the picturesque lake, woodland and wildlife. Other facilities include a childrens' play area, cafe and fishing.



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