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February which means romance is in the air, the kids are getting hyped for half-term and a whole host of great new events are coming to the Bradford district. Take a look at some of the highlights over the next few weeks.

The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth will unveil its 2023 exhibition, The Brontës and the Wild, on Wednesday, 1st February. The year-round exhibition is devoted to the influence of nature on the life and work of the famous literary family.

Grab your gaming friends and family and head to the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford from 4th-10th February for the Yorkshire Games Festival. Whether you’re a casual gamer looking to get in on the beta of a new game or someone looking to work in the industry, there’ll be something here for you.

Celebrate all thing woolly at the Blaise Wool Festival which returns to the Bradford Industrial Museum on Sunday, 5th February. Bradford’s long history with wool is honoured with live music, demonstrations and a special Blaise Ale to sample.

An exhibition dedicated to one of the finest minds the world has ever known, Stephen Hawking, is coming to the National Science and Media Museum from 9th February-31st May. All manner of memorabilia will be on display from his office chalkboard to a replica of his iconic wheelchair.

Enjoy a romantic evening with your loved one on Saturday, 11th February at the Midland Hotel's Valentine's Day Dinner. The evening includes a delicious 4-course dinner accompanied by live musicians paying tribute to Michael Bublé.

Head to King’s Hall, Ilkley on 10th-11th February for a tasty time and the Ilkley Beer Festival. Expect more craft beers, ales and ciders than you can imagine and many other goodies.

Get your family involved in the fantastic array of activities that Bradford Museums are putting on over half-term from 11th-19th February. Why not visit each one to enjoy everything from storytelling and crafts to discovering the magic of reading when the Stories Bus visits?

NT East Riddlesden Hall © Victoria Holland

Discover the incredible creepy crawlies that call NT East Riddlesden Hall home in Keighley by following the half-term Bug Trail which weaves through the lovely gardens and then into the house itself to learn about even more bugs, as well as themed craft activities.

Spend a great day out at Bradford Cathedral this half-term during Family Activities Day on Tuesday, 14th February. There’ll be plenty of quizzes and craft activities to celebrate the arrival of spring and Valentine’s Day, as well as a chance to tour the Cathedral itself. Book your place early, as the event is always popular.

For even more half-term fun including events at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Brontë Parsonage Museum and more visit

Stretch your legs on a wonderful free guided walk around Low Moor on Tuesday, 28th February. The gentle 4.5-mile circular route takes you past some of the beautiful scenery in the area and through a nature reserve where you can see some fantastic wildlife.

There are so many brilliant shows hitting the stages around the district this month. The smash-hit musical adaptation of The Bodyguard arrives at the Alhambra Theatre whilst a Circus Spectacular brings the show of the season to St George’s Hall. Bradford favourite Billy Pearce performs at the Midland Hotel to put a smile on your face and Tom Houghton brings even more laughs to the Studio Theatre. The Ilkley Playhouse looks at the compelling tales of Three Mothers and the Keighley Library will entertain youngsters with the tale of Wood Owl and the Box of Wonders.

Independent Venue Week is being celebrated in music venues throughout the district from 30th January-5th February with plenty of great gigs, including Echoviolet at the Underground and The Manhattans at Tickles Music Hall in Bradford. The Bingley Little Theatre revisits the History Of Rock, whilst St George’s Hall becomes Lost In Music. The Great Victoria Hotel is hosting a Beatles tribute and the Ilkley Playhouse welcomes the John Palmer Acoustic Band for a fantastic show. Pete Morton brings old-time folk to the Topic Folk Club in Shipley, My Darling Clementine reinterprets country at Black Dyke Mills in Queensbury. A tribute to ABBA will let loose your inner ‘Dancing Queen’ at the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley, the Emily Brown Quintet will be playing at JATP Jazz and We Three Kings Of Rock And Roll will raise the roof in Bingley.

Enjoy your time in Bradford district, and don’t forget to tag @visitbradford #VisitBradford in your photos.

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