Experience exciting outdoor adventures and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Bradford district. Discover spring activities that will keep you and your family busy all season.  From biking the Great Northern Trail to hiking at Shipley Glen.

Hung Out to Dry by M. Levine

Hung Out to Dry by Marcus Levine at Lister Park


  • Stroll around Green Flag awarded grounds of Lister Park to view sculpture and public artworks.  See Bingley based artist Marcus Levine’s steel clout nail sculpture ‘Hung Out to Dry’ and family favourite, fibre glass ‘Hochlandbew’ by Otmar Alt. Enjoy the boating lake, adventure playground and Mughal Gardens.
  • Chess lovers can enjoy giant chess in City Park Wednesdays 1pm – 4pm (weather permitting) By the Pavilion café next to the mirror pool the largest urban water feature in the UK.
  •  Follow the Bradford Heritage Trail to learn about the city's history from Anglo-Saxon times to modern times. Look for unusual sculptures around Little Germany, the sandstone Grandad’s Clock and Chair, and an eye-catching portrait of David Hockney, 16ft high and 12ft wide, made of painted nails.
  • Test your balance, speed and agility on the big hills on Peel Park's pump track, suitable for older children or experienced riders. Peel Park is a large park with a playground, pond and cafe, perfect for ice cream.

Haworth & Brontë Country

  • Escape to National Trust East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley.  On sunny days, visitors can relax on the deckchairs or play a game in the garden. With plenty of things for little ones to do, this natural playground is a great place to have fun.
  • Travel through the Brontë countryside on the Keighley Worth Valley Railway, stop at Oxenhope Station for a picnic lunch, enjoy the children's adventure playground or follow the Oxenhope Sculpture Trail, a 1.5-mile walk around the village.
  • Discover the Victorian charm of Cliffe Castle Museum & Park in Keighley.  See the beautiful seasonal displays in the formal and ornamental gardens that surround the house and explore the park's gems, including an aviary, glass house, play area and water features.
  • Are you ready for fun water and land adventures at Doe Park Water Activities Centre? Located at Doe Park reservoir in Denholme, it is the perfect place to learn, play and try Sailing, Paddle Boarding, Dragon boating, Archery, High Ropes, Bush craft and Survival activities.
  • Seek out the enchanted caves and grottoes of Holden Park (known locally as Oakworth Park). The park has different areas to explore, including woodlands.

The Gardens at NT East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley


  • For something fun and unique, go swimming at Ilkley Lido from May to September. The pool has a beautiful fountain with panoramic views of Ilkley Moor.
  • Explore the "Origins of Ilkley" in a whole new way. Travel back in time through the magic of augmented reality trail, meet Rombald the Giant, a Roman Soldier and the Goddess Verbeia and discover more about Ilkley through the ages.
  • Enjoy medieval family fun at Ilkley Manor House every weekend in May and June, discover the medieval character trail of the grounds and dress up in charming medieval costumes.
  • Meander along the banks of Ilkley's River Wharfe, birdwatch for herons and great crested grebes, then head to Middleton Woods to hear the relaxing birdsong.
  • Challenge the family to a game of Pétanque in Ilkley. The court is located near the Riverside Hotel in Riverside Park. Play for free outside of members-only hours. Boules can be borrowed from the Riverside Hotel.

Ilkley Lido

Ilkley Lido


  • Ride the Shipley Glen Tramway, a historic funicular opened in 1895, to scenic Shipley Glen.
  • Admire the beautiful scenery and archeology of Shipley Glen. Visit nearby Bracken Hall Country Centre in Baildon. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm, visit us for special events (e.g. Wild Wednesday 2pm to 4pm, most school holidays).
  • Take a welly walk adventure from Saltaire to Bingley on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. Look for wildlife on a 3-mile walk from Bingley's Five Rise Locks (one of its most striking features) to Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Learn about nature at Denso Marston Nature Reserve in Baildon, a 7-acre urban haven of woodland, meadows in the Aire Valley, offering free guided walks and workshops.
  • Go cloud gazing in Roberts Park Saltaire with friends. It's a great way to relax and let your imagination run wild.

Shipley Glen Tramway

District Wide

  • Love exploring with the app, enjoy the games and guided tours, plan a fun day out and look out for fairies and dinosaurs in Bradford District Green Flag Parks.
  • Cycle along the Great Northern Railway Trail from Cullingworth with the family. This route uses part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) route 69. From here you can cross the Hewenden Viaduct, which offers great views over Brontë Country.
  • Walk, jog, run, on Saturday morning. Get active, spend time outdoors, explore places you've never been and meet up with friends on the many Parkruns in the Bradford district.
  • Get to know St. Ives Estate near Bingley a lovely and fascinating place. Can you find the Druid's Altar, Baxter's Pond and the mysterious wood sculptures hidden throughout the country park?
  • Be entertained spend a relaxing afternoon outdoors with free live entertainment and music for the whole family at Bandstand Concerts in Bradford District Parks.

Playground at St Ives Estate Nr. Bingley


City Park
City Park Fountains

City Park is a six-acre park in the heart of Bradford which contains the largest man-made water feature in any UK city, plus more that 100 fountains, laser lighting and mist effects.

Bradford City Centre Heritage Trail
Walking Route
City Hall, Bradford

Step back in time on the Bradford City Centre Heritage Trail. This self guided walk takes you on a fascinating route around Bradford's historic city centre.

Lister Park
Lister park down by the boating pavilion.

Lister Park was crowned Britain's Best Park in 2006 and is also home to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. You will also find the Mughal Gardens, a botanical garden, boating and a childrens' play area.

Peel Park
Peel Park

Peel Park has lots of offer including tennis, bowls and a skate park. There is also a flower garden and lake; the perfect location for a picnic or to relax with the family.

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.

Cliffe Castle Park
Cliffe Castle Park Fountain View

Visit Cliffe Castle Park for a great family day out. Not only can you visit Cliffe Castle Museum, but there's also a childrens' play area, cafe, aviary and flower garden.

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

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

Ilkley Lido
Swimming Outdoor
Ilkley Lido

In addition to the indoor pool, this site has an outdoor pool or a Lido - perfect for a summer day out and it is one of the few left in the country.

Ilkley Manor House
Heritage Centre
Ilkley Manor House Exterior

Situated within the beautiful surroundings of the Wharfe Valley, one of Ilkley's oldest buildings, the Ilkley Manor House, has been converted into an attractive museum, arts and heritage centre run by the Ilkley Manor House Trust.

River Wharfe
River Wharfe

The River Wharfe is an ideal place for a walk or stroll and is popular for fly fishing. There are many walks to be enjoyed which take in the peaceful and beautiful scenery near the river.

Shipley Glen Cable Tramway
Museum - Transport
Shipley Glenn Tramway

Britain's oldest working cable hauled tramway opened in 1895 run entirely by volunteers.

Shipley Glen
Country Park
Shipley Glen, Baildon.

A lovely sloped area of woodland, rocks and heather just outside Saltaire.

Leeds - Liverpool Canal
View from the towpath with trees and barge on the canal

The Leeds - Liverpool Canal is one of the longest canals in England and passes through Bradford district. It is a lovely place for a stroll or cycle.

Denso Marston Nature Reserve
Nature Reserve
Denso Marston Nature Reserve April 2024

The seven acre reserve is situated between the River Aire and the Denso Marston factory in Shipley, West Yorkshire.

Roberts Park
Roberts Park Bandstand

Roberts Park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award- a benchmark for the best parks and green spaces in the country.

The Great Northern Railway Trail
Walking Route
View of Hewenden Viaduct at sunset.

This route intersects with National Route 69 and gives you the opportunity to cross the Grade II listed Hewenden viaduct, with spectacular views across this wooded valley.

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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