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Get ready for a brilliant September in the Bradford district. As summer winds down and autumn begins, you’ll find dozens of brilliant events, activities and festivals to get involved in. Here’s just a few of the highlights of what’s to come next month.

Begin the month with a visit to the annual Keighley and District Agricultural Show at Marley Stadium on Saturday, 2nd September. There’s plenty of fantastic things to see and do on this family day out including falconry displays, ferret racing, dog shows and equestrian classes.

Enjoy a tasty afternoon sampling the delicious beers from Saltaire Brewery on Friday, 8th September.  The Saltaire Brewery Beer Festival features fantastic beers, wines, gins and lots of great food and live entertainment.

Explore some of the Bradford district’s most iconic buildings when the Heritage Open Days return from 8th-17th September. This is your chance to discover some of Bradford's rare historical treasures and enjoy exciting experiences not normally available to the public, including the opportunity to enter the magnificent City Hall to celebrate its 150th anniversary and tour St George's Hall to celebrate its 170th anniversary, look at the Blacksmith’s Forge at Apperley Bridge and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Bingley Little Theatre.

Take a gentle autumn stroll through the Denso Marston Nature Reserve in Baildon on the 9th of November.  The warden will guide you around the reserve, showing you the fascinating changes, the plants, birds and other residents making in anticipation of the coming winter months.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Saltaire Festival and from 9th-17th September amazing events will be taking place throughout the UNESCO World Heritage Site including outdoor cinema, art exhibitions, street theatre, a Makers’ Fair at Victoria Hall and much more.

Explore the influence of the landscape on the writing of the Brontës during a special talk at the Old School Room in Haworth on Thursday, 14th September.  Learn about the effects of the environment—the land, the walks, the weather on the famed literary family and their works.

The Ilkley Manor House presents a new exhibition of artwork not previously seen in Ilkley from 16th September-15th October. The new works, which explore the theme ‘Taking Time’, have all been specially selected by a distinguished panel to create a space for reflection on our understanding of time.

Uncover the truth behind the evil eye and witchcraft at NT East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley on Wednesday, 20th September. In the special talk ‘Damn Your Eyes’ find out how social relations, religious schism and witch hunts have played a role in trying to face forces beyond their control.

See a selection of seven short films by Trish Morrissey at the Impressions Gallery in Bradford on Thursday, 21st September.  Screened as part of the Gallery's ongoing exhibition of Morrissey's works, the films reflect on the artist's life as she recalls her own experiences.

Be inspired by incredible female artists, poets, and writers in Haworth on the 22nd-24th September at the Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing. This year boasts a rich programme of events celebrating female creativity, including talks, panel discussions, creative workshops, and more!  

Widescreen Weekend in Bradford promises to be a special experience. From the 28th September – 2nd October, audiences can experience a range of classic films on original formats at the Pictureville, the only public Cinerama screen in the world. With the likes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Guys and Dolls and Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, there is something for everyone. The event will also include screenings at other venues across the city, including Bradford Cathedral.

In September, theatres return from the summer holidays with an incredible line-up of shows. The iconic Rocky Horror Show does the Time Warp Again at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford whilst a Bedroom Farce plays out at the Bingley Little Theatre. Step back to the 1950s at the Ilkley Playhouse in Home, I’m Darling and discover the secrets of natural history filmmaking at King’s Hall with Doug Allan. Then, laugh out loud at a trio of fantastic female comedians heading to the Studio Theatre, Bradford this month as Hayley Ellis, Sophie McCartney and Rachel Fairburn take to the stage for a series of hilarious shows.

Music lovers will find something to suit every taste in the district this month. Bradford Cathedral hosts a candlelit concert of Hans Zimmer’s most iconic music and tribute band Pink Floydian will rock the Bingley Little Theatre. The Live Room in Saltaire will host Xander in the Peace Pirates, as well as their fantastic mini-festival weekend TLR Inside Out. The Washboard Resonators bring classic 1920s and 1930s jazz to Ilkley Manor House, whilst at St George’s Hall international sensation Satinder Sartaaj brings his new tour to Bradford.

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

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