Looking for affordable activities to enjoy this winter in the Bradford district? Check out these budget-friendly options. From exploring local parks and walking trails to visiting museums and art galleries, there are many ways to stay entertained without spending a lot of money.

Fun and Affordable Festivities

Christmas at the Main Street Haworth

Main Street Haworth


This winter, discover the enchanting Christmas charm of Haworth with a variety of affordable activities. Join in the festivities every weekend in December and soak up the cheerful atmosphere. Admire the village's sparkling lights, delightful music, and captivating nativity scenes. Immerse yourself in the joyful spirit of the season as you wander through the picturesque streets of Haworth.


During the month of December, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Saltaire comes alive with the Saltaire Living Advent Calendar, a unique and wonderful experience that is not to be missed. As you wander through the illuminated streets of Saltaire during the winter evenings in December, you will be transported to a world of wonder and joy. Each night, a different window of a house or business in the village is lit up to reveal a festive scene or display, ranging from traditional Christmas scenes to more contemporary and creative installations.


Follow the Thornton Winter Windows Trail. In collaboration with BDisLIT, the village's windows will be illuminated with the theme “Apricity – the warmth of a ray of sunshine in winter” by artist Rosie McAndrew. To make the most of your adventure, pick up a trail map at the South Square Centre.


Experience Ilkley Arts Festival a celebration of the vibrant arts and culture scene in the town of Ilkley. This December, the festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with a wide range of events and activities to suit all tastes and interests.  One of the highlights of the festival is the series of concerts. 


Bradford Cathedral is a beautiful and inspiring place to enjoy music. Every year, the cathedral hosts a series of organ recitals and carols that are truly unforgettable. The organ recitals feature some of the finest organists in the region, playing a diverse range of repertoire that is sure to please any music fan. The carols, meanwhile, are an uplifting and spiritual experience, as the cathedral is filled with the joyous sounds of the season.

The Best Free Museums You Can't Miss

Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley

Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley

This winter in Bradford, immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural heritage by visiting the fascinating free museums and galleries. Delve into the history of Cliffe Castle Museum, where you can explore its wonders. At Cartwright Hall, you can find a variety of artistic treasures See the city's industrial past come to life at the Bradford Industrial Museum. And don't miss the opportunity to visit Bolling Hall Museum, one of the oldest buildings in Bradford. Go on a journey of discovery and embrace the chance to explore these remarkable cultural gems.

Discover Outdoor Fun

Ilkley Moor

Ilkley Moor


Grab your coat, lace up your boots, and embark on a winter adventure exploring the magical winter landscapes of Ilkley and Haworth. Venture onto Ilkley Moor, where snow adds sparkle to the breathtaking scenery.   In Haworth you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views that stretch as far as the eye can see. The rolling hills and rugged moorland create a dramatic backdrop that is truly awe-inspiring. Take a moment to pause and soak in the beauty of nature, as you breathe in the fresh, crisp air.  Find charming little shops and boutiques, where you can find unique gifts and souvenirs to remember your winter adventure. Pop into cosy cafés and tea rooms, where you can warm up with a hot drink.


Take a leisurely walk through the lush green flag parks of Bradford this winter season. One of the most popular parks in Bradford is Lister Park, which is renowned for its attractive Mughal Garden, and impressive Cartwright Hall art gallery. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the park's winding paths, admiring the colourful winter foliage and the magnificent Victorian architecture that surrounds them. Another park that is worth exploring during the winter season is Roberts Park, which is in the heart of Saltaire. This lovely park is home to a range of interesting features, including a bandstand, riverside location, and a children's play area. Visitors can take a relaxing walk through the park's rich greenery and experience an exciting ride on the historic Shipley Glen Tramway nearby from £2.50 per ride. Hop on board and enjoy the superb views as you glide through the scenic woodland.

For those who are looking for a more tranquil experience, Cliffe Castle Park in Keighley is the perfect destination. This serene park is nestled in the heart of the Aire Valley, offering visitors a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse themselves in nature. The park's beautiful gardens and historic mansion make it a popular destination for nature lovers and history buffs alike.

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Bradford Cathedral
Bradford Cathedral Exterior

City Centre's hidden jewel set in attractive gardens. Visitors experience a warm welcome, exploring its pace, beauty, varied worship schedule, exciting events, reflecting civic and national life.

Bradford Industrial Museum
Exterior of an old mill building

Bradford's Industrial Museum has permanent displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering and motor vehicles, along with an exciting exhibitions programme.

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
Art Gallery
People looking into a pond outside a large manor house

Built in 1904 in Baroque style as an art gallery. Permanent collection of 19th and 20th century British art.

Cliffe Castle Museum and Park
Cliffe Castle Exterior © Phil Jackson

A former mansion built 1875 - 1882, now the local museum in a park.

Bolling Hall
People looking at stained glass windows

A primarily 17th century mansion house, containing period furnished rooms as well as temporary exhibition space.

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.

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.

Cliffe Castle Museum and Park
Cliffe Castle Exterior © Phil Jackson

A former mansion built 1875 - 1882, now the local museum in a park.

Shipley Glen Cable Tramway
Museum - Transport
Shipley Glenn Tramway

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



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