Discover the Bradford district full of excitement and endless entertainment choices. Explore the beautiful landscapes, delve into the area's rich heritage, and immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural scene. Uncover the history by visiting attractions such as Bolling Hall Museum and Cliffe Castle Museum & Park. And of course, you can’t miss the delicious cuisine, from traditional British dishes to tantalising international flavours. Join us in 2024 for an unforgettable adventure with our curated list of 24 must-do activities in the Bradford district.

Cartwright Hall Lister Park (c) Phillip Jackson

  1. Enjoy events - 2024 is set to be an exciting year with a range of events and activities for everyone to enjoy. Don't forget to save the date for the 10th anniversary of the Bradford Literature Festival, a week-long celebration of literature featuring renowned authors and passionate readers. Explore the charming village of Saltaire and admire unique artwork from local and international artists at the Saltaire Arts Trail. Food enthusiasts will be delighted by the Ilkley Food & Drink Festival, where you can indulge in a variety of delicious cuisines while enjoying entertainment. For those seeking something quirky and eccentric, the Haworth Steampunk Weekend promises a fun-filled adventure with Victorian-inspired costumes and activities. So, mark your calendar and get ready for these fantastic events!
  2. Soak up history - Bradford has a rich history rooted in its wool trade. For centuries, the city was at the forefront of the wool industry, Today, visitors can step back in time and learn about this fascinating history at the Bradford Industrial Museum.  But the history of Bradford's wool trade doesn't end there. Just a short drive away from the industrial museum is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire. This model village was built in the 19th century by Sir Titus Salt.
  3. Let the bus take you on an adventure - Explore the picturesque Yorkshire countryside on the Brontë Bus in Haworth. This bus route takes you through the charming village of Haworth. As you ride along, you'll pass by rolling hills and stunning landscapes that have inspired some of the greatest literary works of the Brontë sisters. If you want to see even more of this stunning region, then a METRO saver ticket is your best bet. With this ticket, you can hop on and off various buses and explore the many gems of West Yorkshire.
  4. Explore and visit more museums - One activity that should be on your list is visiting more museums in the Bradford district. With its rich history and diverse culture, the district is home to some of the most fascinating museums. One museum that should not be missed is Bolling Hall, a beautiful 14th century manor house. Another must-visit is Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley, which showcases a stunning collection of art and artifacts from around the world. And for all the literature lovers out there, a trip to The Brontë Parsonage Museum is a must, where you can step into the world of the famous Brontë sisters and explore their lives and works every weekend in January. 
    Brontë Parsonage Museum

  5. Indulge in the local flavours - Bradford is renowned for its Indian cuisine, and you can't miss the opportunity to savour the city's famous curry. With lots of authentic Indian restaurants to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice. From rich and creamy korma to fiery vindaloo, there's something to please every palate. The aroma of spices and the sizzling sound of the tandoor oven will surely entice you as you step into one of these restaurants.
  6. Find adventure in every corner - For those seeking a challenge, head to Clip ‘n Climb in Ilkley where you can test your skills and strength with their indoor climbing walls. For a different kind of adrenaline rush, head to Hover Kart Mania in Queensbury for some go kart racing. Put your driving skills to the test as you zip around the track and compete against friends and family. And for a dose of nostalgia, visit Flashback Arcade in Bradford where you can relive your childhood memories with classic arcade games from Pac-Man to Space Invaders. But the adventure doesn't stop there – there are plenty of other indoor pursuits to choose from, such as trampoline parks, escape rooms, and laser tag. So why wait? Plan your next adventure-filled day and make the most of all the exciting indoor activities.
  7. Lace up your running shoes - Challenge yourself go for a run take part in the parkruns in Roberts Park in Saltaire or Myrtle Park in Bingley. These weekly runs are open to everyone, whether you're a seasoned runner or just starting out. The beautiful surroundings of these parks will make your run even more enjoyable. And if you're feeling up for it, you can also sign up for the Bradford 5K in Lister Park. This event brings together runners from all over the city for a fun and challenging run.
  8. Find your creative spark – at Salt Pots in Saltaire or Cobbles and Clay in Haworth for pottery painting. Explore Mrs Duttons Wondrous Workshops in Ilkley or The Craft House in Bingley for knitting and crochet classes. Tyro Studios in Shipley offers various events and workshops for lifestyle activities. These workshops are perfect for all skill levels and provide a chance to learn, connect, and relax.
  9. Sip, savour and relax with afternoon tea - Treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea and discover a tranquil spot to unwind in the Bradford district. The Midland Hotel and The Great Victoria Hotel offer a lovely atmosphere with their grand interiors, while The Mercure Bankfield in Bingley and The Craiglands in Ilkley offer a rural setting to enjoy the delicious flavours of pastries and sandwiches made with the finest local ingredients.
    Afternoon Tea at the Midland Hotel

  10. Escape into a story – Discover Bradford's literary treasures by immersing yourself in the works of local authors. From the Brontë sisters' timeless classics to J.B. Priestley's thought-provoking social commentary and AA. Dhand's thrilling crime fiction, the city is home to exceptional literary figures. Explore the must-read classics like 'Jane Eyre' and 'Wuthering Heights', as well as Priestley's renowned works such as 'An Inspector Calls'. Don't miss out on Dhand's gripping novels featuring Detective Harry Virdee, offering a unique perspective on the city.
  11. Rock the night away – Experience the vibrant entertainment scene of Bradford with live gigs and concerts. Choose from a variety of venues like St George's Hall with its stunning architecture and great acoustics. The Live Room Saltaire offers an intimate atmosphere, while The Topic Folk Club is at the Groove Pad in Shipley and hosts open mic nights. Don't miss the incredible tribute shows at the King's Hall in Ilkley. Look out for the upcoming Bradford Live, a new music venue in the iconic art deco building formerly known as the Bradford Odeon. Enjoy an unforgettable night out in the Bradford district.
  12. Go on a camping adventure - From city lights to starry nights: Embrace the outdoors with a camping trip to Haworth or Ilkley.  Whether you prefer pitching a tent at Clarion Lodge campsite or Upwood Holiday park, or treating yourself to a glamping pod, you will be surrounded by serenity. If you desire a more luxurious getaway, Faweather Grange near Bingley offers romantic log houses with private outdoor hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and elegant four-poster beds. It's time to pack your bags, disconnect from the world, and discover the breathtaking beauty of the Bradford district.
  13. Indulge in some retail therapy - Explore the shopping wonders of the Bradford district! Ilkley is a shopper's paradise, with a varied selection to suit all tastes. The Grove offers boutique shops and cosy cafés, where you can find luxurious fashion and unique home decor. Saltaire's independent stores showcase handmade jewellery and locally sourced goods. Haworth's Main Street is full of unique gifts. For those who prefer popular brands, Bradford boasts a variety of high street shops to satisfy your desires. 
  14. Hop aboard a steam train - The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is a must-visit destination for all steam train enthusiasts. This charming heritage railway takes you on a journey back in time, as you chug through the picturesque villages and rolling hills of the Yorkshire countryside. The experience is truly magical, with the sights, sounds, and smells of the steam train evoking a sense of nostalgia.
    Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

  15. Discover the best open-air markets - Check out Ilkley Real Food at the Grove and Baildon Farmers Market, rated as one of the finest in the UK and the best in Yorkshire! These open-air markets are a food lover's dream, with a wide variety of delicious street food options. You'll be surrounded by fresh produce, artisanal goods, and mouth-watering dishes from local vendors. Whether you prefer savoury or sweet, there is an irresistible option for every palate. Make it a monthly activity to uncover delightful, innovative flavours that will leave you craving for more. Coming soon in 2024, the Darley Street Market in Bradford will be your ultimate shopping, socialising, and cultural hub. 
  16. Catch the action - Watch live sports and experience the excitement at the Odsal Stadium for the Bradford Bulls Rugby League games and at Valley Parade for the Bradford City Football Club matches. Whether you're a die-hard fan or simply seeking a fun day out, these stadiums are a must-visit. Cheer on the Bulls and feel the adrenaline rush with every tackle, try, and conversion.  If you're a football enthusiast, join the passionate fans at Bradford City and soak up the electric atmosphere with the Bantams.
  17. Pack your basket and explore - Enjoy the beauty of nature with a picnic with friends or family in Bradford District Parks. Choose from a variety of Green Flag parks such as Lister Park, Roberts Park, and Cliffe Castle Park, each with their own unique charm.  Whether you prefer the panoramic riverside views of Roberts Park in Saltaire or the splendour of the neo-Gothic Cliffe Castle Museum at Cliffe Castle Park in Keighley, there is something for everyone. Find a comfortable picnic bench where you can relax, recharge, and immerse yourself in the beauty around you.
  18. Enjoy movie night in the first UNESCO City of Film - To immerse yourself in cinematic heritage, visit Keighley Picture House, a charming independent cinema that has captivated audiences since 1913. Looking for more than just blockbusters? Ilkley Cinema offers live broadcasts of popular plays and musicals as well as the latest films. If you have young children, the family-friendly The Light in Bradford is perfect, with special screenings for little ones.
  19. Find the history beneath your feet - Experience the thrill of Haunted Haworth Ghost Tours, a guided walk through the historic village of Haworth. Hear spine-chilling stories and explore haunted locations with an expert guide. For nature lovers, the Denso Marston Reserve at Baildon Nature Walks offers the chance to discover diverse wildlife and learn more about the local flora and fauna. History buffs will enjoy Toothill Tours, a fascinating journey through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire. Put on your hiking shoes and set off on an extraordinary adventure. 
    Toothill Tours

  20. Pedal your way to fun - Embark on an exciting cycling tour with a choice of routes from Saltaire along the Airedale Greenway Route 696 and immerse yourself in the area's fascinating heritage. Enjoy an exhilarating ride on the Great Northern Railway Trail Route 69 and admire breathtaking countryside views from the magnificent viaducts. In Bradford, the Canal Road Greenway offers the perfect mix of industrial history, nature, and the soothing waters of the canal.
  21. Discover the art of craft beer - Spend a delightful afternoon at Saltaire Brewery on the brewery tour. Learn about the brewery's history and brewing process, meet the brewers, and enjoy a tasting session of award-winning craft beers. Knowledgeable staff will guide you through the flavours and aromas.  If you discover a beer you adore, you can even purchase a few bottles to take home.
  22. Book theatre tickets - Get ready for two highly anticipated shows, Wicked and Disney's Aladdin, at the renowned Alhambra Theatre in 2024.  Prepare to be captivated by the magical performances and extraordinary sets that these productions are known for. Additionally, the district boasts a variety of incredible venues that are worth a visit. The Ilkley Playhouse, Keighley Playhouse, and Bingley Little Theatre offer a wide range of shows, from classic plays to contemporary comedies. For a unique and culturally enriching experience, check out the Kala Sangam roadshow, which showcases South Asian arts and culture. Explore all the exciting theatres this district has to offer and make a night of it!
  23. Light up your evening - Experience the magic of Bradford Cathedral's candlelit concerts, from the timeless classics of The Beatles to the soulful melodies of Elton John and the electrifying melodies of David Bowie, brought to life in a breathtaking and tranquil setting.
  24. Plan your ‘Stay and Explore’ Bradford – Discover the best of Bradford on an exciting itinerary tailored to your interests, whether it's art, outdoor adventure, or food. Grab a map and get ready to visit the Bradford district's must-sees.




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