Enjoy the beauty of the Bradford district during a delightful spring break! Explore Bradford, Haworth, Ilkley, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire, each offering their own distinctive experiences. Immerse yourself in a vibrant arts and culture scene with fascinating exhibitions at Bradford Museums. Stay tuned for exciting Easter events that will keep you entertained. Let Bradford inspire your imagination! Here are 10 reasons to ‘Stay and Explore’ to your heart's content:

Cartwright Lister Park

Cartwright Hall | Lister Park

1. Outdoor Adventures: Springtime is the perfect season for outdoor exploration. Enjoy the thrill and adventure of cycling with Capital of Cycling in Lister Park, Bradford. Take part in a 1.5-hour training session amidst the beauty of nature. Learn the basics and polish your skills while enjoying the fresh air. And if you feel like exploring further, The Great Northern Railway Trail in Thornton offers a scenic path through lush greenery and historic viaducts. Feel the freedom and excitement as you pedal along.

Step into spring, head to the Cow and Calf Rocks in Ilkley and you'll be rewarded with grand views and a sense of achievement. Visit Top Withens via the Brontë Connection, a must for literature lovers. Explore Denso Marston Nature Reserve in Baildon, where you can spot diverse wildlife, take a guided walk and reconnect with nature. Families can also enjoy a fun day out at St Ives Estate in Bingley, where there are walking trails and an adventure playground. So, lace up your hiking boots, dust off your bike and enjoy the spring vibes on an adventure in Bradford.

2. Beautiful Blooms:  Come and experience the alluring beauty of spring in Bradford. Immerse yourself in a vibrant kaleidoscope of blooming flowers and plants. Discover the green flag awarded Lister Park with its magnificent carpet of crocuses and tranquil boating lake. Explore Middleton Woods and Northcliffe Woods for a glimpse of fragrant bluebells. Marvel at the splendid daffodils along the River Wharfe in Ilkley and be enchanted by the fragrant herb border at NT East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley. And for cherry blossom lovers, Bolling Hall, Cliffe Castle Park, and The Grove in Ilkley are a must-visit! 

3. Easter Egg Hunts: Hop into the Easter spirit with a traditional egg hunt at Harold Park in Bradford, where the whole family can enjoy donkey rides and an Easter Bonnet Parade.  Visit NT East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley for an Easter adventure with wellie wanging, hula hooping, egg and spoon races and more. One thing is for sure - you will have an egg-cellent time! So, grab your baskets, put on your bunny ears, and get ready to celebrate Easter.

Easter © National Trust Images

East Riddlesden Hall | Keighley © National Trust Images

4. Glorious Markets: Looking for a food adventure this spring? Discover the culinary delights of Real Food Ilkley and Baildon Farmers Market, where you can savour the finest local and home-made produce, highlighting the unique flavours of Yorkshire. From artisanal bread to farm-fresh meat and cheese, these markets are a haven for foodies!  And Bradford Markets has all the seasonal fruit and veg needs for a delightful spring feast.
5. Family-Friendly Events:  Springtime in the Bradford district means non-stop fun for the whole family! Art enthusiasts will love the Saltaire Arts Trail, while thrill-seekers can't miss the Bradford Super Soapbox Challenge and Ilkley Carnival. And for those who love the outdoors, Bingley's Challenge Festival offers a combination of outdoor cinema and live music.

6. Easter Brunch: Enjoy a scrumptious Easter brunch at charming cafés and restaurants in the district. Explore Haworth Main Street Cobbles and Clay café for pottery painting. Indulge in charcuterie and cheese boards at Pavé or opt for a bottomless brunch at The Old Registry. For a traditional English afternoon tea, visit The Midland and The Great Victoria hotels. Escape to the picturesque Wharfedale Valley in Ilkley and visit Bettys Café Tea Rooms. The dog-friendly Cow and Calf Country Pub and Restaurant offers seasonal food and beer. Try fusion dining at Don't Tell Titus in Saltaire or Copper and Moss in Shipley for a wide range of breakfast and brunch options.

Afternoon Tea at the Midland Hotel Bradford

Afternoon Tea at the Midland Hotel | Bradford

7. Cultural Experiences:  The Bradford district is full of cultural and historical treasures, including museums and art galleries. Explore the vibrant art scene at Salts Mill in Saltaire, where you can admire David Hockney's extraordinary artwork in the Arrival of Spring exhibition. Visit Cliffe Castle Museum & Park in Keighley to see the exquisite decorative arts and enjoy a relaxing walk in the Victorian park with a delicious afternoon tea in the Pavilion Cafe.  See Anish Kapoor's mesmerising sculpture 'Turning the World Inside Out' at Cartwright Hall in Bradford. Experience exciting events and activities at Ilkley Manor House, including an exhibition of paintings by Dudley Edwards. From customising cars and furniture to painting murals for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Edwards' talent knows no bounds. Don't forget to mark your diary for the arrival of the award-winning musical Wicked in Spring 2024, presented by Bradford Theatres at the Alhambra Theatre.  It will be a fantastic season, full of art and entertainment.

The Arrival of Spring by David Hockney

The Arival of Spring by David Hockney | Salts Mill

8. Shopping Spree: Spring is a great time to update your clothing and home decor. The Bradford district offers a variety of shopping opportunities. If you prefer well-known brands, visit The Broadway in Bradford, home to stores such as M&S, Next and H&M. You can also explore Ilkley along The Grove and Brook Street, where you will find stores such as Oliver Bonas, Jigsaw and White Stuff. For a more unique shopping experience, visit the charming village of Haworth with its independent boutiques such as Oh La La and Lighthouse Lane. Saltaire is home to Radstudio, Serendipity and Salts Mill, a converted mill with shops, galleries, and The Home Shop. Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and discover Bradford's shopping scene. You might discover some gems!
9. Scenic Rides: Springtime magic awaits you this Easter as you explore the picturesque Brontë countryside on the Bronte Bus. Go on a beautiful journey through the rolling hills and moors to capture beautiful moments of spring.  Step back in time and experience the allure of the bygone era of steam trains at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (KWVR). The KWVR offers an unforgettable journey on a heritage steam train, transporting you to a world of steam, whistles, and the rhythm of the rails. For a peaceful break amidst tranquil countryside and blooming wildflowers, head to Shipley Glen Tramway near Saltaire. Don't miss the sweet shop, café, and cosy pub at the top.
10. Quality Time with Loved Ones:  Springtime in the Bradford district is the perfect backdrop for creating precious memories with your loved ones. 🌼✨ Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, this vibrant city offers endless possibilities. Stay and explore the wonders of Bradford this spring! 


Saltaire Arts Trail
Art Exhibition
Saltaire Arts Trail 2023:© Karol Wyszynski

Experience the Saltaire Arts Trail! Discover the work of top Yorkshire artists, makers, and designers in Saltaire and Shipley. Don't miss the Saltaire Makers Fair and MAKE IT Bradford creative market.



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