The Magic of Summer: Bradford District Summer Guide

in Bradford

Experience a lively summer in the Bradford district with outdoor events and activities for the whole family. Enjoy the Bradford Literature Festival, the Lexus Ilkley Trophy Tournament, the Bradford Dragon Boat Festival in Saltaire, and Summer Steam at Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

From workshops at Bradford Museums to performances at local theatres, and fun in district parks, there are lots of summer highlights to experience. Come, ‘Stay and Explore’ everything that Bradford has in store for you.

Cliffe Castle Museum & Park

Discover the captivating history and cultural heritage of the Bradford District this summer! Immerse yourself in the wonders of Cliffe Castle Museum, where you’ll find fascinating artefacts spanning thousands of years.

Uncover the threads of Bradford’s industrial legacy at the Bradford Industrial Museum and be amazed by the rich heritage of Bolling Hall Museum and Ilkley Manor House. Lose yourself in the literary world of the Brontë Parsonage Museum, where the stories of these literary legends come to life. The Bradford District is a treasure trove of history, culture, and heritage that will leave you in awe.

Discover More: NT East Riddlesden Hall

Shakespeare Plays under the Summer Sky

Step into the world of Shakespeare this summer in Bradford! Enjoy vibrant outdoor theatre performances in gardens and historic parks. Highlights of the summer season include The Taming of the Shrew in the stunning setting of Roberts Park Bandstand, the laughter of The Comedy of Errors at Bradford Cathedral, the tragedy of Hamlet at NT East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley, and the unique Bard in the Yard by Ilkley Players.

Whether you are a seasoned Shakespeare enthusiast or new to the world of theatre, the outdoor Shakespeare performances in Bradford provide an accessible and exciting way to experience the magic of the Bard.

Book Tickets: Bracken Hall House

Inspirational Itineraries

Bradford district is the perfect destination for an amazing summer escape. Whether you’re in search of thrilling adventures, cultural experiences, or simply some relaxation, Bradford has it all. You’ll find a wide range of accommodation options in Bradford, from cosy guesthouses to luxurious hotels, catering to every budget and preference.

The city centre boasts modern hotels, while the delightful suburbs offer a peaceful atmosphere with charming boutique B&Bs and self-catering apartments. Once you’ve settled in, Bradford reveals a treasure trove of attractions and activities, ensuring a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

To make the most of your summer stay, consider these inspirational itineraries:

  1. Culinary Delights on a Foodie Break: Indulge in a gastronomic adventure in Ilkley, where you can explore a variety of dining options to satisfy your taste buds.
  2. Journey Through Time on a History and Heritage Break: Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Saltaire, and historic sites that tell the stories of bygone eras.
  3. Embrace the Beauty of Nature on an Outdoor Adventure: Hike through stunning landscapes and cycle along the scenic trails of Brontë Country.
  4. Family Adventure: Explore Bradford Museums that ignite curiosity and spark imaginations.

Stay and Explore: Bradford 2025 – Announcing ‘UK City of Culture Catchup’

Bradford 2025 has collaborated with local radio station BCB to launch a monthly radio show called ‘UK City of Culture Catchup’. The show will connect listeners to the people behind Bradford 2025 and offer an exclusive insight into what they are doing for the UK City of Culture.

The first episode is out now: Featuring Creative Director Shanaz Gulzar, Brand Producer Jack Lynch, and Assistant Producer Eddie Bond.

Celebrating Culture and Art: Bradford 2025

Get ready to be amazed this summer in Bradford! Join us for a series of UK City of Culture events, including a breathtaking parade on Saturday, 24 August. Follow the scarlet giraffes as they lead a vibrant procession of performers, musicians, and an opera singer through the city centre.

Plus, don’t miss the incredible solo exhibition by Osman Yousefzada at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and Lister Park.

Related Accommodation

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Hollins Hall Hotel, Golf & Country Club

Hollins Hill, Bradford, BD17 7QW, United Kingdom

Bradford Apartments

29 Brearton St, Bradford, BD1 3ED, United Kingdom

Holiday Inn Express Bradford City Centre, an IHG Hotel

The Leisure Exchange, Vicar Lane, Bradford, BD1 5LD, United Kingdom

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