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We know our district sparkles with cultural delights and now more than ever we want you to enjoy them. 

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”
JB Priestley
Know before you go! Autumn is here and we can start to discover places to go on our doorstep, as long as we follow UK Government advice and enjoy autumn safely.

Looking for something to do in Bradford?

Thornwood Alpacas
Alpaca trekking, where Peru meets Bradford. This unique experience lets you
take alpacas on a relaxing walk through the Brontë countryside. The experience includes an alpaca talk, demonstrations, photo opportunities and feeding time. As well as a steady journey through the fields up to the Haworth moorland.  Book Now!
Bingley Gallery
Local artisit David Starley has joined with three other artists to present a tree-inspired exhibition at The Bingley Gallery.  During lockdown many artists were able to use their time creatively and unsurprisingly the local environment provided much inspiration.
Bronte Adventures
Visit and fall in love with Haworth.  Take a socially distanced guided walk with Bronte Adventures - Book a 5 mile guided Haworth walk across the moors taking you to all the key Brontës landmarks.
National Science and Media Museum

Tne National Science and Media Museum in Bradford is  ow open.  please book free museum admission or cinema tickets online in advance.

Come and think like a scientist at Wonderlab Live! See live demos and discover new adventures in the science of light and sound.

Pictureville screen will reopen on Thursday 17 September 2020, and the IMAX and Cubby Broccoli screens will open on Friday 2 October.

'Back in Steam' Summer
Plan ahead and make the most of your visit to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. As part of a phased reopening, pre-booked return journeys use private compartments. These seat 1-6 people, and on Sundays operating vintage and First Class stock rarely used on the Railway. >>Pre-book tickets.
Bahamas Locomotive Society / Rail Story
The Bahamas Locomotive Museum (The Engine Shed at Rail Story) at Ingrow West Station on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway will reopen to the public on Sunday 2nd August. The Mayor of Keighley will perform a short re-opening ceremony at 11am to welcome visitors back. Visitors can join guided tours (bookable on site on the day) at half hour intervals through to the closing time at 4pm. The museum will open every Sunday in August from 11am till 4pm. All safety and social distancing measures will be in place.
Ilkley Manor House

The Manor House will be reopening on 5th September, we encourage visitors to book their tickets and time slots in advance via Eventbrite.

In the meantime look at ‘Inside Out’, activities and points of interest for all age groups. Find a selection of self guided walks to explore landscape and heritage.  Walks begin and end at the Ilkley Manor House and there's a puzzle trail perfect to keep the family entertained. On a fine day enjoy the Riverside Walk, walk past the Riverside Hotel on the river side path and continue over the small bridge
over the stream to Paradise Park before the large bridge.

Listen to Professor Mike Dixon to learn about the history of the Ilkley Manor House.

Listen to Roman Olicana, about the Manor House, Roman fort and the gardens in the courtyard.

Salts Mill, Saltaire

Salts Mill complex will be open every weekend (Friday to Sunday) throughout September, with a number of social distancing guidelines.

Its opening hours each day are: Salts Diner, 1853 Gallery, book & poster shop open 9-4 Fri; 9-5 Sat & Sun. 

Need more info on what’s going on? See RE-OPENING: FAQS

The Brontë Parsonage Museum
The Brontë Parsonage Museum and shop is now open. Going forward admission to the Museum will only be by the purchase of a timed ticket via 'on-line pre-booked ticketing system'.
Impressions Gallery
Impressions Gallery delighted to be re-opening on 2 September 2020 with a new exhibition, Seedscapes: Future-Proofing Nature. Premiering at the gallery before moving on to galleries in Exeter and Scotland. The exhibition features the work of five artists responding to global efforts to save plants from extinction.
Ilkley Literature Festival

Looking for something to unwind to on an evening at home? Check out Ilkley Literature Festival's Audio from the Archive, featuring some fantastic audio recordings and discussions on popular reads.

The Live Room at Saltaire
A series of online gigs from The Live Room, Saltaire.  TLR Live Online is broadcast each weekend, with UK, US and Australian acts lined up.  For details and tickets to support live music.
Bradford Literature Festival
Watch previous Bradford Literature Festival events on demand. More than 30 new films and interactive workshops have been created, featuring children’s authors, storytellers and poets, focussing on National Curriculum objectives, whilst also being fun and entertaining. 
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Virtual Cliffe Castle Museum
Cliffe Castle Museum has a feast for your eyes with their new virtual reality tour.

The home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield, has been meticulously scanned and brought to life in a digital immersive environment. 

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Summer Days
Bradford Museums Photo Archive, a selection of seasonal images, sultry days of summer. It features images from several collections, mainly C.H. Wood and photographs taken by Bradford Heritage Recording Unit.
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Quiz Time!
It's time to get your thinking caps on! Let's test your theatre history knowledge of the Alhambra Theatre Performing arts.
St. George's Hall Virtual Heritage Trail
Grade II* Listed St. George's Hall reopened in February 2019 after an extensive refurbishment. The Heritage Learning Officer has since curated numerous tours to share the rich history of the building to as many people as possible - and now you can explore St. George's Hall Bradford from your own home.
Virtual Tour of the Alhambra Theatre
Take a look around the Alhambra Theatre and learn a little about this venues rich history.
The Brontë Parsonage Museum
While you're waiting for the Brontë Parsonage to reopen, check out news and What's on at The Brontë Parsonage online.
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Bradford Cathedral

We've assembled a selection of things you can do whilst at home with a Bradford Cathedral theme.  Take a 360-degree tour of the cathedral and join in with weekly children activities - Online Children's Space.  We'd love to see your creations!

Do you love to sing? For the first time ever, Bradford Cathedral Choir is hosting virtual voice trials

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Storytime & Rhymetime

Join Bradford library staff virtually for a fun filled storytime for your little ones to enjoy. Every Friday at 10am online. Stories so far have included The Gruffalo, The Wonky Donkey and many more favourites.

Missing your rhymetime? Now you don’t have to. Have a great sing a long time with Sue BC and Bookstart Bear every alternate Tuesdays at 10am online.

Go to Library Storytime & Rhymetime Online.

Inspire a Love of Reading
There are lots of things you can do with your child to inspire a love of reading. Catch up with all 20 things to do with a child when you’re not at a library before you are five.
Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge

Can you beat the challenge! Learn five rhymes with your child and receive a certificate. Check Out the Rhyme Challenge.

Bradford Libraries will begin a phased reopening of services over the coming weeks in line with the latest public health advice.

Fun From NT East Riddlesden Hall
Delve into the National Trust garden shed of fun activities for the kids throughout summer. Explore things to do, games to play and recipes to bake. There's lots to be done outdoors in nature or indoors on a rainy day.
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JU:MP (Join Us: Move. Play)
The programme aims to inspire, energise and support children and families to increase physical activity levels through movement and play.
Bradford Revealed
Precious objects, special places, things that spark a memory! This is #BradfordRevealed, an online gallery of precious objects with a connection to Bradford. It's going to be very special, find out how you can get involved.