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Be Bradford Inspired

Make every day sparkle this summer …. be inspired by the Bradford district and plan amazing days out and fabulous experiences with family and friends all summer long.

Whether you are planning a visit to a museum or attraction, looking for details of the latest events or wanting to enjoy some retail therapy you’ll find lots of ideas and inspiration for the whole Bradford district.

Stay connected on socials, let us know what you've been up to and share the creativity: tag @visitbradford #SparklingBradford

What's On

Events are back! Bring some sparkle to your summer with a day out to remember.

Look out for Summer Unlocked a family-friendly programme of free cultural and sporting events and activities taking place across the Bradford District throughout the school holidays.   

Plus events across the summer at National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, Summer in the Courtyard at Ilkley Manor House and park events hosted by Bradford Literature Festival and lots more.

Summer Family Fun

Get the most out of the summer holidays at the National Science and Media Museum.

With two brand new exhibitions, live shows in Wonderlab, big screen adventures and much more there's something for all the family.

Please book a free ticket before your visit.

Teddy Bears Picnic

If you go down to your library today, you’re sure of a big surprise… your little one and their favourite teddy (or two!) will have a lovely time at these exciting family events. Entertainment will be provided with interactive storytelling, crafts and much more! Why not bring along your own picnic blanket, snacks and drinks?

Our Teddy Bear Picnics will take place outside to adhere to library guidelines on Covid-19 safety. Please book early to avoid disappointment

Summer in the City

Sparkling street entertainment, film and exciting exhibitions there’s lots to do this summer in Bradford.

 The Broadway shopping centre are hosting a Summer of Fun including character meet and greets every Wednesday and Thursday. 

Bradford BID are celebrating 7 Saturdays of Summer with animation across the city centre.

Love Exploring Dinosaur Safari

Have you been on a Dinosaur Safari? This Summer Holiday why not take the kids for a fantastic day out at Bradford Parks to track down our prehistoric pals? Simply download the Love Exploring app for free and use the interactive map to find the dinos.

The free app includes educational games, quizzes and information along the guided route. 

Summer of Fun

The Broadway invites you to enjoy a Summer of Fun with an epic line up of character meet and greets to keep your little ones entertained during the summer holidays! Families can book a session to meet their favourite characters from Hey Duggee and Peppa Pig, to The Minions and The Trolls.

Every Wednesday and Thursday from 28 July until 2 September, there will be a different exciting character for kids to meet, greet and take a show-stopping selfie with! Free events, book now!

The Bradford Family Film Fiesta

Enjoy the Bradford Family Film Fiesta this August in the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, at numerous pop-up screenings across the district.  See blockbuster films such as Moana and The Lion King, as well as the beautiful and thought-provoking Song of the Sea and the award-winning Arabic language film Wadjda.

Rainy Days In - Some of the most creative and entertaining activities
Bradford Museums Virtual Exhibitions
Visit Bradford has teamed up with Bradford Museums to bring you virtual exhibitions. See the incredible detail of highlights from the photographic archive, while discovering the stories behind them in ways never experienced before.

Highlights Include:

Being Young in Bradford - Online Content

Lad Wi' Camera - The Early Photography of Christopher Pratt.
Bingley Camera Club is proud to present Keighley in Focus
Tales from the Belle Vue Studio
'Up & Away' Rural Landscapes in C.H Wood's Aerial Photography

Ger creative! Find lots of online ‘You Inspire Me To…’ activities, which can be done at home. 

Explore with Visit Bradford Podcast
Welcome to the 'Explore with Visit Bradford' Podcast, fascinating virtual tours of local attractions.  The new Explore with Visit Bradford Podcasts is a magazine-style series with five episodes, each focusing in on a specific area.  Keen arm chair travellers can explore Bradford, Haworth, Ilkley and UNESCO World Heritage Site Saltaire with Heart Radio’s John Foster.
Stay safe, stay inspired - we look forward to welcoming you back.