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We have pulled together some of the most positive, creative, helpful, interesting and entertaining activities to keep you going over the coming weeks.

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Fun Things to Do

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

Starting in December and running through to March 2021, LIT will see light installations shine from varied locations across the district such as front gardens, shopping centres and mill rooftops.

The exhibition will include around half a dozen large-scale light artworks and installations from creatives and around 26 smaller-scale exhibits.

A winter programme of light in unusual places across Bradford & district.

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Saltaire Living Advent Calendar

1 – 31 December, daily from 4pm - Saltaire Village

The Saltaire Living Advent Calendar has been a feature of our village since 2006. Each year windows in Saltaire homes are illuminated with a festive scene with at least one scene being ‘opened’ daily from 1st of December until 24th December and then remaining to view throughout the month. With extra windows in some of the shops and businesses in the village opening on the 1st of the month, along with a special artist commission in Salts Mill window, there is lots to see right from the beginning!

Windows are also posted daily on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 

Not Just Hockney

A range of artwork chosen by local artists is the focus of the latest big screen exhibition at City Park, Bradford.

Over the years 'Not Just Hockney' has been a staple in the Big Screen daily schedule, sharing the work of hundreds of artists from across the district with visitors to the city centre.

The Magic of Christmas in Haworth

Take a magical trip to the village of Haworth this winter to see the cobbled Main Street full of twinkling lights, from a display on the church steps to almost one hundred Christmas trees all the way down the famous hill. 

Highlights Include:

  • Late night shopping on 10th December, including the Brontë Parsonage Museum shop.
  • The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway ‘The Elf Express’ every weekend in December.
Christmas Exhibition

The Bingley Gallery

Current Exhibition:
19 Nov to 24 Dec

The Christmas Exhibition features new work of some vibrant local scenes from Jane Fielder, many featuring Bingley itself. There are also more delicate studies of wildflowers.

Peeping In

Come and look through the windows of the magical light installation at the ground floor of the medieval Manor House in the centre of Ilkley.  Opening on Saturday 12 December 2020 at 4pm – 10pm and then light every day from 4pm – 10pm until 3 January 2021.

Help us make a winter wonderland (2nd Nov 2020 - 29th Nov 2020) make the Manor House a winter wonderland in December. Here are some templates to make paper snowflakes. 

Ilkley Manor House, Castle Yard, Ilkley LS29 9DT

Festive Film Season
The National Science and Media Museum’s Pictureville Cinema has something for the whole family to enjoy this festive season.  Highlights of the festive cinema programme will include screenings of The Polar Express (2004) in IMAX 3D; It’s a Wonderful Life (1946); Elf (2003); Home Alone (1990); The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992); A Christmas Carol (2020); and both the Bolshoi and Royal Opera House performances of The Nutcracker.
A Yorkshire Nativity
A Christmas story with a difference. Join Ilkley Playhouse for the familiar story told through the eyes of 2020.  A series of monologues will be presented by the main characters at intervals across the Ilkley Riverside Gardens and finishing in the Manor House Courtyard.  Groups will be a maximum of 25 to ensure good distancing, but the whole event takes place in the outdoors for your safety.  Tickets available soon.
Days In - Some of the most creative and entertaining activities
Diwali Story by Balbir Singh Dance Company
Here’s a brand new short video for children and families from Bradford-based Director and Choreographer, Balbir Singh. This beautiful film and workshop explores the stories behind Diwali - the festival of light!
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.

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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. 

Virtual Tour of the Alhambra Theatre
Take a look around the Alhambra Theatre and learn a little about this venues rich history.
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.
Bradford Cathedral

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 activities.

Launching Soon

• A video every day from 29th November, incorporating the ‘Bradvent Calendar’ from the 1st December, premiering on our YouTube channel, website and social media, covering music, reflections, crafts, how to make a Christingle and much more.

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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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.