Five Family Days Out Around Bradford in 2018 - 19/01/18

The new year is well underway and, although January is usually seen as a tough month to navigate, there is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of a host of fun family days out around Bradford you can enjoy in 2018.

From popular theatre shows to Bradford’s very own music festival, with a huge cycle race and some familiar favourites thrown into the mix, here are some family-friendly events to look forward to this year.

Bradford Family Friendly Events 2018


1)   Exhibitions at the National Science and Media Museum for 2018

As ever, the excellent National Science and Media Museum in Bradford plays host to a constantly refreshing array of fascinating exhibitions, alongside the regular galleries and collections.

Highlights include City Girls, an exhibition on until June, featuring pictures taken by photographer Nudrat Afza of female Bradford City fans. The gallery documents what it calls the “awesome highs and crushing lows” of following the Bantams.

In addition, if you get down there before the 28th January, there is an exhibition on the history of fake news, featuring hoaxes from down the years, including the Cottingley Fairies. In 1917, two young girls from the village, located between Shipley and Bingley, took photographs purporting to show them playing with fairies and gnomes. This very early form of Photoshop caused a sensation at the time and you can see the actual camera they used at the museum.

For the latest exhibition information - click here 

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2)   War Horse at the Alhambra in Bradford

From the 14th February to 10th March, the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of War Horse hits the Alhambra. This stage version of Michael Morpurgo’s novel is known for its heart-wrenching story and life-sized horse puppets. It has wowed children and adults across the world and tickets are sure to be in high demand in West Yorkshire.


3)   Tour de Yorkshire 2018 

2018’s edition of the annual countywide elite cycle race sees it extended to four days, hitting our patch on Friday 4th and Sunday 6th May.

Ilkley provides the climax of the Tour de Yorkshire stage on the Friday, with the riders testing their mettle by sprinting uphill towards the finish line at the iconic Cow and Calf rocks, high up on Ilkley Moor. Sunday’s stage works its way across the cobbles of Haworth and through the streets of Skipton as it leads the competitors between Halifax and Leeds.

The Tour de Yorkshire atmosphere is always top notch, with scores of families lining the streets and cheering on the world’s best professional cyclists as they traverse the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

Find out if the Tour de Yorkshire is coming near you...! For full route details, click here.

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4)   Saltaire Arts Trail

Taking place on the first, rather than the usual second bank holiday weekend in May this year, Saltaire Arts Trail sees the World Heritage Site at its finest. Residents of the beautiful and vibrant village open their doors to the public, hosting displays of art within the surroundings of the old workers’ cottages

In addition, there is an artists’ and makers’ fair at the Victoria Hall throughout the weekend. Saltaire Arts Trail 2018 runs between 5th and 7th May 2018 and is a great excuse to spend quality family time in one of the gems of Bradford tourism. 


5)   Bingley Music Live 2018

Beginning as part of a project by Bradford Council to promote its parks, Bingley Music Live has been around in one form or another since 1991. It is now firmly on the festival circuit, attracting 15,000 music fans and some of the biggest artists in the music business year after year.

2017’s event featured the Manic Street Preachers, Badly Drawn Boy and West Yorkshire’s very own Kaiser Chiefs and the Bingley Music Live line-up for 2018 is certain to be just as impressive.

Bingley Music Live 2018 takes place between Friday 31st August and Sunday 2nd September at Myrtle Park in Bingley. For tickets and full line up, click here.



What are you looking forward to in the Bradford area in 2018? Let us know in the comments.