Free Family Days Out in Bradford - 27/03/17
The school holidays are just around the corner and that means you will soon have to conjure up a fortnight’s worth of entertainment for the kids whilst attempting to keep your bank manager happy too. Don’t worry, though, we can relieve the stress and save you few bob with these suggestions for fantastic free family days out in Bradford.
National Science and Media Museum
One of the brightest jewels in the city’s crown has always been the stunning Media Museum, where the fascinating displays expertly chart the history of TV, film and video games and successfully enthral both adults and children. No mean feat.
If you don’t mind shelling out a couple of quid, you could while away the hours watching a movie in one of the three screens, including the awe-inspiring IMAX. After all, Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. However, it is perfectly possible to fill an entire day exploring the museum’s eight floors without spending a single penny.
The venue was recently rebranded as the National Science and Media Museum, meaning that, along with the historic computer games and extensive TV and film memorabilia, your little ones can immerse themselves with the newly-opened Wonderlab interactive exhibit. The museum promises “live experiments and extraordinary experiences” aimed at bringing the science of sound and light to life.
Essentially, your children will be learning without even realising it during their holidays. Everyone’s a winner!
Your kids will be looking to release a whole term’s worth of pent-up energy and where better to do that than in the gardens and open spaces of Lister Park? Situated in Manningham, this stunning attraction has won the Green Flag award, which recognises excellence in British public parks, for 13 years in a row.
Pack a picnic and bring along your tennis equipment or basketball kit and enjoy the great outdoors just a mile from the bustle of Bradford city centre. There is a bandstand featuring regular live music performances, children’s play areas and, if you are brave, you could even take the family out in a boat on the lake.
In addition, the beautiful centrepiece of the park, Cartwright Hall, offers the chance to view fascinating sculptures, take part in fun craft activities and, from this summer, you will be able to peruse a host of works from one of Bradford’s most famous sons, David Hockney. It’s also a good place to seek refuge if it starts to rain.
City Park is an entirely different prospect from Lister Park, but is another great place to allow your children to let off steam.
Right in the middle of Bradford, City Park plays host to the Mirror Pool, the UK’s biggest urban water feature. There are a hundred fountains to enjoy throughout the day, with laser lights illuminating the sky at dusk and an impressive 100 foot water cannon.
The cooling mist from this award-winning attraction is a real bonus on a hot day in West Yorkshire, taking the edge off and making it the perfect place to get away from it all, particularly if you have spent the morning shopping at the Broadway centre.
There is also the bonus of free Wi-Fi at City Park, meaning your family can enjoy themselves without having to succumb to every modern child’s greatest fear – being without internet access!
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