For a short month there’s definitely a lot to love in Bradford this February. Jenna Greenwood’s print seems to sum it up: Bradford Love It – Don’t Leave It. Seems appropriately pink for Valentine’s Day too.
For those in romantic mood on the 14th:
- The Royal Shakespeare Company brings Romeo and Juliet to the Alhambra Theatre.
- Sunbridge Wells has a special VIP night planned at their venues for you and your significant other, with food, wine and entertainment included. Don’t miss their independent traders markets every Friday and Saturday throughout February too.
- The Brickbox Rooms are hosting Queer Shorts and Stories with a night of short films and a Valentine’s show and tell from 7pm.
- Special screening of Dirty Dancing at the Picturehouse Cinema at 8.30pm.
For the rest of us, (I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day with me mum watching comedian Mark Thomas defend the NHS) there’s plenty of other things to keep you occupied. As always in Bradford there’s the unusual (see potato day) to farmers markets, beer festivals and bands – a bit of something for everyone.
- Yapas Night – the best of Yorkshire tapas at the Rooftop Cafe on Friday 1 February, give them a call and see if there are any tickets/tables left! From 7pm.
- Storytelling night at Speakers Corner, where 9 people have up to ten minutes to tell a real story from their lives. February’s theme: Love Bradford. Friday 1 February, 7pm. 4 Ivegate, Bradford.
- The Lest We Forget Roadshow comes to Bradford on Saturday 2 February. If you have any WW1 artefacts that you would like to discuss, share or preserve to the online archive, go along to City Hall between 11am – 3pm where experts and historians will be on hand to identify and record objects.
- Yoga and meditation classes continue every Saturday at the Kala Sangam Centre at 10am, suitable for any level.
- West Yorkshire Organic Group are holding a Potato Day at Shipley College, Saltaire with 40 types of potato on sale, seed exchanges, talks by experts on growing potatoes, stalls and a veggie cafe. Saturday 9 February, 10am – 2pm.
- Bring Back Blaise Wool Festival at the Industrial Museum celebrating Bradford’s wool heritage with stalls selling textiles, spinning and weaving demonstrations, food, a pop-up pub, choir, brass band and even alpacas. Sunday 3 February 10am – 4pm.
- The Yorkshire Games Festival is a five-day event at the Science and Media Museum celebrating games development with industry experts, careers advice, networking, demos, testing new games, workshops and activities for kids. From 6-10 February.
- Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair at Bradford Cathedral on Saturday 9 February with vintage clothes, accessories, collectables, tea and cake on proper china and a beauty salon too. 11am – 5pm
- Clayton Community Cinema is screening Ken Loach’s classic film Kez at the Village Hall, Saturday 9 February at 1.30pm.
- My lovely cousins, Uncle Dad, are playing at the Underground Bradford on 9 February.
- Family willow weaving workshop at Cliffe Castle Sunday 10 February 11am – 1pm (fully booked but check for any cancellations)
- Try your hand at dry stone walling at the Horton Community Farm on Wednesday 13 and Friday 15 February, 10am – 3pm. Sign up at the link above to volunteer.
- St George’s Hall reopens to the public after its refurbishment on 15 February with Barbara Dickson in concert.
- Café Scientifique at Bradford University are holding one of their monthly science based talks on Thursday 21 February. This month’s theme: ‘What your hair says about you’. 6.30pm Theatre in the Mill.
- Need ideas for activities with the kids? Check out Visit Bradford’s list of what’s on over half term.
- Join the three-hour workshop ‘Write that novel’ at Bread + Roses cafe and learn from three authors how to turn your brilliant idea into a bestseller. 23 February 10am – 1pm
- Beat and the Pulse takeover Bread + Roses cafe for a Thai inspired three-course meal on Saturday 23 February at 6pm. Book tickets while you can: www.facebook.com/events/391645471639377/
- Farmers Market at Chapel House, Low Moor with veggies, bread, cakes, jams and pickles. Sunday 24 February from 10am
- Need to look after your gut? Plenty at the Square cafe in Thornton will be running a sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir making workshop on Monday 25 February. Call 01274 832752 to book.
- The Bradford Beer Festival begins on 28 February – 2 March at Victoria Hall, Saltaire with over 30 beers, 20 ciders, perries and fruit wines plus food and live music. Local breweries include EYES, Ilkley Brewery and Old Spot Brewery.