Bradford in the Springtime, what’s on in March

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Cast ne’er a clout till … February be out? You’re supposed to wait until May to risk venturing outside without a coat in Yorkshire, but spring is definitely in the air and there’s plenty to enjoy out and about in Bradford this month:

  • For the best views of the city, the Bradford Eye ferris wheel will be at City Park until 10 March. It’s inspired some beautiful photos too. Take a look here.
  • Bradford Beer Festival at Victoria Hall, Saltaire all this weekend (1-3 March) with over 130 beers, 20 ciders, perries and fruit wines so there’s a bit of something for everyone. There’s also food, stalls and live entertainment.
  • Don’t miss your chance to have a sneaky peak at the newly renovated St George’s Hall, the oldest concert hall still in use in the UK. Saturday 2 March from 11am-3pm. Bradford Civic Society will also be unveiling the Hall’s new blue plaque at 10am.
  • Nature photowalk at St Ives Estate, Bingley organised by the Impressions Gallery. Saturday 2 March, 12.30pm–1.30pm, booking required. Visit the site for details.
  • The monthly Bradford Faith Trail restarts on Saturday 2 March (first Saturday of every month). A one mile walk visiting five different places of worship, finishing off at the Cathedral. A free vegetarian lunch is also served at the Gurdwara. Places are limited, to reserve your spot contact maggie.myers@bradfordcathedral.org, or call 01274 777720.
  • Join the Ivegate Mini Mardi Gras on Saturday 2 March from 12pm organised by Sunbridge Wells, the Old Crown, Bar 39 and the Brick Box Rooms with live music, DJs, food, drinks and mardi gras costume making.
  • Bradford’s Fairtrade Fortnight begins with a fairtrade train ride in support of Haworth village, the first fairtrade village in the world, Saturday 2 March 11.15am at Oxenhope Station. There’s a fairtrade breakfast at Bradford Cathedral on Sunday 3 March at 8.45am-9.45am and a fairtrade guided walk between Thornton and Haworth on Saturday 17 March starting at 9.30am from St James Church, Thornton.
  • Annual Visit My Mosque day on Sunday 3 March, where mosques around the country will be opening their doors to people of all faiths and none to build bridges across communities. Find out which mosques in Bradford are taking part here.
  • Bradford City of Film is hosting a special event Lights, Camera, Equality in honour of International Women’s Day. A panel of screenwriters, film makers and producers share their experiences. Monday 4 March at 7pm. Tickets are free and available here.
  • Take a break from the costumes and celebrate World Book Day on 7 March by visiting your local library. Lots of free events and activities for children across the district. Find out what your local library has planned here.
  • What Are Your Favourite Bradford Spaces? Drop into Bread + Roses cafe for a chat and a free pancake on Tuesday 5 March, 5pm–7pm. Bradford-based artist Andy Abbott wants to find out more about Bradfordians’ favourite meeting and socialising places as part of the upcoming ‘Above The Noise’ exhibition at the National Science and Media Museum (starts 15 March).
  • Annual Spring Stream Gala at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway 8-10 March. Real ale onboard and behind the scenes tours available.
  • Bradford’s Military Heroes tour of Undercliffe Cemetery on Saturday 9 March at 11am. Learn more about the Bradford men who received the Victorian Cross.
  • Wife selling talk at the Bradford Industrial Museum. Find out more about this unusual Victorian practice in Bradford and Yorkshire on Sunday 10 March, 1pm.
  • Adults only museum Lates at the Science and Media Museum. This month’s theme is Hooked with films, comedy, experiments, talks and more. 14 March from 6.30pm-9.30pm.
  • Keighley Comic Con returns to the Victoria Hall, Keighley on 16 March with special guest actors, comic characters, competitions, magic shows and best of all a giant Ghostbusters Mr Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!
  • St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Bradford are led by the wonderful Scarlet Heights and Patrick Sherry at the Ginger Goose in Centenary Square from 9pm on Saturday 16 March and from 4pm on Sunday 17 March.
  • Bradford Cathedral has a bell ringing open day for those who want to try something new and learn more about the history of the Cathedral’s WWI bells on 23 March 10am-3pm.
  • Classic Spanish tapas night at the Rooftop Cafe on 29 March at 7pm. To book a table email info@therooftopcafe.com or call 07729211932

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