May days and much else in Bradford this month


With two bank holidays in May you’re spoilt for choice in Bradford this month with lots going on in the district. Brave the weather, enjoy the blossom and bluebells, get your shorts on, summer’s almost here.

  • The Tour de Yorkshire passes through Skipton and Haworth for its final stage on Sunday 5 May.
  • Skipton’s annual Waterways Festival runs over the entire 5-7 May weekend with narrow boats lining the basin and surrounding towpaths.
  • Free Wonderlab shows for children at the Science and Media Museum throughout the bank holiday weekend.
  • Real Food Ilkley farmers market returns on Sunday May 5th, 10am-3pm.
  • Bradford Industrial Museum celebrates its Grand Day Out on Monday 6 May with model aircraft, flight simulators and small aircraft flights, 10am-4pm.
  • Bingley Walking Festival takes place on Monday 6 May. Led by experienced guides there are five walks to choose from for all ages and abilities.
  • Veg on the Edge in Saltaire hold their regular gardening sessions every Wednesday at 6pm. Contact them for more details of how to support their ‘plant, pick and eat’ ethos.
  • Bingley Camera Club hosts the annual Yorkshire photography exhibition at the Bingley Arts Centre from 4-19 May, 10am-4pm daily.
  • Bradford City of Film continues its series of Screen Talks with TV producer Rebecca Parnell who has worked on GPs Behind Closed Doors, Top Gear and more. Thursday 9 May, 6pm.
  • Visions of Bradford tells stories from Bradford direct from the people who live here at the Kala Sangam Arts Centre on 10 May at 7.30pm and 11 May at 2.30pm.
  • A Memorial Service remembering the 56 Bradford City football fans who died in the Valley Parade fire disaster in 1985 will take place on 11 May at Centenary Square at 11am.
  • ‘What Does a Future City Look Like?’ Latest Café Scientifique talk at Bradford University’s Theatre in the Mill, 16 May at 6.30pm.
  • The famous Haworth 1940s weekend returns on 18 and 19 May with costumes, music, dancing and singalongs.
  • Public Square Lecture at Bradford Cathedral with Bishop Rowan Williams ‘What does national identity mean these days?’ 20th May, 3pm-5pm.
  • Lantern lit ghost tour of the Bradford Police Museum and cells on 23 May at 7.30pm.
  • This year’s Saltaire Arts Trail takes place over the weekend 25-27 May. The village opens its homes and public spaces to display work from new and established artists.
  • The open air cinema season begins with Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody at Horsfall Stadium on 24 May. Doors open at 7.00pm.
  • Superheroes and princesses on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway on 29-30 May. Follow the superhero trail and ride in Cinderella’s carriage.
  • And don’t miss Black Teeth and a White Smile, a new play about the life of Buttershaw playwright Andrea Dunbar, based on Adelle Stripe’s brilliant novel. It begins its run at The Ambassador pub on 30 May until 8 June.

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