Summer in the city. What’s on in Bradford in July

Festival fever continues in Bradford this July. Don’t miss the Bradford Festival with music and theatre performances, the annual Science Festival, a classic film festival, the return of the North Parade Street Festival and summer parties and galas across the city. And check out #SparklingBradford for more of what’s on this summer.

  • The Bradford Literature Festival continues until Sunday 7 July. Saturday and Sunday have special theme days for kids with outdoor performances, cinema, activities and face painting in City Park. See my A-Z best of list for inspiration.
  • Fancy a career working backstage in the theatre? The National Youth Theatre is holding a free workshop at Kala Sangam on 3 July, 2.30pm-4pm. Open to everyone aged 11-25.
  • Singing and Talking in Tongues – find your voice, a monthly gathering for poets, singers and spoken word artists at the Brick Box Rooms on 3 July, 7pm-10pm.
  • Bradford’s first Breakfast Club event to bring people together to discuss creative solutions to city centre and high street challenges. Hosted by Wur Bradford and the Civic Society on 4 July at 6pm, with refreshments from Roswithas deli included in the £2.99 ticket.
  • Peter Rabbit will be making an appearance at the Broadway shopping centre on Saturday 6 July with story-time sessions between 11am-3pm.
  • Sign up for a night-time ghost hunt at one of Bradford’s oldest houses, Bolling Hall, on Saturday 6 July at 8pm-2am.
  • Welcome to the Jumble jumble sale and brunch at Bread + Roses cafe, North Parade. Sunday 7 July, 11am-4pm.
  • Celebrate Manningham Summer Party hosted by Mind the Gap Theatre, a free family fun day in the Lister Mills courtyard with food stalls, games, face painting, henna, a bouncy castle and street performances. Sunday 7 July, 11am-3pm.
  • Bell ringing taster session, open to all at Bradford Cathedral. Sunday 7 July 11.30am-12.30pm
  • Oxenhope Straw Race on Sunday 7 July sees fancy dress teams and serious athletes compete to race from each of the village’s pubs while carrying hay bales. From 12pm.
  • Shakespeare in the Park continues at Roberts Park, Saltaire (13/14 July) and Cliffe Castle, Keighley (6/7 July), free outdoor performances both in the afternoon and evening. No need to book, just bring along a blanket to sit on, maybe a picnic.
  • Classic film season at the Picturehouse cinema at the Science and Media Museum starts on 8 July with the 40th anniversary screening of Quadrophenia, followed at later dates by Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill 1 & 2 double bill and Jackie Brown.
  • Harold Park Gala and fun dog show – register your dog in any of the following categories: eyes that will melt your heart, waggiest tail, mini marvels and best rescue. Saturday 13 July 12pm-3pm.
  • The Bradford Festival brings live local music, theatre performances and the Made in Bradford craft fair to City Park the weekend of 12-14 July. Don’t miss Bradford legends Scarlett Heights (otherwise known as my uncle Patrick’s band) on stage Sunday 14 July 6.30pm-8pm.
  • Continuing their round the world tapas events, the Rooftop Cafe is hosting a Petite Assiette French evening with classic ‘little plates’ of the finest French food. Friday 12 July at 7pm.
  • Our Plastic Ocean – impact of plastic photography exhibition at the Impressions Gallery is open now. Meet the artist Mandy Barker on 13 July from 2pm-3pm, followed by a summer party in the gallery until 5pm.
  • The Bradford Science Festival takes place on 18-21 July with free events, demos and experiments, games and workshops for the whole family. Slime-making, space VR, life-size videogames and a 12-metre rocket ship!
  • Adults only Lates night at the Science and Media Museum to launch Bradford Science Festival with free beer from Goose Eye Brewery, music, performances, experiments, arcade games, face painting, whisky tasting and more. 18 July from 6pm. Free entry, booking recommended.
  • Wibsey Park begins its summer programme of activities on 22 July with gardening, arts and crafts activities for children, football, cricket, rugby and cycling skills classes, nature play sessions, a walking group and model boating every Sunday. Contact Wibsey Community Garden for more details.
  • Keighley by the Sea begins on 27 July at the Airedale Shopping Centre with a beach, play activities, giveaways and entertainment for kids throughout the school holidays.
  • North Parade Street Festival returns on 27/28 July with a street stage 1pm-7pm on the Saturday and a craft market, followed by smaller acoustic sets in venues on the Sunday.

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