August in Bradford kicks off with Yorkshire Day celebrations

Happy Yorkshire Day loves! How do you know someone is from Yorkshire? They’ll tell you.

Yorkshire pride is well known and as Bradford is at the very heart of god’s own county it’s a great day to remember what makes Bradford great

We were hoping to be able to celebrate Yorkshire Day and the Eid weekend in style, however our local lockdown has unfortunately restricted our plans (not that you’d have thought that on Wibsey High Street last night). UNESCO World Heritage site Salts Mill, Bradford’s museums and the Worth Valley Railway are all planning to reopen this month and thankfully there are still plenty of online events and activities in Bradford to keep us entertained.

And Bradford yer doing us proud. We have the South Asian Heritage Month, online storytelling and poetry nights, quizzes, markets, guided walks, a death café and discos. I’ll be adding to the list, so any suggestions please do share. I’ll also post new events and activities on my Facebook and Twitter pages.

Best of Bradford:

  • BCB Radio is doing sterling work keeping us up to date with all things Bradford, they’re keen to hear from you too with your experiences in these strange times. Find BCB at 106.6fm or online.
  • The team at Visit Bradford has put together a huge range of activities and things to do on their regularly updated website.

Events in date order:

  • Bradford Cathedral’s Faith Tour Online visits five places of worship in real time on Saturday 1 August from 10am to 3.30pm.
  • Don’t miss the last weekend of the Bradford Fringe Festival goes digital with a teen take over and party on 1 August, Bradford legal heritage radio plays and a quiz!
  • South Asian Heritage Month in Bradford includes storytelling, discussions and debates on cricket, health and identity, music and cook-a-longs too!  Until 17 August.
  • The outdoor Skipton Artisan and Farmers Market and Real Food Ilkley farmers markets will be going ahead on Sunday 2 August.
  • The Virtual Death Café  is a space to come together and talk about death, bereavement and loss hosted by Bradford Cathedral, Bradford Fringe Festival, Theatre in the Mill and the University of Bradford on Tuesday 4 August 5pm-7pm.
  • Don’t miss Irene Lofthouse’s telling of The Last Ravaging Boar of Bradford at the World Storytelling Café on 5 August at 4pm.
  • Front Room Poetry hosted by Kirsty Taylor featuring Dean Atta and followed by an open mic with Bradford’s best poets on 6 August at 7pm.
  • Not Quite the Record Café Music Quiz  on 6/13/20/27 August at 8pm. Dave hosts his regular Bradford quizzes online Tuesdays and Thursdays and can deliver bespoke quizzes to your mailbox too.
  • Tenx9 bring their storytelling night online via zoom on Friday 7 August at 7.30pm – this month’s theme – regret.
  • Take a guided walk across the moors in the footsteps of the Bronte sisters with Bronte Adventures in Haworth every Saturday throughout August.
  • The Live Room in Saltaire presents a weekly live online gig every Friday or Saturday at 8pm. Tickets on the website.
  • Join the online Bradford Street Market every Thursday from 9am with the best of Bradford’s independent makers, producers and artists sharing their wares.
  • Ursula from Plant One on Me Yorkshire hosts a plant care Instagram live every Sunday at 4pm with tips on a different plant each week.
  • For T’ Culture, Social Unity evening every Thursday with the best of live poetry, music, spoken word, and theatre from traditionally underrepresented artists across West Yorkshire.
  • Front Room Disco DJ Wil Oddsox brings an eclectic range of music to your living room via youtube and Spotify every Saturday from 8pm.
  • Join the Thornwood Alpacas and Care Farm in Oxenhope for Facebook live videos, virtual zoo and their animal care online classes. The centre reopens 4 July.

Places to visit:


  • The Bradford Literature Festival has launched a range of online groups and meetups including poetry nights and a book club. Take a look at the website and sign up to the newsletter for regular updates.
  • Bradford-based theatre company Bloomin Buds has been delivering arts and crafts activities and music to isolated people and those without access to the internet. It’s also in the process of putting some of its performances and activities online too.
  • Take part in the Impressions Gallery’s Family Archives project, share your stories, photos and heirlooms during lockdown.
  • Cook with Luigi from Emporio Italia restaurant in Ilkley, sharing his favourite Italian recipes.
  • Join Us Move Play has a new website full of simple, fun activities and games to keep kids active during the lockdown.
  • Check out ICLSEducation on Instagram with creative ‘how to’ videos from origami, drawing, stress balls to face masks.
  • Cecil Green Arts has a weekly creative arts challenge #Bradfordconnects using objects around your home.
  • Hive Community Arts Bradford has a creative hour of classes via Facebook. Choose from Arabic calligraphy, painting, printmaking, pottery and woodwork.
  • The Yorkshire Film Archive has over 100 years of Bradford on film to watch for free.

Classes and learning:

  • Don’t miss Kala Sangam’s morning dance exercise classes. If you’re working from home, take a break at 10.30 every weekday with a super mini dance routine to stretch those limbs.
  • Liberty Arts Yorkshire has launched its dance classes online from tap to adult dance fit, 80s and even 50s jive. See the website for payment details. It also has free bedtime stories for children on its Facebook page.
  • Join Lloyd Thompson on Tranquil TV for his online breakdance lessons.
  • Lisa Kate Health & Fitness has moved her yoga, pilates and barre classes online. Pay weekly or monthly for different classes every day.
  • Lucy Yoga will be putting her dru yoga classes online soon. In the meantime, try out her recent youtube class.

Bradford Podcasts

  • For a very Bradford view of the world, my new podcast Know Your Place Bradford features good people doing good things in the city.
  • Novameets is presented by musician David Nowakowski speaking to the great and good of Bradford often with a sporting focus.
  • So This Works  is a podcast about work and life balance with film maker Marcus Lee of Reel Street Productions.


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