October makes you feel better about staying in, but let’s make sure we make the most of what we can do

The nights are drawing in, fires are being lit, leaves are falling from the trees, October makes you feel better about staying in.

And as the Covid restrictions continue in Bradford with events postponed or cancelled (including my own planned pop-up Bradford Street Market!) I think we’re going to have to get used to this new normal, certainly for the month of October. So we’ll have to look for and make the most of those things that we can do. It’s a great time to get out and about and make the most of Bradford’s beautiful countryside in all its autumn glory and thankfully there are still lots of online events and some outside activities in Bradford to keep us entertained too.

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.

Events in date order:

  • Bradford Cathedral’s Faith Tour Online visits five places of worship in real time on Saturday 3 October from 10am to 3.30pm.
  • The outdoor Skipton Artisan and Farmers Market and Real Food Ilkley farmers markets take place on Sunday 4 October.
  • Libraries Week runs from 5-10 October with lots of online events and activities from author talks, workshops and story time sessions for children.
  • The annual Widescreen Weekend returns to the Pictureville Cinema featuring classics such as Kill Bill, Mad Max and American Graffiti. From 9- 11 October at the Science and Media museum.
  • Dine in style on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway on board the railway’s two 1930s Pullman Parlour Cars with brunch or afternoon tea on 10 and 24 October.
  • For T’ Culture evenings feature a series of Black History Month specials every Thursday throughout October at 8pm celebrating the contributions, history and stories of African & Caribbean people in the UK.
  • Tedx Bradford presents Countdown as part of the TED day of global gatherings discussing solutions to climate change “turning ideas into action” on 15 October from 4pm-7pm both in person and online.
  • Join the online Bradford Street Market on 15 October (Halloween special) and 29 October featuring Bradford’s best independent makers, producers and artists sharing their wares. 9am-5pm.
  • The Impressions Gallery’s annual Photobook Fair is online this year with virtual stalls, talks and workshops. 17 October, 11am-4.30 pm.
  • Cafe Scientifique‘s monthly online discussion “details to be announced”  in conjunction with the Science and Media Museum on 22 October September at 6.30pm-8pm.
  • The first ever Bradford Intercultured Festival begins on 23 October with a series of inter-community talks from people who have made Bradford their home. Topics include women’s rights, sport, theatre and comedy. The festival runs until 31 October.
  • Ilkley Literature Festival goes digital the weekend of 24-25 October. Details of the programme to be announced 8 October.
  • Oktoberfest with beer and bratwurst at the new Crafted Bradford kitchen and bar on North Parade. Runs all month.
  • The Live Room in Saltaire presents a weekly live online gig every Friday or Saturday at 8pm. Tickets on the website.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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.
  • 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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