The months of summer are approaching but if you’re not going away or jetting off somewhere then there are plenty of things happening around Bradford over July, August and September, so here’s The Bradford Review’s guide to some of the highlights. Make sure you check out the what’s on listings at the back of the magazine though, for even more events!


City Park


There are plenty of events happening in the City Park over the summer. The famous Bradford Festival returns from July 8 – 10, and will feature a range of live music performances, street theatre and food. Highlights include Nervous ‘Orse, the return of Cecil Green Arts from the ashes after this year’s mill fire, and Paprika, with their music of Eastern Europe. With lots of great workshops and many more acts to be announced, this promises to be three days not to be missed! On 14 July you can see The Royal Opera’s Il trovatore on the big screen in the evening whilst two days later on the Saturday it’s the Big City Play Day from 1pm, with lots of family activities. Later on in August the park will be taken over by the Bradford Classic 2016, with dozens of classic cars landing on Saturday 13 August from 10am. You can also bring the family to the Bradford Family Film Festival every Wednesday to see a kids’ film each week through August.




If films are more your thing then there’s the Drunken Film Fest from 25 – 30 July with film showcases and events across the city. For the theatre fans the Alhambra Theatre is showing plenty of productions over the summer months including Footloose, Gangsta Granny and Wicked. You can enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bingley Arts Centre on 18 July with fans of the Bard also served by Much Ado about Nothing at Bradford Cathedral from 21 July for three days. The Bradford Playhouse is also a great venue to visit, with Triple Entendre – Love Life and Other stuff taking place on 22 July.



If the Bradford Festival has whetted your appetite then you can enjoy more live music and attractions at the Saltaire Festival from Friday 9 September. Lots of acts are yet to be announced but singer and radio presenter Clare Teal is also down to perform. You can warm up to both festivals with the Shipley Street Arts Festival from 1 – 3 July. Slightly further afield there’s the Ilkley Summer Festival with events running throughout August with the Jazz Festival and Literature Festival also happening there, with jazz from 16 August and the Literature Festival from the last day of September.


Out and About

Bingley 2013 175If you’d like to get out and about and get some fresh air then there’s the Bingley Show at Myrtle Park on Saturday 23 July whilst Keighley gets in on the act as well on Saturday 3 September with the Keighley & District Agricultural Show at Marley Stadium. There are regular performances around the various parks including bandstand performances in Saltaire’s Roberts Park, Keighley’s Cliffe Castle and in Haworth. And if fitness is your thing why not take part in the parkrun events after Saturday at 9am in Horton and Lister Parks, and many other local parks? It will certainly help you warm up for local runs including the Leeds 10K on 10 July and, further ahead, the Bradford City Runs at the end of October. There are also Garden within a Garden events around Bradford including at Lister Park and City Park.


Live Music


If music is your thing then there’s plenty to get singing and rocking out to this summer. The third annual Ska and Reggae Festival returns to the University of Bradford on Saturday 2 July from 4pm with a range of DJs and acts including Natural Rhythm, The Indecisions and King Zepha. If blues is more your thing then there’s the Bradford Blues Club at Al’s Dime Bar on Thursday 14 July featuring the Hoodoo Operators. For fans of something a little harder and more electronic the Infest festival returns over the August bank holiday weekend featuring Pop Will Eat Itself, Atari Teenage Riot and 3 Teeth amongst many other acts. For something a little more commercial Bingley Music Live is back from 2 September with slots for Echo and the Bunnymen, Travis, Tinie Tempah, Sigma and All Saints, alongside a huge line-up of acts for all ages.


And more…

There are lots of regular events going on throughout the summer, at musuems like Bradford Industrial Museum and if the weather takes a turn for the worse you can enjoy a film at the National Media Museum or go shopping undercover at The Broadway, which also holds events during the summer. You can enjoy Sneaky Peaks at the City Hall, and explore Sunbridge Wells too when that opens this summer, alongside the new businesses on Ivegate and the great North Parade experience too whilst you’re there.

If all the above has been too exciting for you why not get a health check with the Third Annual Bradford Health Mela 2016 taking place at the University of Bradford on Saturday 24 September.

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