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11:00am Saturday 7th December 2013
Otley Victorian Fayre tomorrow is a fun family day out with upwards of 17,000 people attending this free event. Street entertainment includes stilt walkers, Morris dance troupes, fire artists, school singers, dancers, bell ringers and brass bands. There will be food on offer, as well as cafes and public houses offering a warm place to sit and eat. There are traditional music organs at various points around the town and donkey rides and Santa’s reindeer.
9:02am Monday 4th November 2013
Experience the impossible as escapologist Antony Britton displays one of his most dangerous stunts that he has ever created at City Park on Saturday. Never seen before by the public, Britton brings his underground escape Lucifer's Chamber at 6pm. There will also be live bands and DJs and magicians performing.
9:21am Monday 21st October 2013
On Sunday, at 9.30pm the Bradford City Run will start and finish in City Park, following a route up around Bradford University. There will be an option to run 5kms, 10kms or a half marathon and chip timing will give runners accurate timings.
9:31am Monday 7th October 2013
8:58am Monday 9th September 2013
Planet Circus is coming to Peel Park from Wednesday to Sunday with a spectacular new show featuring amazing acts in a fun show for all the family, and with clown Chico Rico in charge of the laughter, this is a family experience not to be missed.
9:17am Monday 13th May 2013
A row of back-to-back terraced houses which chart changes in family life over a century has opened at the Industrial Museum in Eccleshill. The Gaythorne Row workers’ cottages offer a window into the home life of workers through the decades from the 1870s to the 1970s and tell the social history of Bradford by showing the changes in people’s living conditions during that time.
9:05am Monday 22nd April 2013
9:31am Monday 8th April 2013
Alpacas, Victorian-themed tram rides and the workings of the historic Wurlitzer organ are some of the attractions this weekend in Saltaire, when the village celebrates the International Day for Monuments and Sites with its annual World Heritage Weekend. Activities on the Leeds Liverpool Canal include how to harness a horse to tow a barge. On Sunday, there will be talks, videos and exhibitions. Saltaire Shops Trail on Saturday from 1pm offers the chance to follow the clues and find out more about the village. Shipley Glen Tramway will be manned by attendants in Victorian dress on both days and there’s a Canal Boat exhibition and children's activities at Saltaire Village when you can visit the former working canal boat Kennet and see and exhibitions on bygone times.
8:59am Monday 11th March 2013
Fancy being a time detective? Well you can at the Archaeology Fun Day, at the Phoenix South-West Building at Bradford University. A mixture of ‘drop in’ activities and taster sessions for all the family, as well as an assortment of workshops including archaeology-inspired art; Kidz Digz; Medical Mystery – discover how disease can be identified from old bones; CSI: South Pennines – help unravel the clues at a crime scene; Rock ‘n’ Roll, when you can find out about the rocks that shaped our landscape, with flint knapping demonstrations, together with local archaeology and history societies marketplace and Meet the Vikings! The free workshops run between 11am and 3pm, and booking is advised.
9:19am Monday 18th February 2013
On Friday, from 10.30am to 2.30pm the Civic Big Brew will take place in the banqueting suite at City Hall, with all proceeds to Cancer Support, Bradford and Airedale. Browse the stalls with lots of ideas for Easter and Mother’s Day, or just enjoy a cuppa with a scone or cake. The Book People will also be there and Health and Beauty students from Bradford College will be offering a selection of treatments.
9:07am Monday 28th January 2013
If you’re a fan of Strictly Come Dancing, then you’ll love this show at St George’s Hall, when Brendan Cole will be dazzling audiences with his brand new show, Licence to Thrill on Saturday. Brendan and his cast of 20 musicians and dancers will take you on a journey of music and dance in a spectacular night of entertainment.
9:49am Monday 21st January 2013
This Saturday you can browse up to 40 stalls of vintage loveliness for you and your home including 1940s tea dresses, 1950s prom gowns and jewellery, accessories, homewares and collectables from the 1920s to the 1980s, at Saltaire Vintage Home & Fashion Fair at Victoria Hall, Saltaire from 9.30 to 4pm.
8:46am Monday 29th October 2012
Youngsters can get into the Halloween spirit with a free giant haunted house, face-painting, and a trick-or-treat trail at the Haunted Half-term event at Heckmondwike market from 10am and 3pm, tomorrow. For details, call (01484) 223730.
8:48am Monday 6th August 2012
10:47am Monday 18th June 2012
Next Friday is Positive Bradford day in the City Park and Centenary Square when we have a chance to celebrate all that is good about our city. There will be stalls, music and entertainment in the heart of Bradford, so go along and celebrate being a Bradfordian.
9:38am Monday 19th December 2011
Five days ahead of its general release, the IMAX cinema at the National Media Museum is one of only four UK cinemas showing Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, starring Tom Cruise (pictured) as Ethan Hunt. For further information or to book, visit national mediamuseum. org.uk.
9:05am Monday 28th November 2011
York has a brand new Winter Wonderland where you discover the magic of Christmas, and jolly elves will guide you through a magical world, packed with festive fun for all the family. Open in Bustardthorpe Field, at York’s Knavesmire (racecourse) until Christmas Eve. Also in York until tomorrow is the York St Nicholas Fayre, which sees the city come alive with Victorian costumed traders, carol singers, local produce and gifts.
8:45am Monday 26th September 2011
For the first time, children’s TV’s favourite Numberjacks comes to the stage at St George’s Hall. Join the TV superheroes as they leave the sofa and embark on their first live adventure. The Numberjacks TV series won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Pre-school Educational Programme two years in a row, acting as a building block for young children to learn about numbers, shapes and sizes in a fun and exciting way. This is a wonderful introduction to theatre for children of all ages. The Live Show has all the fun, comedy, music and excitement from the TV show, and lots more! Numberjacks is on today at 11am and tomorrow at 11am and 4.30pm.
9:34am Monday 5th September 2011
The heartwarming rags-to-riches musical, Annie makes a welcome return to the Alhambra Theatre from Tuesday to Saturday. Annie's adventure, from Miss Hannigan's orphanage to the luxurious home of Oliver Warbucks, is a story that has been told all over the world for decades. Su Pollard reprises her role as the dastardly Miss Hannigan and there’s a memorable score including It's A Hard Knock Life, Easy Street and of course the legendary Tomorrow.
10:45am Monday 27th June 2011
The Oxenhope Straw Race next Sunday is so popular that last year the organisers had to turn some teams away. The race has gone from strength to strength, raising more than £300,000 for charity through teams in fancy dress carrying bales of straw, collecting sponsorship as they race from one pub to the next.
9:29am Monday 20th June 2011
Guiseley Art Club is holding an exhibition and sale Saturday and Sunday at Guiseley Methodist Church Hall, Oxford Road, Guiseley. Admission is free. The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm, Saturday, and noon to 4pm on Sunday.
9:37am Monday 13th June 2011
If mods, rockers, Lambrettas, Quant, and the Beatles evoke fond memories, then Haworth is the place you should be next weekend. The village will come alive with the sound of scooters, motorbikes, minis and other vehicles cruising in for the weekend’s festivities. There will be live music on Main Street, a record ‘hop’ and a themed dance on Saturday night – as well as other street performances and re-enactments. The STAR centre from the Keighley Campus of Leeds City College will be hosting a marquee where children can build rockets, test drive miniature all-terrain buggies, and have their faces painted.
9:15am Monday 6th June 2011
The Tenth Fantastic Films Weekend at the National Media Museum takes place from next Friday to Sunday. This is the UK’s fastest-growing festival dedicated to horror, fantasy and sci-fi cinema and television – a must-see event showcasing a disparate line-up of classic chillers, sci-fi shockers, fantasy epics, vintage TV shows and rarely-seen gems from the vaults. For more details on the festival, visit the website nationalmediamuseum.org.uk.
8:00am Saturday 28th May 2011
During the May bank holiday weekend, the UNESCO World Heritage village of Saltaire is hosting the fifth Saltaire Arts Trail. Residents of the village’s Grade II-listed houses will be opening their kitchens, living rooms, hallways and bedrooms to become unique gallery spaces displaying some of the finest arts and crafts from across the region. The Maker’s Fair is a unique shopping experience, with more than 40 quality designers and makers selling hand-made items. There’s also plenty to keep little hands busy, with activities ranging from felt-making to den-building. They’ve even got what is possibly the world’s smallest cinema!
9:07am Monday 16th May 2011
Some of the most famous models from the history of fantasy cinema will be on display at the National Media Museum in Bradford from this month. Medusa from Clash Of The Titans (1981), Talos and a skeleton, both from Jason And The Argonauts (1963), were all created by master of stop-motion animation and special effects Ray Harryhausen (pictured left), and will go on show in Bradford on Thursday. They will be displayed alongside examples of Harryhausen’s artwork for the films. The display area, outside Insight, the National Media Museum’s Collection and Research Centre, will not only feature a selection of Harryhausen’s models, storyboards and drawings, but also provide an indication of why and how a museum acquires such a collection. The theme of the display will change regularly to showcase different aspect of Harryhausen’s work. The first, Mythology, runs until October 2011.
8:58am Monday 9th May 2011
Bring back the spirit of camaraderie at Haworth’s 1940s Weekend, which runs from next Friday to Monday. The GIs and the boys in blue will be in town, with re-enactments, jive dancing, vintage cars and plenty of people in costume. It’s a great day out for the whole family. There are dances on the Friday night to kick of the weekend at the community centre and also on Saturday, with a big band and DJ, at Victoria Hall, Keighley. Entrance to Main Street, £1 minimum donation. Dance tickets are available on 07811 213716.
8:59am Monday 4th April 2011
This year marks the centenary of Bradford City’s FA Cup-winning season. An exhibition at the Industrial Museum, Eccleshill, illustrates how the team, officials, supporters and the wider community played their part in arguably the most famous and popular triumph in Bradford’s history – a victory made even more remarkable by the club becoming the very first recipient of the-then new trophy, designed and produced by Fattorini’s of Bradford.
9:04am Monday 14th March 2011
As all dedicated film buffs will know, The Bradford International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday at the National Media Museum. The festival will showcases a multitude of cinematic experiences, including premieres, previews and old favourites. Special guests visiting Bradford during the 11-day event include Monty Python legend Terry Gilliam and actress Claire Bloom. Visit nationalmediamuseum.org.uk.
10:43am Monday 7th March 2011
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at the Alhambra Theatre offers a thrilling and evocative journey through London during the Second World War. This dazzling production, which runs from Tuesday to Saturday, is both a moving tribute and a testament to the spirit of London during a time when every second counted and lives were changed forever.
8:44am Monday 21st February 2011
Celebrate the magic of animation this half-term at the National Media Museum. Explore a world-class animation collection and get involved in free family events every day. For one week only, the much-loved Magic Carpet returns, when using the magic of green screen technology you can take a ride through starry night skies.
8:53am Monday 14th February 2011
8:46am Monday 31st January 2011
The Saltaire Antiques & Collectors Fair, Victoria Hall, Saltaire, next Saturday, has up to 25 stalls of quality antiques and collectables. Admission is £1 on the door, so go along, have a good browse and find something special for your home or your collection.
9:41am Monday 10th January 2011
With seven floors of galleries to explore, a spectacular five-storey-high IMAX screen, two cinemas and a packed programme of events, there’s something for everyone at the National Media Museum. Younger members of the family will enjoy watching The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (3D), while older children would probably prefer Tron: Legacy IMAX 3D.
8:39am Monday 25th October 2010
Grand Central is operating a ghost train on Thursday with all proceeds to the Pakistan Flood Appeal. The trip will feature an evening of ghostly goings-on, spooky tales, scary songs and lots more. The train will leave Bradford Interchange at 6.35pm, arriving back at 9.30pm and tickets cost £10 adults, £4 children and £20 for a family. They can be bought at Bradford Visitor Information Centre, or by calling (0903) 633307.
9:50am Monday 13th September 2010
Next Friday to Sunday the Yorkshire Event Centre at the Great Yorkshire Showground will be ablaze with colour when the Autumn Flower Show takes over. Top growers will be on hand with their produce, while the Fodder Cookery Theatre will have demonstrations from local chefs. The Garden Roadshow will be answering your gardening questions and the garden photography competition is returning once again. With plenty for all the family, including competitions, entertainment, food and shopping, the show runs from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
9:10am Monday 23rd August 2010
* From its Broadway beginnings to the classic film musical, the rags-to-riches story of Annie, as she swaps a New York orphanage for the luxury home of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, has always been one to warm the heart. Leading a star cast, the hilarious Su Pollard stars as the dastardly gin-soaked Miss Hannigan. With a memorable score – including, of course, Tomorrow – and a side-splitting script, this is a perfect treat. Annie is on at the Alhambra from Tuesday to Saturday.
8:41am Monday 16th August 2010
Next Saturday and Sunday, the eighth annual Scarecrow Festival takes place at Cullingworth Recreation Ground, with proceeds shared between Manorlands Hospice and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Scarecrows will be on display from 10am to 4pm on both days. Pick up a programme for £1 from any shop in Cullingworth, or visit the information centre in the Village Hall. You can also board the free minibus which does a regular tour of the exhibits around the village.
8:47am Monday 9th August 2010
Celebrate British soaps with a week of family fun at the National Media Museum. From Monday to Sunday you can make a soap star mask, present the BBC news, watch as the TV studio comes to life as a scene is produced from EastEnders, test your knowledge of British soaps, make your own TV advert or animated soap scene. You can even create a soap soundtrack. Booking is required for some of these workshops. Telephone 0870 70102000.
8:36am Monday 2nd August 2010
The Bingley Show has been drawing in the crowds for more than 140 years. This year’s event in Myrtle Park, Bingley, is on Sunday, August 8, and the organisers will no doubt produce another great day out for all the family. The animals, the crafts, the flowers, the vegetables, and all the marquees and stands which create a great Agricultural show will be there. The show starts at 9am and closes at 6pm. For more information, go to bingleyshow.co.uk.
6:13pm Friday 23rd July 2010
Are you more Indiana Jones or Time Team? Would you prefer to be a Tudor or a monk? Raid the dressing-up rail on Tuesday and find out in the fantastic remains of Kirkstall Abbey, near Leeds, which is hosting part of the Festival of British Archaeology, which runs until August 1.
10:20am Wednesday 21st July 2010
8:40am Monday 5th July 2010
* Ever watched the likes of Jason Manford or Ross Noble on telly and thought, ‘I could do that’? If you fancy yourself as a stand-up comic, get yourself down to the Open Mic Night at Delius Arts and Cultural Centre. The sessions for budding comics are held every second Thursday of each month at the German Church on Great Horton Road, now transformed into a thriving arts centre. The next session is on Thursday at 8pm. Anyone who wants to give it a go will have the use of a microphone, a stand and an audience. The rest is up to you... For more information ring 07966 526220 or visit deliuscentre.org.uk * Three flickering 16mm films on the theme of withdrawal from consumer society form part of Ben Rivers’s photographic exhibition, On Overgrown Paths. To watch the films, shot with an old Bolex camera, visitors have to go inside three ramshackle huts assembled from discarded wood and salvaged building materials. On Overgrown Paths runs at the Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, until September 5. Admission is free.
8:39am Monday 21st June 2010
The exhibition 107 Not Out, at the Industrial Museum, Eccleshill, is a fascinating celebration of the rich and glorious history of the internationally-renowned Bradford Cricket League. A must for any cricket lover, there are photographs and memorabilia featuring some of the great names to have played in the league, such as Sir Jack Hobbs, Sir Leonard Hutton and, more recently, Matthew Hoggard. The exhibition runs until August 15.
8:38am Monday 14th June 2010
Grassington Festival is celebrating its 30th birthday in style this year with world-class music and arts, set in one of the prettiest places in the Yorkshire Dales. Running until June 26, it’s packed with music, theatre, comedy, film and visual arts. During the first week you can watch – and take part in – the Grassington Go-kart Hill Climb or be enchanted by Black Voices and Festival Chorus tomorrow. On Tuesday, there’s gentle jazz at the Devonshire, or an Audience with Alastair Campbell. Enjoy the beer-tasting on Wednesday, while Thursday sees Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band entertaining. There’s street theatre next Saturday, brass on the Green on Sunday, as well as Fascinating Aida. For full details, check out the website at grassington-festival.org.uk.
8:30am Monday 7th June 2010
* It’s Bradford Mela next weekend at Peel Park – and that means lots to see and do, from educational play activities for children, to crafts, sports, food stalls, music and dance. Admission is free and the event runs from noon to 8pm each day.
8:55am Monday 24th May 2010
Take a tour of the herb garden at East Riddlesden Hall next Thursday with the gardener-in-charge, then enjoy a herb pot-planting demonstration followed by a soup-tasting in the tearoom. Booking for the event, which runs from 7pm to 9.45pm, is essential on (01535) 683800.
8:33am Monday 17th May 2010
* Next Saturday’s Otley Show, at the Bridge End showground, is the first agricultural show in the county and is thought to be the oldest one-day show in the country. Every year an average of 12,000 visitors plus exhibitors attend to enjoy watching or exhibiting a variety of farm and domestic animals as well as produce, handicrafts, floral and farriers.
8:40am Monday 10th May 2010
Why not pay a visit to one of the district’s attractions? There are plenty to choose from with free museums like Cliffe Castle in Keighley; The Industrial Museum in Eccleshill, or the National Media Museum where you can check out the exhibits and then catch a film in 3D.
11:52am Monday 29th March 2010
11:06am Monday 15th March 2010
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