A PIONEERING festival which gets families learning together is hoping to find its most dedicated fans to help celebrate its first decade.

Venues across the city, including the National Science and Media Museum, Kala Sangam and City Park, will join forces next month to stage the 10th annual Bradford Family Learning Festival.

The theme for this year's festival is 'staying in touch', so organisers are hoping to find families who can share memories of previous years' events, particularly any superfans who have been to each festival since the first in 2008.

Vicky Clifton, head of learning and participation at the National Science and Media Museum, said: “We’ve had a great time being involved in the festival for all these years, and we’d love to hear about people’s memories and experiences, especially anyone who’s been bringing family members along since 2008.

"Please get in touch with us through Facebook and Twitter and we can share your stories.”

Families can share their memories by contacting festival organisers on Facebook at facebook.com/familylearningfestival and on Twitter at @bfdfamfest.

Since 2008, the festival has been bringing together education and culture-based organisations in Bradford to create a programme of activities and events designed to encourage families to learn together, focusing on two ‘Super Saturday’ events during the October half term.

This year the Super Saturdays are on October 21 and 28. The full programme of events will be released next month and the organisers are hoping it will be the biggest yet.

Other teams involved in putting on the festival include Bradford Museums and Galleries, Bradford Libraries, the Colour Experience, the Impressions Gallery and the Peace Museum.

It is funded by Bradford Council's Family Learning and Adult Skills service.

Sarah Odor, head of the service, said: “The Family Learning Festival is a fantastic opportunity to inspire families and adults through creative learning opportunities, thereby enabling them to develop the confidence and skills and actively engage with the wider community.”


Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council's executive member for environment, sport and culture, said: “This is the tenth festival and every year we have seen the number of people becoming involved increase, so this year we are hoping for record numbers.

"As in previous festivals there is something for everyone, be it in the wonderful City Park, a city centre venue, or in one of the libraries across the district.”