Things to do in Bradford During the Summer Holidays
Bradford has a wide range of events available over the summer holidays plus a selection of good places to visit. These have been selected with budgeting and making them affordable in mind.
The National Media Museum
The National Media Museum is a highly interactive museum. Containing an IMAX cinema screen, it once focused solely on TV and Film. The Museum has seven floors, over which it has exhibitions and galleries centred on its huge archive. Over the summer, there are special family workshops. The IMAX shows a variety of films. The summer special started last Friday and is a must see for fans of Star Trek. You can find details of this on their website. There is a fee for watching films at IMAX. The Media Museum is a five minute walk from Bradford Interchange and a ten minute walk from Bradford Forster Square.
In the English Civil Wars, Bolling Hall was a stronghold for the Royalists during the Siege of Bradford. There are parts of the building that date back even further, into the medieval era, making it one of Bradford’s oldest remaining buildings. The Hall has been restored and is set out as it would have been during the seventeenth century. Events take place throughout the year relating to the history of the Hall, the myth of the Bolling Hall ghost and workshops on other topics. Admission is free. The Hall is not fully accessible due to its age. Museum website.
If you’re a visitor to the area and want to kick back and relax before a show, between visiting sites or just fancy a drink before searching out one of Bradford’s famous curry houses, then Centenary Square is one good option. It has a range of bars, cafes and restaurants and a water feature which is enjoyed – mainly by children – on warm days. The square is in central Bradford, next to City Hall.
Bradford Industrial Museum
Bradford was once the wool capital of the world, and this museum, a mile out of the city centre, has plenty of proof of that. At this museum, it isn’t so much galleries as shop floors. There are full looms, different types of engines and a plethora of other smaller artefacts from the glory days of the wool trade. There is also a series of reconstructed houses covering a number of periods. The museum is home to Horses at Work. Museum website.
The Alhambra Theare
The Alhambra Theatre is one of the north’s best theatre venues. It hosts numerous major artists along with promoting uL and coming artists and local talent through it’s partnerships and workshops. There are too many acts coming to Bradford over summer to list – so it is worth looking at the Alhambra website’s what’s on page.