Festivals and Major Events in Bradford in 2013
A Guide to the best Festivals and Events taking place in Bradford in 2013
Bradford is a city deep with history, architecture and with nearly 300,000 people living there is a lot larger than you would initially think. The Bradford region itself stretches all the way as far as Skipton and Grassington and it is in the Aire Valley that many of the city’s major festivals take place. The city centre itself is now prospering with a number of hotels recently opened, and the centre has been reinvigorated with the newly built City Park. Bradford also boasts a world heritage site in Saltaire village and the home of the Bronte sisters in Haworth. We give a rundown of the top 5 festivals taking place in Bradford this year as well as listing all the others taking place.

Bingley Music Live

Bingley Music Live is a music festival that is held annually on the first weekend after the August Bank Holiday. The festival takes place in Myrtle Park which is located in the village of Bingley. The festival is organised and run by Bradford Council and takes place from Friday to Sunday. Some of the bands who have previously played at the festival include Chase & Status, Razorlight, The White Lies, Maximo Park, James, The Editors, Doves, Ocean Colour and The Happy Mondays. The festival is one of the best value festivals anywhere in the UK with a weekend ticket costing around £45 for all 3 days.

Bradford International Film Festival
The Bradford International Film Festival is one of the largest Film Festivals in the UK and takes place annually. The festival takes place at the National Media Museum and several other venues across the city. The festival is organised by the National Media Museum and has been running since 1995. The festival features a mixture of films, documentaries, guest speakers, awards, masterclasses, workshops and special events. The 2012 festival featured over 200 short and feature films including 50 premiers.

Saltaire Festival
The Saltaire festival is an annual festival which takes place in September in village of Saltaire. The first Saltaire Festival took place in 2003 to celebrate 200 years since the birth of Sir Titus Salt. The 2012 festival ran over the course of 11 days and features a wide range of entertainment. The main part of the festival takes place on the final weekend. The central point of the final weekend festival is the continental food market which takes place across the streets near Victoria Street. As well as the continental market on the final weekend there is also a beer festival, Curry Festival, craft fair, bands of the piazza stage and many more attractions. In 2001 Saltaire Village was awarded the status of a world heritage site.

Grassington Festival

The Grassington festival is now in its 32nd year and offers a wide range of events such as Jazz, Folk, Classical music, celebrity evenings, exhibitions workshops and theatre. The festival takes place across various locations in the Yorkshire Dales village of Grassington. The 2012 festival runs from June 15th to 30th. The name for the main marquee events is called Festival in the field and this has run for a number of years. The festival features a mix of free and chargeable events with Billy Ocean already been confirmed to provide the grand finale to the festival. Tickets for the chargeable events can be purchased through the official Grassington festival website.

Bradford Festival
Blending the most successful elements from past events, the new Bradford Festival brings a vibrant, colourful and multicultural programme of the very best international, British and local theatre, art, music and dance right into the heart of the city. Be amazed and moved by incredible, cutting edge British street theatre by Without Walls. Acrobats, dancers, actors and singers fuse disciplines producing spontaneous, surprising and beautiful experiences. Delve into great exhibitions, fringe events, arts markets and food stalls, workshops and participation events. On Sunday, the New Mela is a colourful fusion of international culture, community and food. The first Bradford Festival is set to be fun for the entire family.

Below is a list of all other Festivals taking place in Bradford this year

Cleckheaton Folk Festival
Woodfest Music Festival
Raise Your Banners
Beacons Festival
Summer Saturnalia

Food & Drink

Oxenhope Straw Race
Devonshire Arms Food festival

Arts Dance & Literature
Saltaire Arts Trail
Bronte Womans Writing Festival

Theatre Comedy & Film
Bradford Animation Festival

Rugby Rocks


Scrolling the Holly
Bradford Christmas Market
Haworth Christmas Market
Grassington Dickensian Festival
Skipton Yuletide Festival
Clayton Dickensian Festival

Bradford Mela
Haworth 60’s Weekend
Bingley Agriculture Centre
Haworth 40’s Weekend
Skipton Puppet Festival