Saturday, July 22, 2017
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Young visitors to Bradford Industrial Museum will get to handle small animals and reptiles at two special sessions over the summer holiday.

There is an animal theme at the Bradford Council-owned Eccleshill Museum over the summer season with two exhibitions – ‘Beastly Machines’, animatronic animal inspired sculptures by artist Johnny White and ‘Animal Attraction’ which uses items from Bradford Museums and Galleries collections to look at our relationship with animals in the past.

The Zoolab sessions complement these exhibitions and take place in the Animal Attraction gallery space. Visitors will get the chance to encounter a range of reptiles, insects and small mammals, including hedgehogs and frogs.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “This event looks like it will be fun for all the family, literally bringing the themes of the two exhibitions to life.”

The sessions will be on Wednesday 27 July and Wednesday 3 August, both running from 11am-1.30pm.

This event is free, but families are advised to book, as space will be limited.

Prams and pushchairs can be left at reception and the museum is a breast-feeding friendly site.

To book a place, ring the museum’s reception desk on 01274 435900. More information can be found on the website –


Bradford Christmas Market, which has something for everyone, will be returning to the city centre Monday to Sunday December 7 to 13.

There will be a wide variety of stalls with festive gifts and treats aplenty at this Bradford council-run market. This year the market will take over the pedestrian area of Bank Street and Tyrell Street between 9am and 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday.

Bradford shoppers will be able to pick up gifts such as jewellery, children’s clothes, hats, Italian-made leather gloves and handbags, handmade wooden gifts, soaps, bath bombs and wax melts, stained glass and Thai crafts, art work, hair accessories, shawls and scarves.

For the foodie in your life there will be pickles, chutneys and dried fruit snacks, Italian handmade chocolate, traditional cakes, infused oils, balsamic vinegars, spice mixes and chillies as well as whole host of other Christmas goodies.

To keep you warm there will be mulled wineand hot chocolate with baileys, as well as teas and coffees. There will also be a host of hot street food on offer including, hot pie and peas, fresh doughnuts, grilled and smoked meats, and Hungarian flatbreads and chimney cakes.

To keep the children entertained there will be donkey rides (10-12 December) andtocreate a festive air there will be live Christmas music from the Bradford Rock Choir on the Saturday.

Diana Greenwood, Market Promotions and Marketing Officer, said: “As usual there will be a feast of festive flavours on offer at the Bradford Christmas Market with plenty of opportunities to pick up a special Christmas gift. There will also be some great food, drink and a fabulous seasonal atmosphere to get you in the mood for Christmas. There really is something for everyone.”

In the weeks running up to Christmas the Bradford Council-run Kirkgate Market and the Oastler Shopping Centre will have a programme of entrainment including face painters, barrel organ, choir and brass band playing Christmas Music.

Oastler Shopping Centre
Phil Fluke barrel organ on December 12, 13, 19, 20 and 24 between 10.30am and 5.30pm
Pennine Chimes choir on December 19 between 11am and 3pm
Face painting on December 12 and 19 between 10.30am and 3pm
Gawthorpe Junior Brass Band on December 12 from between 11am and 2pm
Salvation Army Brass Band on December 19 between 11am and 3pm

Kirkgate Market
Phil Fluke barrel organ on December 12, 13, 19, 20, 24 between 10.30am and 3.30pm
Pennine Chimes choir on December 12 between 11am and 3pm
Book Start Bear Story Time sessions December 3 from 12.30pm to 2pm
The Wur – Local artist Jean McEwan will be holding interactive creative workshops from 19 Nov to 19 December

There is also free parking from 4.30pm in Bradford Council–run car parks in the city centre on Thursdays 10, 17 and 24 December in the run up to Christmas and all day on Sundays as usual.


To celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, and for the very first time in the UK, Tony Denton Promotions are proud to announce the Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular starring THE OSMONDS. This dazzling, must-see holiday extravaganza comes directly from the historic stage of Branson USA’s beautiful Andy Williams Moon River Theatre and will be at St George’s Hall, Bradford for one night only on Friday 18 December.

“I am thrilled to bring Andy’s Christmas Spectacular to our friends in the UK. I first appeared on Andy Williams’ stage when I was only three years old. My brothers had been singing back-up on Andy’s biggest hits and had been regulars on his hit television series for several years. It’s such a joy to carry on Andy’s legacy and continue his treasured holiday tradition,” said Jimmy Osmond, Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre Owner and Operator.

This award-winning variety production features nostalgic footage of the legendary Andy Williams from Christmases past, together with popular Christmas classics including Silent Night, Last Christmas and Merry Christmas Everybody. The Osmonds will also perform their mega hits made famous during more than five decades of entertaining around the world including Love Me for a Reason, Crazy Horses, Down By The Lazy River and many more.

Tickets are available from Bradford Theatres Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit for tickets and more information.

Tickets*: £36 & £29 • Limited VIP tickets available £151.50
*All prices shown include booking fees but are subject to postage charge if applicable. Bradford Theatres usual terms and conditions apply.

There will be all manner of spooky Halloween goings on at the Bradford Food and Drink Festival on Friday and Saturday 30 and 31 October, including a ghoulish ghost hunt, freaky face painting and devilish pumpkin design workshops.

People can enter the ghost hunt to be in with a chance of winning a mobile phone, shopping vouchers, signed cookery books and much more.

Kids will be able to get creative with Halloween arts and crafts, have a go at decorating pumpkins, make some delicious pumpkin soup and have their face painted.

Students from Bradford College will also be putting on street performances to entertain festival goers.

The Bradford Council-run event will feature around 50 stalls, with guest appearances from renowned Italian chef Gennaro Contaldo, Coronation Street actor turned award winning cheese maker Sean Wilson, Great British Bake-Off contestant Sandy Docherty, as well as other local food professionals.

The organisers, Bradford Council’s Markets Service, have been working with local businesses and Jamie’s Ministry of Food, to bring a wide range of stalls with high quality locally produced goods, mouth-watering street food and drink as well as exciting street entertainment to the festival.

The festival has been designed to complement the great food offering already in Oastler Market – cheese, meats, fresh spices and exotic fruits as well as the new bars and venues which have opened in the Independent Quarter.

The event also marks the 6th birthday of Jamie’s Ministry of Food in Bradford.

Diana Greenwood, Markets Promotions and Marketing officer at Bradford Council, said: “We’ve had an amazing response to the Bradford Food and Drink Festival. All the tickets for Gennaro Contaldo have gone, but there are still some free tickets for Sean Wilson on the Saturday at 11am and 2pm.

“We have some fantastic food and drink stalls lined up for the festival, so as well as the great stalls in the nearby Oastler Centre and the bars in the Independent Quarter there’ll be something for everyone.”

For free tickets to see Sean Wilson email or phone 01274 432245.

For more information about the festival visit



A very popular Leeds’ visitor attraction has welcomed back one of its most loved residents. After adorning the aquarium wall as a fun, colourful design for over 23 years, Olly the Octopus will once again be delighting both young and old visitors to the Arnold and Marjorie Ziff Tropical World after taking up residence at his new home in the Butterfly House.

Following the reopening of Tropical World in March of this year after a wide-ranging refurbishment programme, Olly was given a well-deserved holiday, but has now cut short any long-term retirement plans and returned to the Roundhay-based attraction after popular demand.

800_ollyamprodriguezFamous for welcoming visitors with a gurgle after a monetary donation is dropped into his mouth, Olly is now joined at Tropical World by a new design, who located in Olly’s old spot on the aquarium wall, has been christened ‘Rodriguez’.

Tropical World is home to a wide range of animals from butterflies, birds, fish, reptiles, meerkats and nocturnal monkeys to bearded dragons and bats. A number of new animals have also joined the ranks at Tropical World following the refurbishment including an octopus, seahorses, stingray, dart frogs, Asian Tigerfish and a red bellied piranha.

Leeds City Council’s executive board member for communities Councillor Debra Coupar said:

“So many generations of children have grown up with Olly the Octopus’s design on the wall at Tropical World, and we are delighted to welcome him back to his spiritual home after a short holiday.

“Olly has now been joined by a new wall design ‘Rodriguez’ at the attraction, who is already proving to be a big hit with visitors of all ages. Following a fantastic refurbishment there is even more to see and do at Tropical World, and we are looking forward to what promises to be an exciting autumn and winter season.”



The fascinating history of Temple Newsam House will be revealed during a series of special behind-the-scenes tours and talks this winter.

The programme is being announced as the house prepares to move to new seasonal opening hours from November 3 until February 12, and will feature regular tours as well as a series of one-off events.

During the low season, the house will remain open for pre-booked groups, school visits and on special event days, but visitors will need to ring ahead and organise a visit.

Regular events on offer will include a one hour guided discovery tour every Saturday and Sunday at 11am and through the week by appointment, focussing on the house and its history.

A Twilight Tour will also take place every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm and will look at how servants managed their days in the house, exploring the cellars and secret passageways they used. The tour will also be available through the week by appointment.

Normal house admission charges apply for both these events.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“Like many stately homes, seasonal opening hours will allow staff to carry out essential preservation and maintenance work at the house during a period when we traditionally welcome fewer visitors.

“During that time, the house will still be offering a fascinating programme of tours and events that will really give an insight into what life has been like for those living and working there over the past 500 years. The only change will be that visitors will need to call and let us know they’re coming.

“Temple Newsam House is one of Leeds’s most iconic and beautiful attractions and I’m sure people will enjoy these fantastic winter events.”

The winter programme will also include the house’s popular Christmas events, with the opportunity for visitors aged 10 and above to help make the garlands to decorate the house with on December 10 from 10.30am until 3.30pm (mince pies and tea available for all helpers) and a festive carol concert with the Fairburn Singers on Friday, December 11 from 7.30pm-10pm.

Garland makers just need to turn up, while tickets for the carol concert are priced at £10 and are available from Terry Rowley, concert secretary at The Fairburn Singers on 01977 679221 or 07821 603221.

The now annual celebration of 500 Years of Christmas at Temple Newsam takes place on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13 from 10.30am-4pm when visitors to the house and farm will step back in time and get festive via the house’s magnificent decorations, a Tudor banquet display, carol karaoke, music from Jane Austen’s time, storytellers, traditional crafts and the 1940s farm, as well as take a winter wonderland journey to meet Father Christmas. Tickets may be purchased in advance including a time slot to meet Father Christmas to avoid the queues.

Tickets are valid across the house and farm and are priced at £7.20 for adults, £3.90 for children and £16.50 for a family ticket, with LeedsCard discounts available.

A 500 Years of Christmas Tour is also on offer Tuesday, December 15 until Thursday, December 24 from 11am -12pm which takes a closer look at how Christmas was celebrated at Temple Newsam over time.

Usual house admission charges apply.

Younger visitors will also have the chance to meet Father Christmas as part of a special Christmas weekend on December 12 and 13 from 11.30am-3.30pm and Tuesday December 15 to Saturday December 19 from 1.30pm until 4pm. Tickets cost £3.

For more details about bookings and special offers for groups, contact the House on 0113 336 7460 to arrange a time to visit.

For more details about the House visit:


Presented by International Theatre Producer David King, Puttin’ On The Ritz comes to the Alhambra Theatre this October for three stunning performances.

16980282708_8f0871a857_bStarring professional “Strictly” dancers Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis, and Trent Whiddan and Gordana Frandosek, Puttin’ On The Ritz takes the audience on an all-singing, all-dancing journey through the music of the great Broadway composers, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. Songs in the show will include Cheek to Cheek, Alexander’s Rag Time Band, Birth of the Blues, Swanee, Night and Day, I Got Rhythm, Easter Parade, and of course Puttin’ On The Ritz.

These classic songs of the Golden Age of Hollywood are recreated live on stage with a star-studded cast of fabulous singers and dancers who are set to entertain the audience with their slick harmonies, glamorous costumes and ballroom dancing skills.

Robin Windsor is a British professional Latin and Ballroom dancer, best known for his appearances in the BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing. Robin is also known for starring in the successful West End production of Burn The Floor with his professional partner Kristina Rihanoff.

As well as Strictly Come Dancing, Anya Garnis has appeared on TV in So You Think You Can Dance. She has performed at the Emmy and Academy Awards and was a lead dancer in the film Rock of Ages. Anya has also starred in the production of Burn The Floor.

Trent Whiddon is an award-winning Australian dancer and choreographer. He was a lead dancer and company manager of Burn The Floor for 13 years including the Broadway production and has choreographed for, So You Think You Can Dance, Satisfaction on a Dance Floor and the E-trade commercial with Kevin Spacey. Most recently Trent has completed touring with the Strictly Live tour after a successful first season on Strictly Come Dancing partnering Pixie Lott.

Gordana Grandosek has danced with Trent Whiddon in the hit stage production Burn The Floor on Broadway and in the West End. Gordana has won many competitive ballroom titles around the world and she recently performed on the Strictly Live tour.

Please call the Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit for more information.



All makes and models of motorbikes will be on display in a ‘Classic Motorbike Show’ at Tolson Museum in Huddersfield on Sunday, 13 September.

The show has been organised by the Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle in conjunction with Moll Springs Motorcycles of Honley. The bikes will be on display in front of the museum in Ravensknowle Park on Wakefield Road.

Refreshments will be available and there will be various stalls including an information stall and a plant stall run by the museum’s Friends group.

In addition, it will be an opportunity for visitors to see classic cars and engines housed in the museum’s Transport Gallery.

There is free admission to the museum and the show.

For further information contact Moll Springs Motorcycles on 01484 660295/07843 709097, or Ann Denham on 07803 159506, or Linda Hellawell on: 07786 592952.

Based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson, the multi million selling author of The Gruffalo and Stick Man, What the Ladybird Heard makes a welcome return to St George’s Hall, Bradford for four fun-filled performances.

8807321272350This well-loved tale tells the story of two crafty robbers, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, who have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. However they haven’t counted on the tiniest, quietest creature of them all: The Ladybird and she has a plan of her own!

Suitable for pre and primary school children, this glittering farmyard adventure is packed full of live music, sing-a-long songs, puppetry and plenty of audience participation.

What the Ladybird Heard is at St George’s Hall on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 September. Tickets are available from Bradford Theatres Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit for tickets and more information.

Tuesday 22 & Wednesday 23 September

Tue 1.30pm & 4.30pm • Wed 10.30am & 1.30pm

Tickets: £12.50*

Schools/Nurseries: £9 plus every 11th ticket free

 *All prices shown include booking fees but are subject to postage charge if applicable. Bradford Theatres usual terms and conditions apply.



The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the show will play at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford from Tuesday 10 May to Saturday 11 June 2016 as part of the first ever UK and Ireland tour. This will be the only Yorkshire date for the tour.

billy-elliot-the-musicalSet in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy’s journey takes him out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Billy Elliot the Musical has now been seen by over 10 million people across five continents and is the recipient of over 80 awards internationally, including ten Tony Awards and five Olivier Awards. In 2006, Liam Mower, James Lomas and George Maguire, the first three boys to play the title role, became the youngest performers ever to have won the Olivier Award for Best Actor with the show also picking up the Best Musical prize.

In total, worldwide, eighty two boys have now played the iconic role on stage. September 2014 saw a record breaking twenty-five former and current Billy Elliots come together on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale for Billy Elliot the Musical Live, a unique performance that was broadcast live around the world becoming the widest ever cinema release of a live event and hitting number one at the UK box office.

Billy Elliot the Musical is presented by Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions and is based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal film. The show is produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jon Finn and Sally Greene. Angela Morrison and David Furnish are executive producers.

The show will play at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford from Tuesday 10 May to Saturday 11 June 2016. Tickets go on sale Thursday 13 August 2015. Tickets go on pre-sale to Bradford Theatre friends & Group Bookers on Monday 3 August.

To make a booking, call the Box Office on 01274 432000