This year sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, whose works were to change the world’s perception about class and gender all those decades ago. To celebrate her birth, Bradford Literature Festival has organised a full day following in Charlotte’s footsteps and joyfully sharing her life and works of literature.

Led by a passionate Brontë fan, Christa Ackroyd, this full day coach tour (with lunch) examines a woman whose passion for the humble and obscure women she met, remains as much an inspiration today as when her characters were first penned.

The journey includes:

  • insight into the life and work of the Brontë sisters’ father, a social visionary who worked to help the poor during the Luddite uprisings
  • a visit to Thornton village, home to Patrick Brontë and birthplace of all three sisters
  • viewing the magnificent moors made famous by Wuthering Heights, as well as a stop at top drinking spot, the Lord Nelson Inn
  • a personal tour of Haworth Parsonage, with an exclusive private visit to the museum library and its extraordinary collection

By the end of the day, we’ll have fresh insight into the woman who created some of literature’s most enduring classics, returning to her words refreshed, with a deeper understanding of her characters, themes and preoccupations.

Meeting outside the National Media Museum.


Christa Ackroyd

Christa Ackroyd is a British journalist and broadcaster, working locally, regionally and nationally in newspapers, on radio and television. From the age of 9, Christa has had a passion for the Brontës. So much so that if ever she was asked her favourite place to visit, it would always be Haworth, the Parsonage and the moors so loved by Yorkshire’s most famous literary family.