Why Bradford?

Bradford boasts an impressive history, which is reflected in the striking architecture found throughout the city. Our West Yorkshire home was once considered to be the wool capital of the world and is now proud to be the first ever UNESCO City of Film.

The area is also blessed with a significant cultural and literary heritage. Novelist and playwright J B Priestley is a Bradfordian, as is artist David Hockney. Haworth, in the Bradford district, is home to Brontë Parsonage. Here the country’s most eminent literary siblings wrote classics of English literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. The Brontë’s significant influence on the area, and vice-versa, is celebrated by our mutli-site public art installation, The Brontë Stones.

Food and Drink

Being located in the centre of Bradford means there’s no shortage of food and drink options around the festival. Furthermore, many of our larger venues such as St George’s Hall and University of Bradford have their own bars of cafe’s on site.

In City Park, around the Festival Hub, there are a number of high street chains, including Nando’s, Starbucks and Wetherspoons. On festival weekends there are also local food vans dotted around the park. Behind City Park you’ll find Sunbridge Wells – historic tunnels that have recently been converted to house a number of bars and restaurants.

Often hailed as ‘ The Curry Capital of Britain’, Bradford is also renowned for its Indian and Pakistani food.

Visiting with Children

Our children’s programme is a major part of the festival line-up, with dozens of events including storytelling, crafts, workshops, theatre shows, film screenings and much more. All of these events are free to access for children and their parents/care-givers.

At our pop-up family venue, Venue 1, we cater to the needs of families with young children, with everything from child-sized furniture to a dedicated baby changing section and buggy park.

Every year our children’s programme gets bigger and bigger. Check back soon for our plans for 2020.

The Wider Area

Beyond the buzz and excitement of the city itself, Bradford’s position in West Yorkshire offers access to the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and picturesque towns such as Ilkley, Saltaire, Haworth and Hebden Bridge. Additionally, you’re only a short drive or train journey from Leeds, York and Manchester.