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Summer Family Activities

We’re bringing science to you this summer with an exciting programme of free activities across Bradford.

Summer Reading Challenge in Local Libraries

  • Free timed sessions
  • Suitable for families with children aged 4–11 years
  • Booking essential—contact the library to book your place

Explore great inventions in this hands-on making workshop with stories of inspiring inventors! 

Thursday 25 July
11.00–11.45, 13.00–13.45, 14.30–15.15
Wyke Library
Woodside Road, BD12 8AL

Thursday 1 August
10.15–11.00, 11.30–12.15, 13.00–13:45
Great Horton Library
69 Beldon Road, BD7 3PE

Thursday 8 August
11.00–11.45, 13.00–13.45, 14.30–15.15
City Library
Centenary Square, BD1 1SD

Thursday 15 August
11.00–11.45, 13.00–13.45, 14.30–15.15
Manningham Library
Carlisle Road, BD8 8BB

Thursday 22 August
11.00–11.45, 13.00–13.45, 14.30–15.15
Eccleshill Library
Bolton Road, BD2 4SR

Thursday 29 August
11.00–11.45, 13.00–13.45, 14.30–15.15
Laisterdyke Library
Manse Street, BD3 8RP

Drop-in Activities at Tong Garden Centre

  • Mondays 29 July, 5, 12, 19 and 26 August
  • 9.45–16.00

Visit the Grass Hoppers play space at Tong Garden centre and explore our fun activities and science demos.

Booking essential—contact Tong Garden Centre to book your ticket for one of their play sessions.

Grass Hoppers Play Space
Tong Lane, BD4 0RY

Special Events in Bradford District

Shipley Summer Special Event

  • Saturday 27 July
  • 10.00–16.00

Find us at the Shipley summer carnival this July! 

Free town-wide festival, no booking required.

Craft & Ride at Shipley Glen Tramway

  • Wednesday 14 August 
  • 11.00–15.00, last entry 14.45 (free timed sessions)

Explore hands-on science activities at the Shipley Glen Tramway Museum.

Booking essential—book your slot here.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Step into the magical world of the Cottingley Fairies in this immersive storytelling session.

No booking required.

Friday 23 August

  • Free timed session, 11.00–11.45
  • Suitable for families with children aged 4–6 years.

Wyke Library
Woodside Road, BD12 8AL

Wednesday 7 August

  • Free timed session, 13.00–16.00

Grange Interlink
Summerville Rd, BD7 1PX