Family Learning Festival

Crafty Creations at Bradford City Library. A range of free craft and building activities. Get creative with building foam, pebble painting, plant in a pot and a variety of painting and colouring activities to inspire children.

Upcoming Events at Keighley Library

Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Crafts

Keighley Library
November 10th
10am – 3pm

Calling all crafters and makers! Would you like a table selling your crafts at our second Christmas Craft Fair in Keighley Library?

Tables are £10 each.
For more information or to book a table email

Tel: 01535 618211 or pop into Keighley Library and leave your name at the desk.

Archiving Emily

Corbett Harlow

Local Studies , Keighley Library
20th October
10am – 4pm

Celebrating Emily Brontë’s 200th anniversary, Archiving Emily is a day workshop with poet Sarah Corbett and novelist Nicola Harlow delving into Keighley Library’s Local Studies unique Brontë archive. In the morning we will explore aspects of the archive, with the afternoon devoted to creative writing exercises inspired by Emily’s poetry and fiction. The workshop is open to all.

Please bring your own lunch although drinks will be provided. Pencils and writing pads/notebooks only please.

Sarah Corbett is a poet and Creative Writing tutor. Her fifth collection of poetry, A Perfect Mirror, responding to the landscape of West Yorkshire and the Lake District, was published by Pavilion Poetry/Liverpool University Press in 2018. Sarah teaches Creative Writing for Lancaster University and lives in Hebden Bridge.

Nicky Harlow is a published novelist and broadcaster living in West Yorkshire. She is an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University, where she has just completed a PhD in Creative Writing. She is currently working on a new novel in which Emily Bronte is a major character.

£10/£5 concessions. Pay on the day.

To book:




Bradford Family Learning Festival 20-28 October 2018

Bradford Family Learning Festival 20-28 October 2018

Join us for lots of Family Fun, there are lots of Events taking place across Bradford

For more information please visit

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Create, Make, Build

20 – 28 OCTOBER



Festival Highlights

The Festival is full of FREE amazing activities which take place just before and throughout half term in venues across the district. To find out more contact your local venue. All activities are for parents and children to take part in together.

DIY Radio station

Join Bradford’s community radio station, BCB 106.6fm at our radio studios at 11 Rawson Road, Bradford, BD1 3SH on Tuesday 23 October & Friday 26 October from 1 – 4pm, where families can create, make & build their own radio programme.

We’ll also be broadcasting radio reports at venues across the district for Family Learning Week between 20 – 28 October.

Email for more details


Retro Gaming Experience

Does your dad remember Donkey Kong?
Did grandma play Pac Man?

Come along and play the games they used to play at our Retro Gaming Experience. All ages welcome!

City Library, free, drop in

Super Saturday 20 October, 12noon – 4pm
Super Saturday 27 October, 12noon – 4pm


Build your own library competition

Win a basket of books! Build your own library – this could be a cardboard junk box construction, a lego based development or perhaps you are “building” a library of books at home!

Take a photo, pop it on our facebook page:

and we will judge the best.


Create, make, build – Super Saturdays

Have fun at our Super Saturdays with:

  • Bricks4Kidz Lego/Duplo creativity session
  • Construction stories at Storytimes 11am & 2pm
  • Construction crafts for budding builders
  • Cardboard box tower workshop – watch it tumble!
  • Lego Man window creation
  • Design a postcard
  • Creative face painting

City Library, free, drop in

Super Saturday 20 October, 11am – 3pm
Super Saturday 27 October, 11am – 3pm


Making a Stand for Bradford
Bradford’s Civil War Siege Story’ , by Malcolm Hanson

October 1642. ‘When the battle began, the Royalist Commanders laughed at Bradford’s rabble army, but help for Bradford was at hand and a short time later the Captains laughed no more.’ Come along and find out about ‘Bradford’s Finest Hour’.

Super Saturday 20 October, 2pm
Bradford Local Studies Library, Margaret McMillan Tower (side entrance), Free, drop In

Super Saturday 27 October, 2pm
Ilkley Library, free, drop In


Rapunzel Show

Climb the tower with Simon & Sian in this magical, zany, alternative re-imagining of the classic fairy tale. See the tale brought to life through live music, puppetry, art and the unexpected! Gobsmacking storytelling you will never forget.

Free, suitable for 2-6 years. Booking is essential.

Tuesday 23 October

  • Keighley Library – Showings at 10am and 11am with build a tower workshop
  • Bingley Library – Showings at 2pm and 3pm with build a tower workshop


Jake Bakes A Monster Cake stories and puppet making workshop

  • Tuesday 16 October, 1.45pm – Burley Library
  • Saturday 20 October, 10.45am – Wrose Library
  • Monday 22 October, 2pm – Eccleshill Library
  • Tuesday 23 October, 2pm – Wyke Library
  • Tuesday 23 October, 2pm – Shipley Library
  • Wednesday 24 October, 11am – Keighley Library
  • Thursday 25 October, 2pm – Laisterdyke Library
  • Thursday 25 October, 2pm – Wibsey Library
  • Thursday 25 October, 2pm – Bingley Library
  • Thursday 25 October, 3.30pm – Menston Library
  • Saturday 27 October, 10.30am – Queensbury Library
  • Monday 29 October, 2pm – Idle Library

Free, drop in


Create, make, build  – Family Learning Activities

Tuesday 23 October, 3.30pm
Eccleshill Library – Bulb planting, cross stitch and fun with felt!

Wednesday 24 October, 10.15am
Ilkley Library – Building stories and construction hat crafts

Sunday 28 October, 12 noon
Heaton Hub Library – Building stories and construction hat crafts


Crafty Creations at the Library

A range of free craft and building activities.  Make Artist Trading Cards to keep or swap with friends and family, pebble painting, plant in a pot. Get creative with building foam and a variety of painting and colouring activities to inspire children, have fun and much, much more….

City Library, free, drop In

Saturday 20 October, 11am – 3pm
Wednesday 24 October, 12pm – 3pm
Saturday 27 October, 11am – 3pm


Imagine, Create, Make a Difference

Help build the future at our fun, free, family workshop in our friendly, accessible venue.Children and grownups can explore what they want for the future of Bradford, contributing to our giant map and banner. Plus, make your very own animal mask to take home along with the Artworks Fun Craft Activities Book to keep you busy and entertained throughout the holidays and beyond.

Free, drop in, suitable for all ages

Wednesday 24th October, 11am – 4pm



Ghosts in the Machines

Explore the machines that helped build

Bradford and create your own ghostly craft.  Come and see steam engines, printing machinery, vintage cars and Bradford’s famous weaving looms. Explore the rest of the museum and grounds to find out who is playing havoc with the machines.

Free, drop in, suitable for all ages

Wednesday 24 October,  11am – 3pm


The Big Draw Family Drop In: Create & Play!

The Big Draw Festival is all about letting loose, discovery and most importantly having fun with those drawing pencils! View the giant puppets in the Cellar Gallery by Cecil Green Arts and then join their own makers and puppeteers in creating a spoon or shadow puppet. In readiness for Listers Lanterns and Museums at Night on Friday 26 October, make your own pyramid lantern.

Donations of £1 per person welcome towards this event.

Free, drop in, suitable for all ages

Thursday 25 October, 11am – 3pm



Lister Lanterns Parade

Museums at Night is the UK-wide festival of late openings in museums and galleries. Visit Bradford’s civic art gallery out of hours, a chance to visit the exhibitions, the David Hockney gallery with food and refreshments available to buy outside in the park.

Join the Cecil Green Arts Lantern Parade at dusk and light up Lister Park and the gardens with lanterns, fire jugglers and wonderful musicians along the way.

Free, drop in, suitable for all ages

Friday 26 October, 6 – 9pm


Plan it! Design it! Build it!

Join us for an inventive half term of free activities and events inspired by CBBC’s The Dengineers. Find out if you’ve got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a Dengineer, investigate construction materials, pick up top tips from CBBC’s Lauren and The Dengineers and get stuck into one of our family challenges.

Free, drop in, 10am – 4pm

Daily from 20 October to 4 November


Create, make, build an arts centre for the people of Bradford.
How do you go about it?

Join us as we celebrate our 25th birthday in style with a full day of FREE activity that’s perfect for all the family! During the daytime sample one of Kala Sangam’s weekly classes for free, we’ll be offering taster sessions of our fun music, dance, visual arts and Yoga classes; or take part in storytelling and interactive activities that will be perfect to entertain the kids during half term! At 7pm we will party into the evening, with performances specially chosen to reflect the company’s rich history and a chance to hear from the people who made it all happen. Come along and find out what has made Kala Sangam the exciting centre for creativity and arts it is today.

Friday 26 October – Workshops / Classes from 11am, Celebration party from 7pm

Tickets: FREE – workshop/class spaces are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Visit for a full timetable of events.

Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Join Bradford Libraries this summer for the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018 for children from 4 to 12 years old.

The challenge is a national initiative to encourage primary age children to continue to read throughout the summer holidays. Research has shown that the Summer Reading Challenge improves children’s enjoyment of reading, as well as their reading range, confidence and motivation and it helps prevent the summer holiday dip in literacy skills.

All our libraries will be involved in the Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018, which this year is celebrating the Beano 80th anniversary. Every child who joins will receive a fold-up poster with six Beano character stickers to collect. There are also bookmarks, colour-in card glasses and wristbands to collect as you read more books. Every child who reads 6 books will receive a certificate and medal complete with presentation wallet which not only marks their achievement but are also fantastic to take back to school in September to impress teachers and friends!

Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018 will celebrate adventure, friendship, reading and fun with all our libraries having activities for children to support the challenge.  Whether you enjoy drawing comic characters; watching rib-tickling comic performances; meeting the Dog’s Trust; discovering animal tricks or learning a few for yourself from our Magician or simply creating your own comic story– we’ll have exciting and fun activities for all children (and parents too!).  To find out library opening times and more details please use or contact your local library.

Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018 starts Saturday 14th July and bookings for all events will be taken from that date only.