Open Day – make a weekend of it

If you’re visiting for our Open Day on 23 June, why not make a weekend of it?

There’s so much around Bradford to see and do. If you, or your son or daughter, consider Bradford as an option, it’s well worth spending a little time getting to know this fantastic city.

Map of Bradford city centreFor a weekend visit we suggest arriving Friday evening, so you’re fresh for our Open Day welcome talk on Saturday morning. The Open Day runs until 2:30pm, leaving you with a free afternoon and evening to explore Bradford.

Here are our suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend in Bradford:

Friday evening

Food

If you arrive in Bradford hungry and keen to unwind, Sunbridge Wells is the place to go.

This unique food and drink experience lives within historic tunnels in the city centre. It offers a selection of places to eat and drink, and also features several quirky, independent shops.

Or…fancy a curry? Bradford has dominated the Curry Capital of Britain awards in recent years. The city is home to over one hundred Asian and Indian restaurants. Bharat and Mumtaz are highly-rated, and MyLahore, which is two minutes from campus, is a big favourite with our staff and students.

Entertainment

If you arrive early enough, you could catch a show at Bradford’s legendary Alhambra Theatre.

Students in front of the Alhambra Theatre, BradfordThe multi-award-winning ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ starts at 19:30.

Saturday Morning

Breakfast

We’d never recommend attending an Open Day on an empty stomach. With so much to get involved in, a hearty breakfast is essential.

Our early-opening city-centre recommendations include Guzelian, Tribeca and Café Patisserie.

Open Day, 9:30 – 14:30

The Open Day gets underway at 9:30. We recommend you start in the Great Hall for our Welcome Talk at 9:35am. Presented by our Associate Director (Marketing and Communications) Emma Bridge and a group of our students, the talk is always an entertaining, informative start to the day.

Emma Bridge and students at the Open Day Welcome TalkDownload the full Open Day programme.

Saturday afternoon and evening

The Open Day finishes in time for weekend visitors to enjoy an afternoon around Bradford. There’s plenty to see and do:

Places to visit

The National Science and Media Museum is just a five-minute walk from campus.

National Media Museum in Bradford lit up at nightLose yourself in the ‘Immersion’ exhibition (which runs until 24 June), or visit the mind-bending, interactive Wonderlab gallery. You can even catch a movie in the region’s biggest IMAX cinema.

Next up, why not hit the shops in Bradford’s Broadway shopping centre? The complex offers over 80 big name stores. You can shop for fashion, electronics, media, and everything in-between.

Inside the Broadway shopping centre in Bradford You can also enjoy an evening meal here, with a number of restaurants in or nearby to the centre.

If you like to shop and dine away from the high street, the Peace Hall in Halifax is well worth a visit. This historic building dates from 1779 and is currently under re-development. It’s home to a unique selection of independent boutique stores, bars and restaurants. The Piece Hall is just 15 minutes away by train, from Bradford Interchange. Trains back to Bradford run until after 11:00pm, so you can make an evening of it.

Entertainment

If you didn’t manage to see ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at the Alhambra on Friday, you can catch its closing night tonight.

Alternatively, you could visit our very own on-campus Theatre in the Mill.

Theatre in the Mill at the University of BradfordAn exclusive work-in-progress production of ‘(Dis)place’, from the UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary, Stand and Be Counted, begins at 19:30.

Sunday

One of the region’s annual highlights – The Bradford Dragon Boat Festival takes place at nearby Roberts Park on Open Day weekend.

Sunday, the third and final day of the festival, features teams racing dragon boats on the River Aire, to raise funds for their chosen charities. If you want to top your weekend off with a little drama and excitement, jump on a 626 bus from the interchange to Roberts Park.

For something more peaceful,  take a walk round Lister Park. Its boating lake, Mughal gardens, and the iconic Cartwright Hall, are the perfect way to close your visit.

Mughal Gardens, Lister Park, BradfordLister Park is easy to reach from the centre of Bradford on foot, or by bus or car.

For more information on things to see and do during your visit and time here as a student, take a look at our Discover Bradford page.

Author: Steve Hobson

Steve works within the Content Team at the University of Bradford. He studied an online degree in E-communication, and his goal for 2018 is to compete in the World Stone Skimming Championships in Easdale, Scotland.

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