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.
For 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:
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.
If you arrive early enough, you could catch a show at Bradford’s legendary Alhambra Theatre.
The multi-award-winning ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ starts at 19:30.
We’d never recommend attending an Open Day on an empty stomach. With so much to get involved in, a hearty breakfast is essential.
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.
Download 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.
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.
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.
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.
An 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.
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.
Lister 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.