Celebrate National Poetry Day with Glyn Watkins telling stories, with poems from Rudyard Kipling, Walter Scott, himself,
& John Nicholson,
The Bingley Byron, Bradford's first famous poet.
Live music from the Wool City Sorters. All at:
North Parade, Bradford, BD1 3JL
19.30 Thursday 6th October.
Tickets just £5 from venue:
Boar & Fable; Jacobs Well; or eventbrite at
Jacobs Well Pub. BD1 5RL
Moved from 11th Sept
Sunday 25th Sept 12.00 to 14.00.
Glyn Watkins presents dramatised readings of J.B.Priestley’s work, including from his wartime BBC broadcast about a Bradford meat & potato pie shop that was blitzed, but survived to steam defiance at "...Hitler, Goering, and the whole gang of them. It was glorious!".
Accompanied with projected images, and a few surprises.
The ticket price includes pub made meat & potato (or butter vegetarian) pie & peas; and your first drink (soft drink, pint of ale, or equivalent).
Tickets £15 from Jacobs Well, or from eventbrite (booking fee will be charged).
Bradford Wool Exchange
Tuesday 9th August 18.30 to 20.00.
Celebrating the 158th anniversary of Prime Minister Lord Palmerston laying the foundation stone of the jewel of a building, that became the centre of the world’s wool trade. There will be illustrated stories of Bradford’s woolly heritage, and live music from the Wool City Sorters.
Tickets £7 from Jacobs Well; Tiffin Coffee; The Exchange; and The Boar & Fable Bar, or from eventbrite.com (with booking fee).
The Annual Wool Fair at the Bradford Industrial Museum has moved to the Summer. A celebration of Bishop Blaise, the Patron Saint of Woolcombers, and Bradford’s proud woolly history.
Sunday 7th August. 11.00 to 16.00
Free entry. Carparking available.
Hosted by our partners at Bradford Museums Service
With live entertainment by the Hall Royd Brass Band, demonstrations from the Bradford Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers and Bishop Blaise will be telling the story of how thousands of Bradford folk used to celebrate his day in February.
February to August 2022
A series of events celebrating wool and the history of Bradford
Pop Up exhibition with demonstration of spinning and weaving with the Bradford Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers at Kirkgate Shopping Centre
Glyn's Guided Walk
Knitting and Crochet Workshop at Plant One On Me
Inspiration for the project came during Julia’s work on Census 2021 as she spoke with people and communities in Bradford and she found people’s sense of identity is linked to the city, the changes they have seen in the city and their hopes for the future. She found a strong feeling of pride in being a Bradfordian in 2021 and in the part each person will play in the next stage of the growth of Bradford. Following a presentation at the University’s UNIfy Festival she was delighted to be offered support to develop the idea into a community project. The project will start with Julia talking with Bradfordians to hear about their experience of the city, recording the conversations in places chosen by those taking part and capturing audio and images to add to the exploration of sense of place.
If you would like to find out more about the University of Bradford and the UNIfy festival please follow this link.
Until 1825 the wool-combers in the district of Bradford would hold a parade in Bradford to celebrate their Patron Saint - Bishop Blaise. As part of the four day festival Wool-Combers would dress as the Bishop and parade around the town.
Glyn has spent many years recreating the Wool Festival celebration including leading an annual guided walk dressed as Bishop Blaise and hosting talks about Bishop Blaise.
Bradford Woolly Heritage has now taken on the role of promoting this annual festival held in February each year.
The Wool Fair is held on the first Sunday of February as part of the Blaise Wool Festival. With thanks to our partners at the Bradford Museums Service
We are researching the history of Bishop Blaise and the celebration of Blaises Day across England ready to produce the definitive guide to this fascinating character.
Born on Ilkley Moor 10 years ago the Yorkshire Hat Throwing Championship combines a celebration of Yorkshire culture with a fun event for all the family.
As much as we love Glyns guided walks, it would be great to offer the people of Bradford the chance to follow a self guided tour of historic Bradford.