Whats On/Days Out

The Yorkshire Herald & Advertiser recognizes that families in the UK are always looking for something new and something exciting to try. Our ‘What’s On’ Features have become increasingly popular over the years. We ask our readers; “So you’re trying to plan another day out for the whole family, but just aren’t sure where to start?” And then naturally, we give them some ideas!

Our advertisers range from smaller, more localized attractions or tourist hot spots around Yorkshire through to the bigger, national theatres, theme-parks, castles and events.
A favourite amongst readers have always been the the more subtle atmosphere and educational aspect of the more local parks, farms, zoos and aquariums. Everyone likes a trip to the Zoo – today it’s more about conserving our world wild life and children can learn about the caring aspect, as well as have a super day out. In addition to featuring numerous zoos scattered throughout the UK – there have been plenty of specialized wild life centres specialising in small animals, birds, insects and butterflies that have benefited from their feature in the ‘Yorkshire Herald & Advertiser’.
One successful feature we ran recently for example was;
“For those who what a change why not visit an exhibition or museum?”
We focused here on the fact that ‘Museums are no longer those stuffy places to visit you might remember when you were younger; instead they now provide hands-on experiences for even the youngest children and cater for all types of genres.’ We explained to readers that;
‘Whether its dinosaurs, a celebrity or certain time period that you and your family are interested, if you look hard enough there is certain to be a specialist exhibition in a museum somewhere to cater for your desires.’ The advertisers featured in this piece commented after the feature that the response was even better than predicted. Below are some of our regular advertisers who have all benefited from the Yorkshire Herald & Advertiser marketing their business and their products to the numerous couples, families and groups that pick up our publication.

Bradford Literature Festival 2019

The most exciting event of the summer, Bradford Literature Festival in association with Provident Financial Group returns from 28th June – 7th July, with a spectacular line-up of fantastic events.

Revealed at the end of March, this year’s programme hosts an enviable variety of headline names, from literary heavyweights like Jeanette Winterson and Lemn Sissay, to musicians and artists George the Poet and Lowkey, and includes household names such as author and presenter Michael Rosen, comedian Sofie Hagen, and 80s icon-cum-2019 sensation, Luke Goss.

The now iconic festival, held each year in the centre of Bradford, has always considered literature in its broadest possible sense, celebrating the “wonderful world of words” that connects everything from poetry to music, fiction to science, theatre to sport. Not content with the usual literary festival line-up of panel events and dramatic lectures (although these do feature, and are well worth checking out), the festival also includes practical workshops for all ages on everything from plant parenting to ‘How to Become a YouTuber’, a comics convention and extensive film programme, and an incredible array of concerts and theatre that will this year range from venues like Theatre in the Mill to the newly refurbished St George’s Hall.

Families are at the heart of Bradford Literature Festival, which is book-ended each year by its wonderful Free Family Fun Days, taking place in City Park each weekend. These themed days are packed full of free activities for all the family and include craft workshops, film screenings, live story-telling, interactive theatre, and a long list of other events. This year’s themes are Superheroes (29th June), Into the Jungle (30th June), At the Bottom of the Garden (1st July), and Witchcraft & Wizardry (2nd July).

New for this year, the festival will launch an extended and re-branded Young Adult programme for teens aged 13 – 18. This will feature events designed to harness creative energy such as a Battle of the Bands and a Poetry Slam, and is interspersed with workshops and talks on everything from mental health and body positivity to financial management. The programme will also include Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, the renowned author/illustrator duo behind the best-selling Edge Chronicles series, and Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan whose book A Fly Girl’s Guide to University explores the experiences of women of colour at institutions like Cambridge University.

Tickets to a hand-picked selection of headline events are available via the festival website from 29th March, and the full programme is announced in April.

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Local Heroes to showcase their work at BCTF 2019

The British Craft Trade Fair, now in its 45th year, is the largest and most well-established event of its kind, focusing exclusively on British-made artisan products.

The show will run from 7-9 April at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Great Yorkshire Show Ground, Harrogate, a fabulous state of the art venue with plenty of free onsite parking for visitors.

Every exhibitor at the show is guaranteed to be making their products in Great Britain or Ireland, creating beautiful articles with local rather than mass markets in mind. These include a great many exceptional designers and companies from the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

Alongside a fantastic array of well-established artisans there will be a large contingent of fresh new design talent exhibiting for the very first time at BCTF 2019.

Trade prices for the unique handmade works on display will range from just a few pounds to items designed for higher budgets and product categories are to include personalised gifts, jewellery, ceramics, glassware, silver and metalwork, fine art, greetings cards and stationery, woodwork, textiles, fashion accessories and homewares.

Show organiser, Margeret Bunn, says: “With the consumer appetite for British products at an all-time high, this is the perfect event for retailers seeking exciting local design talent and products with sound provenance and strong heritage values. Shoppers want to support more local, sustainable businesses and BCTF is absolutely dedicated to this essential sector of the trade.”

Local designers who will be exhibiting at the show include Adele Taylor, Becca Macdonald, Claire Baxter Fine Art, Contrary Mary Designs, Eleanor Tomlinson, Faye Stevens, Francesca King, ItsBalderston, Galeabel Studio Pottery, Jim Stringer, Jess Withington, Lindsey Tyson and many more.

BCTF is free to attend for trade and you can register for your free ticket by visiting the website: www.bctf.co.uk

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