Bradford Hour

Our Bradford-based Twitter Hour is our longest-running and, possibly, our most popular hour. It is a great opportunity for local businesses to talk about a range of topics related to our community and to support each other through advice, tips, and publicity via retweeting.

The Twitter Hour follows a simple plan: to get people talking, we ask five questions throughout the hour which relate to the topic of the month, and much of the discussion relates to these questions. However, if you have something to say or a question to ask which is off-topic, feel free to tweet it – as long as it’s relevant to our community, we will do our best to retweet it for you.

How do you get involved? It’s easy – follow the @BradfordHour Twitter account, log on between 8 and 9pm on the first Thursday of the month, and add #BradfordHour to your tweets!

11 Reasons Why Bradford is Brilliant!

Here are just a few reasons to love Bradford…

#1 We have the best curries in the country
They say that Britain’s favourite dish is the chicken tikka masala, and there is nowhere better to sample one than in our city. For the last five years, Bradford has been voted the UK’s Curry Capital – and who can be surprised by that? We boast an incredible array of over 200 Asian restaurants, so whichever part of the city you are in, you are spoilt for choice! Try Akbar’s on Leeds Road or Aagrah in Shipley and Ilkley for award-winning Asian cuisine.

#2 We have our own UNESCO World Heritage Site
A quick train ride from the city centre brings you to Saltaire, a beautifully preserved model village founded by Sir Titus Salt. Salt was a Victorian mill owner, philanthropist, and a pioneer in raising living standards for employees, overseeing the creation of the village to provide high quality housing for his workers away from the pollution and overcrowding then common in the city. Today, Saltaire is a thriving community, and Salts Mill is a great location to visit for lovers of both art and literature.

#3 We were home to the world’s most famous literary sisters
Another place for literature lovers to visit is Haworth, home to the Brontë sisters. There you can explore the Brontë Parsonage Museum, set in what was the family home of the Brontës from 1820 onwards. See the rooms, furniture, and clothes the sisters used, and even view their manuscripts, first editions, and juvenilia. And of course, all around the village you can explore the wild landscape that inspired their stories.

#4 We’re surrounded by beautiful countryside
Speaking of wild landscapes, perhaps the best thing about Bradford is that you’re never far away from the great outdoors – and round here, the outdoors is truly great! Whether it’s the wuthering heights of Brontë Country or the stunning scenery of Ilkley Moor (hat recommended), there are so many examples of glorious Yorkshire countryside to explore in the Bradford district.

#5 We’ve got a brilliant new shopping centre – and another coming soon!
November 2015 saw the opening of the long-awaited Westfield development, now known as Broadway Bradford. The sleek, modern building houses over 70 shops and eateries, including many big high street names. But that’s not the only thing for shoppers to get excited about – Sunbridgewells, an underground retail complex constructed in a maze of Victorian tunnels, is due to open in Spring 2016 and promises to be a unique shopping experience! And while we’re talking about shopping, how can we fail to mention our stunning Waterstones in the Wool Exchange? It’s a must-see for bookworms!

#6 We’re home to the National Media Museum
There aren’t many national museums outside of London so it’s great that Bradford has one – and a very exciting one it is too! The National Media Museum, part of the Science Museum group, is a fantastic day out for all ages, with interactive displays for younger visitors and plenty of nostalgia for the grown-ups. It also contains the Media Café for delicious food, the Pictureville Bar for having a drink with friends and, of course, a cinema with the first ever IMAX screen in Europe! What other museum offers all that?

#7 We know how to do a festival
Festivals – we’ve got them in droves here in Bradford, and there’s something for everyone! Book lovers will adore Bradford Literature Festival in May and Ilkley Literature Festival in October, musos flock to Bingley Music Live in September, and foodies will have their taste buds tickled at the World Curry Festival in September. If that’s not enough, there’s also Bradford Festival which incorporates drama, dance, music, and the Bradford Mela to show everything our multicultural city has to offer.

#8 We’re great for art lovers
We’ve got festivals for the performing arts, the Media Museum for cinematic arts, but don’t worry, we’ve also got the visual arts covered! For a relatively small city, we’ve packed in an impressive number of art galleries – Bradford 1, Impressions Gallery, Cartwright Hall, and the South Square Centre have artwork for all tastes. And David Hockney fans are in for a treat, as Salts Mill houses one of the largest collections of his work.

#9 We’ve got a very impressive ‘puddle’!
You don’t actually need to go to a gallery to find beauty in Bradford – our City Park is stunning in itself! Opened in 2012 in Centenary Square, the enormous Mirror Pool (not quite the ‘puddle’ the locals make it out to be) is lit up with lasers and includes 100 fountains. As well as being a beautiful sight, the Park is also a great location for children to play in the summer – just remember to bring some dry clothes!

#10 We’re King of the sporting underdogs
OK, they may not be reaching the Premier League any time soon, but Bradford City AFC has been known to punch well above its weight, reaching the Football League Cup final in 2013 and beating Premiership leaders Chelsea in January 2015. The Bantams also boast a large, loyal fan base. If Rugby League is more your thing, then the Bradford Bulls deserve a cheer for coming back fighting after recent financial difficulties – could 2016 be the year they re-join the Super League?

#11 We’ve got some brilliant performance venues
Can’t make it to London’s West End? Don’t worry – the spectacular Alhambra Theatre is rarely short of a blockbuster musical, and is host to fantastic dance shows and other plays too. Music and stand-up comedy fans will find plenty of big names to sing or laugh along to at St Georges Hall, and slightly further afield, King’s Hall in Ilkley offers a great range of music, comedy, and theatre to keep everyone entertained. With so much on offer, who wouldn’t be proud to be part of our city?

Bradford Directory

Bradford is a thriving city with fantastic organisations, businesses, blogs, and websites! We have listed some of them below. If you’d like to list your Bradford based website alongside these, please contact us.

About Harrison Mann

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