There are plenty of affordable options when looking for fun days out in Bradford. From museums and art galleries, to coffee and shopping, you can keep yourself, your friends and your family entertained for less! We have found some great affordable activities you can enjoy on a budget in Bradford…

Bradford Markets

Swap out your regular supermarkets and shops for a unique shopping experience at one of Bradford’s many local markets. Discover new products, independent businesses and traders at the different market hubs in Ilkley, Bingley, Keighley and Shipley. Or if you find yourself in the city centre, get to know the well established independents and traders at the traditional Kirkgate Market or the Oastler Shopping Centre. Looking for the perfect place to shop fruit and vegetables from all across the world? Well look no further than St James’ Wholesale Market that offers a huge variety of worldwide fruit and veg, perfect for businesses to stock up on.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating at the Bradford Ice Arena is a fun and affordable activity that you can enjoy with your friends or family. Sessions open to the public include general ice skating, family sessions, family disco sessions and disco sessions. During these sessions and general sessions, skating aids can be used which cost £3.50 each to hire. The disco session includes party lights and music to create an exciting atmosphere and venue for all to enjoy. However, skating aids cannot be used and it is advised that small children and nervous skaters do not attend these sessions without trying a family or general session first.

On peak prices are: £7.30 for regular admission, £6.30 for family admission per person, free for children under 5 and for students with a valid NUS or college card it costs £9, which includes skate hire. Off peak prices are: £5.80 for regular admission, £4.80 for family admission per person, free for children under 5 and for students with a valid NUS or college card it costs £7.50 which includes skate hire. Other general prices are £2 for an adult spectator, £2.70 for skate hire, and 50p to hire out a locker.

Visit some cafes

Enjoying some good grub or a perfectly roasted coffee is a great way to treat yourself whilst staying within your budget. There are plenty of cafes and coffee shops located around Bradford where you can get an affordable treat next time you fancy a chill day out in the city.

The light and airy Rooftop Cafe is a great spot to grab a bite to eat with all of their dishes created using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. On their breakfast menu is a variety of options ranging from hot sandwiches and bagels, to a deliciously classic full English and all dishes are under £8. Their lunch menu is even more affordable with dishes including a range of hot and cold sandwiches, jacket potatoes, loaded nachos, quesadillas and American bagels for under £6. Enjoy a large hot drink, one of their many coffees or pots of teas, for less than £3!

Van Gogh Alive Exhibition

Immerse yourself in an art exhibition like no other at Van Gogh Alive, located in the Regency Hall. The multi-sensory experience surrounds visitors with vibrant lights, colours, sounds and fragrances as they move through the exhibition. Visitors can experience Van Gogh’s greatest works through different angles, giving a new and fresh perspective on the famous, much-loved art pieces. Prices to visit this unforgettable exhibition are: from £22 for adults, £69 for a family ticket which includes two adults and two children, free for under 5’s and concession tickets from £17 for children aged 5-17, claimants, over 65’s, full-time students and disabled visitors. For 25% off tickets use code JAN25 when you reach the checkout online.

The exhibition is only open until January 29th so make sure to book your tickets soon! Cartwright Hall

Enjoy some more art and culture in Bradford for free at the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. This gallery has been collecting pieces for over a hundred years meaning a huge variety of artists and their work are featured on their walls. The permanent galleries are home to an array of well-known artists including Yinka Shonibare, Cornelia Parker, Rossetti, and many more. If you want to re-energise with a coffee, something sweet and a sit down during your visit, you can enjoy the cafe facilities onsite.

Bradford Industrial Museum

Discover local history with the historic relics on show at the innovative Bradford Industrial Museum. The permanent displays include motor vehicles, printing machinery, textile machinery, engineering and steam power items. Current learning offers that can be experienced include the Victorian classroom, let’s explore transport and weaving in the mill, including the industrial revolution. Entry to the Bradford Industrial Museum is completely free so you can enjoy local history with your friends and family without spending a penny!