10 things to do this half-term

10 fun-filled activities for you and your children to enjoy

Bradford and the surrounding area is an incredible place to bring up your children and foster children.


Here's 10 days out ideas you and your foster children will love - let us know your favourites on our Facebook and Twitter pages!


Number 1

National Science & Media Museum


Filled with interactive exhibits and retro memorabilia from the worlds of film, television and gaming, the National Science & Media Museum features cameras and equipment from the 1800s to the modern day. There's also an IMAX cinema screen!


During half-term, the National Science & Media Museum will be open 10am-4pm. Pre-booking is required in advance.


Great if: Your foster children enjoy learning about the history of video games or the history of the internet.

Location: Pictureville, Bradford, BD1 1NQ.

Entry Fee: Free.


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Number 2

Bradford Industrial Museum


The Bradford Industrial Museum includes displays of textile machinery; steam power; engineering; printing machinery and motor vehicles, including steam trains, trams and trolley buses.



Great if: Your foster children are interested in old-day machinery or the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Moorside Mills, Eccleshill, BD2 3HP.

Entry Fee: Free.


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Number 3

Saltaire & Salts Mill


In 2001, Saltaire became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with Salts Mill at the centre. Along with an art gallery and Saltaire history exhibition, the centre features several independent shops and cafes for your family to explore.


You could also continue onto Robert’s Park, which features an adventure playground and skate park for your foster children to enjoy.


Great if: Your foster children enjoy shopping and exploring the history of their local area.

Location: Saltaire, Shipley, BD18 3LA.

Entry Fee: Free.


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Number 4

Cliffe Castle Museum and Park


Help your foster children identify different bird breeds and minerals during a day out at Cliffe Castle Museum and Park.


Alongside their educational offerings, Cliffe Castle features a children’s play area and an area to view animals.


Inside the museum, you can also explore Victorian themed rooms and learn about the natural history of our local area.


Great if: Your foster children enjoy parks, learning about their local area and visiting nature.

Location: Keighley, BD20 6LQ.

Entry Fee: Free.


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Number 5

Bradford Ice Arena


Bradford Ice Arena provides a fun-filled day out come rain or shine.


Great if: Your foster children are thrill seekers and are inspired by the success of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean!

Location: Little Horton Ln, Bradford, BD5 0AD.

Entry Fee: Off peak family admission: £4.30 per person.


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Number 6

Your Local Library


There are 31 libraries operated by Bradford Council in our district, so your foster children will never be far from a good book.


Explore the magical world of Harry Potter or dive into the hilarious tales by Roald Dahl and David Walliams.


Great if: Your foster children don't read often, as you can borrow and return books freely and easily and ask for recommendations from friendly librarians.

Location: Across the Bradford district.

Entry Fee: Free.


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Number 7

Bingley St Ives Estate

Filled with ponds, walking trails and a cafe, Bingley St Ives Estate is run by Bradford Council on behalf of the community. Your foster children may enjoy searching for the many chainsaw carvings hidden within the trails, or running around in the large play area.


Great if: Your foster children love exploring.

Location: Harden, BD16 1AT.

Entry Fee: Free (parking charges apply from June).


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Number 8


Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway


Famous for its appearance in the film version of The Railway Children, the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway runs between Oxenhope and Keighley.



Great if: Your foster children want to feel like film stars.

Location: Harden, BD16 1AT.

Entry Fee: £35 for a family of 4.


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Number 9


Bradford Swimming Pools


There are 14 fun-filled sports centres and swimming pools run by Bradford Council.




Great if: Your foster children love being in the water.

Location: Across the Bradford district.

Entry Fee: Varies.


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Number 10


Shipley Glen Cable Tramway


A short tram ride on the Shipley Glen Cable Tramway will take you into Shipley Glen woods, where you can continue your day out.


At the time of writing, the tramway is open on Sundays only.


Great if: Your foster children would like to enjoy some of the same activities Bradfordians loved 100's of years ago.

Location: Baildon, Shipley, BD17 5BN.

Entry Fee: All day rover tickets are £2.50 for adults and £1 for children aged 5-16 (children under 5 go free).


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Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, some attractions may be operating a limited service. Please check the website of the attraction you are planning to visit before you travel to minimise disappointment. Some attractions may require pre-booking.


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Would you like to help a child in the Bradford district?

We work with foster carers from across the Bradford district and would love you to join our friendly team. Download an information pack and learn more about fostering today.


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