Five cultural things to do in West Yorkshire | February 2017

Welcome to my new regular feature where I list the top five cultural things to do in West Yorkshire that month. Here is the February edition. 

It’s hard to believe we’re saying goodbye to the January blues and heading in to a fabulous February. I don’t think that’s a saying but we should make it one. February means it’s Valentines day, there’s a quicker pay-day and Spring is edging closer. So I have rounded up five things to do in the next 28 days.

1. Broken Hearts, Thackary Medical Museum, Leeds

Don’t skip this one if you are single, or simply hate the commercialism of Valentines day! Leeds Thackray Museum are running Heart Dissection workshops as an alternate night out for adults. So if you’re sick of stereotypical romantic meals or recently suffering from a broken heart, then this might be for you. For romantics, enjoy exploring what makes your heart beat, for cynics, stab it open and tear it apart.

Thursday 16th February | 6pm/7pm | £7 ticket inc gallery access

2. Belgrave Feast and Art Market, Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

The music hall has a three floored foody take over every second Saturday of the month. The market has pay day treats ranging from art prints to jewellery and fashion items. Not only can you excite your taste buds with a multitude of food sins, you can also enjoy music and art along the way. This might take the phrase ‘arty farty’ to a whole new level.

Saturday 11th February | from 11am | free entry

3. Sculpture Trail: Art in the Park, Cartwright Hall, Bradford

One of the most popular New Years Resolutions is to get fit and forget the Christmas binge. So brave the winter chill this month, get active and explore the arty side of Bradford. Yes shock horror. Bradford has art, parks and all that cultural stuff too! This lovely walking trail in Lister Park has work from local artists and won’t take hours to walk either.

Daily | from 10am | free entry

4. Salts Mill, Saltaire

Saltaire is a quaint little village just outside Bradford, which holds the grand title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And Salts Mill is a huge part of its charm. There are lots of independent shops, art galleries, cafes and a beautiful book shop to explore within this imposing historic building. So if you’re wanting a spot of shopping in a chilled yet cultured day out, then Salts Mill is your answer.

Daily | from 10am | free entry

5. Eastern Warriors: Chinese, Royal Armouries, Leeds

It’s the year of the Rooster, the 10th animal in the Chinese Zodiac cycle. And the Royal Armouries have a whole half term to celebrate. All ages can explore the Oriental gallery and take part in a huge list of special events from martial arts lessons to lion dance performances. And in the current climate, let’s shout with praise and promote our multi cultural cities.

Saturday 11th February – Sunday 19th February | from 10am | free entry

Do let me know if you pop along to any of these local events and places, I love hearing about your trips!



  1. February 8, 2017 / 5:06 PM

    Thanks for sharing these ideas. As a fellow West Yorkshire blogger who is always looking for something to do I’ve penciled all of these events in my diary 🙂

    • Gina
      February 9, 2017 / 10:34 AM

      Thanks Cora 🙂 i’ll write them monthly so hopefully you have some new adventures and experiences

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