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Bradford: A tourist in my own town

Baby of the North statue.
Baby of the North

When I first decided to be a tourist in my own town I found out how little I know about it.

I would regularly drive pass the Baby of the North and not even notice it was there. I have since found out it was created by local sculptor Craig Dyson who took 12 months to build it for a cost of £15,000.

Bradford Beck Plaque 15
Bradford Beck Plaque.

Whilst shopping in the city I had often noticed stone plaques with poems set into the pavement but never thought much about them. Upon research I learnt there are 15 plaques in all that mark the path of the Bradford Beck as it flows under the city. The trail is 0.8km long and begins alongside the former Odeon cinema (Bradford Live) in Thornton Road. Each plaque carries a couplet from a poem about the Beck.

The Bradford Boar on top of The Old Crown pub
The Bradford Boar on top of The Old Crown pub

A huge golden statue, named Babs, watches over Bradford above the Old Crown pub in Ivegate, by The Brick Box. The boar had been handed to group by Raise the Roof, former organisers of the Bradford Festival. The boar went on display at a previous Wild Woods event, held in Darley Street.

Roof Top Cafe
Roof Top Cafe

The rooftop cafe is a hidden Gem perfect for quiet retreat set back from the Bradford Cathedral. Set on top floor of Kala Sangam arts centre in a conservatory style cafe area. the cafe offers a good variety of choices for breakfast / brunch /lunch or afternoon delights! Very treasonable prices and good service.

Bradford Playhouse
Bradford Playhouse

There are four venues which sit under the Bradford Theatres umbrella: the Alhambra Theatre, St George's Hall, The Studio and King's Hall and Winter Garden in Ilkley . There is one more theatre tucked away in a side street not so well known and that is the Bradford Playhouse. Formerly - The Jowett Hall / The Bradford Civic Playhouse and Film Theatre / The Priestley Centre / The Little Germany Theatre / The New Bradford Playhouse,

Bought by Colin Fine, a local Theatre enthusiast in 2014 he renamed it the Bradford playhouse and runs it as a live theatre with a seating capacity of 265

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