Centenary Festival

A day showcasing YOUR Cathedral!

Join us to celebrate our 100 years as a cathedral for a day of activities


Centenary Festival Flier Front


To celebrate the half-way point of our Centenary year, we are opening up our doors for a series of incredible activities and events that you can take part in!


Find Out More

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How to Find Us

Find us behind the Broadway Shopping Centre, only a short walk from both train stations and the Broadway car park.


Cathedral Map



  • 1919 Dress Up. Come kitted out in your best 1910s or 1920s style clothing and make sure you get a photo at our booth or share your snap with us online, for the chance to win our best-dressed prize!


Reserve your Places!


Pre-sale tickets are now closed, but you can sign up for any vacant spaces at the start of any talks / events.


Timetable of Activities

Activities may be subject to change, with alternative locations in the event of poor weather.


Floor Plan


The Opening


Time Title Location

Opening Ceremony with the Dean
Including poetry from our Poet in Residence, Diane Pacitti

Main Stage

Choral Matins
Join our music department for some early Matins.

Main Stage

The Centenary Photograph and Official Opening
Join us for a massive photo on the main lawn to celebrate the 100 years of Bradford Cathedral, as well as the official opening with Bishop Toby Haworth and Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe.

Cathedral grounds


Main Activities (12:15pm - 6pm - unless stated)


Title Location

Happy Faces Bingley LogoFace Painting
Happy Faces Bingley will be on hand to provide quality and fun face painting throughout the day: only £2 for a small design or £4 for a full face. This is likely to be very popular so get down early!

Cathedral grounds

Vintage Photobooth
Get in the 1919 mood by getting your photo taken by our vintage photographer.

Cathedral grounds

Children's Centenary Trail
Explore the Cathedral and discover exciting facts about the 100 years

Children's Area

Trips to the Ringing Room (By demand - 12noon - 2pm
We'll be running trips up to the bell ringing room where you can learn more about the bells.
(Access to the tower does involve travelling up a steep/narrow staircase. If you are unsure of your ability, please ask)

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Bell tower

Bradford Cathedral: A Visual History
Discover the history of the Cathedral through photos from the archive, as well as choice photos from the Centenary year so far, alongside examples of some of the great school pieces done by our visiting children. You can also see our 100 years timeline and add your memories to it! This exhibition begins on the 4th June and will run until the 14th July.


Children's Hunt for Charlie and the Cathedral Mouse
Hidden somewhere in the main Cathedral are Charlie the Cheeky Chorister elf, and our Cathedral Mouse. Can you find them?

Around the Cathedral

Stitching the Cathedral
Our stitching team have been hard at work all year creating kneelers for the Cathedral but they need your help to push them onto the next stage. No experience needed!

Stitchers Areal

Carers Crafts
Get crafty with our carers team and help make some cool items

Craft Area

Children's Activities
We bring out the best activities from our regular family activity days including making your own shield, stained glass window or Bishop's Mitre, as well as the pelican trail, Celtic cross colouring, William Morris painting, make a centenary flag and much more!

Children's Area

Explore the Display Cabinets and Heritage Bells units
Learn more about the Cathedral with our exciting display cabinets packed full of history.

Near the shop

100 Things in the Cathedral for adults
It's not just up to the children to go hunting around the Cathedral - there's plenty of things to look for as an adult too! Can you find all 100 things?

Around the Cathedral

Cathedral Quiz
Get that grey matter going with our Cathedral quiz. How much do you know?

Around the Cathedral

Peace Museum LogoThe Peace Museum (12noon - 4pm)
Come and find out more about The Peace Museum's exhibitions and collections. Get hands on with some of our collection and join in with a free family activity to create your own peace dove. Under 5s colouring available. 



Talks & Sessions


Time Title Location
12:15pm / 1:30pm / 3:15pm

Flower Arranging
Watch as three members of our flower arranging team prepare three different areas of the Cathedral.
Shirley - near the pulpit after the opening ceremony

(Repeated at 1:30pm when Sally will arrange outside St. Aidan's chapel, and again at 3:15pm with Pat arranging at the font)

Near the pulpit / St. Aidan's / the Font

Let's Talk About... Poetry
Join Dianne Pacitti who will be talking about her work as a poet and reading some of her recent work.

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St. Aidan's Chapel

Altar Frontals Talk
Jill Wright of the Friends of Bradford Cathedral will take you through the altar frontals, all about their design, history and more.This talk will open with a short poem by our Poet In Residence Diane Pacitti all about the stitchers. (Repeated at 2:30pm)

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Main Stage

In Conversation with... Syima Aslam
The Very Revd Jerry Lepine, Dean of Bradford, in conversation with Syima Aslam, Festival Director of the Bradford Literature Festival.

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Main Stage

Let's Talk About... EcoCathedral
Join Canon Mandy Coutts who'll be talking about solar panels, bee hotels and everything in between as we celebrate everything the Cathedral does to help the environment

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St. Aidan's Chapel

Let's Talk About... Going Deeper

Andrew Tawn, Director of Clergy Development, talks about how you can go deeper into your faith.

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St. Aidan's Chapel
2:30pm / 3pm / 3:30pm

High Tea
Enjoy a scone with a jam and cream, as well as your choice of tea and coffee. Three servings available of 50 people each. Our high tea is free, but donations are always welcome!

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Refreshment Area

Let's Talk About... FairTrade 
Jane and David talk about everything the Cathedral does to support some incredible FairTrade causes.

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St. Aidan's Chapel

In Conversation with Wahida Shaffi

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Cathedral Nave

Let's Talk About... The History of the Cathedral
Maggie Myers, our Director of Education and Visitors, will give you a whistle-stop history of the building!

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St. Aidan's Chapel

Secrets of the Sacristy
Join our head verger David Worsley who'll be guiding you through some of the wonders stored within the Cathedral's Sacristy.

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Artspace (Meet here)

Battle of the Steeple talk
Learn more about the Siege of Bradford in this exciting talk!

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Cathedral grounds

Street Party
Timed at 19:19 to mark the year when we became a cathedral, celebrate with a free street party in the Cathedral with live music from Upright Vintage.

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Refreshment Area


Further Activities


Time Title Location

ACT Shakespeare Pop-Ups
Join ACT Shakespeare around the Cathedral to enjoy Macbeth in the grounds, A Winter's Tale by the refreshment's area, and Romeo and Juliet by the organ, as they give you exciting previews of their work ahead of their full Romeo and Juliet performance in July. (Repeated at 3:30pm)

Around the Cathedral

Organ Recital
Join us for a very special organ recital.

Main Stage

Solo Piano Performance

Main Stage

Choral Evensong
A prayerful service of Bible readings and canticles led by the cathedral choir. The service includes a short sermon and traditional hymns.

Main Stage

Launch of the 'Bradford on Film' trailer and Congregational Memories
On October 4th the Yorkshire Film Archive will present an evening of archive footage, and you can get a taster of what to expect in this short trailer. It will also be followed by some memories of the congregation captured on film.

Main Stage

Come and Sing: Pick a Hymn
Have you got a favourite hymn you love to sing? Here's your chance to get it picked and to sing it!

Parish Rooms

Brass Band
Whilst we move from the street party to the night prayer enjoy a selection of favourites performed by a brass band

Cathedral grounds

Night Prayer
Join us in a final act of worship with a special compline (night prayer) and a small procession.

Main Stage


Further Activities


We will have some very special Bradford Cathedral magnets on sale too at the festival. Don't miss out on bringing a bit of us back to your fridge!