Brontë 200 – Celebrating the Brontës

Brontë 200 – Celebrating the Brontës

Bringing the Brontës to the world and the world to Yorkshire

Brontë200 is a five-year programme celebrating the bicentenaries of the births of four of the Brontës: Charlotte in 2016, Branwell in 2017, Emily in 2018 and Anne in 2020.

In 2019, the Brontë Society will celebrate Rev Patrick Brontë,  200 years after he was invited to take up the role of parson in Haworth. There are plenty of events taking place and we hope that you will stay with us at Mercure Bradford, Bankfield Hotel as a base for your journey into Brontë country to find out more about the Brontë family and their legacy.

See the Brontë 200 website here.

Graduation Parties & Ceremonies in Bradford

Graduation Parties & Ceremonies

The end of University and College life is a big moment for anyone. That’s why you want the occasion to be as memorable as possible.

Friends, family and fellow students all make such days great fun and something to be remembered forever.

We can help with every aspect of planning and coordinating a graduation party or ceremony, so that everyone is sure to have an incredible time.

Proms in Bradford

Celebrate Prom Night in style!

Celebrate the end of exams, the end of school and the end of an era with our great Prom Packages.

We’ll help you make sure the party goes off in style, with up to 250 Prom Kings and Queens.

Let us take the strain of planning, so that the guests can get down to the serious business of partying.

Christenings

Christenings

What better way to celebrate the christening of a child than with friends and family in beautiful surroundings.

We can help you to plan every aspect of the happy day to ensure that it’s perfect.

Wakes, Memorials & Celebrating a Life

Wakes, Memorials & Celebrating a Life

Our highly experienced team understands that it can be difficult to face organising post-funeral arrangements for a loved one. The last thing you want to worry about is managing caterers, florists, room layouts and everything else involved with organising a gathering of this nature.

Our experienced staff at Mercure Bradford, Bankfield Hotel are here to help and can tend to your requirements with the sensitivity and professionalism you would expect.

We are here to help…

  • Experienced and understanding staff
  • Professional and sensitive approach
  • Private and respectful
  • Assistance for infirm and disabled guest if required
  • Dedicated Event Coordinator
  • Flexible food and refreshment packages
  • Our dedicated Event Coordinator will look after you and your arrangements, helping to ensure all of your specific requirements are met on the day.

Please contact our Event Coordinator to discuss your requirements and arrange a time to view the hotel’s facilities.

Wedding Showcase Evenings at Mercure Bradford, Bankfield Hotel

Wedding Showcase Evenings at Mercure Bradford, Bankfield Hotel (18:30 – 20:30)

We have plenty of images of the hotel, but nothing beats actually seeing it decked out and ready for a wedding!

A Wedding Showcase is exactly what is in order, where we dress the hotel up for a wedding and you get to see the rooms in their full glory. Enjoy a relaxed opportunity to look around the hotel and its grounds, speak to one of our wedding team about your plans and even meet other brides and swap ideas over a glass of Prosecco.

What to expect:

  • Free entry & parking
  • Chilled glass of Prosecco or orange juice on arrival
  • Good bag on arrival
  • Civil ceremony and wedding breakfast showcases
  • A few key suppliers
  • Lots of ideas!

Future Dates:

  • Wednesday 19th September
  • Wednesday 21st November

There is no need to book but if you do require more information then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is a 5-mile-long heritage railway line in West Yorkshire, with services running from Keighley to Oxenhope.

British Railways operated the last scheduled passenger train in 1961, but reopened in 1968 as a heritage railway. It is now operated by over 500 volunteers and 10 members of staff.

The trains carry over 100,000 passengers each year, making it a major attraction in the Bradford area.

Trains run every weekend, bank holidays and school holidays and other special dates. Just 20 minutes’ drive from Mercure Bradford, Bankfield Hotel, making it the perfect activity to enjoy with the whole family whilst you stay.

HISTORY, INFIDELITY AND GHOSTS

HISTORY, INFIDELITY AND GHOSTS

East Riddlesden Hall is an impressive historic manor. It acted as Heathcliff’s home in the 1992 and 2009 film and TV adaptations of Wuthering Heights, and the interior is a fantasyland of massive stone fireplaces and period embroidery.

But what about its residents?

The 17th-century estate once housed the nefarious Murgatroyd family. Legend claims that the River Aire changed its course to flow away from the shamefully ill-behaved clan. Then there are the ghosts. The Grey Lady has a namesake bedroom, where legend says she was murdered for infidelity. The Blue Lady is said to have drowned in the pond. In addition, keep an eye out for the spirits of the family horses, dogs and cats.

East Riddlesden Hall is located on Bradford Road and is just ten minutes by car from the hotel.

DISCOVER SHEPHERDING WITH CUDDLY COLLIES

DISCOVER SHEPHERDING WITH CUDDLY COLLIES

Spend a day on Mainline Border Collie Centre’s scenic farm to discover the time-honoured Yorkshire art of sheepdog handling.

Admittedly, the word ‘Yorkshire’ usually conjures up images of fluffy-haired terriers. But why should they get all of the attention? Sure, they’re adorable, but collies are equally lovable in addition to having a noble herding heritage.

Partnered with a sheepdog and under the guidance of a working shepherd, venture out onto the moors. There in the picturesque countryside, you’ll learn what it takes to master a flock of disorderly (and at times defiantly disobedient) sheep – just like a true local.

The Mainline Border Collie Centre is just a ten minute drive from the hotel. 

A TRAM TO BRONZE AGE ARTIFACTS

A TRAM TO BRONZE AGE ARTIFACTS

The Shipley Glen Tramway serves as a virtual time machine.

Opened in 1895, Britain’s oldest working funicular offers a steep ride up to the sprawling site of long gone fairgrounds. An Edwardian sweet shop at the top station serves as a nod to that era.

But what about before that? Evidence that the site has been inhabited for thousands of years lies in its Bronze Age cup-and-ring marks. Take a scenic stroll across expansive moors to discover dozens of the carved rocks, largely found near Dobrudden Farm. Theories on how they were used by ancient inhabitants range from religious ceremonies to tools for shaping stone axes.

To know for sure, you’ll need to find an actual time machine. The Shipley Glen Tramway is a 15 minute drive from the hotel.