Events

The HLF backed Restoration of the Park is complete. Come along to see the new glasshouses, dome house and the Park’s two Italian marble fountains and original pond in their newly restored splendour. The planting around the Park and in the glasshouses is looking good too.

In the Museum conservation work on the Butterfield stained glass windows is now finished. Visit the Museum to view the spectacular transformation.

If you have a query about Cliffe Castle Museum or Park

please email  Cliffe Castle for more information.

The Park and Museum are both stunning and the new Cafe IS NOW OPEN.

  • A local artist has been making a pictorial record of the HLF Restoration of the Park.

  •   See her Blog for a stunning view of what has been going on

    EVERY Saturday - Park Runs - FREE at 9 am.
  •   Please visit Park Run website for details.

    Summer Outdoor Bootcamps - Sundays from 5 May - 10-11 am in Cliffe Castle Park. A great way for adults over 18 to get fitter and tone up for the summer holidays. A variety of exercises and challenges that are nothing like anything usually done in the gym. Charges per session or blocks of 3 or 6 sessions, to be booked and payable in advance. If you’d like to find out more or would simply like to come and watch a session before commiting to trying a session yourself, please contact Joe Kutney by phone 07719 186964 or email .

    Monday Afternoons - Tai Chi for Health in the Park - led by Huntun Tai Chi - 1.30pm - 2.30 pm. Meet at 1.15 pm outside the Cafe. The session will take place by the picnic tables overlooking the Play Area. Come prepared for the weather. Cost £2.50 per session.

    The Honey Show - Saturday 26 October. Honey and much more from Airedale Beekeepers Association from 2 to 3.30 pm in the Learning Room.

    RSPB Falling Leaves Event - Sunday 27 October. A family friendly wildlife activity event.

    Apple Day on Sunday 27 October. A free family vent to celebrate the fruits of the season from 11 am to 3 pm in the Learning Room.

    Cliffe Castle Star Party - Thursday 31 October. Join Keighley Astronomical Society to experience the fascination of the heavens. 11 am to 3 pm Family friendly craft activities and the chance to explore the Planetarium in the Museum. Calling all Rocketeers - Out of this World fancy dress is recommended! Come along to Cliffe Castle Pavilion Café from 6.30 pm onward for some star gazing with plenty of telescopes and experts on hand to point out the highlights of the night's sky. From 7 to 8 pm Brian Jones will talk about Astronomy and what can be seen in the winter night sky. Then from 8 to 9 pm Peter Collins will present Astro Photography illuminated with his own stunning images.

    Music in the Museum - Sunday 3 November Come along to this free concert and be entertained by Bradford Accordion Band.

    Exhibition - to Sunday 3 November - Paralympic Heritage: Stories from Bradford & Keighley is an accessible and interactive exhibition which shows just how far we have come as a nation in supporting and celebrating disability sport. The exhibition in the gallery and in the dome house uses a range of displays, memorabilia and art. Come and learn about local and national Paralympians, all of whom have contributed to our Paralympic legacy. Find out how it all began with the inspirational story of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann and the D-day landings.

    Exhibition - The Beauty In Decay – to Sunday 3 November - Simon Sugden is a Yorkshire-based photographer who explores the idea that buildings have a second chance after their useful life, where nature and decay take over to create a new kind of beauty. In pursuit of this, Simon seeks out once loved and now abandoned mills and attractions, showing them in a new and hauntingly beautiful light.

    Exhibition - More than Mats – Rugmaking Past, Present and Future to Sunday 3 November. This exhibition by the Airedale, Lunesdale and West Riding Ruggers showcases the many different types and traditions of rugmaking. It features old methods and new techniques and explores the traditional thrift crafts which are not only being preserved by local groups but also by independent teachers and other individuals working at home. These crafts are being given a new lease of life and have also become forms of creative art.

    Exhibition - to Tuesday 5 November - Nidderdale High: Metal, Ceramics and Print. A small display of metalwork, ceramics and print by a group of Year 11 students from Nidderdale High School who visited Cliffe Castle Museum in September 2018 as a study day and gained inspiration from the stained glass, ceramics and natural science collections. The work is the result of a unique project with Nidderdale Visual Arts as the students were tutored by professional craftspeople throughout the year.

    Make Do and Mend - Saturday 9 November - 12 noon to 3 pm - Turn your favourite scraps of fabric into a small cushion in a free workshop being run by Textilia3 in conjuction with their new exhibition 'A Thread Running Through'. Learn how Victorian families made patchwork fabrics from old clothes, ribbons and off-cuts of fabric. Nothing was wasted and everyone from the lady of the house to the poorest worker would use the same technique of English paper piecing. We will have all the tools and materials needed to make a small sample patchwork, but participants are encouraged to bring their own fabric too. Suitable for all ages, beginners and experienced sewers alike. There will be plenty of help on hand throughout the session.

    Saturday 9 November to Sunday 12 January 2020 - Exhibition - A Thread Running Through - An exhibition of new textile art by Textilia 3, a group of 13 contemporary textile artists, based in the North of England. The northern landscape is largely shaped by cloth. Weavers cottages, tall mill chimneys, Cliffe Castle - a grand and richly furnished house created by the Butterfields, mill owners and merchants. Some of us have mill workers in our ancestry, weaving in our memories and in our blood. Thread Running Through draws on this rich history, inspiring us to explore the thread that runs through our stories, landscapes and work.

    Exhibition - to Sunday 17 November 2019 - A Yorkshireman's Travels. Join our eccentric intrepid traveller, Enoch Pendergast, on his World Adventure in a time when most people could not travel outside of the UK. The exhibition delves into the Victorian and Edwardian fascination with exploration and travel to faraway places with images from the Bradford Scientific Association lantern slide collection and exotic objects from our World Cultures collection. Come along and enjoy the show. It’ll be a ripping yarn!

    Saturday 23 November - Haworth-born Herbert – Yorkshire Bred – A Page a Day - A fascinating Free Talk by Michael Scarborough starting at 1.30 pm. A page a day was what a Haworth-born man made his daily task for over 70 years. In two tea-chests of papers he left a record of his time in the early years of the last century and time he spent on a farm in one of the less well known Yorkshire dales. These pages are a social history and a deeply personal story; amusing, sad, even tragic, always informative and sometimes critical. Booking is essential, to reserve a place call in at Cliffe Castle Museum reception desk (Tuesday to Sunday); Phone 01535 618231 or email  Cliffe Castle.

    Music in the Museum - Sunday 1 December Come along to this free concert and be entertained by the Anchor Big Band.

     

    Past events

    2019

    Sunday 20 October was a celebration day for Cliffe Castle Support Group with their first anniversary. Everyone was invited to come to find out more about what CCSG do. Keighley loves Cliffe Castle and we want to help make it the best it can be, so this was the opportunity for people to let CCSG know what they enjoy and contribute their ideas.

    Keighley Arts Festival launched on Friday 11 October - in the grounds of Cliffe Castle. This was a Free Family Friendly event with a lantern parade, amazing Drum machine and fabulous local band Jamba Samba plus fire sculptures, puppets too.

    Saturday 21 September - Gardeners Question Time - came to the Bracewell Smith Hall. It was a chance to hear the experts sort out those gardening queries and problems, courtesy of West Yorkshire Organic Group See   the WYOG website for more details of forthcoming activities.

    ON Thursday 19th September there was the launch of the Lion's Den (part of the Men's Shed organisation) at Cliffe Castle - why not come along and see what its all about?

    On Friday 6 September the fascinating Batty about Bats Walk was led by Andrew Cutts, Assistant Trees and Woodlands Manager CBMDC. The walkers had a chance to see and hear bats, these amazing flying mammals around the Park and its woodlands.

    ‘Sketching what we see’ was a series of sessions led by Louise Garrett, an experienced local Urban Sketcher, Sessions in the Museum and Park were aimed at adults keen to learn how to draw ‘in the moment’ and ‘on location’. Cliffe Castle Support Group is working with Louise to plan more sessions in 2020. Contact email  Cliffe Castle Support Group and you will be sent more information when available.

    Saturday 20 July - Paralympic Heritage Celebration Day - Incredible me. Working with the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, Bradford District Parks, and Cliffe Castle parkrun the day started with a parkrun with a difference! There was also Incredible Me Family Fun crafts, activities and games, health information and advocacy advice.

    Cliffe Castle hosted the Explore Keighley Weekend on 8th and 9th June. On Saturday two open air films delighted the audience viewing by the Bandstand. On Sunday 9th June an Explorer's Garden Party brought Keighley's famous Victorian Explorers to the Park with music on the Bandstand, a Funfair, Bracewell the Dragon and Mr Butterfield plus a host of comedic street performers.

    Friday 24 May - Batty about Bats – Andrew Cutts, Assistant Trees and Woodlands Manager CBMDC, led a walk around the Park and its woodlands captivating a group of CCSG members whilst he talked about these amazing flying mammals. Soon bat detectors alerted those present to look out for a great display of common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle and a few noctules. A second walk is being planned for September. - email  Cliffe Castle Support Group for more information.

    2018

    Sunday 9 December - Christmas at the Castle - was a day of festive fun at in the Museum and Park. Father Christmas came along plus reindeers, of course. There was a Christmas market in the park, Steeton Brass Band and Hurricane Blue Band with some seasonal music. Inside the museum there Christmassy craft and a trail. Cliffe Castle's new mascot the Dazzling Bracewell the Dragon camee to explore the museum and park with special guests including Frozen's Elsa, and two Ice Queen stilt walkers.

    Saturday 27 October - the Monster Dash - in aid of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice was back bigger and better than 2017.

    Saturday 25 August: Men of Worth - The Keighley Riots. A talk by Andy Wade brought to life the riots that broke out in Keighley towards the end of August 1914.

    Saturday 4 August: The WW1 Event commemorated the centenary of the end of WW1 with a range of activities, including costumed characters, craft activities and the chance to try trench cake and one of the alternative bread recipes that Keighley created during the wheat shortage.

    Sunday 24 June: Shakespeare Performance - As You Like It - in the Park.

    Sunday 10 June: Garden Party in the Park and Crafts at the Castle with entertainment and stalls.

    Sketchwalks - provided the opportunity to try out location sketching led by Urban Sketcher Louise Garrett, developed with Deborah Rehmat ( (See her Blog). There will be more Sketchwalks in future. Please email  for more information and to book your place on future Sketchwalks. Beginners and seasoned Sketchers welcome. Free event.

    The Circus was celebrated on Tuesday 3 April with Circus themed craft activity and on Saturday 7 April with Circus skills in the Park.

    On Saturday 31 March the Rabbits and Guinea Pigs came back to their new homes in the Park. A family of 13 Degus came too plus their toys and wheels. The birds will be back in their new aviaries as soon as the weather warms up.

    On Saturday 31 March there was Rabbit mask making to welcome the animals back

    Music in the Museum concerts. The last of this series was given by Two Rivers Concert Band on 25th March. More concerts will take place later in 2018.

    Drawing the Work to Sun 14 Jan 2018. A case in the Breakfast Room displayed the work of artist Deborah Rehmat, who has been recording the Heritage Lottery funded work in Cliffe Castle Park. Displayed alongside the case were reproductions of Deborah's sketchbooks. To see more please visit
  •   Deborah's Blog

    2017

    On Sunday 10th December a Festive Celebration and re-opening of the restored Park was held. There was fun for all during this joint event with Cliffe Castle Museum.

    The Glasshouses were official opened after the Ingrow/Longlee schools' Keighley Christmas Carol performance in the Museum. Families met the real Father Christmas, visited the Christmas Market and enjoyed music from a Brass Band, Barrel Organ plus songs from Holy Family Catholic School choir in the Bracewell Smith Hall. There was a free self guided story trail around the Park with a chance to see the new glasshouses, heritage features and landscaping and laugh at the jokes on Cracker Hill!

    Sunday 29 October - Pop-Up Café @ the Museum - the swansong for a very popular offering of scrumptious sweet & savoury bites run by the Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group. These Pop-Up s have been enjoyed by a large number of people and helped raise funds that will be used to benefit the Park and its visitors.

    Saturday 28 October - Manorlands Halloween Monster Dash. was a fun and scary event which raised funds for the Sue Ryder Hospice - Manorlands .

    Members of Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group have been leading Free guided tours of the Park, explaining how its historic features are being restored. More walks will be planned for the future. Please email  CCPCG for more information on future dates or if you are interested in joining one of these Walks.

    Sunday 30 July - Cliffe Castle Garden Party: was a day of music, fun and frolics for all in the Park and Museum, continuing the tradition of summer music events at Cliffe Castle.

    Music at the Museum: a series of free music events have been held. For details future performances look for Cliffe Castle Museum's events on  Bradford Museum's website

    Tuesday 18 April - Professor Keith Davies presented a Punch & Judy Puppet Show with puppet making activities.

    From February until April - there has been an occasional Pop-Up Park Café @ the Museum in the Learning Room serving hot & cold drinks, sweet & savoury bites. Run by the Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group this has been enjoyed by a large number of people and helped raise some funds that will be used to benefit the Park and its visitors.

    2016

    What the Dickens? - Over the festive season a display of plans for the restoration of the Park plus 'A Cliffe Castle Christmas Carol', four panels that tell some of the story of Cliffe Castle and the current restoration of the Park (with apologies to Charles Dickens) were in the Conservatory. The Ghosts of Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Present and Future acted as guides, leading Scrooge to a happy ending!

    On Sunday 11 December talented students from Holy Family School entertained a large audience with seasonal songs in the Bracewell-Smith Hall

    A POP UP Park was in Airedale Shopping Centre for a week in early December. It showcased the Heritage Lottery Fund Restoration project and future events at Cliffe Castle Park. Members of Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group were on hand to talk about the role they play in safeguarding the park and putting on activities and events. Representatives from local community groups such as Airedale Bee Keepers, RSPB, West Yorkshire Bat Group and the Forest of Bradford were also there to discuss the important role they play in the Parks. Visitors were invited to add their comments to a short Questionnaires to find out what type of activities they would like to see in the Park in the future and what they would like to eat in the Cafe!. There was also a Memory Wall to which many people added their recollections of times spent in the Park, what they saw and what they did there. CCPCG members will archive this information for future generations visiting the Park.

    Sunday 20 November - Guided Tour of the Restoration of the Park. Visitors were taken on a walk around the Park and shown progress on the restoration works. They were also given a behind the scenes peep at plans and some artefacts awaiting restoration - and the cacti safely awaiting transfer to their newly built home in 2017.

    Sunday 23 October - the local RSPB Falling Leaves Event provided free wildlife and craft activities and guided bird watching walks in the grounds. See  the RSPB website for details.

    Sunday 28 August - The first of a series of guided tours of the Restoration of the Park was given by members of CCPCG providing the chance to learn more about the Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of Cliffe Castle Park.

    Sunday 12 June - Cliffe Castle to Park Wood Walk via East Riddlesden Hall. This was an opportunity to see some of Keighley's many attractions, meet up with others and finish the jaunt with a tour of Park Wood and a Picnic! GO TO the WALKS page for links to Google Maps showing four walking and cycling routes linking up these locations and also Keighley Redcar Tarn.

    At the end of February Keighley Library featured a two-week long display on 'Keighley Valleys and Rivers' a new leaflet which features four routes that link together Keighley Redcar Tarn, Cliffe Castle, East Riddlesden Hall and Park Wood to create a circular walk or cycling route that showcases Keighley's most scenic and historic features. See Walks for more details.

    2015

    Santa’s North Pole Workshop came to the Aviaries in Cliffe Castle Park once again. They were transformed into a free Christmas display by volunteers from Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group.

    Christmas Music - Sunday 6th December - Holy Family School Choir brought joy to an appreciative audience in the Bracewell Smith Hall of the Museum. Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group has helped establish a tradition of Christmas music at Cliffe Castle and this year's event proved even more popular than ever thanks to the hard work and talent of students from nearby Holy Family School. It was a huge success!

    Christmas Craft Workshop Saturday 5th December Enthusastic participants braved the rain for a walk around Cliffe Castle park and woods to gather natural materials and then went into the Museum to make Christmas decorations. This free event was organised and led by Annie Berrington. Contact Annie on 07974 935105 or email
      or see  the Go:Walking website for details of future events.

    Sunday 25 October - RSPB Falling Leaves Event There were wildlife and craft activities for families and a guided bird watching walks in the grounds. See   the RSPB website for details.

    Family Fun Walk to Cliffe Castle Park - Saturday 24th October This was a FREE half term Family Fun event for children, parents and grandparents in Cliffe Castle grounds, including games and other outdoor activities. Contact Annie on 07974 935105 or email  for details.

    Saturday 19 September - Hackfall Wood, a unique woodland. In a free talk, David Mason, a Woodland Trust volunteer photographer, took his audience on a virtual tour of Hackfall Wood, near Masham with photographs, historical notes and details of the recent heritage project to put Hackfall back on the map!

    Tuesday 11 August - Teddy Bears' Picnic - There was a visit from the Bookstart Bear, balloon modelling, storytelling and rhymes, exciting craft activities and the Museum was open for families to enjoy.

    2014

    Sunday 14 Dec - Postcards of Keighley - The team from arts group Small World demonstrated how they produced the paintings in the Postcards of Keighley exhibition.

    Sunday 14th December - Holy Family Students' Choir - performed seasonal and other music in the Bracewell Smith Hall in Cliffe Castle Museum.

    Summer Walks - Three free guided walks were organised by Keighley Healthy Living in partnership with Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group in August. These gentle walks with a qualified walk leader explored the Cliffe Castle Park and surrounding woodland. More walks will be held in the future - check this EVENTS page or contact KHL on 01535 677177 or email  or see  the KHL website for details and to be kept informed.

    August 19 also saw the last Bandstand Concert with Horsforth Leeds City Band entertaining visitors to the Park

    Tuesday 5 August - Grand Teddy Bears' Picnic. This annual event, which for four years has been organised by Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group in partnership with Cliffe Castle Museum and Keighley Library, was even bigger this year with many other children's and family organisations joining in. There were Bears of all shapes and sizes and lot of other 'special friends' too. Cliffe Castle has a special association with Teddy Bears. The Butterfield family who lived at Cliffe Castle when it was a Mansion House were related to U.S. president Teddy Roosevelt after whom all Teddy Bears are named.

    Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 August - The Aire Do - Keighley’s biggest music event organised by Keighley Town Council brought fun, music and entertainment for all the family to the Park - website  The Aire Do

    Sunday 6 July - Tour de France Grand Depart the world’s largest annual cycling event passed right by Cliffe Castle Park,through Keighley and the Worth Valley before making its way into Calderdale via Hebden Bridge. For more information see the website of  Worth the Tour, a community-based umbrella group creating projects and events around Le Tour and the 100 Day Cultural Festival.

    Armed Forces Day - Saturday 28 June - A first for Keighley, this was organised by the Keighley Branch of the Royal British Legion with Air, Army & Sea Cadets.

    Saturday 21st June - A Family Bike Ride from Saltaire to Cliffe Castle was organised by Paul Merrett of Sustrans   using part of the National Cycle Route along the Leeds/Liverpool Canal and the new cycle route from Stockbridge to Utley. This leads directly to the Beechcliffe entrance to Cliffe Castle Park

    2013

    Sunday 15 December - a busy day with Santa Claus and an Open mic event at Cliffe Castle Café ALSO on Sunday 15 December the popular Bingley Hand Bell Ringers gave a free concert of seasonal music in the newly restored Bracewell Smith Hall in Cliffe Castle Museum. The event was organised by the Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group. LOOK OUT for 2014 dates for another return of this popular group of entertainers.

    Saturday 24 August - Cliffe Castle Museum celebrated the re-opening of the renovated Museum.  www.bradfordmuseums.org

    THE AIREDO - popular music festival Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August.

    Tuesday 30 July - Teddy Bear' Picnic 11 - 3 pm PLUS Opening of the new Play Area

    MEDIEVAL DAY - Sunday 7 July. A fun event that celebrated the Park's mock medieval design. There was a 'Tug Of War Tournament', Coat Of Arms on 'Heraldic Hill', wet sponges thrown at the knave in the stocks!The brave can took part in a Dragon Hunt!In the 'Garden Of Life' there were tales from a medieval storyteller and an exhibition of medieval themed art by Keighley Art Group.On the Bandstand the 1st Haworth Brownies danced, whilst visitors enjoyed the free 'Shield Making Workshop'.

    In the afternoon there was a Children's Medieval Fancy Dress Competition and 'MyPlace' exhibited the recent work they have been doing with schools in the Park. YE OLDE PLANT SHOPPE sold delights for the garden. The Miniature Ponies were firm favourites with young and old alike

    Saturday 16 March - The Big Dig. Volunteers and members of Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group tidied up and pruned shrubs in the Beechcliffe Enclosure as well as planting foxgloves as part of the national Big Dig event.  The Big Dig

    Keighley BigK Run/Walk - Sunday 10 March supported the Sue Ryder charity passing through some of Keighley's historic places, including Cliffe Castle Park. For more details visit   Keighley BigK Run/Walk

    Keighley & Craven Cross Country events in the Park Their Open Cross Challenge is an Open Age opportunity to join in. For more details visit  www.kcac.co.uk

    A historic Victorian path through the edge of Moorhouse Wood has been uncovered after two days’ effort by members of a working party organised by Chris Ward from JAMES (KVC) & Rachel Deadman from BEES, supported by members of the CCPCG. It is an example of early asphalt path edged with stone and is shown on the old maps of the area within the grounds of Henry Butterfield’s estate.

    2012

    CHRISTMAS at the CASTLE - on Sunday December 9th in Cliffe Castle Coffee Lounge children had fun making decorations THEN, back by popular demand, Bingley Hand Bell Ringers gave a free Christmas Concert

    On Sunday 23 September Members of SANGAT, KAWACC, the Italian Citizens of the Third Age, the Ukranian Centre and CCPCG held a Jubilee Celebration of Food. There was a tempting array of food from some of Keighley's outstanding Communities plus handicrafts and other attractions. The event was funded by the Keighley Local Area Committee

    Sat/Sun 8/9 September Keighley Heritage Weekend On Saturday CCPCG members led History Walks in the Park. On Sunday afternoon, the Loose Connexion Jazz Quinteet performed on the Bandstand.

    At The Teddy Bears' Picnic on Tuesday 24 July there was free fun for all the family provided by Keighley Library and the Conservation Group.

    On Sat/Sun 28 & 29 July The Aire Do included the Keighley Jubilee Carnival Parade, chart-topping bands, acoustic Marquee, Jam Radio Marquee, food, fun, children's rides, fortune telling, fancy dress and stalls!

    Sunday 10 June - Bandstand Concert - Baildon Ukulele Club

    Friday 8 June - A Bat Walk led by Ian Butterfield of West Yorkshire Bat Group saw Pipistrelles in the Park. Ian will be back in 2013.

    Friday 14 February - The Musicians Centre, Keighley planted a tree in Cliffe Castle Park as their gift to the planet.

    On SUNDAY 25 MARCH - A VICTORIAN TEA PARTY was held in the Museum conservatory.


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