Bolling Hall Museum
Bolling Hall Museum

Halloween Hyacinths and the Bradford Literacy Bus

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

About this event

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bolling Hall Museum

FREE volunteer event. All welcome.

Bradford Stories Bus in the museum gardens. Travelling more than 3,000 miles from New York, the bright yellow school bus promotes community literacies in Bradford.  The bus encourages families to express themselves and tell their own stories. It promotes reading for pleasure and delivers wellbeing events across Bradford’s target wards including Bowling. Parents, young people and early years children upwards will be given free access to storytelling and resources on the bus, as part of the communities tour, sponsored by Bradford 2025.
Storytelling all day long with Bolling Hall library volunteers
Fruit Works Co-Op with Better Start, 1 – 3pm  During the afternoon a storyteller will be reading some special tree stories with some special books to give away. Find them in the library.
Volunteer Bolling Gardeners – Halloween Hyacinths bulb planting pots to take home. Decorate in a spooky style first.
Fairies Wardrobe – get your little witches/warlock facepaint.  Your favourite magical book characters will be visiting too! Look out for the garden gazebo of magic.
Refreshments to buy in the Cold Kitchen
Meet Frances Tempest on a tour of her home, the museum! English Civil War, 1642 – 1649. Bolling Hall was the temporary Royalist Headquarters after winning a great battle against the Parliamentarians under Oliver Cromwell, the Battle of Adwalton Moor (near Bradford) June 1643.Frances, as mistress of the house, would protect herself & her family by always having 2 Flintlock Pistols at the ready, “keeping her powder dry” under her apron. (aka volunteer Sheila Lansdell).

Bolling Hall Museum

Bowling Hall Road, Bradford, BD4 7LP
Opening times

Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm

By public transport

Bolling Hall is situated on Bowling Hall Road one mile south of Bradford City Centre and is signposted with heritage ‘brown signs’ from A650 Wakefield Road.

From Bradford City Centre, the 635 bus departs from bus stops City Park A on Prince’s Way, Rawson Square H on John Street, and Little Germany Y on Vicar Lane (alight at Bowling Hall Road).

For help in planning your journey by public transport, please visit

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