Bradford was the birthplace of Anne Brontë and three of her five siblings (Charlotte, Patrick Branwell and Emily Brontë), as they were born between 1816 and 1820 in Thornton Parsonage, around four miles from the city centre. The Brontë birthplace is now a lovely deli and cafe named, rather appropriately, Emily’s, but there are birthday celebrations for Anne on Friday 17th in Bradford itself.

Anne’s birthday event takes place at the Delius Arts & Cultural Centre in the centre of Bradford, just along from the Alhambra Theatre.

Here is the official description of the event on the Brontë Society website:

“Come down to be entertained by an exciting line-up of musicians, poets and DJs, and try your hand at zine-making, badge-making and other DIY crafts. This is a night to throw on your glad-rags, revel in performances, and enjoy delicious food and drink all for Anne Brontë’s birthday.”

It sounds like there’s something for almost everyone, and you can pay whatever you wish on the door.