This easy Yorkshire city boasts waterfront bars and restaurants plus a historic old town.
Trains to Hull might bring you to the end of the line on the east coast, but it’s the beginning of a journey for tourists. Whether you’re visiting for a day or to enjoy a city break, there’s lots of things for you to do in this redeveloping city.
Hull is a proud seaport with a tough, weather beaten attitude to life. That is of course part of the charm of the place, but it's not all salty air and sea dogs telling their impressive tales from the waves. There's also the prosperous Victorian town centre and hub of really good museums and galleries to get your teeth into. Ranging from 'The Deep', which is a spectacular aquarium and one of the most visited travel destinations in the country, to the beautiful Queens Gardens.
Named as 2017's City of Culture, there’s so much going on in Hull this year – they’ve thrown their doors wide open and are inviting the world in, as Hull begins to curate an amazing year-long celebration of traditional and contemporary culture in the city.
After the extraordinary start of Hull 2017’s opening season, Made in Hull, the second chapter will explore Hull’s unique place as a gateway to Europe, its maritime history and global connections, and the arrivals and departures that create the stories of the city.
Hop on board – it’s going to be an unforgettable trip.
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MADE IN HULL HIGHLIGHTS
Here’s a flavour of what’s in store during season two (Apr - Jun).
LOOK UP | 1 Jan – 31 Dec | Hull City Centre
A year-long programme of temporary artworks made specifically for Hull’s public places and spaces. Don’t miss Chris Dobrowolski’s work at The Deep (Mar – May) which will look at environmental concerns around plastics and our oceans; and Claire Barber’s installation in Paragon Station, which explore the phenomenon of ‘transmigration’, and the notion that skills and belongings traverse transport routes alongside people.
POPPIES: WEEPING WINDOW | 25 Mar – 14 May | Maritime Museum
The sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, originally seen at the Tower of London, is now touring as part of 14-18 NOW. In Hull, Weeping Window will be installed at the Maritime Museum, which witnessed many of the defining events of the First World War in Hull.
PAUL SMITH TO J K ROWLING: BP PORTRAIT AWARD COMMISSIONS FROM THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY | 29 Mar – 11 Jun | Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull
Each year, the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery commission a portrait from the winner of the BP Portrait Award resulting in a selection of portraits of some of Britain’s best known cultural figures. The exhibition represents the diversity, creativity and vision of a group of people who have shaped Britain today, and the best in contemporary portraiture.
TIDAL WAVES BEACH FESTIVAL | 9 – 10 Jun | Southcliff Beach, Bridlington
The Tidal Waves music festival hits the beach with two phenomenal days of music, showcasing a wealth of local talent as well as national headline acts. Kicking off on the Friday night before a packed day-to-night programme on Saturday, Tidal Waves offers an eclectic music mix for all the family.
JOHN GRANT’S NORTH ATLANTIC FLUX: SOUNDS FROM SMOKY BAY | 28 Apr – 1 May |Various locations
A celebration of the deep cultural ties between the city of Hull and the Nordic states, as critically acclaimed singer-songwriter John Grant joins forces with arts organisation Curated Place. Festival venues include Hull City Hall, Gate No.5 and more, with headline sets at City Hall from John Grant, GusGus, Susanne Sundfør and Lindstrøm. Join us for an experimental journey over four incredible days.
HULL TRUCK THEATRE AND HULL UK CITY OF CULTURE 2017 MIGHTY ATOMS | 8 Jun – 1 Jul | Hull Truck
The gloves are well and truly on, as four women take part in an unlicensed fight night to save a struggling pub – and their boxercise class - on one of Hull’s toughest streets. Inspired by Hull’s original Mighty Atom, Barbara Buttrick, this new play by award-winning writer Amanda Whittington pulls no punches.
HULL UK CITY OF CULTURE 2017 AND HULL LIBRARY SERVICES THE BIG MALARKEY FESTIVAL | 26 Jun – 2 Jul | Malarkey Park, East Park
Come one, come all to Hull’s first children’s literature festival. A summer feast of stories, books, poetry, comics, illustration, music, rhyme, song, dance - and cats in hats. Made possible with funding from the James Reckitt Library Trust, The Big Malarkey is for everyone aged 0 – 16 to enjoy alongside their family and friends.
SKIN: FREUD, MUECK AND TUNICK | Mueck in partnership with ARTIST ROOMS | 22 Apr – 13 Aug | Ferens Art Gallery
Spencer Tunick’s Sea of Hull - which invited thousands of people to be photographed naked - is revealed for the very first time. Skin will also feature Ron Mueck’s striking sculptures of human figures, drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection, and nudes by Lucian Freud, alongside highlights from Hull’s permanent collection.
BACK TO OURS | 26 May – 4 Jun | Various locations
There’s a buzz in the air once more as Back To Ours – a series of festivals at the heart of Hull’s communities - returns, following its successful debut run in February. Back To Ours brings award-winning shows to every corner of Hull and transforms venues, from schools to shopping centres and community centres, into electrifying entertainment hotspots.
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