6 Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Events Happening in Spring
In 2013, our wonderful city of Hull was voted UK City of Culture 2017. This title is awarded to the city which a panel of experts feels has the most potential for transformation over the next four years, and they were impressed with Hull’s dedication to the cause. In response, Hull City Council established a charitable trust, the Hull UK City of Culture 2017, in order to celebrate the diverse range of talents and achievements the city has to offer. Not only are the events enjoyed by the locals, but they also attract visitors from miles around, proving that Hull really is the place to be!
If you’re looking for fun, family events for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, here are 6 wonderful activities happening this spring!
1.Cuddle the lambs at Sledmere Farm Lambing Weekend
If there’s one thing that signals the beginning of spring, it’s the arrival of fluffy lambs! If you’re looking for a family-friendly day out, head down to Sledmere Farm during the weekend of 1st and 2nd April for their wonderful lambing weekend. This event is perfect for children and adults alike, but children in particular will love getting up close to the lambs. If that wasn’t enough, they’ll even have the opportunity to help out with their feeding time! Visiting Sledmere Farm wouldn’t be complete without a walk around their peaceful grounds, or without stopping for a cup of tea and slice of homemade cake in their terrace cafe. We’re sure you’ll have a wonderful time, and that you’ll leave wishing you could take a lamb home with you!
2. Get experimenting at the University of Hull’s Science Festival
Culture isn’t just about art, theatre, and music. It’s also important to recognise the importance of science and technology in facilitating Hull’s commitment to culture, which is why the Science Festival is such a popular event. Held at the prestigious University of Hull, there will be enough workshops, lectures and demonstrations to keep the entire family entertained for hours. The Science Festival is perfect for children, but there are also plenty of activities for the adult enthusiasts too. Why don’t you head on over to the inflatable planetarium? Or how about using the festival’s solar telescopes to see which stars you can spot? Entry is free, but you do have to reserve your tickets online. Happy experimenting!
3. Visit the tidal surge barrier for “The City Speaks”
The City Speaks – Hull 2017 UK City of Culture
We may be biased, but we think that The City Speaks is one of the most unique art installations in the UK. Designed by the artist Michael Pinsky, The City Speaks is an interactive light display illuminating Hull’s tidal surge barrier. The installation projects whatever is said through a connected microphone at a nearby spectator station, and was designed to give a voice to the people of Hull. Unfortunately, The City Speaks will only stay on the tower until the end of the year, so if you haven’t already visited now is your chance. Even if you don’t get a chance to speak through the microphone, it’s still worth heading down to the tidal surge barrier to have a peek!
4. Wander around the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
Usually displayed in London’s National History Museum, the extraordinary Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition has taken a temporary trip up north to Hull’s very own Beverley Art Gallery. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a truly incredible collection of photos, and you don’t have to be a photography enthusiast to enjoy them. There will be a total of 100 photographs on display, showcasing some of the most beautiful environments and animals from all over the world. The exhibition will only be open until the 22nd April, so check it out while you still can!
5. Visit the wonderful Poppies: Weeping Window sculpture
Designed and organised by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, the Poppies: Weeping Window sculpture is a collection of thousands of ceramic poppies, each carefully crafted by dedicated artists. The iconic piece will be in Hull until the 14th May before it continues on its tour of the UK as part of the 14-18 Now, a cultural programme marking the centenary of the First World War. As part of this, the piece was crafters in order to encourage people around the UK to learn about and discuss the war. You can find the sculpture at the Hull Maritime Museum in the Victorian Dock Offices which, having opened in 1871, were present throughout the war.
6. Laugh at loud at Circo Ridiculoso’s Three Little Pigs
What would a visit to the city of culture be without a trip to the theatre? Everyone is familiar with the classic Three Little Pigs story, but you might not have heard it quite like this. Circo Ridiculoso’s hilarious re-telling of the fairy tale, using only a box of props, will have the whole family in stitches. Children will absolutely love getting involved with Ridiculoso’s ridiculous storytelling (complete with circus skills!), but we’re sure the parents and grandparents amongst you will love it too. The Three Little Pigs will be showing at The Junction until the 1st April, so grab your tickets while you can!
Hull City of Culture 2017 is packed with fun events for the entire family, so if you’re a caravan owner at Patrington Haven Leisure Park what better way to spend this spring than by giving them all a go?