Joker Live - Bonus Arena

Joker In Concert to be performed with live orchestra

Todd Phillips’ ground-breaking, award-winning film Joker will be screened with the accompaniment of a live orchestra playing composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s award-winning score for the first time ever.

The concert will take place at Hull’s Bonus Arena on Saturday, 16 May. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am.

Central to the emotional journey that Joaquin Phoenix’s character Arthur Fleck takes throughout the movie is Guðnadóttir’s beautifully haunting, Golden Globe-winning and BAFTA- and Academy Award-nominated score.

The fusion of looming industrial soundscapes with raw, emotive string-led melodies – led by a lone cello – creates a melancholic shroud pinpricked with moments of hope, which unfolds gradually to become a fever pitch of disquieting tension.

This extraordinary music will be brought to life by a full orchestra to create a vivid, visceral and entirely new Joker viewing experience. Performed live, Guðnadóttir’s inimitable score illuminates further the emotional weight, texture and atmosphere of Phoenix’s captivating portrayal.

Age restriction: Strictly 15+

Pet Shop Boys - Bonus Arena

Pet Shop Boys to play Hull’s Bonus Arena

The iconic Pet Shop Boys will be visiting Hull’s Bonus Arena this summer.

The band – currently at number three in the album chart with new record ‘Hotspot’ – will visit the Arena on Wednesday, 24 June.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am this Friday.

Pet Shop Boys are an English synth-pop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe.

They have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and are listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records.

Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1985 they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles, 22 of them Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four UK number ones: “West End Girls“, “It’s a Sin“, a synthpop version of “Always on My Mind“, and “Heart“. Other hit songs include a cover of “Go West“, “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” in a duet with Dusty Springfield.

At the 2009 Brit Awards in London, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music and have a host of other accolades in a glittering career.

New album ‘Hotspot’ is the band’s 17th top 10 record.

Standing and seated tickets will be available for this gig. Tickets go on general sale on Friday at 10am. Max six tickets per person.

They will be available from www.bounsarenahull.com or call 0844 8440444. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

Accessible tickets are available from 0800 9884440.

Pride in Hull © Pride in Hull

PRIDE IS BACK!

Save the date for the most colourful day of the year: Pride in Hull will be back on July 25, 2020 – with pop icon Louise and RuPaul’s DragRace UK finalist Divina De Campo the first big-name acts to be revealed.

Pride in Hull, the free and inclusive one-day celebration of the LGBT+ community, will be returning to Queens Gardens for its 19th outing on July 25 with a line-up that once again features something for everyone.

More than 50,000 people of all ages attended Pride in Hull in 2019, with performances from stars including RuPaul’s DragRace icon Alaska 5000, Steps star Claire Richards and girl group Honeyz as well as a rainbow-studded parade through the city centre – firmly cementing its reputation as the largest event of its kind in the region.

Since then, the volunteer team responsible for making the event happen have been beavering away behind the scenes to create this year’s event, and the organisers are excited about what’s in store.

Louise first found fame in the 90s girlband Eternal but quickly found her own place on the pop scene with huge hits including Naked, Stuck In The Middle and singalong dancefloor smash Let’s Go Round Again.

Her new album Heavy Love dropped on January 17 to critical acclaim and she is heading on a national tour next month before returning to her starring role in 9 to 5 the Musical. But fans in Hull will be able to see her for free at Queens Gardens as part of this year’s Pride in Hull extravaganza.

Louise said: “I’m so excited to be able to join the line-up at this year’s Pride in Hull! The LGBT+ community has always held a really special place in my heart and I can’t wait to join the fun at an event I’ve heard so much about. I haven’t been back to Hull since I played with Westlife at the KCOM Stadium back in 2005 and can remember how loud the Hull audience is! I’m looking forward to performing my old hits, some Eternal classics and new tracks from Heavy Love.”

Yorkshire drag queen Divina De Campo became a household name towards the end of July 2019 after finishing as the runner-up of the first ever RuPaul’s DragRace UK edition.

Pride in Hull Chair, Matt Walton, said: “We’ve been working hard behind the scenes since 2019 to keep raising funds, grow our team of volunteers, and start booking the kind of acts that will bring something for everyone come July 25. Get it in your diary now because we want to see you there – it’s going to be amazing!

“We’re especially excited to get Louise on board – her new album is fantastic and she’s renowned for putting on a superb live performance.

“We’re also super excited to be welcoming Divina De Campo from just down the road. Viewers of RuPaul’s DragRace UK absolutely fell in love with the Yorkshire queen and we can’t wait to give her a warm Hull welcome in Queens Gardens on July 25.”

Councillor Stephen Brady, leader of Hull City Council, welcomed confirmation of this year’s event. He said: “Hull has always been a place of acceptance, proudly promoting equality and inclusivity. Pride in Hull has grown into one of the country’s biggest celebrations of the LGBT+ community, which is testament to the incredible work of the Pride team who work tirelessly, all year round, as well as the support of the city, with tens of thousands of people attending every year.

“In recent years Pride in Hull has taken place in Queens Gardens, showing the fantastic potential of this green city centre space. A key element of the £4.3m refurbishment of the gardens, that will begin later this year, is that it will offer a more functional, modern and appealing space for large events such as Pride.”

Pride in Hull is a free event, run by volunteers, and funded by donations, grants and sponsorship. To contribute and help keep the event free, please see www.prideinhull.co.uk/donate or simply text HULL 3 to 70085 to donate £3 – or change the 3 to any number up to 20 to donate that amount in pounds.

 

Social Venue Launch

Exciting new era for Humber Street venue

The venue formerly known as Fruit will open its doors soon, operated by the team behind the Humber Street Sesh. “Social” on Humber Street in Hull’s Fruit Market will reflect the eclectic, spontaneous programming of its predecessor, with live and visual performance at its core. It will be operated by Sesh Events UK, which runs the hugely popular annual Humber
Street Sesh grassroots music festival, as well as The Sesh weekly music nights and Made in Hull, Trinity Live and Hull City Sesh events. A licence application has been submitted for the newly refurbished music and arts venue and planning is now underway for it to re-open with an exciting programme by April.

The opening of Social will complete the vibrant, creative enterprises housed within 61-63 Humber Street, which has undergone a £1.2m revamp by the Fruit Market LLP, the joint venture between Wykeland Beal and Hull City Council, to create a thriving cultural hub. The building is also now home to Juice Studios, a co-working community of artists’ studios located on the first floor; Label Worx on the second floor, providing digital music services for independent record labels; and indie art shop, Form Shop & Studio, next to the new venue on the ground floor. The Sesh Events UK team says the venue will be “a modern take on the old social club. It will embrace all, with a wide programme of entertainment and be a great place to hang out and socialise”. It marks a return to the venue for Sesh Events UK Director Dave Mays, who founded Fruit nine years ago and operated it until the venue closed to allow the revamp to take place. He said: “I know better than anyone how much loved Fruit was and I’m really excited to be part of the Sesh team bringing the venue back to life.“We’re looking forward to welcoming back Fruit fans as well as people who may not
have been before. We’ve got some great plans – watch this space!”

Humber Street Sesh founder and Festival Director Mak Page, who is also a Director of Sesh Events UK, said: “The venue is the heartbeat of Humber Street. We’ve worked really closely with the building’s owners to ensure it will be beating again very soon.”

HEAR HULL’S FUTURE BROUGHT TO LIFE BY THE CITY’S CHILDREN THIS FEBRUARY HALF TERM

● Model City is an immersive sound experience by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones, that brings to life children’s aspirations for the city’s future
● Taking place in King Edward Street, Model City launches on Friday 14 February and will run until Sunday 23 February
● A Model City pop-up shop where people can find out more about the project and its creation, and take part in free family activities, will be open from Saturday 1 February until Sunday 23 February at 23 King Edward Street.

Model City is an immersive audio installation that will take over King Edward Street this February half term. In this playful, yet thought-provoking soundscape by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones, the children of Hull will take listeners and passers-by to alternate realities.
Discover their visions for the future of the city, unbounded by the everyday, as Hull’s busiest shopping street is transformed into different worlds through sound.
The installation will run daily from 14-23 February 2020 from 10am until 6pm and is designed as a 360-degree experience that shoppers and passers-by can stumble across as they go about their day – or take a seat and lose themselves in the children’s hopes and dreams for Hull.
Ranging from high energy moments through to contemplative sections that are more observational of life on the busy street, the piece will offer a different experience depending on the time of day. The soundscape will provide a way of reimagining the space through the children’s eyes, making the familiar unfamiliar and making people look twice at their surroundings.
The project, which is supported by NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, began in November 2019 with a series of workshops with children from three Hull primary schools – Newington Academy, The Launch Pad at Bricknell Primary School and Woodland Primary School – that were delivered by design collective RESOLVE. Each of the workshops focused on a different theme including the future of the high street, traffic and transport, taking care of the city, healthy Hull, and a workshop focused on what life would be like if children were in charge!
During the workshops the children had their thoughts, hopes and dreams for the future of Hull recorded and those recordings have formed the basis for the soundscape, which will also feature specially-designed music and sound effects.

In addition to the installation, a Model City pop-up space will be open daily from Saturday 1 February – Sunday 23 February from 10am – 6pm at 23 King Edward Street. In the space, which has been co-created by lead designers RESOLVE Collective and Absolutely Cultured volunteers, visitors will be able to learn more about the creation process, take part in free family activities and have their say on what would make their Model City.

Navigate by Kazimier

Let there be light! Hull’s maritime heritage to be illuminated with spectacular light and sound installations

Hull city centre will be lit up this month with an enchanting and spectacular three-day event, celebrating the city’s rich maritime heritage.

Navigate, featuring mesmerising sculptures and outdoor exhibits from the acclaimed Kazimier team, will celebrate the start of the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project and take place from Thursday 30 January until Saturday 1 February, from dusk until 9pm each evening.

Navigate will include four installations – Meridian, Oracle, Zenith and Pendopo – across the city centre.

Large beams of light will be shone from Hull City Hall and over Whitefriargate as part of Meridian. Using four powerful lasers, a visual line is created in the night sky, a point of reference for those navigating the city.

An eight-metre lighthouse, Oracle, which has been specifically commissioned for Navigate, will float in Prince’s Dock and show the superstitions and importance placed on the weather and what it holds for the fortunes of those venturing to sea.

Linked wirelessly to meteorological sensors, the Oracle takes real-time readings of wind speed, humidity, pressure, temperature and rain. Every 30 minutes, it contacts the Met Office and displays a weather omen foretelling prediction for the forthcoming hour with a dynamic audio visual performance. The installation will remain in Prince’s Dock until March.

Michael Lill, Kazimier artistic director, said: “Oracle is essentially a communication device. Part lighthouse, part navigational instrument and part fortune teller.

“Due to the inherent risk of sea travel, maritime history is rich with folklore and superstition, all of which is inextricably linked to the weather. With Oracle we wanted to create a piece that brought the functional and fantastical together. The tower really does predict tomorrow’s weather while at the same time it gives the viewer a reading of their own fortune.

 

Navigate by Kazimier

 

Queen Victoria Square will also be home to a chorus of kinetic sculptures, Zenith, producing an immersive sonic landscape of the sea. The public will be encouraged to explore an evolving sound piece emanating from the stars, each slowly rotating, emitting their own mesmerising sonic character.

Trinity Square will host the Pendopo, a sound and laser installation containing a remarkable robotic musical instrument inspired by the metallic sounds of East Asia’s ‘Gamelan’ percussion ensembles. It will feature The Hive, originally commissioned by AND Festival, a larger-than-life resonator, with vibrating chimes for visitors to interact with and create new compositions.

Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City is the city’s latest major project, with £27.4m set to be invested in the city’s maritime site in the next few years, celebrating Hull’s 800-year maritime heritage.

The project will highlight Hull’s remarkable journey as a global powerhouse for trade and cultural exchange, and its connections to the rest of the world through its role as a major, thriving port city.

The Lost Happy Endings

Happy Endings Stolen By Joanna Lumley, Or Was It The Big Bad Wolf?

Beloved fairy-tales will be given a unique twist by two internationally renowned ballet companies when balletLORENT and Northern Ballet bring their family-friendly productions to Hull New Theatre.

Award – winning actress and Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley narrates balletLORENT’s The Lost Happy Endings during two performances on 22 May.

The original story by former Poet Laurette Carol Ann Duffy tells the tale of a magical girl named Jub who lives deep in the forest. Her job is to guard the happy endings to stories and fairy tales, but one day a witch steals them.

In this fantasy family show packed with spirit, adventure, and glorious surprises Goldilocks has changed the locks on the three bears’ cottage, Cinderella’s foot is now too big for the glass slipper and Little Red Riding Hood is gobbled up by the wolf.

If she survives, the girl visiting her grandmother will return for Northern Ballet’s interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood for the companies’ two shows on 30 May.

In this retelling of the classic fairy-tale, the heroine is on her way to grandma’s house and meets a very hungry wolf in the forest who just wants something to eat. But is he really such a big, bad wolf?

Join Little Red on her adventure as she makes friends and discovers the importance of kindness in this show produced by Northern Ballet, who have enjoyed sell-out performances and a string of hugely successful CBeebies TV adaptations.

Both shows are the perfect opportunity for all generations to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre.

Tickets on sale on Friday the 10th of January.

Hull Maritime Museum says a temporary farewell as refurbishment begins

Hull’s much loved Maritime Museum will close its doors on Sunday 19 January 2020 for the start of works to deliver an £11m major refurbishment.

This first element of the Hull’s maritime project will commence as works to the main entrance get underway. With support from the DCMS Wolfson Foundation and significant donations from visitors, a new access ramp and stairs, improving the experience for all its visitors, are to be installed.

The new ramp at the front entrance will complement the museum’s façade as well as offering an improved welcome for more people, providing all visitors with the same high quality experience. Currently, disabled visitors and people with pushchairs are required to access the museum via the emergency exit, at the rear of the museum.

Before the transformational work can start inside the museum, more than 50,000 unique and culturally priceless objects have to be checked, documented, conserved and safely packed before going to secure storage facilities. It will take the team just over a year to move the collections before the full refurbishment of the museum commences in March 2021. It is hoped that the building work will take approximately 19 months, before the new exhibitions are installed and the collections returned to their new home. It is hoped the museum will re-open late 2023.

During the closure a vast range of maritime themed activities will take place and several joint projects with a range of community groups are being developed. Four touring exhibitions will be launched in the city centre, before travelling to venues around Hull and the wider region.

Newly commissioned theatre performances and artworks will be created and a series of special pop-up events, some inside the museum, will take place.

Once the 50,000 objects in the collection have been removed, visitors will have the rare opportunity to visit the empty maritime building before the construction works start. The public will also have the chance to vote for their favourite objects which will go display in the museum when it re-opens.

Councillor Daren Hale, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration, Planning, Land and Property, said: “This is the start of a new and exciting journey for the museum and the city’s strong maritime story.

“The festive period is a great opportunity to explore the much-loved collections and objects within Hull Maritime Museum for one last time ahead of the major improvements.

“Although we have to close the museum for an extended period, the team are developing an exciting programme of activities during the closure. When the museum reopens in 2023 the city will have world-class displays that will match our internationally renowned collection.

“The new facilities will allow everyone to access the lives and stories of the people and places that made maritime Hull what it is today.”

The National Lottery Heritage Fund awarded Hull City Council a grant of £13.6m on 2 October 2019, along with a £10m commitment from the council.

The £27.4m Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Hull City Council transforming five key maritime treasures, these include – the Arctic Corsair, North End Shipyard, Spurn Lightship, Dock Office Chambers and the Hull Maritime Museum.

For more information on the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project, visit maritimehull.co.uk

Maritime Project

Hull awarded £255,000 to support major maritime project

The team behind Hull’s ambitious maritime project has secured more than £255,000 to care and conserve many of the city’s priceless artefacts and enable deeper understanding and in-depth research of Hull’s maritime collections.

Successful bids to the John Ellerman Foundation for £170,000 and Arts Council England Designation Development Fund for £88,113 will now contribute to the £2.6m funding shortfall to support the wider £27.4m Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City project.

Sir John Ellerman was a Hull-born son of a German immigrant. He is widely acknowledged to have once been the richest man in Britain and just one of his hugely successful businesses was the Hull-based, shipping business, Ellerman’s Wilson Line. And now, thanks to the Foundation that was subsequently set up in his family’s name some of Hull’s most important maritime objects and artefacts will be in the best ever condition. The three year grant will support the conservation and redisplay of some of Hull’s important maritime collections, as part of the refurbishment and redevelopment of its Maritime Museum.

Work to document, restore and conserve some of the museum’s objects has already been completed and has not only improved the collection but also helped prepare for the re-display of the refurbished galleries. There have also been some rewarding audience engagement opportunities and it is intended that these will continue throughout the life of the project, assisted by these grants. Over the next three years, £1.8m – from various funding streams, will be invested in the care of the collection as well as the creation of a new collections’ store at Dock Office Chambers.

Individual grants were available from the Arts Council England Designation Development Fund for between £20,000 and £90,000. The fund recognises the importance of excellent collections and provides funding for projects that ensure their long-term sustainability, maximise their public value and encourage the sharing of best practice across the sector. The funding awarded to the council will support the ‘Diving Deeper’ project which will enable increased understanding of Hull’s maritime collections.

Through research with source communities, collating existing academic research and exploring/making accessible archival holdings, there will be greater insight into Hull’s 800 years of maritime history and the collections that tell the city’s story. The most significant element of ‘Diving Deeper’ is the research to inform content and activities linked to our Inuit collection which will reveal hidden stories and improve our knowledge of this important part of Hull’s maritime history.

Councillor Daren Hale, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration, Planning, Land and Property, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this funding from both the Arts Council England Designation Development Fund and the John Ellerman Foundation. It will now support us in making our collections more accessible to more audiences, increasing the understanding of our collections in more exciting and engaging ways.

“It will enable people to delve deeper into the stories of a maritime city so visitors, both local or from further afield, can discover more about our nationally significant collections.

“This will in turn create a more authentic experience for those visiting the museum, following its extensive refurbishment.”

Robin Diaper, Curator of Maritime and Social History at Hull Maritime Museum, said: “We are delighted to receive this significant funding. This substantial investment in the museum’s collection will help us deliver our vision for excellence at Hull Maritime Museum. It will enable us to care for the collections and improve access to the many untold stories of Hull’s rich maritime past, in turn improving the visitor experience further.”

Pete Massey, Director, North, Arts Council England, said: “Congratulations to Hull City Council on its successful application to our Designation Development fund for investment in their Diving Deeper project. It is an exciting time to be in Hull and it is fantastic to see the legacy of Hull 2017 being realised with projects like this.

“Hull is a city built on its maritime past and so it is brilliant to see that this project revealing more of the city’s history through its maritime collections. I look forward to seeing where the project takes those researching the collection and what new stories they can tell us about Hull.”

John Ellerman Foundation, said: “We are delighted to support the curatorial and conservation strand of work in the redevelopment of this important museum, as a significant part of an ambitious major project.”

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Hull City Council, five key maritime treasures will be transformed, these include – the Arctic Corsair, North End Shipyard, Spurn Lightship, Dock Office Chambers and the Hull Maritime Museum.

For more information on the major maritime project, visit maritimeHull.co.uk

Hull truck How to Fly Like a Reindeer

Festive Family Fun Flies into the Hull Truck Studio this Christmas

HOW TO FLY LIKE A REINDEER – OPENING THIS WEEK

Following the huge popularity of The Ugly Duckling Christmas Special last year, we are thrilled to be staging this brand-new production of How to Fly Like A Reindeer in our Studio space, working alongside fantastic local theatre-makers The Herd. Together, we have worked to create a magically festive experience for 2-5 year olds who will be captivated by this touching story about superpowers, family and being far from home.

Nina desperately wants to fly. To taste the clouds. To race a reindeer. To visit her Grandma at Christmas. Because Christmas time is Grandma time, but Nina’s just moved house and this year they’re 900 miles apart.

She flaps. She spins. She swoops. But will she fly?

All showings of How To Fly Like A Reindeer will be Relaxed Performances, this means they are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed environment and include additional lighting, gentler sound effects and a friendly attitude to noise and movement in the auditorium – perfect for little ones who are experiencing theatre for the first time.

Hull-based company The Herd, who are Affiliate Artists of Hull Truck Theatre, have had great success this year with their show Slime touring the UK – including a preview in the Hull Truck Studio – ahead of their sell-out run at Edinburgh Central Library during the Fringe Festival.

Doing the animations for How To Fly Like A Reindeer is My Pockets, an award-winning production company based in Hull. We previously worked with them on our “Committed to being for everyone” campaign video, promoting equality and diversity to all aspects of the theatre. The company have previously been supported by the BBC, the BFI and Hull 2017 amongst others.

DATES OF PERFORMANCE: Friday 13 December 2019 – Saturday 4 January 2020

Tickets: £10 – £8; Age recommendation: 2-5 years. Babes in arms welcome.

Guilty Feminist

Feminist? Guilty As Charged

A joyful celebration of sisterhood will take place at Hull City Hall when the podcast phenomenon The Guilty Feminist sets up for a unique live performance next year.

The show on May 6, 2020, sees comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests explore the noble goals of 21st century feminists whilst confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies and paradoxes, which undermine those goals.

Along with some of the podcasts’ favourite comedians, guests and musicians, Deborah will host this joyful celebration of how far womanhood has come, and continue the conversation about what remains to be done.

The Guilty Feminist podcast has become a comedy phenomenon with over 70 million downloads since it launched in late 2015. For this special touring version of the show, will be exploding beyond the confines of a podcast, with stand-up comedy, music, local guests and a few special surprises.

The show will not be released as a podcast, so the only way to see and hear everything that’s planned – and some things nobody can predict – is to turn up and see the show live.

Expect laughs, excitement, tears and spectacle as only The Guilty Feminist can provide.

Find out more about the Guilty Feminist – Live here

Curtain up on East Yorkshire’s Biggest Panto – Oh Yes It Is!

The magic carpet is flying, the lamp is shiny and bright and three wishes are being granted after East Yorkshire’s biggest pantomime raised its curtain at Hull New Theatre.

The venue has been transformed into a Cave of Wonders with the arrival of Aladdin and a lamp-load of comedy, jaw-dropping special effects, sensational songs, dance and plenty of boos and hisses the whole family will enjoy until 29 December.

Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure they’ll never forget, with flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, beautiful princess, an evil sorcerer and plenty of festive magic.

The all-star cast features Blue singer Simon Webbe as the lovable street urchin, Benidorm favourite Jake Canuso as the Genie, the evil sorcerer Abanazar is played by film and television legend  Robin Askwith, and comedian Neil Hurst is Aladdin’s brother Wishee Washee.

 

 

Joining them on the magic carpet ride of a lifetime are Princess Jasmine – Charlotte Barnes and of course panto would be nothing without a dame as Darren Machin dons the frock for his role as Widow Twankey.

The countdown is over it is most definitely ‘behind you’- and the brilliant cast have been transported to Old Peking for this year’s spectacular annual pantomime – it’s time to join them.

Tickets are on sale now. Book at the Hull City Hall box office, call 01482 300 306 or visit www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.

 

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4 free Christmas markets in Hull (and one in Beverley) this weekend

Advent calendars have been broken into (and perhaps entirely scoffed in some households …) yet many in Hull will again have left their Christmas shopping until just weeks before Christmas.

Put it off no longer! Head out this weekend with pockets filled with gold and snap up fantastic festive gifts from some cracking Christmas markets and fairs taking place in Hull.

And as a bonus, with Christmas being the season of giving, we have added the chance to raise money for the charity of your choice by sponsoring someone as they run around a park in a big red suit.

Here are 5 free Christmas markets in the Hull area this weekend.

1. Victorian Christmas market
Trinity Square and Hull Minster
Saturday 11am-4pm
Free

Crafts, entertainment, free children’s rides as well as Victorian characters and a range of stalls. Traditional horse carriage rides will take place and at 10.30am, a coach and horses will parade along Trinity House Lane and turn at Beverley Gate carrying the Lord Mayor to officially open the event.

 

2. Hull College Christmas fair

Hull College
Saturday 10am-4pm
Free

The college in Wilberforce Drive will become a Christmas wonderland as Hull business set up stalls selling gifts and treats in time for a spot of Christmas shopping. Santa will be in his grotto and his reindeer will also pay a visit to the family-friendly event.

College tutors will be on hand to speak to potential students and answer questions on courses. Register your attendance here.

 

3. Good Things Market
66 Humber Street
Sunday 11am-5pm
Free

A chance to support the city’s independent traders at this art, craft and design market selling prints, jewellery, homewares and ceramics.

4. Hull Vineyard Christmas Market
Hull Vineyard Church
Saturday 10am-4pm
Free

Top up your Christmas shopping and explore unique, bespoke craft stalls at this busy event.

A very busy Santa Claus will also be in his grotto at this church so bring the children and get a photograph with the big red bearded one before tucking in at food stalls. To request a stall, call the Hull Vineyard Church on 01482 343333. Read more here.

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5. Beverley Festival of Christmas
Saturday Market
Sunday 10am-4pm
Free

This East Riding town centre will once again be transformed into a Christmas shopper’s wonderland as more than 120 stalls brimming with Christmas gifts and locally made treats take over the historic market town.

 

 

The Christmas Parade sets off from Wednesday Market to Saturday Market at 10am. Read more here.

6. Santa Fun Run
Pickering Park
Sunday 11am
£12 for adults, £7/£5 for children

 

Runners don’t need to be members of the club but must let the Rotary Clubs know how much they raised and who will benefit. Find more details here.

George Street Car Park

Free parking in Hull city centre over Christmas

Parking will be free at Hull City Council’s three multi-storey car parks over the festive period.

The local authority will offer free parking every weekend from 10am to 4pm at car parks in Osborne Street, Pryme Street and George Street  and will run from Saturday 30 November to Sunday 29 December and will mean charges are suspended at 1,450 parking spaces.

Avoid the hassle of long queues in expensive car parks and visit one of the cities three multi-storey car parks, including the brand new multi-storey car park in Osborne Street, where you can park for free while doing your Christmas shopping.

On-street and surface car parks are still chargeable seven days a week.

Dirty Dancing Tour

Exclusive Dirty Dancing tour to perform in Hull

Hull New Theatre will be the first venue to host a limited tour of the dazzling Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage next year.

The venue is one of only two theatres in the UK to have the honour of bringing the show to the stage from 14 July until 18 July, 2020.

Relive the iconic tale of Baby and Johnny as they kick, kick, slide their way through the production, which features the sensational songs Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me and the heart – stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.

Based on the smash – hit film, the story follows 17 year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman as she visits an upstate New York resort with her family, where she meets the dancer with a bad boy reputation.

After discovering an all-night dance party at the staff quarters she is mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, and can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort dance instructor.

Her life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off, and two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Dirty Dancing Tour

Tickets are on sale from 10am, Friday, 29 November. Book at the Hull City Hall Box Office, call 01482 300 306 or visit www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.

See the event listing here

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Christmas is coming to the Fruit Market

Christmas is coming to Hull’s Fruit Market later this month, with carols, festive trees and fairy trails.

Starting from 5pm on November 29, Humber Street will come to life with a storytelling and saxophone rave by comedy duo Gary & Jeddy Bear, as well as acapella carols courtesy of the Human Jukebox Choir.

The Christmas tree lights will be officially switched on at 6pm, with the launch of the Enchanted Wonderland show, filled with music, comedy, dance, party games and prizes.

The evening of yuletide festivities also signals the start of late night shopping in the Fruit Market, with Humber Street’s independent traders staying open until 8pm every Friday evening in the run up to Christmas.

The Fruit Market Festive Fairy Trail will begin on the evening of Friday, November 29.

Local designer and owner of fashion boutique 19point4, Shaun Barker-Newton, has remastered a collection of Monster High dolls to form a magical fairy trail along Humber Street.

The full dates and times for Fruit Market Christmas events are:

  • A Festive Fruit Market Christmas opening night – Friday, November 29, starts 5pm.
  • Christmas tree lights switch-on – Friday, November 29, 6pm.
  • Enchanted Wonderland by local artist Blue Beany  – Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 22. Fridays 6pm to 8pm, Saturdays noon to 3pm, Sundays 1pm to 3pm.