Your family guide to February half term in Hull

It feels like only five minutes ago that the kids were excitedly heading back to school after the Christmas break – with parents everywhere breathing a collective sigh of relief – yet just like that, we find ourselves with another half term holiday to contend with.

But fear not! We have your back with our purse-friendly guide to the best theatre shows, workshops, circus spectacles and exhibitions to keep the whole family entertained.

Here’s what’s in store…



Until 25 Feb (Free)
Humber Street Gallery

From assisting with school projects, to being a friendly face at big outdoor events and sharing fascinating local stories, Hull 2017’s volunteers have come into contact with families across the city over the last year. Now, their endless enthusiasm and personalities are being celebrated in a fascinating exhibition.

In Grains Of Scandalous Blue, the whole family will have the opportunity to don a volunteer uniform and enter a mesmerising colourscape created by artist Julia Vogl. Based on data taken from our volunteer programme, the exhibition will give you the chance to learn more about the people behind the blue jackets and inspire a generation.



13-15 Feb, 11am & 2pm (£2.50 child, £5 adult)
Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Kingswood Academy, Sirius Academy West

Talegate Theatre bring their hilarious musical production to schools across the city, telling the story of a gigantic loo roll that has somehow escaped from the Giant’s house, hurling rapidly towards the villagers living in the town below. Find out what happens and expect plenty of excited children!

Tickets available now for the East, North and West.



13, 15, 17 Feb, 11am (£2.50)
Sirius Academy West, Winifred Holtby Academy, Freedom Centre

Ever wondered how the Claymation characters we know and love are made? Well, now you can find out and make some of your own in this fantastic animation workshop. Build your character, help it to fly and watch your creations come to life before grabbing some popcorn and cosying up to see if Ginger and Rocky the Rooster can escape a grisly fate in a screening of the Nick Park classic Chicken Run.

Tickets available now for the West, North and East.



13, 15, 17 Feb, 2pm (£2.50)
Sirius Academy West, Winifred Holtby Academy, Freedom Centre

If Nick Park’s tale of eccentric inventor Wallace and his canine companion Gromit are more up your street, you’ll love this screening of Wallace & Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit this half term. Join the Inventor’s Club and help its scientists make fun contraptions, then make your own Claymation character and see it come to life before settling down with some snacks to see the cinematic adventures play out.

Tickets available now for the West, North and East.



15-18 Feb, 4pm & 8pm (£2.50 child, £7.50 adult)
Archbishop Sentamu Academy

Meet Madame and the charming staff of the quirkily ineffective Hotel Paradiso, along with their arch enemy, the dastardly Banker, who schemes to repossess the hotel. From the moment you enter, you’ll be transported to a magical world filled with jaw-dropping acrobatics, theatrical storytelling and comedy as the drama unfolds.

Hotel Paradiso is brought to you by Lost In Translation Circus, one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies.



17 Feb-22 Apr (Free)
Ferens Art Gallery

Get the kids inspired with Ferens Art Gallery’s exhibition of amateur and professional artworks, celebrating creativity in all its forms. Last year we saw giant mohawks and colourful local landmarks – not forgetting a depiction of an avocado that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall just had to take home with her!

Once you’ve explored the Open Exhibition, don’t forget to go for a wander around the rest of the gallery, including the Children’s Gallery which is packed with hands-on activities.