Hull 2017 Highlights, 18 – 24 Feb

Here are a few highlights coming up around the City of Culture this week – and it ain’t all just for the kids.

The Really, Really Wild Day

Free. Saturday 18 February,10am-3pm. Beverley Treasure House.

Drop in to this day of free activities, showcasing the Natural History Museum’s incredible Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in Beverley. Expect craft activities with a wildlife twist, and get the chance to handle a selection of creepy crawlies.

Life of an Artist

Free. Monday 20 February, 1pm. Ferens Studio, Ferens Art Gallery.

So what do artists actually do all day? Find out what it takes to be an artist in this engaging and interactive talk at the Ferens Art Gallery. Designed to give young people and families an insight into the life of an artist, it’s a great introduction to the opportunities available for any young artist.

Back to Ours festival: Picture House cinema screenings

£2.50. Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 Feb. Community venues to the east, west and north of Hull.

The Hull 2017 Back To Ours festival is bringing some world-class arts and culture into the heart of Hull’s communities, and it all kicks off this week.

Don’t miss these one-off cinema screenings of some Roald Dahl classics – Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, Matilda and Fantastic Mr Fox. We’re showing all three films alongside fun activities at three venues this week:

  • Wednesday 22 February, Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Bilton Grove east Hull
  • Thursday 23 February, Sirius Academy West, Anlaby Park Road South, west Hull
  • Saturday 25 February, Winifred Holtby Academy, Midmere Avenue, Bransholme.

If you’re looking for even more ideas to keep the kids entertained this half-term holiday, check out this great guide by parenting blogger Rachael Smith, of Hull and East Riding Mumbler. But of course, it’s not all about the kids this half-term…

Sounds Within Sounds

From £6. Sunday 19 February, noon-2pm. Hull City Hall.

Co-founder of The Specials Jerry Dammers returns to Hull for an exclusive DJ set, as part of our weekend festival Mind on the Run: The Basil Kirchin Story.

Dammers will share some of his favourite tracks from the weird and wonderful world of library music – the background sounds from TV and film that you might never realise you know. A leading light of the ska revival, Dammers pays tribute to Hull’s own musical innovator Basil Kirchin.

Josie Long: Something Better

£14. Monday 20 February, 7.30pm. Fruit.

Comedian Josie Long returns to Hull with her latest solo stand-up show, and (as ever) she isn’t shying away from some hefty themes. It’s a show about understanding who you are, realising what you can’t change and trying to feel hopeful regardless. You might cry, but you’ll definitely laugh.