Hull 2017 Highlights: 23 Dec – 5 Jan

We’re coming to the end of an unforgettable year in Hull. But remember – the culture doesn’t end here!

To help you out with those end of 2017 blues, we’ve rounded up just a few of the last highlights of the year, and into January 2018 too.

Merry Christmas cultureheads!


Until Sunday 24 Dec 2017, 9.30am (£0-£7)
William’s Den, North Cave

Fancy mulled wine, hot chocolate, warm Belgian waffles and a glide around the skating rink?

William’s Den over in HU15 are hosting 30 minute skating sessions alongside a gorgeous twinkling Christmas Tree. The younger skaters can even have a go on push-along penguins too.

Make sure you arrive 15 minutes before your slot.

If you fancy some very last minute Christmas shopping – the gift shop is full of fantastic gift ideas, along with a restauruant serving yummy home-cooked food.


Until Saturday 23 Dec 2017, 2pm (£5-£8)
Indigo Moon Studio Theatre at Scrapstore Studios

Everyone loves the Jungle Book, but this version inspired by the poetry and spirit of Rudyard Kipling’s book introduces the story in a new light though shadow theatre.

The performance includes powerful original music and colourful digital projections, directed by Steve Tiplady.

You’ll have the opportunity to find out more about shadow puppetry after the show and the show, which is suitable for anyone aged 4+.


Until Sunday 31 Dec 2017, various times. (£13-£30)
Hull New Theatre

Peter Pan is set to be the biggest pantomine ever at the newly redeveloped Hull New Theatre, and you can catch it all the way up until New Years’ Eve.

The show includes spectacular high flying effects and even an underwater 3D sequence which takes the audience into the ocean.

With a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, bundles of audience participation, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family, this is the perfect Christmas treat.


Sat 16 Dec – Sat 17 Feb 2018, various times. (Free)
Beverley Treasure House

The Humber estuary, its canals and tributaries have inspired artists for a long, long time.

This exhibition tells stories of life on the Humber, featuring historic paintings and social history items on loan from HMP partners and a range of public museums and private collectors. Painted landscapes, riverscapes and industrial views are shown alongside displays of social and maritime history.


Fri 22 Dec 2018, 8pm (£20)
Hull City Hall

Paul Chowdhry (a comedian who can handle the toughest crowds) brings his new stand-up show to Hull City Hall following his 2015 100 date sell-out tour.

Paul hosts the Channel 4 comedy series Stand Up For The Week and has been a guest panelist on 8 Out Of Ten Cats. Probably not one for the kids!


Sat 30 Dec, various times. (£10-£22)
Hull City Hall

Take one of the most iconic films of all time, put it on a big screen and bring in an orchestra.

Following on from their highly acclaimed sell-out tour last December, Carrot Productions are once again bring the show back to Hull City Hall. Howard Blake will perform the original, beautiful soundtrack to Raymond Briggs’ animated classic – including the evocative Walking In The Air sung by a local child soloist.


Until Sat 6 Jan 2018, 7.30pm (£11.50-£18.50)
East Riding Theatre

East Riding Theatre are presenting a stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life this Christmas.

The show follows the story of George Bailey, a small-town clerk who faces financial ruin and feels his world crumbling beneath his feet. In desperation, he wonders if his town would be better off without him. All set in Bedford Falls in 1940s America.

Whether you are eight or 80, you’re in for an uplifting and heart-warming winter treat.


Sat 23 Dec 2018, 8pm (£3 OTD)
The Adelphi Club

What better way to celebrate the Christmas period than with the sweet sounds of reggae, dub and dancehall?

Get Down will inject you with a little Caribbean warmth and spice into your winter.

Free entry before 9pm.


Sat 27 Jan 2018, 2.30pm (£14.50-£37.50)
Hull New Theatre

The world’s favourite rags-to-riches fairy tale where dreams can come true is retold here, through a magical mix of Prokofiev’s energetic score, lively choreography and colourful costumes.

Whilst her mad/bad stepmother and her ill-mannered daughters prepare for the Royal Ball, graceful Cinderella can only dream of dancing with the dashing Prince. Later that evening, her rags become a glittering gown and she is swept magically to the Ball. From that very moment the Prince is smitten, midnight strikes and one lost crystal slipper later, he must now embark on a journey to find his lost love.


Until Sat 23 Dec 2017
Junction Goole

Join hero Dick Whittington on an adventure to London, where the streets are paved with gold!

TaleGate Theatre return for their eighth year at Junction, with another spectacular pantomime, Dick Whittington! Packed with songs, slapstick, silliness, audience participation and all the fairytale magic of traditional pantomime, this fun-filled extravaganza is guaranteed to delight the whole family.

So turn again Dick Whittington, three times Lord Mayor of London!


Until 21 Oct 2018
Studio Eleven

This is an exhibition of the stunning work of Zoe Hillyard and Sarah Daniles.

Zoe Hillyard is an artist who’s work begins with materials – both raw and recycled, with the Ceramic Patchwork reflecting this approach.

It builds on her interest in hand craft processes, construction and form, and the belief that items should be treasured for the long-term.

Sarah Daniels work exists to breach the gap between the natural environment and urban/architectural spaces with results inclining towards design, pattern and repetition.

A ripple in a puddle or a Fibonacci mathematical sequence found in a flower inspiration is the patterns, textures and sculptural forms found in nature.