Want to soak up the atmosphere in the UK City of Culture? If you’re planning a trip to Hull, we know there’s plenty to see and do. You might want to head to an art gallery in the morning, stop off at an exhibition in the afternoon, go to the theatre in the evening then catch a late night film. But how do you stay ahead of the game?
We’ve just added a new feature that can help.
Our new tool My Planner can help you plan what to do on your trip to Hull – if that’s just a day, a weekend, a week or even whole months at a time. This new feature allows you to build your own itinerary of events in Hull, and it has some handy features to make it easy to share too.
To get started with My Planner, head to hull2017.co.uk/myplanner or click the new icon at the top of our site.
There are two ways you can add to your planner – by saving events you’re interested in for later, and by adding events that you know you really want to attend to your itinerary. If you’ve already bought tickets, these will automatically appear in your itinerary.
You can add events to My Planner from any event page. Start by searching for events using our filter tool (on the homepage, or on hull2017.co.uk/whatson) or click the magnifying glass in the top right corner of the page to search by keyword, then find the events you want in the results that appear.
For example, say you decide you want to go and see Paper City. You’re not sure when you want to go, but you definitely don’t want to miss out on this installation. If you head to the event page at hull2017.co.uk/papercity, you can save this event to My Planner by clicking the ‘save for later’ button in the coloured box at the top of the page.
There’s plenty more still to see and do, though. Maybe Mighty Atoms at Hull Truck Theatre has caught your eye, and you’re thinking about booking tickets. You know which performance you want to see, but you need to check with your friends before you book tickets. If you head to the ‘dates’ tab on the event page at hull2017.co.uk/mightyatoms, you can see all of the upcoming performances for this production – just click the ‘Add to Itinerary’ button to include this specific performance in your itinerary.
Now when you head to My Planner, Paper City will have been saved for later and Mighty Atoms will have been added to your itinerary. There’s even a gentle reminder that you need to book tickets for Mighty Atoms if you plan to see this show.
If you’ve already booked tickets for events through hull2017.co.uk, or if you buy tickets to any events in the future, they will automatically appear in your itinerary here too.
Once you have events in your itinerary you can do a few really useful things. You can print off your full itinerary for reference, or you can download the information about the events in your itinerary and add these to your calendar (using Outlook, iCloud calendar, Gmail, etc.).
You can also share your personalised itinerary with friends and family using the Share tool. If you click the Share icon, you can create a shareable link that you can copy and paste, giving anyone access to your itinerary. Alternatively, you can email your itinerary to a friend simply by entering their name and email address.
If you want to be sure you don’t miss any of the events in your itinerary, you can also opt-in for email reminders. This will trigger an email a couple of days before your event, reminding you that it’s coming up soon. If you have multiple events coming up, don’t worry about us sending you an email for each one – you’ll get a combined reminder email with all of them in.
Finally, you can also use the View on Map tool in your itinerary to open up a Google Map of the venue for each event. This even has the option to display useful places nearby, like bars and restaurants, museums and points of interest.
We want these new tools to make it easier for anyone who wants to plan a visit to Hull. There’ll still be tweaks and changes here and there as we improve the site, and we’re always happy to hear your feedback. If you have any thoughts about these new tools, just let us know in the comments below.