Hull City of Culture 2017

You can take the girl out of Yorkshire...

I love Hull. Growing up in small rural market town Driffield, in East Yorkshire, Hull was my city. The place I would go to get new school shoes, and the first place I ever ventured out alone with my friends on the train which at the time felt like a real adventure! Despite whatever negative reputation the city may have previously had, this year Hull is UK City of Culture and they have gone all out! Returning to the city almost ten years since I was last there, I was seriously impressed. The best part is most of the main attractions are FREE! Here is what we ticked off on our Hull bucket list so that you can add them to yours if you haven't already... 😊

The Humber Bridge

The Humber Bridge at 2,200m long, was the longest bridge in the world when it opened up to traffic in 1981, after 8 years of construction, and remains to be the longest single-span suspension bridge that can be crossed by foot. Hull City of Culture 2017 and Opera North have come together to create a unique event this April on the bridge: The Height of Reeds. Each visitor is given a headset and as they walk along the bridge (a minimum of 3 miles) they are accompanied by an array of music and poetry. The event sold out very quickly and more tickets were then released due to popular demand, so keep checking back for availability! You can watch a trailer of the event here.

 How to get a toddler excited about a walk over a long, windy bridge? Go trip-trapping and troll-spotting of course! 

How to get a toddler excited about a walk over a long, windy bridge? Go trip-trapping and troll-spotting of course! 

Weeping Window Poppies & Hull Maritime Museum

This beautiful sculpture of thousands of handmade ceramic poppies cascading from the top of the Hull Maritime Museum is a must-see! The sculpture, currently touring the UK and in Hull until the 14th of May, is from the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red which was originally at the Tower of London in 2014. Weeping Window Poppies is part of 14-18 NOW which aims to connect people to the First World War through "extraordinary art experiences". The dramatic cascade covers the facade of the Maritime Museum, home to Hull's maritime heritage and free to enter, and even has a full-sized whale skeleton! 

Queen's Gardens

The best of the British Spring is right here! Overflowing with stunning, colourful flowers, this is a wonderful part of Hull's urban landscape right in the heart of the city. It was great to see so many people of all ages enjoying the sun and beautiful surroundings! With the sound of the water fountain, it's really a great place to relax in the center of the city. 

 We are bright! 

We are bright! 

Ferens Art Gallery

Ferens Art Gallery is fantastic for all ages. We particularly loved the children's room which has an array of creative activities and kept Sienna entertained for well over half an hour! (And we would have stayed longer if we could!). It was especially lovely to see Sienna enjoying herself so much here as I loved coming when I was younger too! 

 Shine A Life kind of art.

Shine A Life kind of art.

The Old Town

In the Old Town you will find more free museums, lovely cafes and lots of history and culture. The Streetlife Museum of transport as well as the Wilberforce Museum are here. The Old Town is just lovely to walk around and soak in, and it is really well preserved too. 

When I was growing up Hull was mostly about going to the Odeon Cinema and Princes Quay haha (maybe the odd trip to the ice rink). It then evolved into shopping trips to St Stephens, House of Fraser (remember those Kookaï bags?? 😂) and Ravel. Coming back to the city after almost 9 years of worldwide travel (my three-year-old has already been to 8 countries), I really feel that Hull 2017 is a well-deserved title, and it's true what the banners say, "You've never seen Hull like this before". 

 Princes Quay shopping centre. 

Princes Quay shopping centre. 

The Deep

We ended our trip to Hull with a lovely afternoon at The Deep and if you haven't read our post about that yet then what are you even still doing here?! 😉