A pattie butty at Bob Carver’s, a chat with a palm-reader, a stroll down Walton Street to munch on brandy snap and candy floss, or a ride on not one but two big wheels – whatever your reasons, this weekend is all about the opening of Europe’s largest travelling fair.
You can even chat to the artists behind an exhibition looking at the much-loved annual event.
Also watch a TV comedian live, buy crafts and foods at one of the region’s best farmers’ markets, or down beer while yelling “Prost!” in a bad German accent in the region this weekend.
Here are 5 things to do in Hull this weekend.
1. Hull Fair
Friday 4 to Saturday 12 October
Free entry, various prices for attractions
Hull’s annual spectacular of fairground favourites, mouth-watering food and flashing lights has more than 250 rides and an array of attractions too long to list.
One more day to go until Hull Fair!
Hull’s annual spectacular of fairground favourites, mouth-watering food and flashing lights is back tomorrow.
Whose of pattie and chips followed by some brandy snap? pic.twitter.com/lXQGYbbJYe
— Visit Hull & East Yorkshire (@VHEY_UK) October 3, 2019
Traditional favourites such as palm-reading, waltzers and dodgems sit alongside exciting new rides such as the Starflyer. And yes, two big wheels. Learn more here.
2. Humber Bridge Farmers’ Market
Sunday 6 October
More than 100 stalls with exciting food and craft, gifts and treats. 9am-1pm The first Sunday of every month. Free event, free parking. Disabled access. Dog friendly. Child friendly. Stalls are based in Humber Bridge car park. Learn more here.
3. Russell Kane: The Fast And The Curious
Hull City Hall
Friday 54 October
This multi-award winning comedian, presenter and scriptwriter is best-known for BBC Three’s Stupid Man, Smart Phone and the host of three series of BBC Three’s Live At The Electric.
Friday night @russell_kane sprints on to our stage.
— Hull City Hall (@CityHallHull) October 3, 2019
Winner of Best Show in 2010 at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Russell went on to make history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Barry Award in one year. Age guidance strictly 14-plus. Get tickets here.
4. Ecstatic Rituals creative symposium
Humber Street Gallery
Saturday 5 October
Join the artists featured in Ecstatic Rituals as they discuss their work.
Join artists Anna FC Smith, Tom Ireland, MSR FCJ, Medieval Helpdesk & Faye Spencer for talks & discussion.
— HumberStreetGallery (@humberstgallery) September 19, 2019
The exhibition will include research into the long history of Hull Fair, the folk traditions associated with this part of the world and the more recent history of coastal economies. Book tickets here.
Saturday 5 October
Who doesn’t love clattering together overflowing beer steins while wearing ill-fitting traditional Bavarian garb? Choose between two sessions of beer-related fun at this German festival at the University of Hull’s student union. Tickets include the well-known comedy oompah show from The Amazing Bavarian Stompers. Book here.