Summer has touched down, but will it last? If the weathermen can’t get it right, we don’t stand much of a chance.
However, think positive and get yourself down for an evening of outdoor classical music and head for an open gardens event in one of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods. And if the weather fails, join us for one of our favourite after-hours parties under an arcade roof.
Here are 5 things to do in Hull this weekend.
1. Classics in the Park
Saturday 6 July 5.30pm-11pm
A perfect outdoor event for summer’s evening and the chance to watch the Classics Concert Orchestra joined on stage by two amazing voices from Opera North and internationally acclaimed singer Jonathan Ansell. Beautiful yet popular classics will culminate in a spectacular firework display. Visitors can take a picnic or enjoy food sold at the event, bring a bottle or buy from the bar. Get tickets and details here.
2. Journey to The Centre of The Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas)
Until Sunday July 7 10am-6pm
Humber Street Gallery
Hull-based artist Ella Dorton expands her fabric collage-based practice with her first major project at the gallery. She typically uses found fabrics, old clothes, bedsheets, curtains and paint to compose portraits that reflect the people of Hull. She recently explored fictional future landscapes that capture drastic ecological change with rising sea levels and continued use of plastics. Get more details here.
Saturday 6 July 5.30pm-10.30pm
This arcade of some of the city’s best independent retailers comes alive after 5pm on the first Saturday of every month, with coffee shops turning into cocktail bars, delis turn into fast food outlets and shops hosting DJs. The arcade is closed off for the event with everyone spilling into the centre to enjoy a fantastic evening of live music, acoustic bands, galleries and one-off workshops. Get more details here.
4. Avenues Open Gardens
Sunday 7 July 1pm to 5pm
This urban open gardens event takes place in the HU5 area of Hull on the first two Sunday afternoons in July every year. It is thought the event was first held in 1976 – and it is perhaps the biggest inner city open garden event in the UK. Around 50 private gardens plus allotments will be opening, offering something of interest to every gardener. Proceeds are donated to charities, with at least 50 per cent given to Dove House Hospice. Learn more here.
5. Summer Proms with Black Dyke Band & EYMS Band
Saturday 6 July 7.30pm-10.30pm
Hull City Hall
This popular event returns to the Hull City Hall as two of Yorkshire’s top bands come together again in a packed programme of music for all ages perfect for a summer evening culminating in a massed bands selection of proms favourites. Get tickets here.