The Canary and the Crow will be previewed in Hull ahead of its show in Edinburgh.
The Canary and the Crow by Middle Child will head to Edinburgh.

5 things to do in Hull this weekend

We are encouraging you to stretch your weekend into Tuesday and even Wednesday this week, to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. Lots of theatre, a huge free music festival and yet more stomping around other people’s gardens are on offer in the city. Here are 5 things to do in Hull this weekend (and midweek …).

PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial
Friday-Sunday
Various venues
Free

Dan Jones’ Music for Seven Ice Cream Vans is part of this year’s New Music Biennial.

A fantastic free music festival featuring some of the UK’s most exciting music creators returns to Hull this weekend. PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial, which takes place across two weekends in London and Hull, features contemporary music including exciting, newly commissioned works from established names and rising stars. Venues include Hull Truck Theatre, the Guildhall, Humber Street Gallery, Hull City Hall and Hull Central Library. Read more here.

Slime
Saturday 12.30pm
Hull Truck Theatre
£5

Being a slug is hard. Everyone thinks you’re disgusting. Slug and Caterpillar are starving, and the only leaf left in the garden is just out of reach. Slug thinks they should work together. Get the leaf, eat the leaf, play a game, be friends. Caterpillar has other ideas. Slugs are gross, they’re covered in slime and they have terrible taste in music. Things get sticky. Enter the undergrowth to squish, squelsh and play your way through this hilarious, surreal show for children aged two to five and their families, told with a handful of words and lots of slime. Get tickets here.

Avenues Open Gardens round two
Sunday 14 July 1pm to 5pm
The Avenues
Free

The Avenues in Hull.

The Avenues in Hull.

Let’as be honest, we all love to have a sneak peek at a stranger’s gardens. The second of two urban open gardens events in HU5, this even, say organisers, is perhaps the biggest inner city open garden event in the UK. Proceeds are donated to charities, with at least 50 per cent given to Dove House Hospice. Learn more here.

The remarkable tale of Dorothy Mackaill
Friday
Hull New Theatre
From £9.50

From Hull to Hollywood to Honolulu, catch the story of Dorothy Mackaill, Hull’s very own star of the silver screen. But how did a girl from Chanterlands Avenue become a darling of 1920s US cinema? Written and directed by Elizabeth Godber. Smashing Mirrors Theatre brings you the extraordinary forgotten tale of runaways, glitz, glamour and the golden age of movies.  Get tickets here.

The Canary and the Crow
Hull Truck Theatre
Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 July
From £9

The Canary and the Crow will be previewed in Hull ahead of its show in Edinburgh.

The Canary and the Crow.

Though not at the weekend, we would encourage you to save some of your Saturday and Sunday spending money until midweek to see the latest show from Hull’s Middle Child Theatre, marrying theatre, grime and hip-hop. Previewing before heading to Latitude Festival and Edinburgh, it’s the story of a working class black kid accepted to a prestigious grammar school. Tickets are £9 and include a post-show Q&A. Get tickets here.

An image showing how Whitefriargate could look
Jean Bishop, Hull’s Bee Lady, centre, who opened The Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre.