Christmas is getting close and purses are tightening as salaries are spent on gifts for friends and loved ones. It means few can afford to be splashing cash on weekend plans when costly festive fun is just around the corner.
So who is up for some awesome activities in Hull and the surrounding area that won’t cost you a penny? Thought so. Try these 5 free things to do in the Hull area this weekend.
1. Sea; The Remains Between
Ferens Art Gallery
Until Sunday 23 February
This new photography exhibition features people from Hull submerged in water (yes, that’s right) is on display at Ferens Art Gallery now. Sea; the Remains Between is the latest in an award-winning series of work from visual artist and filmmaker Estabrak.
Behind scenes at new exhibition ‘Sea; the remains between’ by artist Estabrak @HullFerens, highlighting human impacts on our waters, informed by research of Jeanette Rotchell, Prof of Aquatic Toxicology @UniOfHull.
— Invisible Dust (@Invisible_Dust) 15 November 2019
The photographs feature people from diverse communities in Hull portrayed submerged in water. They were taken in natural and man-made bodies of water in the region. Learn more here.
2. The Winter Show
Studio Eleven, Humber Street
Until Monday 20 January
This show marks the finale of the Studio Eleven celebrations of a decade of creative residence on Humber Street in Hull.
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Lovely eve for a glass of wine and absorbing colourful landscapes and nerikomi ・・・ Open event at Studio Eleven. ‘The Winter Show’ Featuring ceramics by Adele Howitt and Mandy Cheng and paintings by Lesley Seeger. #giveartahome #fruitmarkethull #ceramics #painting #humberstreet
From the Jurassic Coastline to the boulder clay of the Humber Region, the chalk line brings these artists together for an exhibition featuring contemporary ceramics by Julie Massie, Adele Howitt, Martin Harman and Emma Williams among the artists, with paintings by Deborah Grice and Myles Linley. Learn more here.
3. Nnena Kalu: Wrapping
Humber Street Gallery
Until Sunday 8 December
Nnena Kalu’s colourful sculptures are created by layering and binding materials such as industrial plastic tubing, newspaper, foam, cling film, fabric and tape.
A new video has been added to the Wrapping exhibition at @humberstgallery.
— Absolutely Cultured (@AbsCultured) 20 November 2019
Kalu will construct a series of large-scale sculptures which wrap around the gallery, responding to the unique architecture of the Project Space. Learn more here.
4. Tour of Hull’s museums
Old Town and city centre
Various opening times
Would you like to travel back in time to 235 million years ago to encounter sea monsters, Romans and a life-sized woolly mammoth? Us too! The Museums Quarter in Hull’s Old Town includes the Hull and East Riding Museum of Archaeology, Streetlife Museum of Transport and Wilberforce House, the birthplace of William Wilberforce who dedicated much of his life to the abolition of the slave trade.
Want to see some interesting stuff that’s been beautifully crafted?
Check out the temporary case in Hull and East Riding Museum, filled with a wondrous display of ceramics from our Islamic Art collection (if we do say so ourselves…!)#IslamicArt #WorldCultures pic.twitter.com/0MFfCSoLSK
— Hull Museums (@Hull_Museums) 22 November 2019
Add to this the Maritime Museum in Queen Victoria Square and you see why the city’s museums are envied by the rest of the north– and they are totally free. Learn more here.
5. Flemingate Christmas light switch-on
Friday 22 November
We love a Christmas lights switch-on – so much so that we are even willing to consider venturing across the border into the East Riding to watch as this Beverley shopping hub is illuminated.
Shops will be open late for Flemingate’s Christmas Lights Switch tomorrow so perfect time for you to get a head start on the Christmas shopping 🎄🎅🎄
This year’s switch-on promises to feature two high-energy shows by Little Chix – Britain’s best and longest-running Little Mix tribute act – and breath-taking firework finale before watchers enjoy a warm tipple in the Nordic tipi bar Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Disney’s film Frozen. Learn more here.