Acorn Guest House

719 Beverley Road, Kingston-upon-Hull, HU6 7JN, United Kingdom
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All the fun of the fair

by northeast80

Hull Fair, 5th - 13th October 2007, dates may vary year to year.
I've been going to Hull fair since before I was even born. I'd not been for about 5 years but came back this year and there were more rides than ever.
They now have an alcohol ban which they didn't before.
Sullivans sell the best chips (they do cost more than Bradleys but are tastier).
More must buys from the fair are Brandy Snap (we thought we'd do our bit for locals and buy some 'Hull Brandy Snap' but we got home and it was made in Nottingham!!), coconuts and pommegranits, we usually buy these from a stall by our local fruit shop. Roast chestnuts are lovely, just the smell of them, but beware, you're more than likey to have to throw away a few mouldy ones.
All the food and tat stalls (like dolls on a string, fruit smelling balls (?), light up things, all cheap toys really) lie along Walton Street (closed for cars), then all the rides are on the park and ride site. They had some huge ones this year, plenty for children too, lots of hook-a-duck's, shooting ranges (ha, not one for the children), lots of places where you can win huge stuffed toys. Some history for you now-
Hull Fair is one of the oldest Charter fairs still in existence. The town, then a possession of the Abbot of Meaux, was known as Wyke upon Hull when the first charter granting permission for a Fair to be held in was conferred on the 10th November 1279.
This fair continued until 1598 when a new Royal Charter gave permission for a fair to be held during September. According to Kevin Scrivens and Stephen Smith in Hull Fair published in 1991; the changing of the calendar in 1751 led the locals to believe that the loss of eleven days affected their fair. Give us back our eleven days was the cry as the enraged mob charged around the streets of Hull calling for the return of their eleven day festivities, which they believed to have been lost due to the calendar change. The outraged masses got their wish and from that year onwards October 11th became the official date for Hull Fair.

You'll find it on Walton Street, but you can't miss it, they lay on lots of extra bus services, it's about a 20 minute walk from the town centre, follow signs for the KC Stadium.

Beware, it always rains when Hull fair is on, be sure to bring good waterproofs, I wouldn't suggest an umbrella, it would be very hard to get through the crouds and close to the low hanging stalls.

Should you need to score, head...

by Hnewitt

Should you need to score, head to St Johns Pub, Queens Road. You should see what you need.

It is also good to visit Hull during 'Hull Fair Week'. It is the largest travelling fair in Europe and is a major event in Hull. Hull fair is held in October. This year it is 5th-13th October.

A walk "Seven Seas Fish Trail"

by Piggy73

The trail takes you around 40 pieces of sculpture in the city centre.

The walk is marked by fish symbols in the pavement.

A detailed walk leaflet cam be obtained from the Tourist Information Office in Paragon Street. It costs about 40p.

Hull Screen

by northeast80

Not many people really know about this cinema, I used to go as a child in the holidays, my mother bought a weeks ticket and she'd take my brother and I to see lots of films.
They even had cartoons before the main showing and intervals to buy pots of Burgess' Ice Cream.
It specialises in-
Saturday children’s matinees
Friday afternoon performances of more mainstream and classic movies from the National Film Archive
special events, such as silent films with live accompaniment
Tickets for the cinema can be bought at the Hull New Theatre and Hull City Hall Booking Offices, when open, (and in City Information, Central Library, Albion Street until further notice ) as well as at the cinema itself an hour before each screening.

Hull Screen Cinema
University of Lincoln
George Street

The childrens screenings are £1.50, other screenings cost from £3 up to £5
It does have wheelchair seating, you are asked to telephone in advance on (01482) 616871.

Yorkshire Coast Day Ranger

by Britannia2

If you are in Hull and would like to explore the coast on public transport there is a reduced price day ranger ticket available called the Yorkshire Coast Day Ranger. This allows unlimited travel in one day between Hull and Scarborough and on the Arriva bus service from Scarborough to Whitby. Cost is (2009 prices) £19, child £9.50 and railcard holders £9.50. Available at the rail ticket office in the Interchange.
2010 update - I am unsure if this ticket is available in 2010.


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