Hull Jazz Festival
This takes place every year over two weeks of events. This year it was on 29th July-5th August (2007) and has been going for 15 years.
Unfortunately I didn't get to it this year but have been in the past. It used to be right by the marina in a boat yard and just over two days, now it has a grand opening in Queen's Gardens with events all around the city during two weeks. Though because of it co-inciding with the Wilberforce 2007 events it was a little larger this year.
Here's the council's website Hull Jazz Festival
It is a mixture of free and ticketed events.
For more information phone (01482) 300 300.
Kingston Communications Stadium
Hulls premier sporting stadium is based in West Park and is home to football ( Hull City) and rugby (Hull FC). Based on Sunderlands Stadium of Light this is a slightly smaller version but expansion is now possible as the team will be in the Premiership in 2008 / 09.
Set in parkland but in a rather run down area - there is very little to see in the area outside the stadium so just get in and stay whether it is for sport or one of the concerts that take place here. The area is not always safe at night so do not venture far from the bus stops or car parks.
Catering is OK - the restaurant is quite good I am told but my only experience of eating here are the pies and drinks from the take away places on the walk ways.
Disabled access good in the East and South stands but do not go to the West Stand as we did - wheelchair access is not good.
Ferrens Art Gallery
The Ferens Art Gallery opposite the City Hall on Queen Victoria Square is worth a visit if you want to sample the region’s rich artistic talent. You wouldn’t think it from first impressions of the city but it is home to a thriving, if somewhat hidden, arts community. Within the galleries can be found everything from internationally renowned pieces by David Hockney and Helen Chadwick to some wonderfully intriguing modern art installations. The gallery is a modest size thus not too daunting at all to peruse or navigate. Entrance is free and the café is definitely worth a visit too if you’re need of a pit-stop.
For a slightly different day...
For a slightly different day out, head to Wharram Percy deserted medieval village, near Malton in North Yorkshire. However, don’t go if it’s been raining as it will be very muddy. The village had been occupied since the Stone Age until the 16th century. You will need to buy a guide book from any of the numerious English Hertitage Sites in the area to get the most out of the visit as Wharram Percy is unmanned. To get there take the B1248 to 6 miles South East of Malton, take minor road off half mile south of Wharram-le-Street. It is signposted.
Pub restaurant with theatrical feel
This small pub is a typical English street corner pub but I recommend it because of its connections with the New Theatre on the opposite side of the street.
It has changed little in the last 30 years and the framed photos of the theatre stars on the walls has not been updated for many years but if you want to see stars from the theatre taking a break from rehearsals at lunchtime this is where they all go. I saw Lionel Blair in here last week and over the years have seen many famous people here.
There is a meals service at lunchtime serving good pub grub and sandwiches. I cannot comment on the standard of the beer as I don't really drink but there seems to be a good selection.
There are some local characters too and it attracts the arty crowd as well as students and business people.
It is possible to stay here too as they do bed and breakfast. Fish and chips are quite good (well it is in Hull) but the sandwiches come well presented too and the portions are generous.