We're already a few weeks into the second season of Hull UK City of Culture. Routes and Roots celebrates Hull as the gateway to Europe and as a unique, international city.

There's plenty on in May to reflect this too, from a medieval European street festival, to a music event welcoming world-class acts from across the globe. 

BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend

One of the UK's biggest live music events is coming to Hull on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May 2017. Acts to grace the Burton Constable Hall stage include Kings of Leon, Little Mix, Katy Perry and Stormzy.

50,000 free tickets for the two-day festival were snapped up within minutes by locals and music fans. It's set to be an incredible weekend if you were lucky enough to get your paws on a pass.

Bill Bailey's Cabinet of Curiosities

Funnyman Bill Bailey brings his cornucopia of curiosities to the Hull Maritime Museum from Saturday 27 May until Sunday 10 September.

Discover more about the stories behind quirky artefacts and unusual objects, such as a unicorn horn, whalebone art and furniture made from animal remains.

Lighthearted and educational, this exhibition will be a joy for the whole family.

Hull Maritime Museum is open Monday-Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursdays 10am-7:30pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4:30pm. Entry is free to this exhibit.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

On Thursday 25 May, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform an outstanding set at Hull City Hall. Audiences are in for treat, with the beautiful musical celebration of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 and Symphony No.9.

Meanwhile, talented artists from the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus will join the orchestra on stage. 


Pint of Science

Ever got chatting in the pub about the weird and wonderful ways of the world? The Pint of Science festival is set to provide a platform for interesting and relevant talks on the latest scientific research.

Taking place across the Fruit Market, the three-day event hits popular venues such as Fruit, the Minerva, Butler Whites, The Deep and Thieving Harry's. Topics include the human body, the future of our planet, how we're fighting cancer and life in the ocean.

Pint of Science runs from Monday 15 May until Wednesday 17 May. Book your tickets for just £4 each.


International Hanse Day

On Saturday 13 May, Hull's Old Town will be transformed into a fully interactive performance. To celebrate Hull's Hanseatic links, audiences can participate in traditional customs of mid-13th-century European countries.

Eat, dance, drink and listen to stories from medieval times as you walk around the vibrant marketplace.

Discover more about International Hanse Day

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