Roots and Routes, aka season two of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations, kicks off this April with festivals, exhibitions and even a pillow fight.

Discussing themes of Hull as a gateway to Europe, as well as its strong heritage and future in engineering, the fantastic events this month are set to be very inspiring.


Hull Pillow Fight Day

Grab a pillow and join in this fun, light-hearted fight on King Edward Street.

Welcoming everyone, it's a fantastic open-air event returning for its third year to celebrate International Pillow Fight Day. Prepare to get covered in feathers and fluff!

When: Saturday 1 April from 11am

Where: Outside the old BHS

Entry: Free - just bring your own pillow


Three Ships Exhibition

The Yorkshire Ones are back with their fourth exhibition inspired by local lifestyle. This curation looks at the city's maritime heritage by focusing on three famous Hull ships.

Firstly, the Resolution, the ship used by Captain Cook himself on his second and third voyages. Next, a relief ship for Scott's discovery expedition to Antarctica in the early 20th century. Lastly, Viola, Hull's remaining steam trawler.

The art is in the form of textiles and mixed media projects.

Where: Hull Maritime Museum

When: Until Friday 28 April

Entry: Free


Poppies: Weeping Window

You may have already noticed the stunning collection of red poppies cascading from a window at Hull Maritime Museum. Weeping Window is an installation that travels across the country in remembrance of the First World War.

Starting in 2014 at HMR Tower of London, the tour will continue throughout Britain until next year. The former Dock Offices of Hull are graced with the beautiful artwork for the next few weeks.

Where: Queen Victoria Square

When: Until Friday 14 May

Entry: Free outdoor installation


Science Festival

Showcasing the role of science, maths and engineering, the Science Festival in Hull will explore these subjects within the context of the city's vibrant culture.

The University of Hull, the Science Museum and performers from around the country join together to bring you free lectures, workshops and entertainment.

Where: The University of Hull, Cottingham Road

When: From 10am on Sunday 2 April

Entry: Book your free ticket here 

Beyond Words

The popular event returns to the city, bringing commissioned artworks that address themes of freedom.

Curated by Book Works, the exhibition includes three publications accompanied by paintings, films, prints and projections. These present the issues and questions surrounding cultural history, identity, migration and their influence on society.

Where: Hull Central Library

When: Friday 7 - Thursday 27 April

Entry: Free

Whatever you get up to in Hull in April, we hope you have loads of fun. Be sure to tag us in your photos on Facebook and Twitter.

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