As preparations continue ahead of Hull’s City of Culture year in 2017, First Hull Trains is taking passengers along the tracks of the city’s success.

TV producer Phil Redmond, who chaired the City of Culture panel, said Hull produced the most compelling case based on its theme as ‘a city coming out of the shadows’.

The victory means the city will stage a £12m programme of arts and cultural events during 2017, including 25 major festivals and spectacular opening and closing ceremonies.

It will include more than 1,500 individual events and 12 artists’ residencies.

Bid adviser Andrew Dixon said: “Hull has won something really important. They’ve trusted in the people, trusted in the city.

They’ve given us a chance to show Hull is a fantastic city.

“You will see fantastic events, international commissions, some of the world’s best artists in the city. You’ll see Hull on the international map.”

With anticipation growing by the day, there has never been a more exciting time to visit Hull and First Hull Trains is offering you direct access. the UK’s City of Culture.

What won it for Hull:

• Hull City Council’s commitment to enhance funding beyond 2017 to help secure the legacy.

• Hull’s success in showing to the panel why culture is such an important part of its city plan, and the interesting focus on architecture and places and its use of spaces and buildings.

• Evidence of engagement to date at a grassroots level across Hull, the strong support from the private sector and the Creative People and Places programme.

• The wide-ranging proposed programme, featuring national and international elements.

• The clarity on how different groups will be engaged and how positive social impacts will be delivered.

• The international links Hull has already made and is building: to be part of Europe linked to the Baltic, to Sierra Leone and South Africa.

As a result of the award, Hull will be hoping to attract 600,000 extra visitors as Derry, the current city of culture, has. It is also estimated that Hull will receive a £60 million boost to its economy in 2017 alone.

But what can visitors to the city expect to find? We’ve put together a mouth-watering list of places to go, attractions to visit and cultural icons that show why the northern end of First Hull Trains’ route is well worth a visit.

The Attractions

Hull New Theatre

This beautiful performing space has survived Second World War bombs and the worst economic downturn in living memory, going from strength to strength. Hull New Theatre continues to be one of the UK’s premier touring venues for the world’s greatest singers, dancers and actors.

The Humber Bridge

Although not technically in Hull, the Humber Bridge is so iconic in the region, it demands a mention. When it opened in 1981, this 2,220-metre-long suspension bridge was the largest of its kind in the world. It has become hugely important to Hull’s economy and remains, literally and figuratively, the gateway to the south.

KR, City, FC

Hull has a proud sporting heritage, with three teams performing at a world class level. Hull F.C. and Hull City share a home at the KC Stadium, where the Airlie Bird mascot of the rugby league team rubs shoulders with the football premiership team’s Tiger. Hull Kingston Rovers is Hull F.C.’s rugby league rival from the east of the city, based in Craven Park.

Freedom Festival

Freedom is Hull’s annual celebration of the arts. Launched in 2008, it is now firmly established in the UK’s arts festival calendar, attracting an eclectic mixture of artists, musicians, street theatre performers and dancers from across the UK and Europe.

William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce is one of Hull’s most famous sons, and his role in the Anti-Slavery Campaign has left a world-wide legacy. Wilberforce House Museum was re-opened in 2007 following a £1.6 million redevelopment. Inside you can explore the history of slavery and its abolition and discover what made this humanitarian so remarkable.

Ferens Art Gallery

Set amongst the lovely architecture of Queen Victoria Square, the gallery has a magnificent permanent collection of paintings and sculptures from medieval times to the present day. There’s also a fantastic children’s gallery for 6-10 year olds, plus the popular La Loggia café.

The Deep

The UK’s most successful Millennium Commission Lottery Project was designed by Sir Terry Farrell and juts out into the Humber Estuary like the prow of a boat. The Deep is the world’s only submarium, boasting a whopping 3,500 fish, including Europe’s only sawfish.

Hull Fair

One of the largest travelling fairs in Europe, with over 250 rides, Hull Fair is also one of the oldest, dating back to the thirteenth century. For a week every October, the area near the KC stadium becomes a frenzy of activity, excitement, colourful characters, noise and food.

Posted: 29/05/2014