15th October 2021
A treasure trove of seafaring culture will take place across Hull as Maritime Tales Week returns to the city for October half term.
A packed programme of events celebrating Hull’s rich maritime heritage will run from 23 to 30 October. The city’s significant seafaring history will be brought to life with a varied programme for children and adults including storytelling, creative writing workshops, competitions, talks, music and craft activities.
Maritime Tales returns for 2021 following a successful maiden voyage for the week-long celebration of Hull’s nautical culture which first took place in October last year. As lockdown restrictions have eased, this year’s programme will be able to feature in-person events as well as online. The online programme includes a nightly ‘book at bedtime’ feature, presented by the Hull Maritime Foundation, with contemporary popular maritime stories retold by well-known local faces.
A maritime trail with riddles created by local writer and author, Joanna Walsh will also feature across a number of locations across the city centre. A map of the trail will be available at a number of locations including libraries, museums and from the volunteer pod at Paragon station. Each location will have its own riddle related to Hull’s maritime story – will you be able to solve them all?
Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Maritime Tales Week back to the city in recognition of Hull’s legacy as one of the greatest maritime cities of the world. With a hugely varied line-up of events this year there’s something for everyone to enjoy as we celebrate and rediscover our seafaring history.”
The week will also include the latest news updates on Hull’s major, £30m Hull Maritime project. The next phase on the project is now underway as the renovation of Dock Office Chambers begins. Work is also due to start in the next few months on the redevelopment of the Maritime Museum and restoration of the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship.
Visitors to the events can share their photos and stories with the Hull Maritime project on social media by tagging in @HullMaritime and using the #MaritimeTales #HullYMC