UPDATED: How and when to get tickets for Radio 1s BIG WEEKEND 2017: HULL

UPDATE:  Radio 1 has revealed the date thousands of tickets for Big Weekend Hull on May 27 and 28 will be released.

Fifty thousand free tickets will be released on the BBC Radio 1 website at 9.10am on Monday, April 10. 

They will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Once booking opens, a link will appear to a secure site hosted by Ticketmaster. Tickets are limited to two per transaction.

Katy Perry, Little Mix, Kings of Leon and Stormzy have already confirmed their attendance at the event at Burton Constable Hall in Skirlaugh (A superb stately home with immense grounds), which is just east of the city of HULL. It’s part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 events.

Radio 1 say 70 per cent of the tickets will be exclusive to people living in Hull and East Riding postcode areas. A further 25 per cent will be available to people in the LN, DN, and YO postcodes.

There is no ticket charge for the event itself, but a non-refundable event admin fee of £8.50 per ticket will be applied to cover ticket handling, postage and other event administration costs. You do not need to register in advance.

Those without internet access can call 0844 453 9012 to book tickets, with calls costing 7p a minute plus standard network charges. Calls to this number before 9.10am on Monday 10 April will not be answered but will still be charged.

There is no age restriction at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull; however under-16s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult aged 18 or over. You may be asked for ID to verify your age.

Children under two years old do not need a ticket, but those two and over will need one. The BBC say, please bear in mind that this is an outdoor event, with loud music and large crowds expected – it is not an event designed for young children.


Nick Grimshaw from Radio One said: “I’m super excited for Big Weekend as it kicks off festival season and always has a mega line-up of the best live music. Roll on May – I can’t wait to party in Hull alongside Kings of Leon, Little Mix, Stormzy and loads more!”

Martin Green, Director Hull UK City of Culture 2017, said: “We are thrilled that BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is coming to Hull for 2017. Bringing this major national event with some of the biggest names in the music industry is a massive coup for the city and confirms its growing international profile as THE place to be.

“As ever, events like this can only happen thanks to the different partners and other organisations working together, and we are delighted to be working closely with the National Heritage Memorial Fund appointed trustees and family at Burton Constable, as well as our colleagues at Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council to ensure a successful event. Natural England and Historic England have also been crucial in providing support to bring this event to the area. “

The two-day festival is not being held ‘IN’ the city of Hull due to safety and logistics.

The best Hull City of Culture events for kids

There’s no excuse not to visit Hull right now – there’s so much to during its year of having the City of Culture status.

We visited mainly to see Blade in the city centre. We then made a full afternoon of it by having a look around the newly re-opened Fernes Art gallery and the Maritime Museum (both free entry) before popping to Furley and Co for a freakshake. (This is a MUST, you have to see them to believe them, £5 each!)

There’s a great kids’ gallery at Ferens in Queen Victoria Square. My kids, six and three loved playing picnics in the little house, launching themselves on the giant pillows and writing on the wall.

FUN: Oliver & Jasmine play in the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull

The City of Culture year has been split into seasons, the first of which is now underway and runs until the end of March. Here’s the best events to take the kids to:

Look up

A giant wind turbine blade has landed in the city centre. Blade is the first in a series of temporary artworks which will be displayed in public places and spaces to form the Look Up programme. Who knows what will come next after it’s moved on March 18?

Oliver and Jasmine loved seeing it and touching it and having their photos taken with it. Oliver then drew it as part of his homework when we got home.

INSPIRATIONAL: Oliver and Jasmine post their Challenge Hull notes

Get creative

Every Monday, the City of Culture team are setting a new challenge to encourage people to get creative. Children can try writing, drawing, dancing, cooking, discovering, exploring, performing or photographing.

Check out the Facebook and Twitter pages or visit hull2017.com every Monday for your weekly challenge then post it online with #challengeHull.

We joined in with the ‘Write an inspirational message’ where people were challenged to write a note and then leave it for others to find. My two children LOVED doing this.

A moth for Amy trail

There are 59 giant colourful moths to find across Hull, East Riding and beyond. The art project is modelled on Hull’s highly successful Larkin with Toads project.

Each moth reflects the powerful inspiration of Amy Johnson and her amazing flying achievements. The Moths remain where they have settled until March 31, 2017.

Diverse Fest

Diverse Fest is a performance festival for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to showcase. It is open for everybody of all ages to enjoy. Expect to find a café and stalls, as well as activities, karaoke, performances and a disco.

The event will be held on Saturday, January 14, at Bridlington Spa, between 12 noon and 8pm. Tickets which can be booked online are £3 for the day.

Re-made in Hull

A series of educational craft workshops set in a pretend factory. Families will be encouraged to work together to celebrate the culture of recycling in Hull and have fun making arts and crafts.

Workshops will take place from 11am to 1pm on Saturdays, from January 14 to April 22, at Hull Scrapstore, Dairycoates Avenue, Hull. Workshops will also take place during the February half-term school holidays and the school Easter holidays. See www.hull2017.co.uk for times and dates and to book.


Get up close and personal with a Bowhead – also known as a Greenland Right Whale – in a lifelike visual installation. Bowhead is at the Maritime Museum in Queen Victoria Square, Hull, which is open daily from 9am until 5pm until March 19.

YUM: If you’re visiting Hull, pop to Furley & Co for a freakshake!

Creative Voice Dance

The next generation of performers from Creative Voice and Hull Dance take over the stage at Hull Truck Theatre. The evening will showcase a newly created piece by Hull Dance Youth Company.

The dance show is being held at Hull Truck Theatre on Sunday, January 29 at 7pm. Tickets are £3 each.

Back To Ours

The Back to Ours events include comedy, music, circus, theatre, cabaret, dance and film, including the following:

1) The Story of Mr B

A surprise-filled puppet show, set in a giant pop-up book, tells the story of Mr Bumblegrum. Suitable for children aged three and over.

This show will be held at the Sirius Academy West, on Wednesday, February 22, at 11am and 2pm, on Thursday, February 23 at 11am and 2pm at Winifred Holtby Academy and on Saturday, February 25 at 11am and 2pm at Archbishop Sentamu Academy. Tickets, available online are priced between £2.50 and £5.

2) Picture House: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

This film will be screened on Wednesday, February 22 at 10.30am at Archbishop Sentamu Academy, on Thursday, February 23 at 10.30am at Sirius Academy West and on Saturday, February 25 at 10.30am at Winifred Holtby Academy. Tickets are £2.50.

3) Picture House: Matilda

This film will be screened on Wednesday, February 22 at 1.30pm at Archbishop Sentamu Academy, on Thursday, February 23 at 1.30pm at Sirius Academy West and on Saturday, February 25 at 1.30pm at Winifred Holtby Academy. Tickets are £2.50 and can be booked online.

4) Picture House: Fantastic Mr Fox

This film will be screened on Wednesday, February 22 at 4pm at Archbishop Sentamu Academy, on Thursday, February 23 at 4pm at Sirius Academy West and on Saturday, February 25 at 4pm at Winifred Holtby Academy. Tickets are £2.50.

There will also be two more Back to Ours festivals planned for the half term school holidays in May and October – details to be announced.

Telling Tales

Actor Simon Callow narrates a family-friendly programme of classical music presented by the New London Chamber Ensemble. Featuring the musical stories of Opus Number Zoo, Peter and The Wolf and Martin Butler’s Dirty Beasts Tales

The show will be held on Friday, February 24 at 1pm in the Middleton Hall at the University of Hull. Tickets, available online are priced between £4 and £8.

Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Northern Ballet’s productions especially for children are not to be missed and have even been showed on CBeebies. This is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time.

Performances take place at 12pm and 2pm with a relaxed performance at 5pm on Friday, March 17 at the Bridlington Spa. Each performance lasts approximately 40 minutes.


Child models needed for Hull Daily Mail photo shoot

The Hull Daily Mail is looking for child models to feature in a series of City of Culture photo shoots.

The paper wants children of all ages who will be photographed at different City of Culture events.


ADVENTURE: Oliver Lovell at Hessle Foreshore


 The winning children will be invited to one of several fun photo-shoots throughout the year.

The first photo-shoot will take place with the Blade in Hull’s city centre and will be used as the cover photo for the ‘Hull Daily Mail – Family News‘ page.

The photographs will be used to illustrate stories in print, and will also be used on social media, including on Twitter and Facebook.

It is a great opportunity for children who like having their photo taken and would like to see themselves in the paper. At the end of the year the paper will feature all children who have taken part in a celebratory feature in the paper.


FUN: Jasmine Lovell at the Deep in Hull


Entry is via Facebook only. To enter your child, you must first ‘like’ the new ‘Hull Daily Mail – Family News‘ Facebook page. Then like and share the child models post on that page and comment by posting a picture of your child or children.

The paper is only looking for a few families and winners will be chosen at random. The closing date is Tuesday, January 31, at 4pm.

Winners will be announced on the ‘Hull Daily Mail – Family News‘ Facebook page on Wednesday, February 1.