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Tales of a Maritime City

A treasure trove of seafaring culture will take place across Hull as Maritime Tales Week returns to the city for this 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, poetry and 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 Interchange. Each location will have its own riddle related to Hull’s maritime story – for people to solve.

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 full programme of activities is here. Follow @HullMaritime on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

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