International Hanse Day returns this year to a new location – Hull’s recently transformed Trinity Square.
Last year 21,000 people flocked to the Museums Quarter to celebrate Hull’s historic place in the Hanseatic League, an international commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and market towns.
This year’s International Hanse Day is on Saturday 12 May from 10am until 4pm.
The event is in partnership with Hull Minster and marks the one-year anniversary of its rededication.
Formerly Holy Trinity Church, Hull Minster was rededicated last May by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.
This year people will be able to try their hand at medieval crafts such as fletching, paper-making, spinning, weaving and arrow-making, and have a look around medieval market stalls. A fire-breathing stilt-walking jester will entertain crowds and there will even be a medieval rat catcher performing magic tricks! There will also be a staged area with music, dancing and storytelling.
This is the third year Hull has celebrated International Hanse Day. Anthony Yates, Visitor Economy Manager at Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, said: “We’re really excited about once again celebrating our historical Hanse links and giving people the opportunity to find out more about our association with the League.
'Trinity Square has hosted some brilliant events since its transformation last year and I’m looking forward to seeing the space come alive with the sounds and sights of medieval Hull.'
This year’s International Hanse Day falls on the one-year anniversary of the rededication of Hull Minster.
Hull Minster musicians will be performing live contemporary music, and there will also be live storytelling of faith journeys and mini-walking tours.
On the same day, Hull Minster will also be supporting the national prayer initiative, Thy Kingdom Come, with interactive prayer stations available for people to engage with. The day will close with a Festal Choral Evensong led by the Minster Choir at 4pm.