Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will be coming to Hull to see what all the fuss is about with the City of Culture. Rob Maciver looks at what Prince Charles should do whilst visiting Hull.
1. Ferens Art Gallery
“Painting transports me into another dimension” Prince Charles once said this about painting and has been a serious water colour painter for many years. Ferens Art Gallery is back open for the upcoming busy year and after its £5.2m refurbishment it is definitely somewhere the Prince will want to visit. Currently in the art gallery is a rare 14th century piece by Pietro Lorenzetti, as well as pieces from local talents.
2. The Deep
Prince Charles loves animals all be it mainly Labradors and Jack Russell dogs but the Deep does have penguins. The Deep is the world’s only submariam which has over 3,500 fish including sharks. Prince Charles is very aware of the environment and one of the Deep’s main aims is to help raise public awareness of marine conservation and the issues and impacts of it. One of the most recent additions to the Deep is the penguin exhibition. (They’re so cute!)
3. Stanley’s Bourbon Craft Bar And Restaurant
Being Hull’s speciality whiskey bar Stanley’s serves a huge variety of tipples from obviously whiskies to craft beers. Prince Charles is quite famous for his Boozy ways and his preferred choice of whiskey is a single malt whiskey called Laphroaig. He’s described the whiskey as “magic” once before which brings me onto my next choice.
4. Hull Magician’s Circle
When presenting JK Rowling with her OBE he revealed he was a Harry Potter fan. Back in 1975 Prince Charles was initiated into the Magic Circle, which welcomes magicians into their secretive group through audition. For his audition some say he made a full bottle of whiskey disappear. The less prestigious HMC meet twice a month on a Thursday evening maybe he could bring some extra magic to the meet ups.
5. St Mary’s College
Prince Charles is very passionate about children and creating a better world for future generations. In an interview with Time magazine he said his grandson Prince George is “what it’s all about.” With St Mary’s ranked in the top 100 schools nationwide and the best achieving school in Hull I think a visit from the Prince of Wales would be something good for the high achieving pupils. All across the board St Mary’s come out on top for the area.
Hull’s Pie won East Yorkshire’s tourism award for ‘remarkable food provider’ last year. Hull chef and entrepreneur Matt Cunnah is the owner of Pie and the pies are really popular amongst locals (beef and red wine is a personal favourite). Prince Charles is apparently a picky eater but being a proper Englishman he does enjoy game pie with organic vegetables grown at Highgrove. Pie has everything he wants.
7. Holy Trinity Church
The 700-year-old church is becoming a Minster in May and after all the renovations on the church and surrounding area it is somewhere Charles should definitely visit. The church has a big role in local community and the church is planning for the Prince’s arrival.
8. Hessle Foreshore
One of Hull’s hidden gems is Hessle Foreshore, the country park is six miles from the city centre and is one of Hull’s most natural places. The naturally preserved woodlands is a favourite place for people to take their dogs so he will like that as well. Being an avid gardener and in general agricultural warrior Prince Charles would love the sights at Foreshore. Once inside the forest you are met with chalk cliffs and ponds. The Prince of Wales is a keen practitioner of hedge laying, the cutting of plants down and bending them over to create archways. There is a bird feeding area with one of these hedges, which might spark interest.
Hull’s unique restaurant/venue has both music acts and plays. Prince Charles has always had an interest in theatre and is a patron of the Royal Shakespeare Company. I could have put either Hull New Theatre or Hull Truck Theatre but they’re nothing that is really unique to Hull. Kardomah however has regular shows and plays wrote by local playwrites and showcases mainly Hull’s talents. A lot of the productions are charity related and Charles is known for doing a lot of charity work so it’s a good match. The Prince is also appreciative of all music so there will be something he likes on.
After all the above the poor Prince may be flagging so the ale trail is how he needs to finish off his time in Hull. The trail goes through the old part of the town centre and takes you to some of Hull’s oldest pubs. The George Hotel is Hull’s oldest surviving licensed pub and has England’s smallest window. The most famous of the bunch though is probably Ye Olde White Harte as this is where the English Civil War was started. The Prince’s beer of choice is Boddingtons but after visiting the 9 pubs I don’t think he’ll mind.
No trip to Hull could be completed without having a Dope burger, the best burgers in town may not appeal to the Prince but the flavoursome burgers are ideal for that morning after. Dope burger is dubbed gourmet street food, they’re bringing quality back to fast food one smoked dope burger at a time. Any list about Hull can’t forget about Dope Burger.