Spring Bank Zoological Gardens – Hull Woolly Zoo at History Centre

Animals have taken over at Hull History Centre in a woolly tribute to the city’s old zoological gardens. One of Hull’s most exotic historical attractions has been recreated by the city’s knitters. In 1861, the city’s hugely popular Spring Bank Zoological Gardens, which featured an impressive collection of animals including elephants, lions, tigers and polar bears, closed to the public. Now, a century and a half later, Hull History Centre has recreated the lost attraction after staff and members of the public knitted and crocheted animals of all sizes, from a 6cm goat to a 6ft giraffe. The Hull Woolly Zoo exhibition, at the centre in Worship Street, Hull, is open until Saturday 7 April. Entry is free. Visitors can pick up a free trial map to be guided around the centre in search of some animals that have escaped their enclosures. And guests will be able to take home some of the animals as a charity auction allows visitors to place bids on many of the crafty creations and own them for good when the exhibition closes.

Film from hullcitycouncil

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