Festival takes Flight

A day of great family friendly entertainment in the Festival’s city centre home, Zebedee’s Yard. Join us for amazing performances in a unique piazza setting, picture yourself with some beautiful Moths for Amy, visit our Da Vinci Engineered exhibition, try the Peep Board Trail and watch artists paint the Amy Johnson Mural. Zebedee’s Yard is open every day throughout the festival until 22 August for events, information, snacking and shopping.

Todays free shows in Zebedee’s Yard include:

The Journey

Street theatre outdoor spectacle featuring kinetic sculpture, music, costumed characters and audience participation.

The Journey street theatre show resembles an early flying machine with elements of Mad Max and Leonardo da Vinci concepts all rolled into one and set in an imagined future dystopia packed full of bizarre characters trying to re-gain the magic of flight. For audiences of all ages, humorous, yet thought provoking, it’s fun to watch and welcomes participation – no hiding at the back!

Pif Paf: Planetary

A stunning physical theatre show mixing movement, aerial, acrobatics, theatre and Russian swing on a brand new spinning stage. 

Three travellers arrive with an irresistible invitation to a giant puzzle, a spinning planet forged from 80 meters of steel pipe. There’s only one crown and we each want it with every bone in our bodies – unfortunately none of us has a clue how to get it.

Planetary unlocks a brand new piece of aerial theatre equipment. We’ll discover its secrets and maybe something about ourselves as we fight to be top dog in this tale of daredevil mayhem. It’s a journey of unstable alliances, misplaced trust, a bit of greed and what happens when – if  – you finally get what you want.

Hull Samba

Playing vibrant rhythms of Brazil with a flavour of East Yorkshire, Hull Samba are a group of people who share a passion for rhythm. They bang out some hip swaying grooves, and bring a little musical sunshine to any event. Rio meets Hull; they’ll provide the beat, you just bring your dancing shoes!

The Assembly Line

The ladies of the Assembly Line have chosen to take the audience on the highs and lows of Amy Johnson’s solo adventure via a ukulele musical flight of fancy, inspired by the weather Amy encountered, the countries she flew across and the amazing people she met along her epic journey.

The Aviators

How on earth will Amy and Jack reach for the skies?

It’s time to experience famous aviator Amy Johnson and her mentor, mechanic and possible love interest, Jack Humphries on stilts! These fun and humorous walkabout characters will lead the way as audience members are encouraged to compete in races, break records and listen to a history lesson with a difference. The Aviators promises to be an impressive visual spectacle and fun for all the family. Will Amy and Jack survive the journey? Can they reach for the skies? How will they prepare for take-off?

Performed by circus skills double act Rachel Harris and Robert Jamieson.


A community street band with attitude, Bandanarama play a lively mash-up of Disco hits, New Orleans Funeral Music, Indie Classics and Cockney oom-pah, with a mix of brass, wind, percussion, strings, and vocals. Resembling a hairy, sweaty, greasy mob of bikers and rock gods, the band love to strut their stuff through any crowd. 

Guaranteed to get kids bopping, nanas dancing and adult toes tapping with a “feel good” factor and infectious energy that’s truly memorable. 

An Amy Johnson mural painted ‘live’ with the GROUND team

GROUND artists’ collective will be on site during early July producing a bespoke mural for the Amy Johnson Festival – come and see their work in progress, buy them tea and watch beautiful things happen. 

Amy’s Adventures in the Air Trail

Follow in Amy Johnson’s footsteps and fly across the world via our thrilling peep-board trail.
Created by Hull graffiti artist Si2. 

Are you as adventurous as Amy? Have you got the determination to complete Amy’s Adventures in the Air? Are you inspired to be by her side, on her epic solo journey across the globe bound for Australia?

If you’re up for the challenge (and we know you are) it’s time to look out for our interactive peep-boards in Zebedee’s Yard, where you will become a brave co-pilot and travel with Amy as together you find your way to Australia on the most amazing and adventurous journey. 

This high-flying adventure will transform you into a time travelling detective, taking in science, culture, art, music, theatre, sculpture, poetry, society and politics.

Tell the world of your adventures by posting your images from the trail on social media, via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Our hashtag is #AmyJTrail

Saturday 2 July

10.00am – 8.00pm

Zebedee’s Yard
Hull HU1 2EX