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What 's new for 2015

Remember that feeling of exhilaration when you visited a place for the first time? Well, there’s always something new happening in York so that feeling never fades no matter how many times you visit. 

York boasts a year-round calendar of amazing events, starting in February with the annual Viking Festival and later including the York International Shakespeare Festival, the Tour de Yorkshire and the Great Yorkshire Fringe. And when you’re not taking part in an activity you can explore the historic city’s cobbled streets, wealth of museums, imposing Gothic Minster and bustling markets.

Get a flavour for what’s on offer here and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Visit York Groups Desk for more assistance.

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New Events for 2015

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Tour De Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire

May 1-3

This major new international cycle race has been added to the official world cycling calendar. The route is yet to be confirmed but will include York and parts of Yorkshire that 2014’s Grand Départ didn’t visit.

Jorvik Viking Festival

Jorvik Viking Festival, February 14-22

At the largest Viking festival in Europe, follow the clash of the titans at Ragnarok and enjoy thrilling live battle action plus family-friendly events, guided walks, the strongest Viking competition and much more.

York international Shakespeare Festival

York International Shakespeare Festival, May 9-16

This 10-day festival features productions by major companies alongside experimental new work, and includes family-friendly events and street performances of the Bard’s work.

In fog and falling snow and The Railway Children this summer at the NRM

In fog and falling snow, June 26-July 11; The Railway Children, July 31-September 5

"In fog and falling snow" looks at the importance of the railways to York over the past 200 years while "The Railway Children" is a great adaptation of the popular E. Nesbit novel.

News for 2015

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York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery – to open again in summer 2015 after £8 million revamp

York Art Gallery will increase exhibition space by creating a suite of three galleries to show ambitious and high profile exhibitions, extra learning space and a new artists’ garden.New galleries will become the Centre of Ceramic Arts CoCA, which will showcase work from the most extensive collection of British studio ceramics in the country.

The Bar Convent

The Bar Convent- £2 million Living Heritage Project

The Bar Convent will be reopened in autumn 2015 after £2 million capital project.
The project will make the Bar Convent more accessible for the 21st century, The Grade I listed Georgian buildings will be conserved and public areas will be transformed.


York Army Museum

York Army Museum will re-open after £1 million revamp

York Army Museum will be opened again in Spring 2015 with transformative new displays and audio visual experiences set to give fresh insight into key regimental battles and individual stories of conflict following the award of a £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Great Yorkshire Fringe

The Great Yorkshire Fringe,
July 24-August 2

Top comedians, musicians, cabaret artists and family entertainers are lined up to appear on a variety of stages for a 10-day festival of fun that will see the city centre transformed into a vibrant performance space.