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What 's new for 2016

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…..

2016 is set to be a blockbuster of a year for York - the City of Festivals.

York boasts a year-round calendar of amazing events, starting in February with the annual Viking Festival, ranging from Early Music to Food & Drink. The return of the Flying Scotsman to the National Railway Museum and an even bigger and better Great Yorkshire Fringe comedy festival. Don’t miss the York Minster Mystery Plays returning to the Minster for the first time in 16 years. Not to mention the re-opening of the York Theatre Royal.

Plus 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 of what’s on offer here.

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York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery – opened again after £8 million revamp

York Art Gallery has increased their 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 have become the Centre of Ceramic Arts CoCA, which is showcasing 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.

Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman at the National Railway Museum

A season of events and activities celebrating the fame and celebrity of locomotive legend Flying Scotsman, to mark its anticipated return to the tracks. Highlights will include an exhibition exploring the highs and lows of the steam icon’s rollercoaster career and a Flying Scotsman experience allowing first-hand access to the most famous train in the world. Dates TBC from February 2016. 

York Minster Mystery Plays

York Minster Mystery Plays 2016: 26 May - 30 June 2016

The medieval Minster’s magnificent Nave will be transformed into a 1,000 seater auditorium for the production, which will run from 26 May until 30 June 2016. In keeping with tradition, hundreds of community performers will work with one professional actor, supported by an army of backstage volunteers to create a unique spectacle.Tickets for the production go on sale in January.

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