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February Newsletter 2016

February Newsletter 2016  James Foster

A belated Happy New Year to everyone,

Since our last newsletter, a lot seems to have happened in York, which thankfully has survived Mother Natures attempt to wash it away in the December floods. The city seems to have recovered remarkably quickly, with little sign of the flooding even days after it had abated, though the cost to some businesses has been high & some of the riverside residences are probably still in the process of drying out completely . Our thoughts go out to those owners.

A little bit of water was obviously not going to stop the general hubbub of city life & this February has seen the Jorvik Viking Festival in full effect at half-term, the largest Viking Festival in Europe! (Although we are not sure how many more Viking festivals there are in Europe. It is maybe the only one.)

The city has also welcomed the inaugural run of the 'Flying Scotsman' which is now housed at the National Railway Museum until the 7th March and then from the 25th March to the 8th May. Definitely worth a look if you have the time.

On the 25th-28th March the York Easter festival kicks off, and as a family with a collective sweet tooth I'm sure we'll attend for at least a day, especially as it links in with the York chocolate Festival. If however you are looking for something a little more thought provoking than simply gorging on chocolate, the Easter services at the Minster and associated choral music concerts are bound to be impressive, whilst there is a medieval Easter egg hunt organised for kids, if they need to do something active to get the sugar out of their system.

The Tour De Yorkshire returns towards the end of April for 3 days and will be a fantastic spectacle if last year was anything to go by. We were lucky enough to have the riders pass by the end of our road in 2015, and the 3 chosen routes are all close by this year, so I'm sure we'll join the crowds on at least one of the days and both dad & myself will be tasked with carrying my two boys Harry & Jack on our shoulders for a large part of the day.

After this, it's then the start of York Races, which is a real treat and a beautiful venue. It would be nice to have the time to go, but over here on the coast we are already far busier than we've been previously due to a combination of the interest & publicity given to the area from the new Dad's Army film that was based in the area & the new flexibility with booking times for mid-week and long weekends out of season.

Next newsletter will be late Spring/Summer and until then all the best.

James, Angela & John

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