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Exclusive: Fat Friends the Musical to premiere in Leeds this year

A slimming club where the members confessed their inner most secrets while desperately try to shed a few more pounds proved a TV ratings winner. And now Fat Friends, created by Yorkshire screenwriter Kay Mellor, is about to get a new lease of life as a musical.

Theatre

Video: Inside the newly-restored Ferens Gallery in Hull

It was on January 12, 1917 that the industrialist and philanthropist Thomas Robinson Ferens bought a plot of land in the centre of Hull to build a brand new gallery. So it was something of a happy coincidence that exactly 100 years on the gallery which bears his name reopened its doors following a £5m renovation project.

Arts
A silver and gold hoard (927 AD)  found in the Vale of York in 2007 and acquired jointly by the British Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and Harrogate Museum.  Picture: Trustees of the British Museum and York Museums Trust.

Seven best archeological hoards found in Yorkshire

Yorkshire has been at the heart of English history for more than 2,000 years and its past and its landscape have been shaped by Roman and Viking invaders, the War of the Roses and the English Civil War.

Heritage
An art installation titled Arrivals and Departures by arts collective 'imitating the dog' is projected onto The Deep in Hull, forming part of the Made in Hull series marking the official opening of its tenure as UK City of Culture.

‘How this culture extravaganza has already changed opinions of Hull’

AROUND 60,000 people poured into Hull to see the opening night of City of Culture 2017, with tens of thousands more experiencing the spectacular fireworks display from vantage points across the North and South bank of the Humber.

What s on
The Tour de Yorkshire is expected to bring record crowds

How to get an 18-day break on just nine days’ leave this spring

TOURISTS flocking to Yorkshire to see the third running of the county’s annual cycle race will help create what officials are expecting to be a record period of trade this spring.

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Ballet dancers Alice Rathbone, Benjamin Jones, Daisy Edwards and Daisy Kerry recreate The Nutcracker in the Painted Hall at Chatsworth House. Picture: F Stop Press

Five golden rings: Yorkshire’s poshest Christmas trees

When Kelly Smith says she makes two guys from building services attend bauble- hanging classes before they get near one of Castle Howard’s Christmas trees, she’s not entirely joking. While the workshops aren’t formal, Kelly, who is known as Fairy Christmas around the North Yorkshire stately home, has certain rules that must be obeyed.

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‘When, not if’: Tour de France will return to Yorkshire, promises director

TOUR DE France director Christian Prudhomme says it is a case of ‘when, not if’ the greatest cycling spectacle in the world returns to Yorkshire.

Walks and Cycling

Video: Full route for 2017 Tour de Yorkshire cycle race

Two Unesco World Heritage sites, four corners of the county and a famous bridge damaged in the floods of last Christmas will all play a role in the third annual Tour de Yorkshire cycle race next April.

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Sue Fisher, Director of Development at Ampleforth Abbey and College  walking by the abbey

As its monks win £3m from the lottery, Downton’s creator says it all started at Ampleforth

IT IS one of Yorkshire’s most significant abbeys yet also, perhaps, its most secluded. But an injection of nearly £3m from the national lottery could soon change that.

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Enid and Peter Nutland (l) from the Blackpool Church return the ancient cross to Canon Barry Pyke, Canon for Rural Engagement and Education and Ripon Cathedral Dean, The Very Rev. John Dobson (s).

Back in Yorkshire! Ripon Cathedral return for ancient Saxon stone

Ripon Cathedral held a special service to mark the return to the city of an ancient Saxon stone, which had been housed for many years in a Lancashire church.
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The Flying Scotsman

Flying Scotsman to visit Worth Valley

The World-famous Flying Scotsman is to make an appearance at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway next year.

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Inside the Standedge Tunnel

Legging it across the Pennines: Engineers descend on Standedge Tunnel

Britain’s longest and deepest canal tunnel, along a three-and-a-quarter mile path beneath the Pennines, is getting its annual “health check”.

Environment
Mark Ellis with the tools of his trade. Picture: Tony Bartholomew

Dry stone circle: Lost art of the labyrinth

In a forest on the edge of the North York Moors stands a stone circle, its entrance marked with standing stones aligned to the midsummer sunrise. The circle is part of something bigger – a vast maze, full of tricks and blind endings and features with mysterious sounding names such as smout holes, moon gates, bee boles and squeezer stiles. The walls are too high to see over, but when you look closer you see they have been inscribed by hundreds of people, who came to leave their mark in stone, as long ago as... well, 2016 actually.

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Parts of Cliffords Tower which have been unseen for decades will be revealed once more after planners approved an ambitious English Heritage project to transform the visitor experience

Hidden York: Revamp will open up ‘lost’ parts of Clifford’s Tower

PLANS for a radical revamp of one of Yorkshire’s oldest and most popular tourist attractions have been given the go-ahead.

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Investment in attractions in the likes of Scarborough has helped put Yorkshire in the tourism spotlight this year, Sir Gary Verity said, as new figures showed VisitBritain had secured record-breaking tourism spend from international and domestic visitors.   Picture: Ceri Oakes

Why everybody’s flocking to Brexit Britain

BRITAIN’S future economic strength may well depend on progressive post-Brexit government policy but one of the economy’s great pillars of strength already offers encouraging reassurance for this new era.

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Tea, Toast and Post, a quirky cafe in Robin Hood's Bay, is quickly becoming a top music venue. Picture: Ceri Oakes

How a cafe in Robin Hood’s Bay became a top music venue

In one of the streets that lead down to the beach in Robin Hood’s Bay there’s a cafe. It’s called Tea, Toast and Post and it serves up fish finger sandwiches in doorstep bread, homemade scones and some say the best coffee in town.

Music
From the series Annals of a Life Threatening Postcode (working title), 2016.

After 40 years in obscurity meet Britain’s most overlooked photographer

Is Peter Mitchell our most overlooked photographer? Martin Parr certainly thinks so. Sarah Freeman met the man who has spent 40 years finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Analysis
Chef Andrew Pern

Starfish: Michelin-starred chef Andrew Pern opens new restaurant in Whitby

WHITBY, famed for its ice cream and fish and chips, will now be the location for a signature restaurant by one of Yorkshire’s leading chefs.

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To launch the Yorkshire Festival in 2014, a unicycle disply team performed in front of fountains which had been turned yellow, in Sheffield's Peace Gardens.

Exclusive: Question mark hangs over Tour de France festival legacy

TOURISM LEADERS have maintained that an international arts festival staged as a legacy to the Tour de France in Yorkshire will continue despite concerns that funding has yet to be secured.

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The British Art Show at the Leeds Art Gallery, last October. Picture by Simon Hulme

Why Leeds is Yorkshire’s new tourist destination

TOURISM leaders have pledged to build on a boom in millions of visitors who have booked stays in the wake of a succession of international sporting and music events in a Yorkshire city.

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