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The York Dungeon launches search for its alternative Carnivàle Queen

The York Dungeon is searching for a Carnivàle Queens with a difference to step right up as it launches the hunt to find its own royal to reign over its sensational summer sideshow, Carnivàle.

There is a catch however, as the attraction isn’t looking for the usual sequins and glamour, pose and poise, but a Carnivàle Queen (or even King) with a difference!

This isn’t a traditional role where the conventional beauty wins, it’s a search for someone who can encapsulate the York Dungeon carnival spirit. People from all walks of life and all shapes and sizes are encouraged to apply.

The York Dungeons’ regal ruler will be selected and crowned on Friday, August  1, which is also Yorkshire Day and all prospective Carnivàle Queens will need to do to enter is submit their photos, along with a few lines or 140 characters of why they’re the best person for the job and email york.dungeons@merlinentertainments.biz, or upload to Facebook facebook.com/TheYorkDungeon or Twitter twitter.com/ YorkDungeon using the hashtag, #carnivalequeen.

The shortlisted candidates will be contacted by The York Dungeon and invited to attend the coronation, which will take place outside the scarily fun attraction at 11am on August 1.

The winner will then be scrutinised and selected by the Dungeon’s very own courtroom judge before being crowned the alternative Carnivàle Queen 2014.

The reigning winner will also receive a Family York Dungeon Annual Pass, a Dungeon Hamper and a Family meal for four people at Nandos.

The fabulous Carnivàle sideshow runs from July 25 September 1, and will star a cast of cheeky and colourful characters, from the darkly entertaining Ringmaster Walter to the mischievous Madame Caroline.

Visitors will be encouraged to try their hand on the wheel of misfortune and should prepare to be amazed in the discombobulating Hall of Mirrors. Whatever happens they’re guaranteed a day to remember.

The York Dungeon is a unique visitor attraction that brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious, fun and sometimes a bit scary!

The 80 minute journey takes visitors through 2,000 years of York’s dark history and guided by a full cast of actors they’ll get up close and personal with local legends including Eric Bloodaxe and Dick Turpin.

It’s a fully themed experience. That means 360° sets, full on authenticity and theatrical storytelling.

On your journey you’ll pass through York Castle Prison and hear the tale of the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin and NEW for 2014 Tyrannical Tudors; join the Traitors Rebellion as Henry VIII brings the wrath of the Tudors against the City of York.

Carnivale Queen with Ringmaster Walter
Carnivale Queen with Ringmaster Walter

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