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THE TOUR DE FRANCE 2014. STAGE 1.

The world and his granny have been waiting for the start of the 2014 Tour De France as for the first time in the event’s history the race will begin in our neck of the woods.

The Tour De France has been featured in the South of the UK a number of times but we are fortunate enough to have the race take place on the beautiful roadways around our region.

Day 1 of the Grand Depart leaves the beautiful and cosmopolitan City of Leeds on July 5th ahead of the riders 190km gruelling ride to the spa town of Harrogate on the first leg. Taking in the towns and villages along this beautiful journey of 190km before Day 2 sets off from York on Sunday 6th July.

Some of the Towns and Villages are:

Ilkley – Its magnificent countryside and the Cow and Calf rocks makes this area a must for rock climbers across the UK.

Skipton – a 900 year old castle and historic (yet painful for the cyclists I would have thought) cobbled High Street.

West Tanfield – this lovely village features a mention in the Doomsday book and houses one of the UK’s oldest and prettiest buildings – the 13th century church of St Nicholas and the Marmion Tower, a 15th century gatehouse of special historical significance because of its architecture.

Harewood – home to the stunning Harewood House, built in the mid 1700’s the house and grounds are holding a full on family entertainment spectacular. As the official ‘Ceremonial Start’ of the TDF, the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling has a HUGE programme of events including live music, theatre, the indomitable Red Arrows display team and there is even an army assault course and go-karting.

Middleham – The area records show that the first settlements were of the Roman Empire in 69AD. The building of Middleham Castle was started in 1190 and the town has many historical buildings dotted around the town including a medieval cross topped with a celtic cross. Well worth a visit.

Aysgarth – A beautiful village within the Yorkshire Dales National Park which again featured in the Doomsday Book of 1086 which essentially was an audit and a census of all the landowners, their property, land and livestock figures as commissioned by William the Conqueror. Aysgarth Falls and the stepping-stones in the River Ure were the location of the filming for the movie ‘Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves’ with Kevin Costner.

Kettlewell – an absolutely charming little village which is quintessentially ‘British’ offering visitors stunning views, picturesque terraces and quiet country lanes. This gorgeous place was also the location for the filming of ‘Calendar Girls’ a film about the fundraising efforts of the local Womens Institute and their decision to create a ‘nude’ calendar to raise funds for a soca for the hospice to be dedicated to one of the members husband’s who had passed away from non-hodgkin lymphoma.

There are of course spectator hubs all the way along the route where you can join with family and friends to make a full weekend of it with camp sites, large screens showing the race as it winds along the countryside of Yorkshire and food concessions. Details of all of these can be found online.

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Fireworks and Halloween

Halloween and Epic Fireworks

You have to hand it to them, love ‘em or hate ‘em, Americans certainly know how to have a Halloween fireworks party.

Halloween has been a feature of the celebratory calendar in the states for many years and it gets bigger and more elaborate each one that passes. This year, the residents of Rome, one of the largest cities in Georgia, held a 5 kilometer ‘Zombie-a-thon’ fun run where the runners had to ‘escape the clutches of the hundreds of ‘zombies’ waiting to catch them. They had to run with flags around their waists which if taken by a zombie meant that you became a zombie runner.

After the runners had all crossed the finish line, the event moved to the block parties being held around the centre of the city. There were live performances by local band Chasing December, dance performances by The Synergy Dance team and a train through the centre and the big band sound was delivered by Mingo Fishtrap (I know, the name is a little odd).

Of course, no self-respecting Halloween Event would be the same without some beautiful fireworks for the event.

The residents were treated to a full display featuring some really beautiful fireworks and some absolutely spectacular shells.

The event was said to be a rip-roaring success and long may it continue.

If you are holding a Halloween event, why not include a small fireworks display. There are some beautiful fireworks available which will suit everything from a small garden to a field the size of a football pitch available at Epic Fireworks so get your order in and we can deliver to you in a couple of days.

We have some brilliant fireworks, some of which are Halloween themed, check out the Screaming SpidersDevils Den, Diablo and Goblins Gold.

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