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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.


Classical Fantasia Leeds

Fireworks, Leeds

The stunning Kirkstall Abbey plays host this weekend to the City’s Classical Fantasia Concert with the wonderful Manchester Chamber Orchestra (Manchester Camerata).

This will be a brilliant night for all the family to enjoy held in the spectacular grounds of the 12th century ruined abbey North-West of the city of Leeds, set in parkland on the bank of the River Aire.

The gates to the abbey’s grounds will open at 6:00pm on Saturday 7th September 2013 before the start of the concert at 8:00pm allowing time for the crowds to get themselves settled before the proceedings begin. We have been advised that you are able to bring along picnics, drinks (including alcohol) seating, picnic tables and blankets but under no circumstances will barbecue’s or ANY form of naked flame be permitted. Of course, food and drinks concessions will be available should you require.

This brilliant event used to pull in crowds of over 9000 when it was free but since the introduction of the fee for attendance in 2011, crowd sizes have reduced to around 3000. Tickets to the concert at £10.00 for general admission but family tickets for groups of 5-10 are available from £7.00 per person along with a number of concessions for Leedscard or Breezecard holders. Check when you are booking/paying.

The concert itself will be rounded off in magnificent style with fireworks being lit to the sight and sounds of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. A superb night to be had in beautiful surroundings listening to classically brilliant music capped off with fireworks – what more do you require.


Leeds Fireworks New Year 2009/2010

Leeds New Year’s Eve fireworks 31 December 2009, where and when to see the fireworks.

Leeds will celebrate 2010 early with a packed carnival style afternoon of events, music, theatre, funfairs, entertainment and much, much more. For New Year’s celebrations will culminate in a fireworks display that will light up the skies above Leeds City Centre. For the best views of the fireworks at 5.30pm, head to the Headrow between Albion Street and Briggate.

So for a fantastic, colourful and explosive start to 2010, wrap up warm and make for the 2009/10 Leeds New Year’s Eve celebrations at Briggate and the Headrow, Leeds, Yorkshire LS1 8LA on Thursday 31 Dec 2009. 2-5.30pm

Red Mist with Nice Ring Effect

Enjoy the best views of the fireworks and find the best spots to watch the New Years Eve fireworks in Leeds and celebrate with colour. For your own fireworks display this year go to http://fireworksleeds.co.uk