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The York balloon festival and fireworks return to the racecourse in September, and the festival sponsors and organisers have promised that this year it will be bigger and better than ever before.

Witness the spectacle of over 50 hot air balloons taking to the skies twice a day (once at sunrise and then again in the afternoon). Balloons with pilots and dedicated grounds teams travel from all over the UK to Yorkshire for the event. One of the main spectacles of the festival-style event is the night glow performance, make sure you have your camera as this provides some perfect photo opportunities and is not something to be missed. The dark skies glow with light as the balloons tethered together put on a light performance accompanied to music.

The event isn’t all about the balloons, there is a full three-day fiesta planned with children’s entertainment, live music, tribute acts and food, and drinks stalls. For the thrill-seekers, you can visit the funfair on the grounds with rides never seen before in York and boasting to be the biggest to be held on the race ground.

Whichever day you decide to visit we recommend if you’re a pyro lover like us here at Epic that you pencil in the Saturday evening. This is when the grand finale begins as the spectacular fireworks and laser show begins at around 9:50pm. Watch as the skies light up in a different way to the night-time glow as the skies are filled with light, colour, and effects.

The event is completely free but if you are wanting to travel and park at the racecourse where there is a charge, it is advised to get there early as there are limited places available. For alternatives, there is a shuttle bus from York train station and a park and ride available from Askham.

Provisional line up

  • Mass balloon launch (weather depending) 4:45pm to 5:45pm
  • Band on stage (TBC) 6:15pm to 8:30pm
  • Hot air balloon night glow 4:40pm to 9:00pm
  • Firework and laser show finale 8:50pm to 11pm (only on the Saturday evening)


  • Friday 27th September 3pm to 9:30pm
  • Saturday 28th September 7am to 10:30pm
  • Sunday 29th September 7am to 6:30pm


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.



Many of you may know already but Guy Fawkes, the main conspirator in the Gunpowder Plot was actually from our own fair County, Yorkshire. In fact, from what would at the time have been the ‘City Centre’ of the North of England, York from just off the High Street and he and his family lived there for much of his early life.

It has just been announced in the National Press that there are plans afoot to produce a £20 million film about Guy and the Gunpowder Plot.

The film is being created to appeal to the 18-25-year-old audience and will take a format similar to the Pirates of the Caribbean with some of the darker side of the story being compared to the film Se7en.

The brilliant Orlando Bloom, famous for his portrayal of Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean stories and Legolas Greenleaf in Lord of the Rings, has been approached about the role but there is no firm information at this time but we believe he would be absolutely perfect for it.

The filming will take place for the most part in and around the City of York and the studio/production teams will be based at the local University Campus.

ELSA Productions are the team responsible for bringing this project together and they have backing from all over the World, including some investment from the UAE as one backer has already put £8 million in the pot to kick off the funding. ELSA are unique in the way they approach funding for film production as they are hoping for investments and have created a little ‘montage’ for their prospective backers

The film about Guy Fawkes, including all the mystery and intrigue surrounding the actions of Guy, Robert Catesby and the other conspirators of 1605 still captures the imagination and remains a human interest story where hopefully, you will be able to see the rationale behind taking the radical steps that they did, to rid the country of a King who to all intents and purposes, was permitting the persecution and killing of those wanting to remain faithful to Catholicism irrespective of the changes in the ruler of the country.

As and when more information becomes available, we will let you know.