Drama, Intrigue and Obsession

Harewood House launches new exhibition in 2014As part of the Yorkshire Festival, Harewood is launching a sensational new display throughout the House this Easter. In Pursuit of the Exquisite: Royal Sèvres, from Versailles to Harewood features the delicate and highly prized Sèvres porcelain collected by Edward ‘Beau’ Lascelles.  These extraordinary pieces survived the downfall of their original owners, the tumult of the French Revolution and the difficult journey from Versailles to Harewood.

This exquisite porcelain was obsessively collected by aristocratic and royal patrons, including the ill-fated King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.  After their executions, works from the Royal Palaces at Versailles were sold, and many of the finest pieces found their way to England. Edward, Viscount Lascelles (1764 – 1814) was one of several British collectors who acquired works along with the fashionable Prince Regent, later King George IV.

Known as ‘Beau’, Edward was among London’s most avid collectors. He had an eye for beautiful objects and a bank balance to support his expensive taste. 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of his death and In Pursuit of the Exquisite is a fitting tribute to a great collector of Sèvres and an early patron of British watercolourists, including JMW Turner and Thomas Girtin whose work is also now on display in the House.

Anna Dewsnap, Head of House and Collections said, “We are delighted that the distinguished Sèvres scholar Dame Rosalind Savill has worked with Harewood to curate this wonderful exhibition. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the House.”

Lady Harewood said, “Harewood’s world renowned collection of Sevres has never before been displayed in it’s entirety.  These exquisite pieces celebrate the extraordinary skill and achievement of the many individuals who have worked for Sevres over the past 200 years.  With over a 100 pieces on display In Pursuit of the Exquisite is not to be missed.”

Alongside the Sèvres exhibition, work from three contemporary artists make connections between the past and present. In the Terrace Gallery, Dan Scott explores the poignant life of Queen Marie Antoinette through video and sound, creating new works which examine the idea of objects as silent witnesses. Below Stairs in the China Cupboards, Michelle Taylor and Livia Marin delicately transform everyday china into unique artworks.

Macmillan Cancer support signs up as title partner of the Brownlee Tri

Olympic medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee delighted at Macmillan involvement

Professional Sports Group is delighted to announce Macmillan Cancer Support as the Title Partner of the 2014 Brownlee Tri series. Launched in partnership with Olympic Gold and Bronze medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee last year, the Brownlee Tri has expanded to two events in 2014 and will now be known as the Macmillan Brownlee Tri. As part of the agreement, Macmillan will have over 300 competitors raising money to help ensure that no-one has to face cancer alone. Alistair and Jonny Brownlee are set to make an appearance at both events.

The first Macmillan Brownlee Tri will take place at the iconic National Trust property of Petworth House and Park in West Sussex on 15th June, with the second held in the brothers’ home county of Yorkshire at Harewood House on 21st September. Both events will host sprint and super-sprint competitions for individuals, with prizes for youth and adult categories, and also a sprint relay. Whether you are a seasoned triathlete or taking on your first ever race, there really will be something for everyone.

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee said: “We’re delighted that such a fantastic charity has chosen to partner with the Brownlee Tri. Triathlon is a great way to get active and competing for Macmillan Cancer Support provides the perfect motivation. Petworth House and Harewood House are two brilliant locations for a triathlon and we hope as many people as possible will join us.”

Triathlon Team Manager at Macmillan, Hayley Short said: “Macmillan Cancer Support is thrilled to be the new title partner for the Brownlee Tri Series. We are dedicated to providing high quality triathlon events to our supporters and the title of Macmillan Brownlee Tri reflects our commitment to providing iconic events which encourage more people to take up this exciting sport and experience triathlon, whilst helping us ensure no-one faces cancer alone.”

The Macmillan Brownlee Tri promises to deliver a fantastic triathlon experience for competitors of all ages and abilities with two beautiful venues, exciting courses and entertainment villages packed with food stalls and a range of activities for spectators. Competitors will also enjoy free training plans from TriTrainingHarder, fantastic goodie bags and prizes from Boardman, Huub and adidas, and an exclusive triathlon insurance discount with TriathlonGuard.

For more information about getting involved, visit and look out for updates through Twitter @Brownleetri or

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Welcome to the new

Harewood House from the North

It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to our new website. After several years of dedicated service we decided to retire our old site and upgrade to what you see today.

There’s an endless supply of fascinating content here at Harewood. Our ambition for the new is to inspire great days out through bright imagery and accessible information. From medieval history to adventure playgrounds there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Our hope is that this new website will appeal to families, art collectors, gardeners, wildlife fans, film makers, foodies and everything in between. We want you to access information about Harewood that interests you, when you want it, how you want it.

The art and collections at Harewood make up a significant part of the educational charitable trust. Our hope is that the new website will allow experts and novices alike to see how incredible the collections here really are. From Thomas Chippendale to Lord Linley, JMW Turner to Sidney Nolan, Harewood has a long history of art patronage that we want to share. We will be updating and managing this information continuously as collections change and develop.

The Bird Garden is a firm favourite with our visitors. Our new-look website aims to give Harewood’s exotic and native species a platform. Conservation is at the heart of that message and we plan to develop this content further as we go through the year.

A special thank you to Piper and Sam from Approach for all their efforts in creating this site. The team has worked hard to build what you see today and we have a great many ideas for future development. We’ve tried to ensure everything is accurate however if you do spot an error please email

We hope that you like the progress so far. If you do, recommend the website to a friend and help us shout about all things Harewood!

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If you have time we’d love to know what you think of the new site. We have five quick questions to ask on a brief survey you can access here.

May Bank Holiday this year means The Great British Food Festival at Harewood House!

Great British Food Festival at Harewood

First year the Great British Food Festival will be at Harewood

Get out this May Bank Holiday weekend to the Great British Food Festival at the stunning Harewood House.

On May 24-26th the stunning estate at Harewood House hosts the Great British Food Festival. The recipe for the weekend; well take over 80 top local producers, a big serving of stunning hot food, real ale and wine bars, add a dash of craft and gift stalls, lots of activities and rides for the kids, top chef demos from the likes of ‘This Morning’s’ Marcus Bean and past ‘Yorkshire Chef of the Year’ Stephanie Moon, stir in a cake competition and the popular Men V’s Food challenge, and finally add lashings of excellent live music and mix together to make a lovely foodie day out for all the family.

The main chef demo area has great local chefs handing out tips and cooking up some tasty dishes to inspire you to try at home. All demos are free (as part of your admission ticket) to enter so everyone can join the audience and brush up on their culinary skills. Event Organiser, Daniel Maycock said ‘It’s a great mix of demos, from bakers to gourmet food – Marcus is great with the crowd but I’m also looking forward to seeing the best of the local talent, come along I’m sure they’ll impress you!’
The Great British Food Festival has attracted lots of producers showcasing the best in local, seasonal and speciality food and drink. It’s a great opportunity to get a real taste of the best of Yorkshire and Great British produce – sample, enjoy and buy. ‘With Great Britain’s amazing mix of cultures and cuisines we thought it would be a shame to overlook some more exotic elements – so you can try Ostrich burgers, Jerk Chicken and ‘Crazy Wendy’s’ Thai food as well as pulled pork, prime steak, and the best local burgers and sausages, for those with more traditional tastes!’ said Daniel.

After you’ve had your fill of tasty food you can go and do your foodie shopping, for tasty bits for that next meal at home or take the kids to bouncy castle or ‘Kiddy Cook’ lessons, or why not just sit out with a refreshing drink (or two), and enjoy the great live music in the stunning surroundings?!

The perfect recipe for a fun, foodie day out for the whole family.