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Royal Appearance at Harewood for Le Grand Depart

Royal visit to Harewood

The Earl & Countess of Harewood are much looking forward to welcoming the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to Harewood. Harewood is the Official Ceremonial Start of the Tour de France and host of the Dare 2B Yorkshire Festival of Cycling on Saturday 5th July.

Their Royal Highnesses will briefly meet cyclists as they line up in front of Harewood House before they officially start the race.

“I’m delighted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are coming to Yorkshire for the Grand Depart and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming them to Harewood for the first time, for the Ceremonial Start and to visit our Festival of Cycling. I’m sure the many thousands who will be here will give them a wonderful Yorkshire welcome!”

David Lascelles, Earl of Harewood

Harewood is also hosting the Dare 2B Yorkshire Festival of Cycling, the biggest celebration of cycling Britain has ever seen and it is wonderful news that the Royal Party will be at Harewood for the launch of the Festival.

Over the weekend of Le Grand Depart the Dare 2B Yorkshire Festival of Cycling will welcome thousands of cycling fans and their families to a host of entertainment to celebrate this historic occasion. Events will include two fly pasts from the Red Arrows on the Saturday and a Spitfire, Hurricane and a Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Sunday 6th July.

Telephone issues at Harewood

Harewood House from the North

We’re currently experiencing technical difficulties with our telephone lines and emails at present. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause whilst we work to resolve the issue. For visitors calling Harewood you will find that the connection appears to be working however we are not receiving the calls on site. For urgent queries please contact our Duty Manager on 07801 340 712. Please note this number will be in service until 6pm.

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Once again, apologies for the inconvenience this may cause you.

Kind regards,

The Harewood Team

Red Arrows to welcome Tour de France riders to the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling

Red Arrows

The world’s best cyclists will be gracing the historic grounds of Harewood House as it hosts the Ceremonial Start of the Tour de France this year, and they’ll be receiving a very British welcome as the Red Arrows fly over the Harewood Estate, home of the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling.

The Red Arrows have performed at great occasions such as the London Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee, and are now set to conduct a magnificent Hawk jet flypast over the Festival on Saturday 5th July, as the first stage of the Grand Depart rolls onto Harewood’s grand drive to be greeted by the principal guests.

Entertaining the crowds with their trademark streams of red, white and blue, the Red Arrows’ flight will mark the beginning of a patriotic Festival weekend packed full of entertainment by the British Military. On Sunday the 6th as the tour passes from York on to Sheffield festival-goers will be treated to a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, with the rare sight of WWII RAF aircraft including a Spitfire, Hurricane, Dakota and a Lancaster taking to the air.

The marching Band of The Corps of Royal Engineers, directed by Captain James Marshall, will also be performing several sets within the grounds over the weekend, while the Army and RAF will be taking over two acres of the Festival site with a range of activities for all ages to take part in, including an assault course, speed-shot football, a bungee run and military vehicle displays.

Taking place throughout the Grand Depart weekend from 4-6 July 2014, the Festival will be hosting high quality camping and glamping facilities, providing groups of all sizes a prime spot to see the Tour de France first hand.

As well as the newly-announced military showcase, there will be plenty more on-site activities to keep festival-goers of all ages entertained. These include a range of sporting participation events such as duathlons, cycling time trials and trail runs (with the challenge to beat times set by Olympic gold and bronze medal-winning triathletes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee) as well as led rides out into the Yorkshire dales to view the later stages of the race on both days.

Among a host of further entertainment for all the family there will be a cycling cinema, shopping expo, live music and big screens to view the rest of the Grand Depart, as well as the Football World Cup quarter finals, F1 British Grand Prix and Wimbledon in a bumper weekend of British sport.

High profile guests will be there to join in the carnival atmosphere, including Lizzie Armitstead, 2006 Tour winner Oscar Pereiro and another former winner Stephen Roche, providing a truly one-off experience of the best that Yorkshire – and Britain – has to offer.

Dare2B Le Tour of Yorkshire

Harewood hosts the Dare2B Yorkshire Festival of Cycling in July.

Kristin Scott Thomas attends launch of New Exhibition

We were thrilled to welcome actress Kristin Scott Thomas to Harewood last week as we officially opened In Pursuit of the Exquisite: Royal Sèvres from Versailles to Harewood. Kirstin, alongside Lord Harewood and co-curator Dame Rosalind Savill, were on hand to introduce the exciting exhibition to the press.

Dame Rosalind Savill brought the exhibition to life with her energy and passion for Sevres. Check out this video for a brief synopsis:

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

Part of the Yorkshire Festival, this year’s exhibition is not to be missed. Boasting some of Harewood’s rare collection of Sèvres porcelain, the exhibition encapsulates stories from the French Royal Court, the turmoil of the French Revolution and rivalry between Royal English patrons and wealthy Regency dandies.

Harewood is part of the Yorkshire Festival

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 www.macmillanbrownleetri.com and look out for updates through Twitter @Brownleetri or www.facebook.com/brownleetriathlon