Tour de France: Eyes of the world on Harewood

Harewood House. Picture by Simon Hulme
Harewood House. Picture by Simon Hulme

Up to 20,000 people will join the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry for the ceremonial start of the Tour de France at Harewood House this weekend.

A worldwide television audience of millions will watch events unfold at the stately home.

Preparations are well underway on the historic estate’s grounds where masses of spectators are due to camp and make the most of the Dare 2b Yorkshire Festival of Cycling until Sunday.

It will feature a Red Arrows flypast during the Leeds to Harrogate stage one race as well as a range of sporting and family entertainment including an outdoors shopping expo, cycling cinema, live music and big screens.

Christopher Newton, the festival’s director, said: “We are extremely excited to be just hours away from the Grand Depart and the peleton passing up the drive of Harewood House.

“We are proud to be able to offer such a wide range of entertainment and activities to festival-goers, making for the most action packed weekend that Harewood has ever seen.”

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