Wetherby park to host Grand Depart event

Pom Pom and Stanley and Unicycles (s)
Pom Pom and Stanley and Unicycles (s)
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To celebrate the Yorkshire Grand Depart and a plethora of sport on July 5 and 6 Stockeld Park is hosting a festival to get in the spirit of the amazing sporting weekend.

The theme park near Wetherby is to host a weekend of activities from unicycle training with street performers to themed crafts.

Amy Thornton, General Manager at Stockeld Park, said: “We have been excited about this weekend for 18 months.

“We can’t wait to be a part of the Tour coming to Yorkshire. It is fantastic for the region and the tourism legacy we will all benefit from.

“We are thrilled to be sharing our amazing county with the world.”

Stockeld Park is not only screening the Yorkshire Grand Depart, they will also be presenting the first of the quarter-finals of the World Cup on their giant screen on the Saturday night and the Wimbledon Men’s Final on the Sunday.

The park’s management are hoping to attract keen cyclists to park and cycle to the Harrogate and Leeds sections of the race.

And early bird breakfasts and parking will be available from 5am.

Stockeld Park, set in 2,000 acres of woodland between Wetherby and Spofforth, was originally opened as a winter theme venture.

But in recent years owners Peter and Suie Grant have invested more money which has seen it expand its programme.

This year has seen it open for Easter and springtime and it is set to open its doors for the summer adventure next month.

It was shortlisted in the 2013 White Rose Awards.