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Painting by Susan Bower
© Susan Bower. Painting ‘Sacred transport’

27 March - 6 July 2014
Kentmere House Gallery, York YO24 1DF
A regularly changing exhibition celebrating the route of the Tour de France through Yorkshire, including paintings by Susan Bower, Jack Hellewell, Susan Brown, Rachael Burnett, John Thornton, David Baumforth & Ann Kilvington.

The Tour de France comes to Yorkshire for the first time in July 2014, attracting many who have never visited the area before. Yorkshire artists set out to demonstrate the delights & varied landscapes that Yorkshire has to offer - the cities of York, Sheffield & Leeds, market towns such as Richmond & Leyburn, & the glorious landscape of the northern & Pennine Dales.

The exhibition will be refreshed regularly & there will be small unframed paintings & original prints available to take away at the time, to tempt the first-time visitors back again.

Then the first weekend of every month, plus late evening opening every Thursday 6—9pm. Also any other time with a ‘phone call in advance 01904 656507.
Tour De Brass

Tour De Brass - Black Dyke Band
Sunday 22 June 2014 7:30pm
York Barbican
The world-famous Black Dyke Band performs a special Yorkshire Prom as the grand finale of the ‘Tour de Brass’ concerts for the Yorkshire Festival 2014. Also featuring Yorkshire Youth Brass Band. Presented by Brassed On York Ltd.

Black Dyke Band are the most recorded band in the world with over 300 recordings and growing every year. It is also the most successful contesting band in the world having won the European Championships twelve times, most recently in 2012, the British Open no fewer than 29 times and the National Championships of Great Britain 22 times (most recently in 2010).

Black Dyke was also the first band to achieve the "Grand Slam" in 1985 by winning the Yorkshire regional, European, British Open and National Championship contests, along with being voted BBCs Best Band of the Year.

VIP packages are also available for this show for £33.50, which includes champagne, nibbles and a meet and greet with the band. For more information or to book a package, please contact our box office on 0844 854 2757. Package not available online.
The Blue Tree Gallery York

Le Tour - A Yorkshire Journey Painting Exhibition
23 June - 25 August 2014
Blue Tree Gallery, 23 Bootham, York. YO30 7BW
Depicting Yorkshire and its "Le Tour" route. Painters, Richard Burel who is a French artist, Jane Fielder a West Yorkshire artist, Giuliana Lazzerini an Italian artist living in York and Peter Watson a East Yorkshire artist.
Each artists own interpretation of Yorkshire and Le Tour route through their own eyes.

A raffle in aid of "Marie Curie Grand Departy" - Marie Curie Cancer Care the "Official Charity Grand Depart 2014 with a chance of winning a framed original linocut by Giuliana Lazzerini titled, "The Race" with all proceeds going to the charity. Raffle tickets are able to be purchased from the gallery throughout the exhibition period which ends on Monday 25th August, 2014
Also Original Prints, Ceramics, Sculpture, Glass and Jewellery by Gallery Artists/Makers.
The Gallery is now Art Council approved "Own Art" scheme, making it easy and affordable to collect contemporary art and craft by providing interest free loans from £100 - £2,500.

Blue Tree Gallery. 23 Bootham, York. YO30 7BW North Yorkshire
Tel: 01904 620660
Opening days/times: Monday to Saturday from 10:00am till 17:30pm.
Closed on Sunday

Sonnet Walk
25 June - 6 July 2014
Starts Outside York Theatre Royal
Take a stroll along the streets, walls and snickleways of York with King Henry V as he charms his French bride with Shakespearean sonnets and speeches...

Produced in association with City of York Council for the Grand Depart of Le Tour de France, this is an exciting new venture for York Shakespeare Project!

Performances at 5.30pm and 6pm on 25-29th June and 2nd-6th July, starting at the York Theatre Royal.

6pm performance only on 25th June.
Running time 1 hour.
Tickets £5 Available from York Theatre Royal and on the door.
Tickets exchanged in the event of adverse weather.

This production uses the City Walls so unfortunately is not accessible to wheelchair users or those with special access requirements.
Art Exhibition

Le Grand Depart Summer Exhibition
Tuesday 1 - Friday 11 July 2014
Pyramid Gallery, Stonegate, York
Artists local to York including Linda Combi, Judy Burnett, Sally Clarke and Robin Grover-Jaques have produced artworks and digital prints to mark Le Grand depart of the Tour de France from York. The images are featured on the gallery website and also hung in the front displays in the shop on Stonegate.
Henry V

Henry V
Thursday 3 and Friday 4 July 2014
St Martin Cum Gregory Church, Micklegate, York
Celebrate the Tour de France by having supper with Shakespeare! Enjoy a pint of Yorkshire beer and a pork pie or French wine and brie whilst being entertained by excerpts from Shakespeare's Henry V. There are two performances at 6:30pm and 8:00pm each lasting an hour on both the 3rd and 4th July 2014. A fantastic evening of entertainment for all - don't miss out!
Grand Depart Concert

Grand Dé Party
Friday 4 July 2014
Star-studded concert will launch a weekend of ‘Grand Départy!’ celebrations in York
‘People’s Tenor’ Russell Watson, X Factor favourites Rough Copy and Union J, and Kian Egan of Westlife-fame are among the line-up for a star-studded concert that will kick off a weekend of ‘Grand Départy’ celebrations in York.

Planned for the evening of Friday July 4, the Grand Départy Concert will take place at York’s Huntington Stadium. The diverse line-up also includes York-based singer songwriter Alistair Griffin; British pop star Eylar Fox; The Loveable Rogues; 1980s bands Altered Images, Brother Beyond and the Blow Monkeys; and vocal harmony group The Overtones.

Tickets are priced at £29.50 for general admission, £35 for VIP seated tickets or £100 for a family ticket (for four people), on sale from

Union J
Jesters Cav & Froome

The York Dungeon Lates
Saturday 5 July 2014
You are invited to The York Dungeon Lates on 5th July, 7pm – 8pm.
Staying in York on Saturday 5th July for the Tour De France? Come and experience the Dungeon and Yorkshire’s murky past whilst in the City!

The York Dungeon will be dishing out a fortifying dose of after-hours scary fun - just for adults - featuring more scares, more laughs and more shocks.

Before descending into the bowels of the Dungeon, steel your nerves with a complimentary Dungeon Cocktail to give you Dutch courage before leaving the modern, working world behind and embark on a thrill filled journey through 2000 years of York's murky past.

Lates mashes up theatre, special effects and intriguing storytelling with wit, humour, and plenty of edge of the seat surprises for an afterhours experience like no other!
The journey through York's murky past is bought alive in 75 minutes of scary fun with 12 shows, murderous characters from Eric Bloodaxe, to Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin and plenty of edge of the seat surprises.
Tour de France York

Le Tour de France Grand Départ 2014

Saturday 5 July 2014 - Leeds to Harrogate
Sunday 6 July 2014 - York to Sheffield

The 101st Tour de France Grande Départ, Stage 2 will be hosted by York in July 2014.

Cllr James Alexander and Kersten England joined the Yorkshire delegation to make the announcement in Paris today for what is the world’s largest, annual sporting event, which each year starts in a different country and is known as the Grand Départ of Le Tour.

Race organisers Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) confirmed during the announcement that next year the race will start in Yorkshire with the second day’s racing on Sunday 6 July beginning in York, the county’s historic capital. York will welcome some 200 of the world’s best cyclists to the city, to showcase their road riding skills by promenading along the cobbles and cornering the medieval streets with a backdrop of some of the great sights of the city.

The race will begin in earnest on the city’s outer roads and will move on through Yorkshire’s visually stunning and technically challenging cycle route, confirming the county’s status as a world-class cycling destination to fans and billions of TV viewers worldwide.

The race will then move on to London, seven years after the success of the Grand Départ in 2007 and the 2012 London Games, before progressing to France. There, three weeks of racing will culminate in Paris and the winner will take the legendary Yellow Jersey, won in 2012 by Yorkshire’s own Olympic gold medal-winning Bradley Wiggins.

“We’re delighted to announce to the world that York is hosting the Tour de France Grand Depart, particularly as this year is its centenary race. As a cyclist myself, it’s a privilege to be appointed as the senior legacy lead for the region and to ensure that this important legacy lives on in Yorkshire, builds on this city’s long-standing commitment to cycling and inspires generations to come – maybe even a future Tour winner?” - Kersten England, chief executive of City of York Council.

York was the only city in the UK to provide both the Olympic and Paralympic Flames with a cycling escort, it is one of the UK’s top cycling cities and its commitment to sustainable transport has secured £4.6 million funding for further improvements. A combination of this sustainable transport, security, excellent transport links, landscape and accommodation as well as a diverse and long-lived group of committed cycling clubs – including 20 per cent of residents commuting by bike – convinced Le Tour de France that York is a worthy host for this international event.

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