Grand day out as 1,000 pack city museum for race fun day

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Tour de France fever is seeing Yorkshire residents old and new embrace the famous road race in all new ways.

More than 1,000 children, parents and grandparents went cycling mad for the We Love Le Tour de France family fun day at Leeds City Museum yesterday ahead of the July Grand Départ.

Sam Barraclough, 8, making a wire bike during one of the art sessions at We Love Le Tour de France event at Leeds City Museum.

Sam Barraclough, 8, making a wire bike during one of the art sessions at We Love Le Tour de France event at Leeds City Museum.

The event, organised by the Millennium Square attraction in conjunction with The Grammar School at Leeds, saw Tour de France mapping games, wire bike workshops, static bikes and Le Tour chocolate making sessions take over the museum.

The fun day came as Welcome to Yorkshire called on cycling enthusiasts across the county to join in the Yorkshire Festival 2014 arts celebration from March 27.

The festival’s executive producer, Henrietta Duckworth, said: “If you’re already a cyclist, take part and get involved.”

Opportunities include joining the illuminated Ghost Peloton cycling light show outside The Tetley, in Leeds, in May; delivering a yellow conductor’s baton to brass bands as part of the mobile Tour de Brass concert; and donating old bike parts to the Tour de Force Bicycle Orchestra where they could be turned into instruments.

For more information visit www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk.

Scott Thwaites.

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