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Brownlee Tri

On 21 September many people will be heading up to Harewood House in Leeds to take on the Brownlee Tri. This combination of swimming, cycling and running will not only take participants through the grounds of Harewood House, but also racing along some of the roads which were part of the Tour de France route earlier this year.

Jonny and Alistair will be joined by thousands of competitors of all ages, abilities and experience. The brothers grew up close to Harewood House and their Olympic and Commonwealth success has made them household names across Britain. For those not taking part, there are a wealth of other activities happening during the day, along with cheering on everyone who is taking part.

If you are participating in the event, why not stay around and explore more of what Leeds has to offer.

Hand Crafted Delights

Whilst at Harewood House, you may also decide to visit their current exhibition; A Collection of Royal Serves. This is a showcase of exquisite ceramics that were produced in France for royalty and aristocracy prior to the French Revolution and have been popular collector’s items ever since.

For more contemporary ceramics, you can head to Headrow in the City Centre, where pottery by Richard Plethean will be on display on Fridays and Saturdays until 25 October. Also at Headrow until 25 October is an exhibition of screen prints, titled ‘Bloom’. All the images have been inspired by plants and flowers and these can be seen on Saturdays and Sundays.

You may also want to visit Potts of Leeds; Clocks of Character, a showcase of a skilled craft by one of the country’s leading clock makers. Potts of Leeds produced over 1,600 public clocks for towns across Britain and beyond. They also achieved a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria in 1894 in recognition of their high quality craftsmanship. The entire display of clocks in the exhibition are in full working order.

More about Leeds and Yorkshire

2014 has been a great year for Yorkshire and as part of the celebrations of this county; Abbey House in Leeds is hosting a ‘Snapshot of Yorkshire’ exhibition every weekend. This exhibition includes the reflections of Yorkshire people on what the county means to them, along with winners of a Yorkshire photographic competition.

If you would prefer to spend your time exploring the shops, bars and restaurants of Leeds, you won’t be disappointed. The main shopping areas are The Victorian Quarter where you can find boutiques full of designer brands, Leeds Corn Exchange which is full of independent shops and particularly attracts younger shoppers or Trinity Leeds, the main shopping hub that covers all fashion styles. These areas are full of cafes, bars and restaurants where you can relax during the day and party at night.

Getting Around

Whether you are sticking to the city centre, or heading off to explore the surrounding countryside, the ideal way to get around Leeds is in a comfortable, yet luxurious 4x4 vehicle. With plenty of room for triathlon kit, shopping bags and passengers a Range Rover will look right at home on the city streets, on the Yorkshire Moors or in the grounds of Harewood House.

If you are arriving by train or plane, 4x4 vehicle hire can arrange delivery of your Range Rover to the train station or airport, so you can hop in and head off on your weekend adventure. All vehicles are maintained in top condition and feature high quality features such as leather seats. Contact us today to discuss your requirements for Range Rover Hire. Leeds is a wonderful city to explore and with 4x4 Vehicle hire you can do it in style.


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