Breeze on Tour is ready to blaze a trail across Leeds this summer offering young people throughout the city the chance to have a go at a wide range of exciting activities on their doorstep.
Beginning at Temple Newsam today, the free annual roadshow event run by Leeds City Council for young people of all ages, continues a summer of fun activities for children in Leeds.
To celebrate the Tour de France 2014 Grand Depart starting from Leeds Town Hall, this year Breeze on Tour will feature a bike skills and competition area to help youngsters perfect their biking skills. Children and young people can bring their own bike to any Breeze event and test their balance and control skills on a cycle assault course. Learn about Bike Passports with the police cycling officer, then leave their bike in the secure bike park and enjoy all of the other activities that Breeze has to offer.
As well as the cycle assault courses there will also be an opportunity to take part in the Sprint Roller competition - the winner of the day in each category will win the Green Jersey. The overall winner at the end of the Breeze on Tour will take the coveted Breeze Yellow Jersey.
Breeze on Tour and Mini Breeze give young people the chance to get outside, have new experiences and have a laugh with their friends. Travelling around different locations throughout the city the events are free and provides art, physical challenge, performance, play, sport and information zones.
Children and young people aged up to 19 can just turn up with their Breezecard and can get in for free at every location on every day. There's a whole load of different activities including dancing, arts and crafts, music, football, giant inflatables, DJing, movie making, performances from international and local artists and bands, competitions.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member responsible for leisure and skills said:
“As ever, Breeze is bringing a whole host of exciting activities to banish the boredom during the summer holidays. This year youngsters will even be able to embrace Tour de France fever and try to win their own yellow jersey, just like Chris Froome!”
Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:
“Making sure children and young people have lots to do to keep them busy and their minds active over the school holidays is an important part of our aim to be a child friendly city. Breeze on tour and mini Breeze bring a whole host of new activities right to your doorstep so don’t miss out!
“The summer of fun started with a bang last week with CBBC Live in Leeds and lots of child friendly activities all over the city. With last year’s Breeze has Talent winners going down a storm with the crowds at the CBBC event.”
Breeze on Tour has five zones with activities for all ages including:
• 5-a-side arena
• Mini 5-a-side
• Keeper save
• Speed shot
• Target shot
• Coaching in a variety of sports
• Carnival game
• Playhouse - ball pool and bouncer
• Slide and Bounce
• Basket Bounce
• Obstacle course
• Hanger 51 - lazer game
• Pillow wars
• Demolition ball
The Performance Zone will be hosting this year’s Breeze has Talent competitions, so visitors can come to watch the young performers battle it out in the heats each Wednesday and Thursday for a spot in the Breeze has Talent Finals.
The art zone will be filled with arts, craft and multimedia workshops, as well as messy play for younger children.
All Breeze on Tour events take place between 12 noon and 5pm, and mini Breeze events take place between 1pm and 5pm. This year they are taking place at:
|31st & 1st Aug||12 - 5pm||Breeze on Tour||Temple Newsam|
|3rd August||1pm - 5pm||Mini-Breeze||Yeadon Tarn|
|5th August||1pm - 5pm||Mini-Breeze||East Ardsley Rec|
|7th & 8th August||12 - 5pm||Breeze on Tour||Roundhay Park|
|13th August||1pm - 5pm||Mini-Breeze||Micklefield Primary School|
|14th & 15th August||12 - 5pm||Breeze on Tour||Kirkstall Abbey|
|23rd August||1pm - 5pm||Mini-Breeze||Scatchard Park Morley|
|29th August||1pm - 5pm||Mini-Breeze||Armley Moor|
Visitors can consult the safe cycling routes to plan their journey to each Breeze event: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/leeds-cycle-network.aspx
For more information check out www.breezeleeds.org/breezeontour
For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713