Visit Glasgow this July to take in the 2014 Commonwealth Games

This summer, up to one million fans will descend on Glasgow to watch the world’s best athletes as the Commonwealth Games returns to Scotland.

Expect an exciting opening ceremony at Celtic Park on 23 July, but the action really starts the next day when locals will be hoping to cheer on Hannah Miley in the final of the 400m Individual Medley at Tollcross Pool. England’s biggest stars, Bradley Wiggins and Tom Daley, will also be competing, while 100m Olympic Gold medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, will be running for Jamaica at Hampden Park.

With limited parking and road closures expected, Glasgow 2014 is urging fans to use public transport. Visitors can catch the First TransPennine Express to both Glasgow and Edinburgh from all major cities in the north west of England. 
For more on the games, head to glasgow2014.com 

Watch the Tour de France in Yorkshire 

The Tour de France has visited Britain before but this is the first time that the world’s greatest cycle race has come to Yorkshire. Yes, this year’s Grand Départ starts from ‘God’s Own County’ on 5-6 July, taking in the region’s biggest cities and national parks.

If you’re one of the 3 billion fans who watch the race on TV every year, you’ll want to be in Leeds on 5 July at 9am to see the build up to the Grand Départ. Chris Froome will begin the defence of his title from Victoria Square where the race itself begins at 11am.

On 6 July, stage two begins from York Racecourse, but the best place to watch is a short walk up Station Road where you’ll see the riders speed through the historic streets with York Minster in the background.

Later, the Tour passes down Castlegate not far from Huddersfield station, but if you want to see the end of the stage in Sheffield, head to Attercliffe Common, where the race will finish at 5pm.

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