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First ever Tour de France UK Fan Park cycles into Canary Wharf

Monday 1 July 2013 – Media Release

First ever Tour de France UK Fan Park cycles into Canary Wharf – 15 to 21 July at Wood Wharf

This July, the UK’s first Tour de France Fan Park arrives at Canary Wharf. The ‘village’ will celebrate all things cycling, centred around a 42 sqm screen, broadcasting the Tour de France throughout its final week. Wood Wharf provides the ideal backdrop for the Fan Park, allowing Tour fans to watch the battle for the 100th edition of the greatest bike race on earth from the bank of the Thames.

The Fan Park has much to offer both cycling enthusiasts and intrigued spectators, with a series of interactive cycling activities, pop-up food stalls, bars, retail stalls and cycling demonstrations. In the village, gastro food vendors including Hix’s Fish Dog and Bleaker St Burger will provide street style food options, alongside pop-up bars. The official Tour de France Merchandise Store’s experts will guide visitors through the latest products, brands, clothing and cycling accessories while a VIP area allows visitors to view the race in luxurious style. Wine tasting will also take place in the VIP area, with Fine French wines being sampled with the guidance of an expert Sommelier.

For those who want to learn more about the fascinating history of the world’s toughest endurance race, the Tour de France Exposition is a must-see. The Expo allows the unique opportunity for spectators to discover the history of the race with archive photographs, details of how the tour started and expanded to become one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The giant screen will also showcase highlights of the Tour each day. British Cycling are running a Breeze Initiative (Women’s) cycle from the Fan Park, lead out by Liz Dimmock (who is soon to be cycling 18,000 miles around the world) and other British Cycling ambassadors. With activities and Pro rider appearances scheduled throughout the week, this is a must do summer event.

Katy Doggett, Special Projects Manager at Canary Wharf said “We are incredibly excited to have the first ever Tour de France UK Fan Park on Wood Wharf. Cycling is extremely popular in and around Canary Wharf and we are installing additional cycling parking spaces in recognition of the event. The Fan Park will be the best place for Tour aficionados and first time cyclists to come and get swept up in great British cycling culture.”

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EVENT DETAILS

Tour de France Fan Park
Wood Wharf, Canary Wharf
Monday 15th July – Sunday 21st July 2013
11am- 10pm
FREE

Further info: http://www.tourdefrancefanpark.co.uk

VIP area tickets and Wine Tasting / Corporate packages available: http://www.tourdefrancefanpark.co.uk/vip-tickets.html

For further information, please contact:

Rachel Bowen/Clarissa Knox
The Communication Group

T: 020 7630 1411
E: rbowen@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk
E: cknow@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
E: Hamish.mcdougall@canarywharf.com
NOTES TO EDITORS

About Wood Wharf

Wood Wharf is a 20 acre future development site immediately east of Canary Wharf. In 2012, Canary Wharf Group acquired development rights and is revising the masterplan to attract a broader mix of future tenants, including growing firms in the creative media, technology and telecommunications sectors, building on the success of adjacent Canary Wharf and the Tech City cluster.

The new Wood Wharf masterplan will be designed to improve integration with the surrounding residential community; provide flexible, bespoke office space for the dynamic business growth sectors and create unique cultural and retail amenities that will add to the East End’s reputation as the creative heart of London. The design brief will also call for attractive new waterside parks, European style-streets and squares as well as environmentally sustainable buildings.

Ahead of development, the Group is looking at a range of temporary uses for Wood Wharf and has already installed temporary waterside parks and landscaping. These could include work space for start up companies, pop-up restaurants and cafés, street markets and performance spaces. The site hosted several of the world’s largest super yachts during the London 2012 games, which attracted thousands of visitors.

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 240 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. The Group’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.

Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. Canary Wharf Group has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

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