Here’s our quick guide to what’s happening alongside the Tour de Yorkshire and how you can support this spectacular event.
Come and enjoy the party atmosphere at City Park on Sunday 30th April from 10 am to 2pm and wave off the riders on the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire (Stage 3 ‘The Yorkshire Terrier’). Before it makes its way through the district, be entertained by the very best street theatre and listen to local bands, the Peace Artistes and Huddersfield and Ripponden Brass Band. Then watch the full race live on the big screen.
Spectators in City Park will also see a stunt display from Yorkshire’s UCI World Trialbike Champion Jack Carthy and Bradford City Football Club are displaying a giant yellow jersey with polka dots in the centre of their pitch.
Test your pedal power at The Broadway Shopping Centre, where there will be a virtual cycle ride activity from 11am – 5pm on both Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April.
Creative Streets will take place at the ‘top of town’ on Darley Street, Ivegate, Kirkgate and Oastler Square from 8am to 11am and 1pm to 4pm. There will be a chance to ride a number of adaptive bikes catered to all ages and abilities, as well as slow or timed hill climb races, track stand or wheelie challenges to put your skills to the test.
There will also be a small Made Bradford market at the bottom of Darley Street with items on sale from local Bradford producers.
The Picturehouse at the National Science + Media Museum will mark Stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire with a one-time screening of the glorious animation Belleville Rendez-Vous. This musical comedy follows the elderly Madame Souza and a trio of 1930s Music Hall singers as they embark on a journey to rescue cyclist Champion, Madame Souza’s grandson, who has been kidnapped by the French mafia during the Tour de France. Touching, witty and beautifully made, this cherished Oscar-nominee is an absolute joy to watch!
At Lister Park in Manningham, Roberts Park in Saltaire and Victoria Park in Keighley there will be a host of free fun activities including a climbing tower, surf board simulator, bouncy castles, and inflatable play park as well as cycling related face painting and arts and crafts. Soak up the atmosphere, walk through the yellow and blue umbrellas hung in trees or take a selfie using the photo frames to capture the day.
There’s a street party at the Caroline St. car park in Saltaire with Edward Street Bakery pop up, and pop beer stall (Cap and Collar), local music and local independent art based stall, Face painter and children’s entertainment.
Look out for the Hive – Bicycle powered pottery wheel experience at the bottom of Crowgill Road, Shipley as the race passes.
Along the Aire Valley, Baildon has an entertainment hub at the Halfway House pub. With a big screen, hog roast, music, Baildon Belles Tea tent and a Bikeability course.
Nuffield Health Club fan zone and fun day with live music – bars – fairground rides street food and Bradford City Billy Bantam roadshow.
Riders will then go on through Menston, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ilkley and Addingham. You’ll find Addingham is going quackers for the tour, join the treasure hunt starting at the cricket club and search for clues along the cycle route. There will be a market at the village hall and a double decker bus bar. It’s going to be a fun packed family day to catch a glimpse of the professionals as they whizz past.
Racing towards the Côte de Silsden, join the party at Silsden Youth and Community Centre with live bands, a DJ, food, refreshments and a bouncy castle. Plus watch the live streaming of the race on a projector before and after it passes Elliott Street.
Make the most of a visit to Haworth to see the race, take a trip on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. For anyone wanting to see the race as it passes up the Valley, the best way will be by train from Keighley on the KWVR. The route goes up the iconic stone setts of picturesque Haworth Main Street and takes in the climb of Côte de Haworth.
Look out for the Brontë Parsonage Poet on a Bike – Winston Plowes – and his Random Poetry Generating Bicycle. Winston will be pottering around the Parsonage and Main Street, inspiring all to find their hidden poet. Lycra not essential.
Keelham Farm shop have one of the best views in Thornton, watch the race and enjoy freshly prepared food at the ‘Cycling Café’. An area in the Home and Garden will be transformed into a viewing room to watch the race and to enjoy food and drink. You’ll be able to see the cyclists up close as they refuel at the feeding station opposite the shop.
The race will be coming down the Brighouse/Denholme Rd straight through Queensbury. View the race from the Spectator Hub outside Black Dyke Mills on a Big outdoor screen. Join the celebrations with local bands and the world famous Black Dyke Band playing just before and after the peloton passes.
Look out for ‘Land Art’ along the route, including work by award winning artist Imran Qureshi #fieldsofvision installation in amongst the flock at Keelham, Thornton.
Full details of the route through Bradford, race timings and further spectator guidance and information can be can be found at the official website: letour.yorkshire.com
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