What’s happening for the Tour de Yorkshire in Richmondshire?

The Tour de Yorkshire comes to Richmondshire this weekend.

The riders will visit the district twice on the final two stages of the race on Saturday and Sunday.

Communities across the district have come together to stage their own celebrations over the weekend.

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Here is a rundown of what’s happening in local towns and villages starting with the general race timings for the weekend:

If we’ve missed your event let us known by emailing us at info@richmondshiretoday.co.uk

Stage 3 on May 5 – Richmond to Scarborough

Estimated timings for peloton:

Richmond 1.10pm

Catterick Garrison 1.20pm

Bellerby 1.33pm

Leyburn 1.36pm

Harmby 1.39pm

Constable Burton 1.44pm

Akebar 1.48pm

Patrick Brompton 1.52pm


Richmond will be a hive of activity on the Saturday morning with the teams setting off from the town for stage three of the race. The teams will be based on Newbiggin and will ride into the Market Place via Finkle Street. Spectators will get the chance to see the riders up close as they gather for the start.

The entertainment will begin once they leave with a stage outside the King’s Head featuring live music from local bands and musicians. There will also be games and other entertainment planned throughout the day lead led not lead by DJs from Minster FM. Around the stage there will be a variety of food and refreshment stands. Further fun is planned in Friary Gardens where (where)  – should be there will be crafts, activities, stalls and fairground rides for younger children.

The Wheels Within Wheels exhibition of cycle-themed work by local residents, organisations and businesses will take place at St Mary’s Church throughout the weekend.

Fans will also be able to check progress on a big screen which will be erected outside Boots. There will be no parking in the Market Place or Newbiggin on the day. Richmondshire District Council’s car parks will be free, however anyone living locally is advised to walk or bike into the town centre.

Elsewhere in the town, The Station has got a weekend of events and activities planned.

  • On the day, they will have Arthur Caygill Cycles here, who will be bringing a selection of cycles to view, including their newly designed RnB bike. Accompanying them will be Merida Cycles, who will be bringing bikes for you to test ride.
  • Enjoy refreshments from Mad Hatter Tea and Richmond Brewing Company, plus our ice cream parlour and bakery.
  • There will be a family friendly tour of the building at 2.30pm.
  • They will have their special On Yer Bike! exhibition, featuring cycling art from popular Station artists. (5th – 24th May)
  • Cycle enthusiast Maurice Bartle will be bringing a selection of vintage bikes for visitors to enjoy
  • Richmondshire Policing Team will be here on Sunday for a special TDY property marking event.

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St Mary’s RC Primary, Richmond Methodist with Arkengarthdale and Trinity Academy  have been hard at work to produce imaginative writing based on the stunning scenery, historic setting and excitement of the Tour de Yorkshire in their home town.

View their creative writing at Richmond Library and Richmond Methodist Church.


12.25pm Yorkshire Regiment Band march from start line

12.35pm Town Crier to start the children’s race

12.40pm Children’s bike and flag waving parade – includes 30 children from local schools and 30 local children how have taken part in a bike ability course recently

1.10pm Riders leave for Catterick Garrison

1.20pm Community event starts

The Tour de Yorkshire Caravan is scheduled to stop here at 11:00

Land Art:

Land Art at the Old School Building next to Mercury House

This is being done by RDC council officers. It is based on the Drummer Boy legend. The land art will be on the playground of the old school building next to Mercury House. It will be mapped out on tarpaulin and then pinned to the playground.

Richmond Castle Land Art

The land art comprises a detail from the Bayeux Tapestry, so chosen to highlight Richmond Castle’s Norman history. The piece has been designed and implemented by Richmond-born and nationally acclaimed artist, Ed Kluz. Ed Kluz is an artist, illustrator and printmaker. His work explores contemporary perceptions of the past through the re-imagining of historic landscapes, buildings and objects. The ideas of early Romanticism, the Picturesque movement and antiquarian representations of topography and architecture underpin his approach to image making. He has a particular interest in the eccentric, uncanny and overlooked – follies, lost country houses and ruins provide a constant source of inspiration.

Catterick Garrison

In Coronation Park there will be street entertainment, food, crafts, a dog show, competitions and cycling events
At Catterick Leisure centre there will be evening entertainment, food and drink stalls and a raffle
Phoenix House in Catterick will have a big screen to watch the race and a BBQ event for veterans and their families

Land Art:

Help for Heroes Land Art at the playing field next to Phoenix House Car Park:

Project name: ‘No Limits’. This will be a stylised design of a recumbent bike used to make cycling accessible even in the case of a lower limb or back injury. It will be created by wounded Veterans. Approx size: Half a football pitch. Materials tbc but probably chalky paint. This piece aims to show that anyone can ride a bike, enjoy cycling and reach their full potential, despite injury. The design is inspired by the wounded service personnel and veterans who take part in Help for Heroes cycling challenges riding recumbent bikes.

Plastic Rose Land Art:

The community has come together to create over 4000 roses out of recycled plastic bottles that will be placed on Catterick Athletic Stadium

These will be joined together to create a large piece of Land Art that will be over 20ft in size

The Tour de Yorkshire Caravan is scheduled to stop here at 11:06


Residents of Bellerby have planned a community event with a big screen and children’s activities at the Memorial Hall and playing fields.


A party will also be held in Leyburn to celebrate the race. As well as a big screen showing the race live, there will be a stage with live music and family entertainment in the Market Place, as well as fairground rides. Other activities will include a climbing wall and pedal powered challenges.

The big screen will remain in place on the Sunday when there will also be shuttle buses running to Middleham for those wanting to see the riders again for real. The Sunday market will also be running.

For anyone coming from the Upper Dales to watch the race at Leyburn, Wensleydale Railway will be offering a free park and ride train service to and from Redmire.

Shuttle trains will operate from 10am until 4.30pm.

There is no need for passengers to book – just turn up on the day at Redmire Station (a little way to the East of the village – for Sat Nav DL8 4ES)to catch one of the 10.00, 1045, 11.30 or 12.15 trains to Leyburn Station, which is right on the course of the race in an excellent viewing position. Or you can walk up into the town, where there will be plenty of action!

There is room for a few cycles on each train; if you want to be sure of a place for a cycle, you MUST pre-book by telephoning or emailing the Wensleydale Railway office and a special free ticket will be sent to you.

Return trains are at 15.00, 15.30, 16.00 and 16.30

This service is provided by Richmondshire District Council and the Wensleydale Railway Association (Trust) Ltd. There will be no charge for parking or for travelling on the trains, though we will be asking for donations, which are entirely voluntary. Please note that the normal Wensleydale Railway service will not be operating that day, due to the race crossing the line at two of the level crossings.

Constable Burton

Constable Burton will be having a barbecue on the village green with stalls and children’s games. Constable Burton Hall will also have their open gardens which can be attended before and after the race has come through the village.

Patrick Brompton

  • Yellow and Blue bunting through the village together with Yorkshire bunting,
  • bike balloons and Yorkshire flags
  • The village name will be emblazoned on the field
  • The community have been knitting Tour jerseys that will be strung along the pathway of St Patrick’s Church and guide visitors to a Tour Flower Festival in the church
  • The Green Tree pub will be festooned in yellow and blue with themed hanging baskets and pots and tables will be TDY-themed
  • There’ll also be an ice cream van, wellie wanging and flat cap throwing outside the pub.
  • Blue and yellow flowers will be on show throughout the village
  • Jubilee Green and The Old Schoolroom will have flags and vintage bikes on display


  • A big screen to watch the race
  • Bicycle parking racks have been hired for cyclists who are coming to watch the race
  • Stalls including a gin stall and champagne stall
  • Live music
  • Children chalking on the road
  • Decorated with bunting


Stage 4 on May 6 – Halifax to Leeds

Estimated timings for peloton:

Park Rash 2.12pm

Braidley 2.22pm

Horsehouse 2.25pm

Carlton 2.31pm

Middleham 2.41pm

East Witton 2.44pm


Carlton will have live screening of stage four in the memorial hall and live music from 2pm.

There will also be refreshments served from 10am, including bacon rolls, cakes and hot drinks, as well as a barbecue.

Parking will be available for those wanting to leave their cars and cycle up to Park Rush Rash not rush which will be the scene for of not for a gruelling King of the Mountains challenge for the Tour riders. There is a suggested donation of £5 for all-day parking.

Land Art in Carlton on the recreation field

The community in Carlton has created a 40m x 80m curlew to highlight the danger this iconic bird is now in. With its curved bill and distinctive, resonating call it is heard throughout Coverdale from April to July.



The tour will be celebrated in Middleham where there will be a children’s party with games, a bouncy castle, food and drink, and a disco.

Land Art by Middleham Trainers Association

It will be on the left-hand side of the race route, immediately after the Feeding Point. The design shows elements of our history and our community today, with a modern-day cyclist trailing behind King Richard III on his charger galloping towards the Winning Post – in which can be seen a sleek modern racehorse. A group of volunteers is installing the Land Art aided by Andrew Wood from fields of vision and his team.

Land Art at Middleham CE Primary School

Large playground land art with a cycling theme that has been created by the school children.

East Witton

The village will celebrate with a big screen for the race as well as a bar, food and afternoon teas in village the hall. There will also be a social evening on Saturday night.

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