Barnsley locations in the race for ‘best dressed’ at the Tour de Yorkshire

Following the excitement of hosting the thrilling day two start of the Tour de Yorkshire, Barnsley is celebrating again after being shortlisted in a number of competitions including land art and best dressed locations.

Spectacular land art creations could be seen animating the route over the four days of action between 3-6 May, and 12 pieces have been shortlisted to go head-to-head in a public vote. 

Voting is now open for the coveted Land Art Trophy and local entries ‘Barnsley in Gear’ from the town centre and ‘confetti land art’ at Wentworth Woodhouse are both in the running.

The council’s arts and events team worked closely with communities and groups to bring their ideas to life. Land art was specially designed to be seen from the air as the television helicopters filmed the race passing through.

Community groups, businesses, schools and residents came out in force to decorate their local area and welcome the race to Barnsley. Their hard work paid off, with the borough looking beautiful on race day and during the televised coverage. Two locations in particular have been recognised for their efforts - Elsecar is shortlisted as ‘best dressed village’ and Penistone as ‘best dressed town’ with voting taking place online. 

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton, CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, said: “Once again Barnsley residents and groups showed true community spirit in their support of the Tour de Yorkshire which is much more than just a cycle race. The results were absolutely stunning all along the route and it’s testament to their vision and dedication that the land art and decorated locations have been shortlisted as some of the best in the county.”

To vote for the best land art, click here.

To vote for the best dressed village and town, click here.

Voting closes at midnight on Friday 22 June and winners will be announced soon after.

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