Barnsley – proud hosts of the Tour de Yorkshire

On Friday 4 May, the second leg of the fourth Tour de Yorkshire will start from Barnsley town centre, heading out across stunning countryside, past iconic buildings and through historic villages, in the county’s biggest and best cycle race.

It’s the first time Barnsley has hosted the race and community groups, businesses and schools have pulled out all the stops to give the riders the warmest of welcomes. There will be plenty to do and see all along the route as people come out to show the very best of Barnsley.

The town centre itself will be a hub of activity and excitement, with opportunities for cycling fans to see world-class teams signing on and warming up before the race start and a big screen with all the televised action. 

With the race taking place on official Star Wars day there will be plenty of nods to the film from the May the Toys Be with You exhibition in Experience Barnsley, to a life size X-Wing Starcraft in Market Square, and look out for some surprise appearances along the way.

Across the borough, decorations will line the route and spectators are picking the best vantage points to catch all the action. As the race is televised, it’s the perfect chance to spot Barnsley’s fantastic land art which is even bigger and better than before.

There’s plenty to look out for; here are a few more suggestions:

  • Team encampments and sign-in podium in the town centre – a must for cycling fans.
  • Mandela Gardens – enjoy live music and entertainment at the first ever ‘In Gear Live’ event.
  • The Glass Works virtual reality experience (Eldon Street) – come and say hello to the team and experience a sneak preview of Barnsley’s new town centre.
  • Land art – look out for the striking town centre land art on top of the multi storey car park courtesy of local charity Creative Recovery, a very special tribute to Kes in Hoyland delivered by the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership with artists Patrick Murphy and Anton, and an impressive display by Superfast South Yorkshire on Thurgoland bank.

  • Spectators’ hub at Elsecar Heritage Centre – with both the women’s and men’s races whizzing through Elsecar, this is a great location to watch the race from and soak up the atmosphere.

Plenty more activities and events are still to be announced. Follow #TDYBarnsley or visit to keep up with the latest news.

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